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Wildeck Unveils New FlexLoader™ Automated / Integrated VRC System

Innovative VRC system designed for automation duty comes standard with Wildeck’s patented AutoSenz® Safety Control System.

Waukesha, WI – August 2014 – In response to customer needs for a safer material lift for automation duty applications, Wildeck’s industry-leading VRC product development and marketing team has unveiled a new fully-integrated VRC system incorporating automated flush-mounted conveyors, with either a straddle or 4-post vertical reciprocating conveyor (VRC), and Wildeck Overhead Safety Gates at each level. According to Hubert Schlegel, Director of Marketing at Wildeck, “The new FlexLoader™ VRC system turns a basic vertical lift – offered by several manufacturers, including Wildeck – into a safer, more efficient, and more automated material lifting system that seamlessly connects all levels of a work platform to make better use of the available space.”

Unlike a standard VRC, Wildeck’s new FlexLoader™ material conveyor system incorporates the company’s full-featured AutoSenz D-Series Overload Detection System (U.S. Patent No. 7,408,317) with automated horizontal loading and off-loading conveyors and Wildeck Safety Gates at each level. The system is therefore excluded from Elevator department inspections and provides code compliance in all 50 States. “It’s the right product at the right time,” states Schlegel, “since more manufacturers and distribution center operations are requiring increased material throughput to shorten product delivery times to customers.”

According to Wildeck, the new FlexLoader™ VRC system improves the utilization of existing overhead cubic space and dramatically increases operational efficiency.  The integration of Wildeck’s Overhead Safety Gates at the in-feed and discharge points protects workers from the equipment and open shaft-way and prevents loads from being inadvertently pushed into or down the shaft-way.

Wildeck VRCs that are an integral component of the FlexLoader™ system have become the preferred choice for many customers since they have more available safety features than any other VRC on the market, and have been designed from the start to provide safer lifting of any type of load.  The conveyor system and VRC are custom designed as a fully-integrated system to meet the user’s specific application requirements.  The automated flush-mounted conveyor can either be supplied by Wildeck or can be supplied by the customer and factory mounted at Wildeck.  Having a flush-mounted conveyor at each level makes it easy to load and off-load the VRC using a pallet jack or fork truck.

FlexLoader™ sequence of operation:

  • Materials are inducted / loaded with a pallet jack or fork truck
  • Safety gate is manually closed
  • Load is transferred to the next level
  • Safety gate is manually opened at the receiving level to off-load the pallet

Standard control package includes:

  • Call/Send Stations at each level
  • Wildeck’s patented AutoSenz® “D-Series” overload detection system with full diagnostics and programmable service reminder

Signaling system (lights and/or alarms) is available to warn that:

  • System is in “Auto Mode”
  • System is in “Manual Mode”
  • System status
  • Errors or faults

Separate “inbound” and “outbound” lanes can be set up at each elevation to provide:

  • “C-Load” “Z-Load” or “H-Loading” Patterns.

All components of the system (VRC, Safety Gates, & Perimeter Guarding):

  • Are designed for Heavy Automation Duty
  • Utilize state of the art, but cost effective controls and devices
  • Are designed with Safety in mind.

“Wildeck has been a leading manufacturer of high quality VRCs for many years,” states Schlegel. “Our latest innovation – the FlexLoader™ Automated VRC system – is available through Wildeck material handling dealers and systems integrators nationwide and gives customers more capacity, efficiency and safety features than ever before.”

The company is in its 37th year as the largest supplier of industrial steel work platforms (mezzanines), VRCs (vertical reciprocating conveyor), and safety guarding products. All products are “Made in USA” and are Crafted with Confidence at Wildeck’s modern manufacturing facility in Waukesha, Wisconsin.

According to Schlegel, “No other manufacturer offers such a strong portfolio of storing, lifting, and guarding products to improve operations. Whether it’s our new FlexLoader™, a custom designed work platform, or our full line of safety guard rail products, Wildeck offers a level of quality and craftsmanship that customers won’t find anywhere else.”

Wildeck, Inc. – based in Waukesha, WI – is the largest manufacturer of industrial steel work platforms (mezzanines), vertical lifts (VRCs), and safety guarding products in North America.  Wildeck products are used for the safe and efficient handling, storage, and protection of materials and personnel.  Throughout its 37 year history, the company has grown through a dedicated and experienced network of customer-service-oriented dealers and systems integrators, nationwide.

For more information on the FlexLoader™ VRC system or the complete line of Wildeck and Ladder Industries products and services, call 262-549-4000, email info@wildeck.com, visit www.wildeck.comor www.ladderindustries.com.