Choosing the right material-lifting solution might seem like a daunting task, especially for businesses who have never researched or purchased one before. There are so many products out there ranging from freight elevators to scissor lifts to spiral conveyors, and it can sometimes be difficult to make the right decision.
To make things easier for you, we’ve put together a list of things to consider while choosing the right material-handling solution for your business or operation. Alternatively, if you’d rather speak to an expert, feel free to contact us anytime to discuss your application needs.
Do you need a passenger lift?
The first thing to decide is whether you need passengers to ride on your lift. In many operations, it is not necessary to have passengers ride the lift, since the primary purpose of the lift will be to simply transport materials or products from one level to another.
If you want personnel or passengers on the lift, you will be governed by a specific and strict set of elevator codes. By deciding that you don’t need an elevator or passenger lift, you’ve already saved yourself tens of thousands of dollars up-front. This doesn’t even include the money saved on maintenance and cost-of-ownership.
Is safety a priority or concern for your business?
Safety is of the utmost importance to many businesses, and any solution that reduces the risk of accidents or injuries is certainly a welcome one.
When choosing a material-lifting solution, consider any opportunity to eliminate the need for employee interaction or intervention. If you’ve already eliminated the need for passengers to ride your lift, then that already means a significant risk and cost reduction. However, the safety and associated cost benefits to choosing a material-only lifting solution also rely on the ability of an employee to ride on the lift.
For example, let’s say you choose a scissor lift for your material-handling solution. While your intention may not be to allow employees to consistently ride on the lift while transporting material, many scissor lifts include safety railing which implies a preference or even a need for passengers. Riders on these types of lifts are still at risk of accidents or injuries, even with appropriate safety railing.
If safety is important to your business, then the ability for passengers to ride on your lift will be an important factor to consider.
What are your workflow and integration needs?
Many businesses find they need a simple material-lifting solution, particularly one that takes up a small amount of space and doesn’t significantly alter their existing workflow. Therefore, consider choosing a solution with a small footprint and simple operation.
Which material-lifting product is cost-effective, safe, and versatile?
In our decades of experience, we have found that vertical reciprocating conveyors, or VRCs, meet all our customers’ application needs. Here are a few of their benefits over other material-lifting products:
- When compared to elevators or other lifts, they are the most cost-effective to install, maintain, and operate.
- 100% duty-cycle, which means they are designed to run continuously at peak performance. This makes them one of the most long-term and reliable solutions.
- VRCs have extensive safety features, making them one of the safest material-lifting solutions available.
- We offer configurable options for an entire product line of VRCs, ensuring that your exact needs and specifications are met.