A Free-Moving Crane – Rubber Tyre Gantry Crane

Date: 2024-02-23 Share:

Rubber tyre gantry cranes, also known as tyre gantry cranes or tyre container gantry cranes, are a special type of lifting equipment. Rubber tyre gantry cranes are equipped with rubber tyres so that they can be moved and operated on different terrains without being limited to fixed infrastructure.

Rubber tyre gantry cranes are usually used to handle containers or other heavy cargoes and can be applied mainly in ports, terminals, railway freight stations and other places. Due to its mobility and flexibility, it can be quickly deployed to different work areas as needed, thus greatly improving logistics efficiency and transport speed.

In addition, rubber tyre gantry cranes are often equipped with advanced control systems and sensors for more precise and efficient operations. These equipments not only improve operational efficiency and reduce labour costs, but also improve operational safety to a certain extent.

In short, rubber tyre gantry cranes are efficient, flexible and safe lifting equipment, which is very important for the modern logistics and transport industry.

Nante's rubber tyre gantry crane with Nante's RTE series end carriage.

Main structural components of rubber tyre gantry cranes


Gantry structure: This is the main part of the crane, which usually consists of two vertical struts (or legs) and a beam connecting them. The gantry structure provides solid support for the crane and allows it to lift heavy loads in the vertical direction.

Lifting Boom: The lifting boom is a long arm that extends from one or both sides of the gantry structure and is used to carry and move loads. It can be rotated horizontally by a swiveling mechanism in order to move the load from one position to another.

Trolley and lifting mechanism: The trolley moves back and forth along the lifting arm for carrying and lifting goods. The lifting mechanism includes components such as an electric motor, reducer and reel, which are used to control the lifting and lowering movement of the load.

Rubber tyres and traveling mechanism: Rubber tyres enable the crane to move freely on different surfaces, while the traveling mechanism includes the driving device, reducer and bearings, etc., which are used to drive the rotation of the tyres to achieve the movement and positioning of the crane.

Cab: The cab is the control center for operating the crane and is usually located on one side of the gantry structure. The cab is equipped with operating consoles, control panels and other equipment for the operator to monitor and control the functions of the crane.

Electrical system and control system: The electrical system provides power support for the crane’s electrical components, including motors, cables, electrical equipment, and so on. The control system is responsible for receiving the operator’s instructions and controlling the crane’s various actions, such as the rotation of the lifting arm, the movement of the trolley, the lifting and lowering of the goods.

Safety devices: In order to ensure operational safety, rubber tyre gantry cranes are also equipped with a variety of safety devices, such as limiters, brakes, alarms and so on. These devices are able to issue timely warnings or take braking measures when the crane reaches the limit position, exceeds the speed limit or malfunctions to ensure operational safety.


In addition to the above main structural components, rubber tyre gantry cranes may also include other auxiliary equipment, such as a hydraulic system, lubrication system, lighting system, etc., to ensure the normal operation and maintenance of the crane.


Overall, the structural composition of rubber tyre gantry cranes is relatively complex, but the parts work together to achieve the various functions of the crane.



What are the main purposes of the tyres of rubber tyre gantry cranes?


The tyres enable the rubber tyre gantry cranes to move and operate on different terrains and are not limited to fixed infrastructure. This mobility allows the rubber tyre gantry cranes to be quickly deployed to different work areas as the job demands, increasing operational efficiency and flexibility.

The tyres have also been designed with the stability of the crane in mind. During operation, the tyres ensure the stability of the crane on the ground, preventing it from tilting or moving, thus ensuring the safety and accuracy of the operation.

The rubber material of the tyre has a certain shock absorption effect, which can absorb part of the uneven ground or the vibration generated during the operation, reducing the damage to the crane itself and the goods it carries.

After special design and material selection, the tyre has certain abrasion resistance and durability, which can be used for a long time under a harsh working environment, reducing the frequency of maintenance and replacement, and lowering the cost of use.

To sum up, the tyres of rubber tyre gantry cranes play an important role in providing mobility, stability, vibration damping as well as abrasion resistance and durability, which provide a strong guarantee for the normal work of the cranes and the safety of operation.


Industries of rubber tyre gantry cranes


Ports and terminals: this is the most common application scenario. In ports and terminals, rubber tyre gantry cranes are used for loading, unloading, transferring and stacking containers. Thanks to its tyre-walking design, it can move quickly through different areas of the terminal and port, increasing operational efficiency.

Logistics and warehousing: Rubber tyre gantry cranes also play an important role in large logistics centers and warehouses. They are used to move, stack and sort goods to ensure smooth logistics processes.

Railway freight stations: In railway freight stations, rubber tyre gantry cranes are used to transfer containers from train to truck or yard, or from truck to train.

Heavy Industry: In some heavy industry applications, such as steel manufacturing, petrochemicals, etc., rubber tyre gantry cranes are also used to move and stack large equipment or raw materials.


Nante's single grider rubber tyre gantry crane in operation.

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