Top 10 Benefits of Using a VRC (Vertical Material Lift)

In the age of ‘lean’ manufacturing, 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 same-level 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 employee’s 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.

Creates Space

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 utilization of ceiling space. 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 without sacrificing productivity. A VRC Lift will increase productivity.

Vertical material lifts are less expensice 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 service 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.

Indoor and outdoor use

A vertical material lift can easily set up for inside or outside use. When it comes to outdoor use, an upgraded paint finish is used, as well as other minor touches to ensure it holds up in any environment.

Less intrusive over 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 are customizable to your requirements. VRC lifts can have a load capacity range of 500 to 30,000 pounds.

Increased revenue

By incorporating a vertical material lift, business owners can move more materials or products faster and more efficiently from one level to another. They require less floor space than conveyor systems with no special licensing or training.

Happy employees

Employees who can minimize wear and tear on their bodies and have more energy will be happier (and safer) employees.

In Conclusion

We hoped you enjoyed reading our ‘Top 10 benefits of using a VRC (vertical material lift).’  A VRC Lift or a VRC Lift with a mezzanine offers so much value to businesses that move materials or goods. To learn how a VRC lift can help your business, visit our website at or contact our knowledgeable sales professionals at

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