Skip to content

Lifts vs. Elevators

Lifts vs. Elevators

As was said by our legendary founder, Bob Pfleger: “Before we could build a business, we had to create an industry.” In 1981, PFlow Industries replaced our innovative inclined reciprocating conveyor with the new vertical reciprocating conveyor (VRC), creating a new category in lifts and launching a new era in material handling.

The VRC enables manufacturers and warehouses to easily move materials, supplies, and products up and down 2 or 3 stories, allowing for improved operational efficiency.

Before the introduction of the PFlow VRC lift, the options available to business owners were slim, and mostly a choice between using forklifts for moving materials overhead, or installing a costly and inefficient freight elevator.

The disadvantages of freight elevators in material handling are many, so it’s important to draw a clear distinction between a PFlow VRC (lift) and a common elevator.

VRCs are not elevators and are officially recognized by their own national code from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME B20.1) which exempts them from elevator building codes. This exemption was obtained with help from PFlow – changing national safety codes to differentiate between “material moving” lifts, and “people moving” elevators.

In practice, that means that PFlow VRCs are not held to the rigorous safety standards and requirements that are put in place to protect human beings in elevators. It is for this reason that VRCs are strictly for material use, but allows much more flexibility in terms of installation, speed of the lift, and safety.

PFlow lifts are built to be the safest, best-performing lifts available on the market.

When a business installs a freight elevator, they are held to the same standards as any elevator, meaning that speed and location are limited, and safety precautions and redundancies are many. While this is important for people-moving lifts, it’s simply wasted time, effort and cost when it comes to a lift that will only transport materials and products.

PFlow VRCs save you money on installation and maintenance, can be installed virtually anywhere, and are much faster in daily operation than freight elevators.

These are just a few of the items that differentiate our VRCs from the common freight elevator, but the distinction is important.

When you need to improve your operations to maximize space, efficiency, and profits, there is simply no better choice than a PFlow VRC.

Contact us today to learn more.

PFlow Industries builds VRCs that meet your needs and minimize risk in your facility. With solutions on 5 of the 7 continents, PFlow is proud to be the industry leader in vertical lifts.

Contact us today to learn more about what our great products can do for your business.

Return to the Blog Main Page.