In the July/August 2019 edition of Material Handling & Logistics (a magazine dedicated to delivering thought-provoking, high-quality content that bolsters material handling and logistics as functions that support the bottom line), an article entitled Mezzanines and VRCs: The Foundation of Automation was published. The article, authored by Wildeck, offered a practical approach for warehouses and distribution centers interested in taking the initial steps towards automating their facility’s functions and processes.


A cursory internet search for warehouse automation equipment is sure to leave the most organized and pragmatic mind reeling with information overload. In addition to an abundance of product specifications, the highly customizable nature of automation equipment adds an exponential number of factors to be considered before a final decision can be made. With all these variables to contend with, where does a company just starting out on their automation journey begin?


The answer is simple: companies looking to automate their facility should begin with an investment in mezzanines and vertical reciprocating conveyors (VRCs). These two material handling solutions are foundational pieces of equipment in the automation process.


An industrial mezzanine is an elevated floor system that can be installed between the floor and the ceiling in a warehouse or distribution center. Sometimes referred to as a “work platform,” these heavy-duty structures are typically constructed with steel. Capable of safely supporting tremendous loads, industrial mezzanines can (literally) function as the foundation upon which a company’s automation equipment is housed (i.e. conveyors, chutes, pick modules, etc.)


A VRC is a type of lifting device that safely raises and lowers materials between differing points of elevation in a warehouse or distribution center. Primarily comprised of guide columns, a carriage and a mechanical or hydraulic actuating mechanism, these devices can provide access to and from mezzanines, catwalks or other existing levels within a facility. VRCs can be designed to move products and materials of all shapes and sizes. Their highly customizable nature ensures secure transportation for a company’s widest and most unwieldy loads.


Companies looking to start their automation journey should consider partnering with a knowledgeable material handling solutions provider like Wildeck. Our team of solution experts understands the value of automation solutions in resolving the pain points of today and positioning a company for future growth.


If you are interested in learning how Wildeck’s mezzanines and VRCs can take your company’s automation capabilities to new heights, contact us at or (800) 325-6939. Our team of solution experts are ready to help your facility enjoy all the benefits that automation has to offer.