Top 10 Benefits of Using a VRC (Vertical Material Lift)
In the age of ‘lean’ manufacturing and ergonomic materials handling equipment, — combined with the pressure of meeting super-fast order turnaround and quick shipping — warehouse and distribution companies are turning to vertical material lifts as a means of automating the facility. Mechanical and hydraulic Vertical Reciprocating Conveyor (VRC) lifts offer a myriad of benefits to businesses that move materials or goods. In this article, we’re going to share the top 10 benefits of using a VRC (Vertical Material Lift) in a warehouse or distribution environment.
20% of all workplace injuries are caused by slips, trips, or falls. 60% of elevated falls are from a height of less than 10 feet. VRC Lifts can minimize the risk of falls and overexertion from lifting or carrying. Click here to learn more.
A Vertical Material Lift allows for moving products and materials more rapidly, which leads to faster order turnaround time. They also improve productivity by saving employees’ energy from manually moving materials to different levels. To learn more about VRC Lifts and productivity, click here to read our article: VRC Lifts and Mezzanines | Key Components for Productivity and Safety.
A Material Lift, also known as a Mezzanine Lift, allows a business to utilize ceiling height instead of valuable floor space. Going up allows for maximum space utilization. Click here to read our article: 4 Smart Tips to Optimize Distribution Floor Space.
Contributes to a ‘lean’ environment
A VRC Lift reduces waste in a manufacturing system while actually increasing productivity.
Cost Less than Freight Elevators
Freight elevators require a significant investment upfront and their mandated-maintenance program is often an additional cost that customers fail to budget for. If only materials will be moved, a VRC Lift will serve the same purpose at a fraction of the cost. Click here to read our article: Modernizing or Installing a Freight Elevator Versus a VRC Lift to learn more.
Can Be Used Indoors and Outdoors
A Vertical Material Lift can be easily set up for indoor or outdoor use. For outdoor use, an upgraded paint finish is applied, as well as other minor touches to ensure the vertical lift holds up in any environment.
Easier to Install than a Freight Elevator
Installing a freight elevator is a huge undertaking that can take weeks, even months to install. Not only is this costly, but it will most likely impede on the day-to-day operations.
Customizable size and load capacity
Vertical Material Lifts can be manufactured to your requirements. VRC lifts have a load capacity range of 500 to 30,000 pounds.
With a Vertical Material Lift, business owners can move more materials or products faster and more efficiently from one level to another. Vertical Material Lifts require less floor space than conveyors.
Makes Employees Happy
Vertical Lifts minimize wear and tear on employees’ bodies. Employees will have more energy and will be happier (and safer).