Securing the Load to your King
Once you have you cart path route plotted, you’ll need to take into consideration exactly how you wish to secure your load to the underside of the King’sCart Gantry Span. Our modular Design allows you to quickly bolt your cross braces which will be used to securely clamp in place while reducing unnecessary stresses to your workpiece, preventing damage. The King’sCart system utilizes off – the – shelf strut channel system components gives you endless options to modify your King’s Cart to adapt to your specific needs.
Some things keep in mind when plotting out your clamping layout is to be mindful of how your clamping points my interfere with cabinets or other support structures that your relying to rest your workpiece on. Its’s also a good idea to have redundancy in our clamping layout that will allow you to temporarily remove clamps, without compromising the workpiece. The clamping devices you choose to use is up to you, but we recommend a rigid clamp design like adjustable slide clamps or “C” clamps.
To determine the number of clamps you require will be answered with two questions. How much does your workpiece weigh and what areas on your workpiece are fragile or more susceptible to breakage?
First, how many clamps? We recommend using 1 clamp for every 50lbs of load weight. For instance, if you are transporting a 400lb Table, we recommend using 8 clamps. This value helps give you a factor of safety and redundancy to temporarily remove clamps if re-positioning of the clamps during transport is required.
Another consideration will need to be determined by the length of reach by your cross beams. Generally speaking, we don’t want to see a cross beam with reach longer than 3ft from its bolted connection. The struts are strong, but they will deflect with too long of an unbraced length. The solution is to either reinforce the unbraced length by adding strut channel components and “doubling – up” by positioning another strut parallel, but on the topside of the Gantry and unifying the two strut channels together with a bolted connection or all – thread. You can also decrease the spacing between the longer strut channel, distributing the load to adjacent struts
Lastly, take into consideration transportation and navigating through your worksite path. You may need to take clearances into consideration when you plan on rotating your workpiece around it’s central axis point. Your King’sCart has a range of approximately 20” to lift up and down, you will need to make sure that while rotated, you will have clearances to avoid grounding out your workpiece having enough range for clearance on inclines or through doorways. Each scenario is different, but we recommend planning to transport from shop to site with your workpiece in a near vertical position. Unless your clamping configuration dominates how your workpiece will be installed, we place a secondary need to make sure the hydraulics on your KingCart minimize their carrying of the load during transport. When securing your loaded King’sCart to a flatbed or trailer, plan to lower the workload into a lowest point of potential energy. Using the appropriate padding, lower your workpiece to rest on bed of your transporting platform. Doing this reducing the risk of your load shifting or getting damaged during transport and extends the life of your hydraulic jacks which should not be transported under load