Questions to Qualify Your Application
Every VRC installation is different, but answers to these simple questions can better qualify your custom application.
1. HOW HIGH?
- What is the total vertical rise?
- What is the distance from floor to floor?
- What is the clearance above the upper level?
2. HOW OFTEN?
- How many times per hour will the VRC carry the load?
- Will it have automatic infeed and discharge or manual?
3. HOW HEAVY?
- How much is the total load weight?
4. HOW BIG?
- What are the dimensions of the largest and smallest loads to be lifted?
- Does the load overhang the pallet?
- Will there be multiple loads put on the carriage at one time?
5. HOW NOW?
- How is the customer presently moving the load?
- Does he have an existing VRC?
- Does he use a forklift truck?
- Is there a potential safety hazard?
6. LOADING PATTERN?
- C – Inline
- Z – Pass-through
- 90º – Left/Right
7. GATES & ENCLOSURES?
- Will the lift be in a shaftway?
- Will the lift penetrate a floor level?
- Will the lift service the shaft-way?
- Will the lift service the perimeter (edge) of a mezzanine?
8. FLOOR OPENING / SHAFT-WAY?
- If the lift is going through a floor or existing man-shaft-way, what are the dimensions of the opening?
These guidelines provide information on how the vertical conveyor industry can achieve, for its users, a safe application, and proper utilization.
The document was developed by the Vertical Conveyor Sub-Committee (VCC) of the Conveyor Product Section (CPS), a group of Vertical Conveyor manufacturers comprising a substantial portion of the companies designing and manufacturing VRCs in the United States.
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