Adding a lift to your company’s building can add extra mobility and ease of access for your employees, customers and visitors. Depending on the type of your business, you may also require a lift for transporting goods, offloading deliveries or moving equipment. Lifts can be a necessity in some workplaces and offices, but it is important to make sure that you get the right type installed. There is a diverse range of different lift types, each suited to different tasks, including but not limited to access lifts, scissor lifts and passenger lifts. Whilst it may seem obvious which lift you need from the name, it can help to know a bit more about each type.

Access Lifts

Access lifts are a fantastic addition to any office, and can give people who are disabled more independence, as well as allowing them to reach higher floors. There are generally three types of lifts designed for disabled access.

Platform lifts are hardwearing and durable, and can quickly and easily transport a person between floors. They are also generally a cheaper solution than traditional lifts, and can be fitted quickly.

Steplifts are slightly less enclosed than platform lifts but also offer independence for anyone who struggles with stairs. They can be customised to fit your needs, so are a valuable addition to any workplace.

Compact lifts offer a more private way of travelling between floors, as they are fully enclosed. They are available in a variety of styles and sizes, so you can make sure you get the most appropriate lift for your company.

Passenger Lifts

Passenger lifts are a great alternative to stairs for an office building with a high number of floors. Whether you want to install one to help staff members or customers reach higher floors or use one to transport large items or trollies to different levels, passenger lifts are a fix-all solution to these problems. Available in a range of sizes, weight capacities and styles, you can ensure that the lift you want meets all your expectations and needs.

These lifts can be powered via either a hydraulic system or a traction system. Hydraulic lifts have all their material inside the elevator shaft which can be ideal if you are pushed for space. Traction lifts are often faster than hydraulic lifts and generally offer a smoother ride, making them a better choice for some taller, more modern buildings. Choosing between these two types is the first big decision, and then you can further customise your elevator from there.

Scissor Lifts

Scissor lifts can give your loading systems a helping hand. Whether you want them installing in a packing area, loading bay, warehouse or production line, you can get a scissor lift designed to solve your problems with materials handling. They can also be customised to offer different platform sizes, load capacities and lifting heights to make sure they aid your work in the most efficient way. A scissor lift can also have a barrier, making it safer for people to operate on if you have some work that needs doing at a height repeatedly.