When preparing for any construction project, ensuring you know exactly what equipment you need for the job is critical. After all, the market is full of many forms of equipment for tackling specific tasks. One of the most integral pieces of equipment for working on large, vertical projects is an industrial manlift.
The guide below will teach how to navigate the best types of industrial manlifts your worksite needs. Of course, your needs will vary from site to site, but the details below will show you how to tailor each lift to a job site’s unique requirements.
First, let’s define what we mean by “manlifts” because using the term can be confusing because it’s not uncommon to hear the term when discussing scissor lifts and boom lifts.
However, these are not the types of manlifts we’re covering today, though they do fit the moniker suitably. Instead, we will focus on rack-and-pinion industrial manlifts. At UCEL, our rack-and-pinion industrial manlifts are a form of industrial elevator. Another term for this equipment is “commercial manlift.”
As the name suggests, these rack-and-pinion manlifts are a strong structure for vertically carrying personnel and their tools. More specifically, these industrial lifts help personnel when it comes to maintenance and low-traffic access on the site.
That said, fully understanding industrial manlifts requires detailing maintenance and safety standards. Next, we’ll dive into the details of how sites keep their lifts running.
Although this type of lift might sound straightforward, only trained experts should operate commercial manlifts. That way, you can ensure on-site use of the lift remains safe and efficient.
Likewise, personnel should know how to conduct thorough inspections on commercial manlifts for the same reasons. That way, they can notify a superior if they spot any hazards. Now that you know the parameters, let’s detail the types of materials to look for in the design.
When determining the types of industrial manlifts your project needs, always look to the manufacturer’s materials. Suffice it to say that you should always rely on a structurally sound lift for transporting your crew safely. For instance, UCEL’s industrial manlifts contain high-tensile steel in the cars and towers, so you can expect ample protection each time you step inside. Peace of mind goes a long way when your crew is traversing large structures on-site.
The two prominent metals we rely on for building long-lasting, strong industrial lifts are steel and aluminum. Furthermore, additional manlift components can undergo galvanization for better protection when necessary.
Extra protection is always important to consider because the lift’s materials must sufficiently endure the job site’s environmental conditions. Another way to ensure suitable outdoor security is to design equipment that’s up to NEMA 4X or greater standards.
For those unaware, NEMA 4X enclosures have excellent protection against corrosion, dust, and other dangerous elements that your equipment will encounter outdoors. The number of components in a rack-and-pinion industrial manlift system might seem daunting, but these lifts are conveniently customizable when you partner with a flexible, innovative manufacturer.
As mentioned above, customization is invaluable when designing your industrial manlift. Before settling on a design, always ask your lift provider about their additional accessories.
For example, for added safety on-site, you can outfit your industrial manlift with access to special alarm systems, fireman services, or emergency lowering mechanisms. That way, you can find a quick and smart solution when emergencies occur during your operations.
Consistent, strong communication is also integral to construction jobs for maintaining responsible practices and efficient operations. After all, if you have to wander around the job site to find someone instead of relying on a convenient walkie-talkie, that’s going to take up valuable time.
Finding a solution might seem easier said than done, but manlifts can feature various accessories for boosting communications. If you want your lift to feature an intercomor remote monitoring capabilities, UCEL can help you find a suitable solution.
Simply put, don’t shy away from special requests. By delving into all the unique details of your operation, you can work with your equipment provider to optimize manlifts accordingly. Speaking of which, let’s move forward to one of the top factors in selecting manlifts: your manufacturer.
Building modern, innovative, and reliable manlifts requires certified industry professionals. Furthermore, the best lifts come from creators who know the equipment inside and out and can tailor each project to the individual client’s needs.
At UCEL, we partner with manufacturers specializing in modern design standards and carrying certifications from safety and quality specialists, including ISO 9000:1. By partnering with manufacturers with high standards and a good work ethic, we can ensure consistency and quality with each piece of equipment we provide.
Thus, when speaking with your equipment provider, you should always ask about the standards their manufacturers follow. This is a simple step that will tell you a lot about the company and its products. Of course, you’ll never truly know how the equipment performs until it’s on your construction site, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do a deep dive into your service provider beforehand. One more excellent way to ensure you’re working with the right company is by looking at their portfolio.
Inspecting images of previous projects gives you a chance to see the finished product before the installation. Vetting your industrial manlift partner takes time, but it’s time well spent because it will help you avoid investing in insufficient equipment.
As you can see, choosing the right type of industrial manlift for your needs isn’t as straightforward as listing different lift monikers. From vetting manufacturers to discussing the intricate details of tower components, designing the perfect lift requires balancing many complex details. Luckily, you should now be able to balance those details with more clarity to avoid investing in dangerous or inefficient equipment.