Lift Your VRC Material Lift IQ
Hydraulic Lift solutions may look inexpensive at first. However, before you make a decision, you need to fully understand the advantages of Mechanical VRC material lifts as compared with hydraulic lift solutions.
Mechanical VRC Material Lifts
These lifts use a mechanical system of cables, chains, or belts to lift and lower materials between floors. They are known for their speed, efficiency, and low maintenance requirements.
These lifts use hydraulic power to move materials between floors. They are known for their precise control and safety features, and they are often used for heavy-duty applications.
Advantages of Mechanical VRC Material Lifts
Both hydraulic and mechanical lifts have their advantages and disadvantages, and the best choice depends on the specific application and requirements. Here are some advantages of mechanical lifts over hydraulic lifts:
- Efficiency and Speed: Mechanical lifts are generally faster and more efficient than hydraulic lifts. They can move materials and people more quickly, which can be important in applications where speed is a critical factor.
- Energy Efficiency: Mechanical lifts are typically more energy-efficient than hydraulic lifts. They consume less power during operation, which can result in lower operating costs over the lifetime of the lift.
- Low Maintenance: Mechanical lifts have fewer moving parts than hydraulic lifts, which means they require less maintenance. They also have longer lifespans and can operate for extended periods without the need for maintenance or repairs.
- Higher Lifting Capacity: Mechanical lifts are capable of lifting heavier loads than hydraulic lifts. This makes them an ideal choice for applications where heavy materials need to be transported vertically.
- Smooth and Quiet Operation: Mechanical lifts are known for their smooth and quiet operation, making them a better choice for applications where noise levels need to be minimized.
Overall, mechanical lifts are a good choice for applications where speed, energy efficiency, low maintenance, high lifting capacity, and smooth operation are critical factors.
Environmental and Maintenance Issues Associated with Hydraulic Lifts
Business owners sometimes overlook these issue with the maintenance and environmental impact of hydraulic lifts.
Issue #1: Oil in the piston system can overheat fairly quickly. It is important that you not overwork a hydraulic lift when oil in the system is overheating. Temperature control of the oil is a primary concern.
This can be a problem and lead to other issues, such as…
Issue #2: Warm or overused hydraulic oil can emit an unpleasant odor.
And then there is the really big issue. What happens when the oil leaks.
Issue #3: Hydraulic lifts can present an environmental issue. If oil leaks out of the pumping system, it can contaminate groundwater. Businesses should perform an environmental impact study on damage if their system leaks.
The most costly issue related to leaks is simply the cost of the wasted fluid. Even a steady drip will add up over time, and leaks usually mean that the hydraulic fluid levels need to be topped off. Depending on where the leak takes place (inside a warehouse where it gathers on a concrete floor or on a hydraulic excavator where it leaks into the topsoil or grass), there can be environmental fallout for allowing a leak to continue unchecked. When puddles or slick areas begin to form, there is also a danger to operators and technicians (remember that falls and slips are a major cause of OSHA reports) that can lead to potential liability. In addition, leaks can also cause problems for technicians, resulting in fluid penetration injuries.
If the external leak is related to a worn-out seal or a hole in a non-pressurized line, that means that contaminants such as dust, moisture, and air can make their way into the system and cause even more problems. While it may seem easier to just keep topping off hydraulic fluid levels, it is not the best approach for this very reason: you can add more fluid, but you cannot undo the damage that is caused by the ingression of abrasive contaminants. Also, a lack of sufficient hydraulic fluid can accelerate the wear of components and lead to internal leaks that reduce performance and efficiency.
All of these add up to increased costs, either cost of ownership due to leakage or waste, cost related to a more unsafe work environment, and costs related to environmental abatement. All of which are unnecessary and usually never considered in the initial cost of ownership equations.
Issue #4: Hydraulic lifts tend to be more noisy than mechanical elevator systems.
Issue #5: The lift movement is generally not as smooth as with mechanical VRC lift systems.