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Why Vertical Reciprocating Conveyors Are Replacing Scissor Lifts

Why Vertical Reciprocating Conveyors Are Replacing Scissor Lifts

There is no marketing scheme that can make up for inefficient manufacturing. When it comes to manufacturing, you need to provide products as quickly and efficiently as possible. So, is your manufacturing operation as efficient as it can be?

If you’re still using scissor lifts, the answer is probably no. Vertical reciprocating conveyors (VRCs) are quickly replacing the scissor lift as the more most space-efficient, cost-effective option.

What makes a VRC such a great choice? Let’s take a look at the benefits of a customized VRC versus a scissor lift for your manufacturing processes.

Vertical Reciprocating Conveyor

A VRC is a safe and inexpensive method of moving items vertically. These are different from elevators and have their own safety codes.

VRCs use a carriage, guide columns, and an actuating mechanism which may be hydraulic or mechanical to move items up and down.


  • VRCs are a faster way to move products around than scissor lifts. They move efficiently, getting items where you need them more quickly.
  • They are also great for use in many different locations. You can easily move things between stories using a VRC.
  • VRCs can be installed for interior use, exterior use, and even through-floor use. They can be custom designed for unique needs, making them a great solution to any vertical lifting problems you’ve encountered.
  • VRCs also come with plenty of safety features to protect your employees. They are much safer than other options, such as forklifts. They can be used for many different weights and customized to save space.


  • There are few, if any, cons to using a VRC to move items. No matter what your space and weight needs are, there is almost always a custom VRC option that will work for you.
  • VRCs also need to be put together on site. However, this can also be a benefit depending on if you need to make it fit in a tight space.

Scissor Lift

A scissor lift is a motorized lift with a platform that goes straight up and down. The name “scissor lift” comes from the crisscrossed metal bars that extend and compress as the platform goes up and down.


  • Scissor lifts come in a variety of sizes and can handle quite a few different weight levels. They are free-standing structures that don’t need support from other structures.
  • The railed platform allows workers to work from those high locations without fear of falling.


  • A scissor lift is a slower, less efficient way of moving material than a VRC. They often can’t reach as high as a VRC, either.
  • They don’t offer as many different platform sizes as VRCs do, and they don’t fit as well into small spaces because they come pre-assembled.
  • Perhaps most concerning is the potential danger of a scissor lift. These lifts can fall over if not used correctly, and workers can also slip and fall from the top platform.

Replace Your Scissor Lifts Today

With greater efficiency, ability to customize and safety, there’s no doubt that vertical reciprocating conveyors are the way to go. If you’re still using an outdated scissor lift, it’s time for a replacement. Invest in a VRC today to keep your business on top of the game.

Want to know more about VRCs? Check out our frequently asked questions for everything you need to know.

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