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The 5 Basic Steps of Lift Installation

The 5 Basic Steps of Lift Installation

Does your business revolve around moving heavy goods between floor levels? Installing a vertical reciprocating conveyor could help to increase productivity.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, back injuries make up 20% of work-related injuries. If you want to keep your business and your employees performing at top level, lift installation is the way to go.

Read on to see what’s involved and what you stand to gain from putting a lift in place.

The Benefits of Lift Installation

Lifts provide a long-term solution for all your heavy-lifting requirements and offer several benefits.

Some of these are:

  • Safe, easy, vertical transportation of goods
  • Increased productivity
  • Time savings
  • Less labor required than carrying goods
  • Elimination of the need for forklifts

It only takes five steps for a trained technician to install your new lift.

Installing the Lift

1. Setting the Columns in Place

First, the technician will make sure that the place you would like the lift installed is a good option. They will suggest alternatives if necessary. Remember:

  • There should be enough space to work safely without impacting your workflow.
  • The floors on both levels need to be sturdy enough to support the lift system when loaded. They will also check that there’s enough overhead clearance for loading and off-loading the cargo.
  • They will bolt the columns and guide columns into place.

2. Adding the Carriage

Outlines will be drawn on the floor and walls to ensure that the carriage is placed in the correct location to travel up the columns evenly and level. The carriage is placed inside the columns in the exact position indicated by these markings. Wheelblocks will be fitted to the columns and bolted to the carriage uprights accordingly. Lift chains are installed and connected to the wheelblocks. These should not run off the sprocket when the carriage is raised.

3. Raising the Drive Base for Mechanical Lift Installation

If you are installing a mechanical lift, the drive base will be lifted into place on top of the columns. When the motordrive is fitted correctly, the drivebase will be bolted in place and later, welded to the supports.

4. Assembling and Setting the Gates and Enclosures

Gates and enclosures are important to prevent items from slipping off the VRC and injuring someone. These should be welded firmly into place.

5. Wiring the Electrical Components

Your technician will take care of all the wiring that makes your lift go up and down. This will ensure that the lift is easily operated at the flick of a switch. They will also make sure that the lift is working properly and that it can be operated safely by any one of your employees.

A Final Check

The last step in a successful lift installation involves a thorough inspection of the unit. Then, your employees or a designated operator will be shown how to operate the lift safely. This should serve as the final operational check for your lift.

Lift installation is the perfect solution to help your business grow quickly. What are you waiting for? Get in touch and let’s take your business to the next level. We offer tailor-made solutions to suit your needs.

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