What is a Vertical Reciprocating Conveyor, or VRC for short?

VRCs are similar to elevators (Type A Lifts) in form and function. However, VRCs are not subject to compliance with standard elevator codes. All vertical reciprocating conveyors fall under ASME B20.1 for safety standards and compliance covering conveyors and related equipment. They are considered Type B Lifts.

What do VRCs do?

Vertical reciprocating conveyors provide a safe way to raise and lower materials between levels in industrial facilities. VRCs are permanently installed lifting equipment and most often found in settings such as factories, warehouses, and industrial plants. They may be installed indoors or outdoors and can facilitate reliable access and movement of goods between all levels of a building.

Maximum and VRCs

Maximum Material Handling has been providing VRCs and other material handling solutions since our beginning. Our well-versed staff can oversee the process for correctly identifying the right VRC to fit your application. Maximum can provide an on-site survey and risk assessment to accurately determine all the parameters involved.

Maximum will select the best manufacturer suited for your intended project and provide a detailed quote for the designated equipment. We source VRC products from top manufacturers such as; Essex-Rise, P-Flow, Southworth and Wildeck to name a few. Maximum is a full-service company and can provide installation, repairs, maintenance and inspections as well as product sales.

Types and Benefits of VRCs

Vertical Reciprocating Conveyors present a myriad of benefits for industrial facilities. At Maximum Material Handling, we offer a variety of VRCs types suitable for use in a range of applications.

Some common applications include mezzanine, multi-floor, existing shaft, open area, pallet loading, manual loading, cart loading, automated loading and auto guided vehicle loading VRCs. Each of these configurations have varying lift capabilities and physical dimensions. Our team of material handling experts can help you determine the most appropriate VRC for your facility.

Maximum Material Handling can and will ensure that your new or existing VRC meets all applicable codes and compliance as it relates to your circumstances and industry. All of our vertical reciprocating conveyors conform to ASME B20.1 Standards.

Advantages of VRCs:

  • More cost-effective than installing a freight elevator
  • Less maintenance than an elevator
  • Are not required to run in a shaft-way
  • Can handle a versatile range of load sizes and types
  • Customizable to meet specific application needs
  • Can be installed in new or existing buildings and in open areas or unused elevator shafts

Some Common VRC Types:

  • Hydraulic or Mechanical
  • Cantilever or Straddle
  • (2) Post or (4) Post
  • Side-Walk Lift, Column Lift and Dumper

Work with Maximum Material Handling

At Maximum Material Handling, we partner closely with top material handling equipment manufacturers to provide our customers with the best available solutions for their needs. Our established partnerships with OEMs allow us to easily meet deadlines, provide accurate quotes, and handle unique needs or rush orders. We offer a full range of services including; installation, maintenance, inspections, and testing to ensure that all of our customers get the most out of their equipment.

For more information about vertical reciprocating conveyors or our related products and services, please contact us or request a quote today.