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C SERIES - CANTILEVER VERTICAL LIFTS
Our Most Versatile Lift
Cantilever style material lifts are designed to work in low overhead
areas and are constructed from structural steel utilizing a 100%
duty-cycle brake motor mounted at the top of the unit. The low noise
all-mechanical drive system safely transports the carriage and the load
with ease by using dual or quad lifting chains. Our quality design
provides a reliable means for moving material to a mezzanine or
multiple levels/floors. These lifts require very little maintenance and
have increased longevity over hydraulic lifts.
All chain operated lifts are equipped with a broken chain brake to
prevent the carriage from falling in the unlikely event of a chain
failure. Mechanical interlocks prevent doors from being opened
when the carriage is not present at that level. An electric brake
motor secures carriage in the event of a power failure and prevents
the platform from drifting.
The carriage is available in three load pattern configurations: C, Z &
90. Standard units have 48”H expanded metal platform side panels
on all on operating sides and a snap chain across the access side(s).
Higher panels are available.
Operation is controlled by a Call/Send Station mounted next to
each door at each level. Each station is also equipped with a large
E-Stop button to stop the unit in an emergency.
Guarding around the lift is required to meet safety codes. We offer
metal enclosure panels and gates to meet your applications
requirements. Different options are available for shaft installations.
Safety enclosures are built into the structure adding rigidity and
enhanced security. These enclosures are manufactured from 2” angle
for the framing and covered with 1/2” expanded metal to reject a 2”
diameter ball as required by code.
Perfect For Top mounted drive system allows for a smaller footprint than
other styles of lifts.
• Record Storage
• Automotive Parts
• Warehousing
• Balconies
• Tire Stores
• Distribution
• Through Floor
• Retail Stores
• Freight
• Mezzanines
Overhead clearance as low as 7’ from upper floor.
The all-mechanical design reduces noise and maintenance while
providing a chemically clean workplace.
STANDARD FEATURES
• Load Capacity: up to 5,000 lbs
• Platform Size: up to 7’W x 7’L
• Travel Height: up to 28’
• Operating Levels: up to 4-Stops
• Operating Speed: 20-25 fpm
• Power*: 230V/3P or 460V/3P
• Illuminated Controls at Each Level
• Electromechanical Interlocks
• Fail-Safe Brake Motor
• All-Mechanical, Dual Chain Lifting System
• Chain Safety Brakes
• Slack Chain Switches
* CIP Vertical Reciprocating
Conveyors (VRCs) are
designed to meet or exceed
ANSI/ASME B20.1 Safety
Standards for Conveyors.
Proper guarding and installation
are required in order to meet
local, state and national
codes. Contact us
for more details.

Surface Mount:
The platform deck is 6”
or 8” from the floor on the
ground level and flush
with the floor on upper
levels.
Pit Mount:
Platform deck is flush
with the floor on all levels
(standard pit is 6”-8”).
Note: Dimensions shown
are for reference purpose
only and may differ from
your lift. Before making
any building
modifications, contact us
to request a job-specific
drawing. Some limitations
may apply.
STRUCTURE
Mast is constructed from structural steel tube. Carriage
uses steel channel for vertical members. Carriage deck
(platform) is built from solid steel plate on a square
steel tube frame.
SAFETY SYSTEMS
Fail-safe electric brake locks the carriage in place in the
event of a power failure. Slack cable switches shut off
the motor if the cables become slack. Broken cable brakes
prevent the carriage from falling in the unlikely event of
a cable failure. Limit switches provide accurate leveling
at each level. “NO RIDER” signs are on carriage and
at each entry point. Double swing interlocked gates
prevent access to the carriage while in motion and
when not present at that level.
OPERATION
Illuminated push-button stations at each level allow full
call/send capabilities and inform the operator of carriage
position and notify of doors open. E-Stop buttons are
included in every call station.
MECHANICAL DRIVE
The carriage is moved by using an electric failsafe
brake motor and reducer. Dual cables and drums
provide extra safety and durability. This drive system
requires very little maintenance. Electric brake motor
prevents carriage drift.
CARRIAGE
Carriage is built as one piece for added strength. Platform
panels are provided on non-operating sides of the
carriage and snap chains on operating sides for safety.
ELECTRICAL
Control voltage is 24V for all switches and momentary
push button stations. Push button stations are
NEMA 12.
SECURITY ENCLOSURES (OPTIONAL)
Panel and gate frames are constructed from steel angle
covered by 1/2” expanded metal. These enclosures
provide a means of protecting personnel from entering
the path of a moving lift. Double swing interlocked gates
prevent access to the carriage while in motion and when
not present at that level.
Note: To comply with ANSI/ASME B20.1 standard, proper
guarding on all accessible sides must in place during operation.
This is usually achieved by building a sheetrock/drywall shaft
or using optional enclosures. Our lifts are not subject to elevator
codes as they are designed for material lifting only. No personnel
are permitted to ride on vertical lift.
