VRCs – The Ups & Downs of Moving Materials
Vertical Reciprocating Conveyors, commonly known as VRCs, Material Lifts, Freight Lifts, Platform Lifts, etc., are the safest, most economic way to move materials between multiple levels within industrial environments.
Though it may look and act like an elevator, VRCs are defined as a type of conveyor to allow companies to operate with less code restrictions and a more cost-effective way to move their materials. In fact, VRCs have their own national code (ASME B20.1) and are specifically exempt from the national elevator code. Elevators with the purpose of moving people require a higher level of safety and equipment. With a VRC, workers must hit the stairway because only materials are allowed. This helps to reduce cost in construction, operation, maintenance, and company liability insurance.
Multi-Level Transportation of Materials
VRCs/Vertical Material Lifts provide fast, safe and convenient transportation of materials from one level to the next on mezzanine work platforms, elevated conveyor systems, balconies, basements, and between floors on multiple story buildings.
The VRC unit can be installed for through-floor, interior or exterior access. Learn more from our product guide on What Type of VRC/Material Lift Do You Need For Your Application? – PDF
With weight capacities from 10 to over 200,000 pounds, these vertical material lifts can be customized for just about any material moving application.
VRCs also save valuable space within busy work areas. With a typical belt conveyor to transport materials, space is wasted that could be used for storage or work operations. A VRC takes advantage of vertical space, freeing up area for evolving operations.
Safety First Features
Most companies operate under strict “safety first” policies. To accommodate the highest standards of safety, VRCs are equipped with top-of-the-line safety features so you can rest easy.
Wire safety enclosures completely surround the landings, along with interlocked gates or doors to ensure the load is secured during transport. The control panel is placed on the outside of the lift platform so that it cannot be operated from the inside to discourage personnel from hitching a ride. Vertical Lifts come with highly visual Safety Signage on each call station as well as the lift platform to clearly convey important information such as “No Rider” and load capacity.
VRC Ownership Benefits
- Less costly and safer to operate than forklifts
- Less costly to install, operate, and maintain than traditional elevators
- Reduces labor costs by eliminating non-value-added travel time
- Quiet and smooth operation
- Single person operation eliminates the need for spotters
- Can replace long, large footprint conveyor belts
- Advanced safety features to protect workers and materials
- Transports materials from 10 pounds to 200 tons
- Customized to application and exact needs
- Conforms to ASME B20.1 Safety Standards
W.W. Cannon offers complete material handling and industrial storage solutions, from design and project management, to install and follow-up.
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