Cyclonaire: Railcar Connector
November 20, 2002
Cyclonaire Corp. has introduced CycloLift(TM), an innovative new railcar connector, to streamline unloading from hopper-bottom cars. The CycloLift has been specifically designed to reduce the time and eliminate the spillage associated with the job of mating conventional railcar "boot lift" connectors with hopper gates. Models are also available for hopper-bottom trucks. The new connectors come with steel adapter plates that move longitudinally to speed alignment of the boot seal with the hopper slide gate and cut down on time-consuming railcar repositioning. The CycloLift connector replaces conventional hydraulically activated mechanical linkages with pneumatically actuated lifters located under the top plate that carries the rubber gate seal. When extended, the lifters create a tight boot-to-gate seal, regardless of the tilt of the railcar or irregularities in the gate surface.