What are Vertical Reciprocating Conveyors (VRC’s)?

VRC’s (also known as freight lifts) are a safe, economical way to raise and lower materials in factories, warehouses, industrial plants, institutions or anywhere that products or supplies need to move from one level to another.

VRC’s are not elevators. In fact, they have their own national code (ASME B20.1) and are specifically exempt from the national elevator code. In 1981, PFlow helped change the national safety codes to specifically exempt “material-moving” vertical conveyors from “people-moving” elevator safety requirements.

VRC’s provide fast, efficient and convenient access to/from mezzanines, balconies, basements, and between levels in multiple story buildings. They can be installed for through-floor, interior or exterior applications. The principal components of VRC’s include guide columns, carriage, and a mechanical or hydraulic actuating mechanism.

Custom Designed for Your Needs
PFlow has the engineering capabilities, experience, and technical know-how to solve a myriad of vertical lifting problems. PFlow has designed VRCs to move materials that weigh only 10 lbs to over 200,000 lbs, with carriages from 30” x 30” to 60’ x 60’, and vertical heights from 4’ to over 200’. We have built large load work platforms, over-and-under equipment for assembly lines, hopper transfer systems and much more.

At PFlow, we know each VRC application is unique. That’s why we scrutinize and address every detail of every job. We carefully analyze your needs, cover all design and construction issues, provide complete code-approved engineered drawings and deliver ongoing service support.

Our experienced sales staff and engineers will design a customized vertical lift product tailored to your needs. Our focus has always been on safety and advanced technology – and creating solutions for specific vertical material handling problems.

Vertical Reciprocating Conveyor Benefits

  • Economical solution to move materials
  • Advanced, patented safety features protect workers and materials
  • Safer and more efficient than using a forklift to move materials between levels
  • Conveniently moves loads of all shapes, sizes and weights from 10 lbs. to 100 tons
  • Customized to exact needs for mezzanines, through-floor and other multi-level applications
  • Hydraulic, mechanical, package handling, and fully automated systems available based on lifting capacity needs
  • Can be installed in an unused elevator shaft, new or existing building
  • Less costly to install, operate and maintain than elevators
  • Guaranteed code approval in every state
  • Conforms to ASME B20.1 Safety Standards

2-Post Cantilevered Hydraulic Vertical Reciprocating Conveyor for Material Transfer From One Level to Another.

The 2-post cantilevered hydraulic vertical reciprocating conveyors (VRCs) employs an industry-best 4 to 1 cable reaving system that minimizes stresses in the lifting cables and maximizes the amount of travel produced per inch of cylinder stroke.  Because the carriage is cantilevered off the guide beams, there are no over-head restrictions limiting the amount of load height available. Cantilevered vertical freight lifts travel up to 28 feet with capacities to 6,000 pounds.

Hydraulic VRCs are often used for material transfer between landings, mezzanine access, and conveyor systems, which improves use of vertical building space, enhances stability and safety during load transfer, and increase manufacturing efficiency.

Freightlift’s standard maintenance-free high capacity rollers, automatic re-pressurization and leveling system, and free-fall arrest velocity fuses make it the most reliable, durable, and safe VRC material lift available anywhere.

As with all Autoquip VRC lifts, the hydraulic cantilever freight lift provides our customers the flexibility to select any number of standard options, or to specify one or more custom engineered features to fit a specific application.

Autoquip has designed and manufactured the Freightlift® Brand of vertical reciprocating conveyors in America’s heartland since 1991. Freightlift® VCRs are engineered to the highest standards of safety and reliability.

Autoquip’s Freightlite® Optimizes Inventory, Handling, and Storage Efficiencies.

The industry standard in vertical lifts, Autoquip’s Freightlite® vertical reciprocating conveyors (VRCs) supports the lift carriage and load from beneath throughout the vertical travel of the lift. Freightlite lifts travel up to 183 inches with capacities to 3,000 pounds.

Hydraulic VRCs are often used for material transfer between landings, mezzanine access, and conveyor systems, which improves use of vertical building space, enhances stability and safety during load transfer, and increase manufacturing efficiency.

Freightlift’s standard maintenance-free high capacity rollers, automatic re-pressurization and leveling system, and free-fall arrest velocity fuses make it the most reliable, durable, and safe VRC material lift available anywhere. Additionally, every model material lift leaves the factory completely pre-assembled, which reduces setup costs and time.

As with all Autoquip VRC lifts, the Freightlite® offers the customer flexibility to select any number of standard options or to specify one or more custom engineered features to fit a specific application.

Autoquip has designed and manufactured the Freightlite® Brand of vertical reciprocating conveyors in America’s heartland since 1991. Freightlite® VCRs are engineered to the highest standards of safety and reliability.

Hydraulic Straddle Vertical Reciprocating Conveyor for Through-Loading in Material Lift, Mezzanine, and Conveyor Applications.

The 2-post hydraulic straddle vertical conveyors (VRCs) utilizes an industry-best 4 to 1 cable reeving system that minimizes stresses in the lifting cables and maximizes the amount of travel produced per inch of cylinder stroke.  Because the carriage is straddled between the guide beams, carriage sizes can be larger than with most cantilevered designs. The Freightlift straddle hydraulic family of vertical lifts travel up to 28 feet with capacities to 6,000 pounds and carriage lengths up to 12 feet.

Hydraulic VRCs are often used for material transfer between landings, mezzanine access, and conveyor systems, which improves use of vertical building space, enhances stability and safety during load transfer, and increase manufacturing efficiency.

