Brake and Cable Fail-Safes
VRC lifts have a series of safety features to make operation safe and efficient. One such feature is slack cable switches, which ensure that no one gets caught in any loose cables if something goes wrong with the equipment or operator error occurs.
The lift’s motor is engineered with a variable-frequency drive. The VFD regulates the speed and start and stop of transportation to protect all of its brakes and cables.
The design features for this type of lift include accommodating different types/sizes loads with adjustable height, which makes using them more convenient than other options.
Call Stations, Control Panel, and Emergency Stop Buttons
Call stations and control panels keep the operator up to date on what’s going in their lift at all times. The call station is connected directly to the platform so that if a passenger falls out of an open door, for example, that information will show up immediately. If there are any issues with safety systems or machinery, they can be identified by pressing buttons on the self-diagnostic panel, which also has manual override switches for emergency situations.
Safety should always be a top priority, especially when moving heavy materials. With these features, you can rest assured that your products are protected, and your employees can work with less potential safety hazards.
Not all lifts are built equally, however. So, how do you know which will be the ideal fit for your company?
Should I Purchase a Hydraulic or Mechanical Lift?
Simply put, hydraulic lifts are for those looking to save money on labor, while mechanical lifts offer superior functionality that will increase your ROI over time.
The Downside of Hydraulic Lifts
The word “hydraulic” is often associated with power, and many people may opt for a hydraulic lift without considering other options. Hydraulic lifts operate by pumping fluid into the cylinder of an air-operated piston. The amount that it moves up or down is in proportion to how much liquid has been pumped in will depend on its operation.
There is no doubt that this is a viable method for vertical transportation. In fact, hydraulic lifts can carry extremely heavy loads and are relatively inexpensive to install. However, there are some issues involved with hydraulic systems that make them less than ideal.
Hydraulic lift systems can only do so much before needing to take a break. These breaks have the potential to cause serious consequences for your work and business as it interrupts workflow on-site. This means you’ve likely spent less money than expected on installation, due to these machines needing more care throughout their lifetime. Which will of course lead to downtime, causing a loss in overall productivity.
Hydraulic lifts require constant maintenance and downtime. They use toxic fluids that leak from the system occasionally, so you have to shut down if there is any sign of leakage.
Save Time and Money with Mechanical Lifts
Mechanical vertical lifts utilize an electric motor that rotates a large drum. Several feet of steel cable are wound around this drum, and when it is rotated, the rope will coil or uncoil, propelling the platform up and down.
Compared to hydraulic systems, these machines offer many advantages because they operate more smoothly than their counterparts.
A huge benefit of mechanical lifts is that they are more efficient. Mechanical lifts do not have the issue of limited lift cycles, which means you will never experience downtime and can continue working without delay.
Hydraulic lifts can be noisy, jerky and can drop items to the ground. Mechanical lifts don’t have these same problems. They’re also a quieter option.
Mechanical lifts are a greener option as well, since they don’t use any toxic fluids. This helps keep your workplace safer and cleaner in general. Furthermore, without fluid, these machines can never leak, so the only routine maintenance needed is to keep them clean – which saves you money in the long run!