When you run a factory or production facility that is multiple stories, you need a way to move your goods from one level to the next. The most common way to move goods from one floor to the next is with a Mezzanine material lift, also more commonly known as a fright lift or freight elevator.
Freight lifts can make it much easier to move items from one level of your business to the other. If you want to install a freight elevator, there are a few things you should figure out before you call the elevator company and start to work with them to get the right machine for your business.
1. Environmental Conditions
First off, they will need to know the environmental conditions that will be present where the lift is installed. Will the lift be installed inside or outside? Will it be installed in a location that gets cold or wet? Will there be any unusual gases present in the area where the lift will be installed?
These environmental questions will determine the type of materials that are used to construct the lift and may impact certain features of the lift as well.
2. Necessary Platform Size
Next, you need to know what size platform you need. The platform size should be at least a foot bigger than the biggest materials or items you need to move. That extra foot gives you room to navigate goods and materials in and out of the lift using a forklift or other device.
3. Travel Height
How far up do you need the lift to go? These are usually custom made, so it will be made to go up whatever the height of your levels are. It can even be configured for different distances between levels. For example, maybe the lower floor has taller ceilings than the upper floors, resulting in the lift needed to travel further from the 1st floor to the 2nd floor than it needs to travel from the 2nd to 3rd floor.
4. Pass-Through Option
You need to consider if you want the lift to have a pass-through option. That basically means you can walk the load through one side of the lift and out the other side of the lift. Pass-through lifts are often easier to maneuver materials in and out of.
Finally, you need to determine how you want the lift mounted. Will it be mounted to the pit or to the floor? Do you want to have a ramp at the entrance and exit of each level of the lift?
Before you order a lift for your business, be sure to think through the details.