The following items are to be supplied by others and are not included with the vertical lift:
(1) wall and floor hardware to secure the lift to the walls and floors,
(2) external electrical wiring which is to be performed by a qualified electrician to local and
      national codes,
(3) the conduit and disconnect switch that is required to connect our control panel and
(4) upper and lower thresholds.

ARCHITECTURAL SPECIFICATIONS
VERTICAL RECIPROCATING CONVEYOR
PART 1: GENERAL
1.01: OVERVIEW
A. Design and manufacturing of one (1) cantilever type Vertical Reciprocating Conveyor (VRC) including
     mechanical drive unit, operator controls, safety gates and enclosures as shown on project drawings and
     as specified herein.
1.02: REFERENCES
A. ANSI - American National Standards Institute (ANSI B20.1)
B. ASME - American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME B20.1)
C. NEMA - National Electrical Manufacturer's Association
1.03: SUBMITTALS
A. Product Data: Submit latest edition of Cantilever VRC datasheet and general drawings with the proposal.
B. Customer Drawings:
1. Submit Customer Engineering Drawings for customer approval within 2 weeks after receipt of an order to
include plans, elevations, sections of the VRC, base plate and lateral loading values, and recommended pit
dimensions if applicable.
2. Submit VRC Specification Sheet for approval within two weeks of receipt of an order to include scope
of work, operating and control voltages, lift speed, type of finish, and any special project notes.
C. Closeout Submittals provided with VRC Equipment:
1. Electrical Schematics Drawing including control panel layout and Bill of Material reflecting original
manufactured part numbers.
2. Mechanical Installation Manual and Electrical Installation Guide.
3. Digital Control Panel trouble shooting guide.
4. Owner's Manual including replacement parts list, exploded parts drawings, operating instructions,
maintenance schedule, and service and troubleshooting guidelines.
1.04: QUALITY ASSURANCE
A. Manufacturer must have a minimum of five (5) years experience in the manufacturing of vertical
reciprocating conveyors.
B. Vertical Reciprocating Conveyors (VRC) are covered by ANSI/ASME B20.1 Safety Standards for
Conveyors.
C. Installer must have the approval of FSI and have a minimum of five (5) years experience in the installation
of vertical material lifts.
1.05: WARRANTY
A. The manufacturer shall warrant the VRC against manufacturing defects from date of installation as outlined
below:
1. Electric Motor and Cyclo-Drive Reducer - two (2) years.
2. Electrical Components - ninety (90) days.
3. Mechanical Components - one (1) year.
PART 2: PRODUCTS
2.01: VRC MECHANICAL SPECIFICATIONS
A. Load Capacity: The VRC shall be rated at a live load capacity of _______ lbs.
B. Operating Speed: The VRC shall have a vertical lifting speed of 20 - 25 feet per minute when loaded to
maximum capacity.
C. Vertical Travel Height: The VRC shall have a vertical lifting height of _____ inches with a total of _____
landings (including lowest level) with a distance between floors of ______ inches.
D. Lift Carriage: The VRC carriage shall be a minimum of _____ inches wide x _____ inches deep
with a steel deck plate and minimum of 48" high welded or bolt-on side panels on all non-operating ends
and safety chains with snap hooks on all operating ends.
E. Vertical Masts: The VRC shall have a one (1) support mast constructed of four (4) 4" square structural grade
steel tubes for vertical support and strengthened by horizontal 2" square steel tubes.
F. Deflection Under Load: No portion of the VRC shall exhibit permanent deflection when loaded to full capacity.
G. Shock Load: The VRC must be able to withstand a shock load of at least 500% to ensure safety.
H. Lifting Means: The drive system shall be comprised of two (2) sprockets transmitting lifting forces through two
(2) chains to the back section of the carriage. The electrical drive motor shall be 100% duty cycle coupled with
a Cyclo-Drive gear reducer with a shock load rating of 500%. Planetary or helical gear reducers are not allowed.
I. Safety Brakes and Devices: The Carriage shall be equipped with one (1) broken/slack chain brake that
prevents the carriage from descending more than 6" if tension is lost on either chain. Slack chain switches are
required to disable motor power in the event a chain becomes slack or broken.
J. Security Enclosures: Guarding on all non-operating sides of the VRC shall be by security enclosures extending
a minimum of 8' high at each level consisting of expanded metal which will reject a ½" diameter ball. Security
enclosures shall tie directly into the vertical mast for added structural support.
K. Landing Gates: Gates are required on all operating sides of the VRC at each level of operation.
1. The gates shall be (double swing) (vertical slide) (horizontal slide) (roll-up) type.
2. Each gate must be equipped with an elevator approved electro-mechanical interlock to prevent opening
of the gate unless the carriage is present and to prevent operation unless all gates are closed.
