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Vertical Reciprocating Conveyors (VRCs)

Wildeck Vertical Reciprocating Conveyors (VRCs) are a cost-effective, safe, and easy way to move materials from one elevation to another. They are ideally suited for the safe and efficient movement of materials to a mezzanine, rack storage system with catwalks, or any new or existing upper floor level.

  • Safety & Efficiency

    Wildeck VRCs are safer than using a forklift truck or manpower to move materials between levels and are easier and less costly to operate and maintain than elevators or forklift trucks. VRCs are classified as a material conveyor and operators do not require OSHA forklift training. 

  • Whatever your Load or Need

    Whatever the load may be, moving materials just gets easier with a reliable and easy-to-install Wildeck VRC. They can safely transfer pallet loads, as well as carts and boxes that many not fit on a forklift.

  • Made in the USA

    Wildeck VRCs are manufactured in the USA and meet ANSI / ASME B20.1 safety standards for conveyors and applicable MHIA guidelines.

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Mechanical VRCs

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Hydraulic VRCs

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Mechanical VRCs
Capacity: Virtually unlimited (with custom configurations)
Lifting Height: Up to 150 ft.*
Lifting Speed: 28 feet per minute*
Max platform size: 12 ft. wide x 20 ft. long
Automated Capabilities
Initial Cost: Higher
Maintenance Required: Less
Hydraulic VRCs
Capacity: 1,000 - 4,000 lbs.
Lifting Height: Up to 18 ft. - 6 in.
Lifting Speed: 20 feet per minute
Max platform size: 8 ft. wide x 12 ft. long
Automation not recommended
Initial Cost: Lower
Maintenance Required: More

*Can be increased with custom configurations

About Wildeck VRCs

While elevators are designed to move both passengers and freight, VRCs are designed to move only freight. Due to this important cargo distinction, VRCs are in many jurisdictions exempt from stringent elevator codes.

Vertical reciprocating conveyors must comply with ASME’s Safety Standard for Conveyor and Related Equipment (ASME B20.1-2018). This standard outlines the provisions for the construction, installation, operation and maintenance of conveyors and conveying systems.

The goal of ASME B20.1-2018 is to ensure the safest possible operation of VRCs. However, this standard is far more relaxed than the regulations governing elevators. For VRC owners, this translates into less time and money spent on inspections, testing and routine maintenance programs.

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Designed for your Load

A distinct advantage of VRCs is the degree to which they can be customized. Since elevators are designed to safely move human passengers, regulations have been put into place that restrict the size, capacity and lifting speed of these devices. VRCs, in contrast, are designed to transport material-only, and are classified as material conveyors. This provides greater flexibility on design, allowing us to develop the best lifting solution for your material.

 

Simply put, we will design to your desired:

  • Lifting Speed
  • Material Travel Path
  • Carriage Size
  • Load Capacity
  • Lift Height / Number of Stops
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Automated Capabilities

Wildeck VRCs can be designed to efficiently integrate vertical lifting into your new or existing automated material handling / conveyor systems. Automated VRCs typically consume less footprint than spiral conveyors and incline conveyors, and offer lifting speeds up to 350 feet per minute. Like all Wildeck VRCs, our automated solutions are designed and manufactured to meet ANSI/ASME – B20.1 “Safety Standard for Conveyors.”

The thing I love about the VRCs is that we’re building pallets for customers, and they can be very unstable due to their different shapes and sizes. The VRCs allow us to bring them down to the first level without any breakage. VRCs really made the best sense for us.

-Gary Couture
General Manager, Baker Distributing

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