As factories and warehouses grow, space utilization becomes an issue that many businesses must confront. At first consideration, managers may believe that outward expansion of their facilities is the best or only solution to add more space. However, this can be incredibly costly and time-consuming, so businesses look to other solutions, including the installation of a VRC and mezzanine system.
What is a Mezzanine?
A mezzanine is any raised platform surface or intermediate floor in a building. They are typically free-standing structures made from high-quality steel and can be used for virtually any application. This can include storage, additional office space, observation platforms, production, and so much more.
What About a VRC?
Vertical Reciprocating Conveyors, or VRCs, are a classification of freight lifts used to move products and other goods from one level to another. They provide an efficient, convenient, and safe way to transfer materials from mezzanines, basements, and between levels in multiple story buildings.
Combining the Two for Space Utilization
A mezzanine and VRC can be a match made in heaven, particularly in terms of space utilization and efficiency.
To start, a mezzanine is a simple way to add another level to your operation without altering the existing structure of your building. Furthermore, if you were to ever relocate or alter your floor layout, mezzanines can be easily disassembled and moved to another location entirely. Furthermore, quality mezzanines are designed to meet all specified codes and OSHA safety requirements.
With a mezzanine installed, a method of transporting materials from the ground floor to the mezzanine platform will need to be considered. That’s where a VRC can come in.
Of course, most mezzanines are equipped with stairs for personnel travel, however moving materials or goods via stairs or ramps can be incredibly dangerous and prone to accidents. Many of our clients, especially when the mezzanine will be used for storage, choose to install a VRC due to the safety benefits and efficiency they provide.
Furthermore, when space utilization is the driving force behind installing a mezzanine and VRC, it wouldn’t make sense for your lift to take up a large amount of space on the ground floor. Therefore, our VRCs are designed to take up the minimal amount of floor space needed to get the job done.
In fact, our smallest VRCs, such as our TL-Series, take up as little as 3x3 square feet of space and still sport a minimum 500-pound lift capacity.
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If you are looking for a cost-effective way to maximize your operation’s space utilization, our experts would love to help design a solution that meets your unique business needs. Contact us today or request a quote for more information.