Electrical Vs. Hydraulic Vertical Conveyors

electric vertical conveyorWhen designing your pallet elevator lift system, it is important to consider the characteristics of the kinds of loads your facility must handle. To that end, how your conveyors and lifts receive power can affect the size, power requirements, and efficiency of your facility. There are two popular options for vertical lift conveyors: hydraulic and electric power. Learn the key difference between these two below and find the right configuration for your facility.

Hydraulic Conveyors

Vertical lifts using hydraulic power use pressurized liquid to convert energy into locomotion and torque. Hydraulic conveyor systems are powerful and can perform many heavy duty applications. However, there is a key drawback: cleanup and maintenance.

Hydraulic motors require a liquid and the concept of fluid dynamics to operate the lift’s motor. These systems require separate assemblies to store and distribute the liquid. As a consequence, motors using liquid are prone to leaks and spillage. This can make work floors appear messy, and the presence of liquid on the floor can pose a safety hazard.

Electric Conveyors

Electric-powered conveyor lifts incorporate an electric motor, which uses the power to generate mechanical energy. Since the motor relies on a power source, these systems are almost entirely self-contained and do not require the storage of potentially hazardous liquids.

Also, electric-powered conveyors can be programmed to change output as needed, allowing the motor to adapt to a variety of different load types and weights. Electric pallet lifts have a smaller footprint than hydraulic options since their conveyance mechanism is simply composed of an electric hoist. The result is a space-efficient lift area that is easier to clean and maintain.

Design your new pallet lift configuration with confidence and consider an electric conveyor. Reach out to a vertical conveyor contractor and request an estimate for design and assembly services.