This article discusses how the latest goods lifts are ideal additions to a mezzanine floor to solve storage and handling problems in modern distribution warehouses.
Getting goods on-to and off-of an elevated mezzanine floor presents a specific set of challenges. There are a number of solutions: Here we are concerning ourselves with goods lifts.
Goods lifts are used to transport goods only.Generally people are prohibited from riding the lift.
They come in many guises from the humble “dumb waiter” to enormous vehicle lifts you see in city centre car parks.
For many years goods lifts were heavy duty modified passenger lifts. This meant they had a car suspended by ropes or chains moving between guide rails. This meant extensive building works and costs.
Goods Lifts for Mezzanine Floors
Mezzanine floors are structures that are not part of the building fabric. Goods lifts for use with a mezzanine floor should be equally low impact to install and easy to move.
Goods lifts such as the movemanskg Titan are free standing, self contained goods lifts that require minimal building works. They have no ropes or chains and they don’t require shafts linked in to the building structure. They are also quick to install. This makes them very economical and ideal for mezzanine floor applications.
In 1995 the Disability Discrimination Act created a demand for light duty lifts suitable for wheel chair users. Generally they would be installed to help these people negotiate a change of level within a building.
These platform lifts are relatively slow moving and because of the car and door arrangements are not subject to the same regulations as high speed passenger lifts.
There are many similarities in the usage profile and performance requirements of a platform lift and goods lift. It was not long before lift manufacturers introduced goods lifts utilising the technology of the platform lift with costs benefitting from economies of scale.
Goods lifts are ideal for transporting large or awkward goods and palletised loads. When used with mezzanine floors they benefit from not needing a pit – a ramp is provided.
The shaft structure can be tied to the mezzanine floor and the power requirements are a simple single or three phase supply.
As an alternative to a pallet gate they are safer and don’t have to cut into the mezzanine floor area. Also, they are available at all times and don’t rely on the availability of a fork lift truck and driver.
Platform sizes are optimised for palletised loads, and if there are no operators riding the lift will be compact meaning less floor space is used.