Freightlift’s standard maintenance-free high capacity rollers, automatic re-pressurization and leveling system, and free-fall arrest velocity fuses make it the most reliable, durable, and safe VRC material lift available anywhere.

As with all Autoquip VRC lifts, the Hydraulic Straddle VRC offers the customer flexibility to select any number of standard options or to specify one or more custom engineered features to fit a specific application.

Autoquip has designed and manufactured vertical reciprocating conveyors in America’s heartland since 1991. Freightlift® VCRs are engineered to the highest standards of safety and reliability.

4-Post Mechanical Freight Lift for Safe, Reliable, High Capacity Load Transfer Between Multiple Levels.

Autoquip’s 4-post high capacity mechanical vertical conveyors (VRCs) employs an industry-best heavy duty SEW Eurodrive gear motor drive with instantaneous braking capability that ensures consistent, repeatable stopping and holding of the suspended carriage during loading and unloading. Because the carriage is supported in each corner, carriage sizes can be extremely large and load capacities can be very high.  The high capacity 4-Post mechanical freightlift travels up to 100 feet with capacities to 20,000 pounds.

Mechanical VRCs are often used for transfer of vehicles between landings, multi-level buildings, and with programmable/automated conveyor systems.  The mechanical 4 Post VRC is designed to improve the use of vertical building space, and built to enhance the stability and safety during load transfer.

Freightlift mechanical VRC’s standard maintenance-free high capacity rollers, load jam sensing system, and certified free-fall arrest carriage brakes make it the most reliable, durable, and safe VRC material lift available anywhere.

As with all Autoquip VRC lifts, the 4-Post Mechanical VRC offers the customer flexibility to select any number of standard options or to specify one or more custom engineered features to fit a specific application.

Autoquip has designed and manufactured the Freightlift® Brand of vertical reciprocating conveyors in America’s heartland since 1991. Freightlift® VCRs are engineered to the highest standards of safety and reliability.

Mechanical Cantilever Vertical Reciprocating Conveyors for Faster Speed and High Cycle Applications.

The 2-post cantilevered mechanical vertical conveyors (VRCs) employs an industry-best heavy duty SEW Eurodrive gear motor drive with instantaneous braking capability that ensures consistent, repeatable stopping and holding of the suspended carriage during loading and unloading.  Because the carriage is cantilevered off the guide beams, there are no over-head restrictions limiting load height. The cantilever mechanical freight lift travels up to 100 feet with capacities to 6,000 pounds and carriage lengths up to 12 feet.

Mechanical VRCs are often used for material transfer between landings, multi-level buildings, and programmable/automated conveyor systems, which improves use of vertical building space, enhances stability and safety during load transfer, and increase manufacturing efficiency.

Freightlift mechanical VRC’s standard maintenance-free high capacity rollers, load jam sensing system, and certified free-fall arrest carriage brakes make it the most reliable, durable, and safe VRC material lift available anywhere.

As with all Autoquip VRC lifts, the mechanical cantilever provides the customer flexibility to select any number of standard options or to specify one or more custom engineered features to fit a specific application.

Autoquip has designed and manufactured the Freightlift® Brand of vertical reciprocating conveyors in America’s heartland since 1991. Freightlift® VCRs are engineered to the highest standards of safety and reliability.

Mechanical Straddle Vertical Reciprocating Conveyor for High Speed/High Through-Put Applications.

The 2-post mechanical straddle vertical lifts (VRCs) employs an industry-best heavy duty SEW Eurodrive gear motor drive with instantaneous braking capability that ensures consistent, repeatable stopping and holding of the suspended carriage during loading and unloading.  Because the carriage is straddled between the guide beams, carriage sizes can be larger. The mechanical straddle freight lift travels up to 100 feet with capacities to 6,000 pounds and carriage lengths up to 12 feet.

Mechanical Straddle VRCs are often used for material transfer between landings, multi-level buildings, and programmable/automated conveyor systems.  Designed to improve the use of vertical building space, enhance stability and safety during load transfer, and increase manufacturing efficiency.

Freightlift mechanical straddle VRC’s standard maintenance-free high capacity rollers, load jam sensing system, and certified free-fall arrest carriage brakes make it the most reliable, durable, and safe VRC material lift available anywhere.

As with all Autoquip VRC lifts, we offer the customer the flexibility to select any number of standard options or to specify one or more custom engineered features to fit a specific application.

Autoquip’s Freightlift® VCRs are engineered to the highest standards of safety and reliability.

Package Handling Lift for Transferring Light Duty Loads of Boxes, Crates & Cartons.

The mechanical package lifts utilize a heavy duty SEW Eurodrive gear motor drive with instantaneous braking capability, enabling consistent and repeatable stopping and holding of the suspended carriage during loading and unloading. Common applications, including unit load transfer between landings, multi-level buildings, and programmable or automated systems, improve use of vertical building space and increase manufacturing and logistical efficiency.

These vertical lifts travel up to 22 feet and have a capacity of 300 pounds. And, because of the modular nature of the lift structure, a wide variety of lift configurations is available from one basic design. Customization and adaptation are achieved by selecting any number of standard options, or by specifying custom engineered features that fit your application.

Autoquip’s Freightlift® Brand of vertical reciprocating conveyors has been designed and manufactured in America’s heartland since 1991, and has become the industry standard for reliable customized industrial and commercial vertical lifts.  And, every Freightlift Package Lift comes standard with a maintenance-free carriage, load jam sensing system, and free-fall arrest carriage brakes. Reliability, simplicity, and safety – all at a competitive price.