L. Signage: Signs dictating "NO RIDERS" and maximum weight capacity shall be placed at every access point
and visible from all operating ends of the carriage.
M. Approach Ramp: If pit mounting is not specified, the manufacturer shall supply a steel fabricated 6" high
approach ramp to be installed within ½" of the VRC carriage at the ground level.
N. Power Requirements: The VRC shall be manufactured to operate on 230 volts / 3 phase / 60 hertz power.
Controls voltage must be no greater than 24 volts.
O. Load Pattern: The pattern for loading and unloading the carriage at different levels must be a "Z", "C" or
"90" configuration.
2.03: VRC ELECTRICAL SPECIFICATIONS
A. Electric Motor:
1. The motor shall have a minimum duty cycle of 100%.
2. The motor and Cyclo-Drive gear reducer must be able to withstand a shock load of at least 500% to ensure
safety.
3. Motor horsepower shall be sized to handle the carriage weight in addition to the rated live load and
specified speed.
4. All motors are three phase and shall be designed for continuous duty at ambient temperatures for 32° to 102°
Fahrenheit
5. The motor shall not automatically restart when the overload device is reset.
6. The motor shall be equipped with a heavy-duty, long life, fast-acting fail-safe disc brake to ensure the brake
will hold in case of power failure.
B. Controls:
1. Each operating floor shall be equipped with a momentary contact push-button control station with full call,
send and mushroom style E-stop switches for manual control of lift operation.
2. An internally pre-wired, NEMA 12 rated Intelitroll self-diagnostic control panel shall be provided with
appropriate transformer, overload relay, phase monitor device, field wiring terminal block and breakers.
3. Limit Switches: The VRC shall be equipped with a floor level switch at each level, upper level, and over
travel limit switch to provide precise positioning of the carriage.
4. Slack Chain Safety Switches: One switch shall be provided to monitor slack chain situations and disable
power to the motor while engaging carriage safety brakes in the event of a slack or broken chain.
5. The control voltage shall not exceed 24 volts for safety reasons.
C. Power Source: Owner shall terminate high voltage operating power within 10 feet of the location designated
for the VRC installation.
2.04: FINISHES
A. All carbon steel surfaces shall be coated with an industrial enamel finish - color slate gray and burgundy.
B. Prior to applying finish, all dirt, mill scale, oil and grease shall be removed from carbon steel surfaces
by a combination of brushing, wiping and use of solvents.
PART 3: EXECUTION
3.01: EXAMINATION
A. Prior to commencing installation of the VRC, the installer shall visually examine the conditions under which
the VRC is to be installed and notify the architect in writing of conditions detrimental to the proper and timely
completion of the work.
3.02: INSTALLATION
A. Installer must comply with manufacturer's detailed mechanical and electrical installation instructions for proper
installation and to meet safety codes. All thresholds and extra installation materials needed must be supplied
by the installer.
3.03: FIELD QUALITY CONTROL
A. Inspection: Upon completion of installation, the VRC shall be inspected to verify that it meets all
requirements set forth by CIP and Parts 1, 2 and 3 of this Section.
B. Tests:
1. Operating Load Test: The owner will provide a _______ pound test load and load the VRC at the lowest
level. The loaded VRC carriage shall be conveyed to an upper floor level and returned to the lowest level to
assure proper operation. If the VRC cannot lift or lower the load, the VRC shall fail the test.
2. Performance Test: This test is to be performed in conjunction with Test 1 above. During the demonstration
of the lifting and lowering test, the owner shall measure the time required to lift and lower the capacity load.
The owner will average times for lifting and lowering the load and calculate the average feet per minute travel
speed. If the VRC does not lift the load within 10% of the specified speed, or if the lowering speed exceeds
the lifting speed by more than 10%, the VRC shall fail the test.
3. Stationary Load Test: This test is to be performed in conjunction with Test 1 above. The loaded VRC
carriage shall remain stationary at an upper level for a minimum of one (1) hour. After the one (1) hour period,
the VRC will be inspected for deflection of the components or drift of the platform. If deformation or downward
drift is evident, the VRC shall fail the test.
3.04: ADJUSTING AND CLEANUP
A. Installer shall touch up all scratches, abrasions, and other defects in the pre-finished surfaces with the same
material color and type of finish as that used at time of fabrication.
B. Installer will remove and dispose of all rubbish and debris caused by the work under this section.
C. Verification that equipment is properly installed in accordance with manufacturer's guidelines and guarded to
meet or exceed ANSI/ASME B20.1 Safety Standards for Conveyors.
Cantilever Vertical Lifts, Mezzanine Material Lifts, Custom Industrial Material Lift, Vertical Conveyor, Freight Elevator,
Vertical Material Lifts, Vertical Platform Lifts, Vertical Reciprocating Conveyor, Pallet Master, and VRC form your
source for material handling equipment.
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