How much does a Freight Elevator Cost?
The cost of a freight elevator is dependent on a number of factors: size, capacity, number of stops and the travel distance (among other things). In order to determine the price, you can send us a quote request with the details of the above so that can we provide you with a free quotation.
What’s the Code for Freight elevators?
North American Freight Elevators are governed by ASME A17.1 in USA and CSA B-44 in Canada. Currently ASME A17.1 and CSA-B44 are harmonized.
What’s the loading Class of a Freight Elevator?
A Freight Elevator is available in the following loading classes:
General Freight Loading. The load is distributed; the weight of any single piece is not more than 1/4 the capacity of the elevator and the load is moved on and off the car platform manually or by means of hand trucks.
Motor Vehicle Loading. The freight elevator is used solely to carry automobile trucks or passenger automobiles up to the rated capacity of the elevator.
Industrial Truck Loading. A four-wheeled vehicle may be used to load and unload the elevator. The combined weight of the vehicle and the load cannot exceed the rated capacity and may be rolled onto the platform as a single unit
Industrial Truck Loading. During loading and unloading, the maximum load on the platform may be up to 150% of the rated capacity. This enables you to use a forklift to load a car with freight weighing up to the rated capacity
Other forms of Industrial Truck Loading. During the loading and unloading process, the rated capacity must never be exceeded.
Can a Freight Elevator be Explosion Proof?
Yes, we can provide you with explosion proof and dust proof wash down Freight elevators
What is the difference between a Freight Elevator and a Service Elevator?
A Freight Elevator and a Service Elevator differ in their applications. Service Elevators have a dual purpose and are intended for general public use as well as for freight. Service Elevators are commonly installed at Airports, Convention centers and Hospitals whereas Freight Elevators are intended primarily for carrying goods, cargo etc.
What’s the difference between Freight Elevator and Freight lift?
To the layman, a Freight Elevator and a Freight Lift (known as Material Lift as per the National Elevator code) may seem like one and the same thing. They both fall under the same Elevator Code (albeit under different sections), are built for the transportation of heavy cargo, are finished to withstand tough working conditions and both allow an attendant to travel on the elevator with the cargo.
However, that is where the similarities end. A Freight Elevator and a Freight Lift differ from each other in several ways, as outlined below:
Is an Attendant allowed onboard?
Yes, a Freight Lift (ML) and a Freight Elevator both allow an attendant to ride onboard with the cargo.
What is the National Elevator Code for these types of Elevators?
A Freight Lift falls under A17.1/B-44, Section 7.4. The Freight Elevator also falls under A17.1/B-44, however the Section differs from that of the Freight Lift. The Freight Elevator falls under Section 2 of the National Elevator Code.. .
Is the construction of a Pit required?
A Freight Lift (ML) can be provided with a pitless option; however, a Freight Elevator requires the construction of a pit that is 60” minimum.
Is an Overhead required?
A Freight Elevator requires an overhead of 45” as refuge space above the cab. A Freight lift, on the other hand, does not require an Overhead.
What is the difference in the Operation of these two systems?
A Freight Lift is operated via constant pressure, whereas a Freight Elevator has an automatic operating system.
Is a Car Gate required for both?
A car gate is needed in the case of a Freight Elevator; however, a Freight Lift does not need a car gate.
Is a Ceiling required for both?
A full ceiling is required for a Freight Elevator while a Freight Lift does not require a ceiling.
What is the maximum size limit?
For both of these systems, there are no limits on the size. It can be as large or as small as the project requires.
What is the maximum travel speed?
There is no maximum travel speed for a Freight Elevator; the speed is only limited by technological developments. In the case of a Freight Lift, the maximum travel speed is 30 fpm.
What travel height is required?
For a Freight Lift, the maximum travel height is 5m, however, some states/provinces in North America do allow for more. A Freight Elevator does not have travel height limit.
How many floors can be serviced?
A Freight Lift can service up to 4 floors, or as approved by local authorities, whereas a Freight Elevator can service as many floors the required by the project.
What is the maximum weight capacity?
The weight capacity depends upon the project and its requirements for both of these systems.
What Are the Different Freight Elevator Drive Systems?
Hydraulic freight elevators
These types of elevators use a liquid (vegetable based or oil based) that is pumped into a cylinder through a valve. (Used in low rise applications)
Traction Freight Elevator (MRL):
A geared or gearless (sometimes called MRL Freight Elevator) traction elevator is designed in a way that makes it possible to be lifted by ropes. These ropes pass over a wheel that is attached to an electric motor that is located above the elevator shaft. The power from the motor is transmitted to a drive sheave through a reduction gear. Geared traction elevators are designed for freight and are available with power or manually operated vertical or horizontal opening doors (These are generally used in mid to high rise buildings).
Rack and Pinion Freight Elevators (MRL):
These elevators are comprised of a pair of gears that convert rotational motion into linear motion. A circular gear called “the pinion” engages teeth on a linear “gear” bar, called “the rack”. Rotational motion applied to the pinion causes the rack to move relative to the pinion, thereby translating the rotational motion of the pinion into linear motion (These may be used in extreme high travel & weight capacities).