Choosing The Right Goods Lift For Your Business
Think you have a requirement for goods lifts? Whether this is due to manual handling issues or to improve efficiency, we can help you identify which goods lift you require.
Choosing the right goods lift can seem like a daunting task. There is a broad variety of options available that fall into types, sizes and loads. E-Lifts has put together a list of questions to ask yourself before deciding on a goods lift.
What tasks do you want your goods lifts to perform?
To some, this may seem an odd starting point but it will make life easier, staff safer and keep customers happy. Knowing what functionality and performance you require from your lift, along with how many daily journeys it will make. It is important to have this performance idea before you go any further as you want to get the correct goods lift for your requirements.
How much do you need to move in one journey?
The next thing to think about is the maximum weight and volume of each load you will need to transport. This will determine the lift capacity, which is a very important piece of information. For example; you may need to move large boxes of light objects or small boxes of heavy items. These examples might not require the same lift car size but might need the same weight capacity. It is essential to really think about this step in the process, as incorrect weight capacities in a goods lift will lead to it not functioning properly.
What distance do you need to move your goods over and does it require two or more stops at levels/floors?
This will determine the size, position and structure of your lift within your building. The distance that each type of lift is suitable for moving varies depending on the product. You can arrange a site survey, where one of our engineers will come and evaluate your site and inform you of any necessary requirements. eLifts will help you identify the best solution and the best lift for you.
Will you be loading at floor or waist level?
Floor level – If you are planning on moving heavy or awkward goods on a pallet or trolley, you will require a floor level loading lift. A good example of this being used would be for a laundry movement in a hospital or hotel.
Waist Level – If your lift is to improve service in a cafe or restaurant, then a waist-height serving with a dumb waiter, would be most suited to you.
How many lifts will you ideally need?
This all depends on the size of your operation, the speed at which the goods need to move and the number of staff using the lifts. The size of your premises will also play a part in the size and arrangement of your goods lift.
Do you need an attendant to accompany the goods in the lift?
In some cases, larger goods lifts can accommodate up to 2 attendants. Goods attendant lifts are also a solution if the stairs are far away from the location of the goods lift. These types of goods lifts are increasingly popular in housing developments, used as bin/bike lifts.
Finally, can your premises meet your requirements?
The final bits to think about are how much floor space do you have, the pit depth or ramp required. Not forgetting the headroom you have available to fit your desired lift. A lift company like us can visit your premises and help determine how your building can accommodate your requirements.
We hope these points can help you in making the right choice for your goods lift. Choosing the right goods lift design, goods lift size and its capabilities are essential to any private, residential or commercial lift installation.
We are located in the South West of England, covering Plymouth and the surrounding area. If you do have any questions about what we have to offer, would like to request a free quote or a site survey please contact us. 0800 999 1199 or email us at email@example.com.