CIP’s 5-Steps to Faster Lift Production

Custom Industrial Products, Inc has been producing vertical lifts in Melbourne, FL for over 25 years. In that time, we’ve learned a great deal, especially with regards to production and processes. In today’s article, we will discuss the 5 production steps our VRC’s go through before arriving to their final destination. 

As we have expanded, so have our processes. The most recent change has been incorporating LEAN manufacturing into our lift production process.  According to Wikipedia, LEAN manufacturing “is a production method derived from Toyota’s 1930 operating model “The Toyota Way” (Toyota Production System, TPS).

And while LEAN manufacturing is not the focus of this post, it does serve as the core behind the company’s 5 step lift production process:

  • VRC Design Consultation
  • VRC Design Engineering
  • In-House VRC Fabrication
  • VRC Pre-Assembly & Testing
  • VRC Shipping & Installation

Our standard lift production process produces lifts most efficiently with the least amount of waste, allowing us to pass along more aggressive prices to our customers. Below is an infographic that outlines the manufacturing process from start to finish, followed by a more in-depth explanation.

VRC Vertical Lift Production Stages

CIP Standard Vertical Lift Production Process

Design Consultation

The lift production process begins with VRC Design Consultation. This is where our Solutions Specialists gather the relevant project information, determine load, travel, enclosure, specifications, and other details to determine the best vertical lift for the environment and application. At the successful completion of this stage, the customer will issue a P.O.

Design Engineering

The second stage of lift production is VRC Design and Engineering. At this point, the project details go from our Solutions Specialists to the Engineering department. Here the engineers review the project details and the customers’ specifications and create engineered drawings. These drawings, also called CAD drawings, take into account compatibility, and safety & compliance requirements.  The time frame at this stage can vary from 2 -4 weeks.

In-House VRC Lift Fabrication

The next stage is the in-house VRC Fabrication. Fabrication is where the unit takes shape. It starts with raw steel that is first cut to size. The steel then heads over to the welding and fabrication area where the frame is constructed. The shell then goes to our state-of-the-art powder coating area where the unit is powder coated and baked in our standard Silver Gray or Anthracite Gray (custom colors are available upon request). Next comes the edition of the controls and wiring. This process can take between 2-8 weeks, depending on the unit type and options needed.

VRC Pre-Assembly & Testing

From fabrication, the freight lift goes to pre-assembly and testing. CIP pre-assembles each unit in our 110,000 sq. ft facility and tests all unit components and operations.

To see the pre-assembly and testing in action, click the video below to watch the assembly of our popular Pallet Master VRC lift using time-lapse. This process can take between 1-2 weeks


Last, but certainly not least is shipping and VRC installation.

 VRC Shipping & Installation

After successful VRC testing, CIP then organizes and crates each unit and their respective components and ships via FTL (full truckload) freight to the installation site. At the same time, we schedule the installation to coincide with the customer’s timeline. Shipping and delivery will take approximately 1-2 weeks, depending on the destination location.

In Conclusion

As you can see, there is a lot that goes into the lift production process of a VRC. As with any process, it all starts with the quality of the project information gathered in the design consultation phase.  That is why our Solutions Specialist team is fully trained on products, gathering the relevant information, and answering even the toughest questions.

To learn how a vertical VRC lift can increase productivity and improve safety for your organization, contact our Solutions Specialists at 321-728-3355. You can also visit our website at

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