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You Raise Me Up

Naturally a storage lift is used for arranging generally larger items of merchandise into an area which isn’t laid out to accommodate the goods individually, unstacked. Much like high-rise flats and office blocks – build up instead of out and you will save space for other things. In a warehouse environment, space is your ally – create enough of it for more stock and you will produce a higher gross in sales.

Lift Types

  • Automotive 2 and 4-post lifts
  • Aquatic on land and in water lifts
  • Warehouse vertical storage lifts

So what would be the concerns regarding the logistics of a storage lift or lifts?

Common Problems

  • Lack of proactive service and maintenance
  • Absence of regular servicing leading to mechanical issues and slow operation and prompt movement of stock

An easy solution to the above issues would be quite clearly to conduct checks on all lifts at regular intervals throughout the year, like with anything mechanical which is likely to put the safety of employees at risk if ill maintained. But who would be responsible for carrying out these checks? Should it be an in-house duty designated to a member of staff? Or should the manufacturer be responsible for the operational efficiency and safety of their product and send out an engineer? It’s not as if a lift can be simply driven down to the local garage to get the once over, it’s a large bit of kit which will most probably be sat where it is for many years doing a grand job of lifting and storing goods until it retires, if well looked after, of course. The warehouse probably aren’t going to want one of their staff taken away from his or her duties, never mind the training involved in lift maintenance, to service them, so in order for the machinery to run smoothly and not affect the daily operation of the warehouse in this case, let’s say for argument’s sake, the lifts should be maintained by their manufacturer and their dedicated mobile engineer.