410-238-2555 24 Hour Emergency Service
Request a Free Estimate


Elevators installed with more than 4 inches of “gap space” between the hoistway doors and the elevator car doors can pose a serious safety risk. Children may become entrapped in the space and could be seriously injured or killed. This risk can be reduced with the proper installation of space guards at each floor.

Click Here For More Information

Vertical Reciprocating Conveyors (VRCs): How to Choose One

Vertical Reciprocating Conveyors Preferred Elevator

Vertical reciprocating conveyors (VRCs) and warehouses go hand in hand

Vertical reciprocating conveyors (VRCs) and warehouses go hand in hand. One of the most common and efficient ways to move products from one elevation to another is to use a VRC. Are you a manufacturing facility owner who’s looking for a way to quickly, safely, and practically move your items? Preferred Elevator is here to guide you on how to choose vertical reciprocating conveyors. We’ll also discuss a few benefits of having a VRC in your establishment. 

Consider Your Materials When Choosing Vertical Reciprocating Conveyors 

VRCs come in many varieties, which you can categorize into two groups: freight lifts or vertical conveyors. Freight lifts, also known as pallet handling lifts, are suitable for more oversized products. On the other hand, vertical conveyors or case handling lifts are optimal for cases and boxes. 

What is the Rate of Your VRC? 

Based upon the mechanisms that raise and lower the platform, there are two classifications: mechanic and hydraulic. If you are sending out six or fewer cases per hour, this is a low rate. The best option for your manufacturing needs would be a cost-effective hydraulic VRC. However, if you’re going at a more substantial rate, meaning that your VRC should handle a greater weight capacity, height, or functionality, a mechanical VRC is the better option.

Consider How the Vertical Reciprocating Conveyors Will Interact With Your Team/Equipment 

VRCs can function as standalone hardware. However, your employees and fork lifts will interact with it in one way or another. Safeguarding equipment such as wire mesh partitions, bollards, and interlocking gates ensures that your team is safe for VRC operation and that your VRCs are safe from fork truck operation. Also, keep in mind the infeed and discharge sides (180 degrees, 90 degrees, 0-degree differences) that will determine the VRC’s design requirements. 

Four Benefits of Owning a VRC

  1. A safer way to transport heavy materials
  2. Cost-effective compared to freight elevators because VRCs do not carry people.
  3. More efficient because a VRC ensures a consistent workflow (your employees won’t feel the fatigue of lifting heavy items, and productivity won’t decrease.)
  4. Our mechanics can customize a VRC to fit your unique needs. 

If you’re ready to own a VRC, give Preferred Elevator a call today! 

Preferred Elevator: We’re On the Up and Up!

For over a decade, Preferred Elevator has served residents in Central Maryland, Baltimore, and Washington, DC. You can rely on our experienced home installation team and quality products.

For our commercial elevator clients, we also provide annual inspections of your equipment to adhere to standards established by the state of Maryland. During these inspections, we make sure that your commercial mobility product is functioning correctly and efficiently. We’ll also go over all safety devices and customized features offered within your plan!

Get in touch with us! Our business hours are Monday-Friday 8 am -5 pm. Reach us by phone at 410-238-2555, or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

This entry was posted on Friday, September 17th, 2021 at 10:47 am. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

Comments are closed.

Quick Contact Form

    Preferred Elevator

    • 7110 Golden Ring Road
      Suite 102
      Essex, MD 21221
    • Phone: 410-238-2555
    • 24/7 Emergency Service
    • Business Hours:
      Monday–Friday: 8am–5pm
    • MHIC #123888
    • Elevators Contractors License #1186
    • DC License #ELC1300867