Penny Hydraulics has marked a 180% increase in turnover on its mezzanine floor lift range by adding a 1,000kg capacity goods lift to its product range.
Penny Haudraulics’ new Heavy Duty Mezz Lift is a vertical goods lift with up to 1,000kg capacity that enables users to move goods such as crates, trolleys or pallets safely and efficiently to mezzanine floors within warehouses, retail stores, factories and workshops.
It is manufactured in the UK within a four-week lead time and is fully compliant with European legislation. Standard off-the-shelf designs are available, as well as optional extras such as bespoke platform sizes, increased height, 90° loading, additional entrances, trolley stop barriers on the platform, or a choice of finish and clad enclosure.
With safety at the forefront, all lifts are CE marked and built in conformance with the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC, Lifting Operations & Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 and The Provision & Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998. Standard safety features include electrical and mechanical interlocks on level gates, hazard warning safety signs, O&M manual, emergency stop button fitted to all control stations, anti-slip platform surface, hose burst protection and overload protection Penny says its customers benefit from free site assessments and fast UK-wide installation. Operator training is available and planned maintenance programmes including scheduled annual Statutory Testing enable businesses to comply with current UK legislation. All lifts come with 12 months parts and labour warranty as standard.
Heavy duty mezz lift installations
Penny says the initial Heavy Duty Mezz Lift installations have been a great success. Trans-Tronic Ltd is a manufacturer of mechanical components including transformers and coils. As it has expanded, it became in great need of increased warehousing space for stock. Rather than move premises, it introduced a mezzanine floor in the premises to create extra space for storage. To move stock between the mezzanine and ground level, staff were either making numerous trips up and down the stairs carrying the items in small boxes, or using a fork truck to lift larger pallet loads.
Both options were time consuming and required a high level of man power; using the fork truck in particular meant that a trained operator needed to carry out the procedure and the working area needed to be cordoned off, taking up both valuable space and time.
Trans-Tronic’s owner Peter Goater contacted Penny Hydraulics to design and manufacture a 1,000kg capacity goods lift, which identified that a standard off-the shelf lift would suit the company’s requirement with a couple of minor adaptations. At ground level, two separate loading areas were added, one from the loading bay outside and another from the storage area inside to ensure the lift could be used from two separate areas.
The lift was designed, manufactured, quickly installed and put to use. Peter Goater said a fortnight after the installation “we are delighted with the lift and using it a lot” and described himself as “a delighted customer”. Penny Hydraulics has seen steady growth of its goods lifts range over the past five years, with a large spike in orders between 2013 and 2014.
Richard Short, sales director, says: “Business owners are looking for ways that will enable them to work smarter; they want to utilise all the storage space within their premises and move stock quickly and safely. News is starting to spread that goods lifts are a cost-effective product to help them achieve these goals. The fact that the lifts are self-supported, no structural changes need to be made to the building, and that the lift can be fitted within a four-week lead time means minimum disruption to the workplace is caused, all of which are major draws to our goods lift range for business owners.”