Easier Rider

Push-bike in passenger liftIf you are a cyclist and don’t live on the ground floor of your apartment block, flat or house then you know what a pain getting your bike safely stored can be. Dragging push bikes upstairs is not fun.

In the ideal world your home would have a goods lift designated as a bike lift to take your bike to your floor, but the cost of buying and installing such a device make the ideal unlikely. Recently however, we have seen a marked increase in the number of our platform lifts being installed so that residents can transport their bikes vertically!

With one of our platform lifts costing a third of a traditional goods only lift you can see why this is happening. With the added benefit of assisting people with their shopping or mums with their prams one of our platform lifts is a very cost effective way of making residents lives easier. If they have friends that are wheelchair users then they benefit also.

Goods Lifts for Mezzanine Floor Installations

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.

Vertical Movement

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

Goods lift serving a mezzanine floor

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.

What’s Changed?

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.

Specific Advantages

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.

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Goods Lifts

Goods lifts are designed to carry goods, not people and are therefore different in a number of ways to the more familiar passenger lift:

1. If there is not a person in the lift it will not require controls within the lift car. It therefore works on a call and send principle: The operator either calls it to them or sends it to another dependent upon the location of the car.

2. People riding on a goods lift is generally prohibited.

3. If you want an attended goods lift where an operator will ride with the goods then additional features such as cabin control panel with key switch operation and emergency stop.

4. An attended goods lift will have to have notified body approval.

5. Goods lifts must comply with the Essential Safety Requirements (ESRs) of the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC.

6. Goods lifts will not be subject to the Lift Directive if they travel at speeds less than 1.5m/sec.

7. A dumb waiter is a goods lift although it will typically have a capacity of only 50kgs.

8. Goods lifts must be inspected every 12 months to ensure their continued safe operation.

9. Goods lifts can carry loads in excess of 10,000 kgs.

10. Car lifts found in many underground city car parks are goods lifts adapted for the purpose. They generally have a scissor mechanism situated under the platform.