An Overview Of 3 Types Of Lifts For Industrial Activities

Posted on: 8 July 2022

Lifts and hoists are essential for handling materials in industrial activities. They help with heavy lifting, minimize muscle strains and risk of injuries, protect goods from damage, and save operation time. They also help reduce labor costs since they carry loads that would require a lot of human labor. Many industrial material handling lifts depend on the nature of goods and commercial activities. This piece analyzes common types of these lifts and their best applications. 

Forklift Trucks

These are small industrial vehicles used to transport goods over short distances within a facility. They use a rear-wheel drive and a lever or electrically controlled actuators to lift and lower goods efficiently. They exist in different categories depending on their operation design and powering system. Design types include low-lift trucks, stackers, side loaders, and order pickers. When it comes to their powering system, they can be diesel- or electric-powered or a hybrid with both electrical and diesel power mechanisms. Forklifts trucks are suitable for moving goods in buildings or on sites with single floors or flat surfaces. Examples of their applications are carrying bricks and pallets on a construction site or loading and offloading goods in a single-story warehouse.

Boom Lifts

These are some of the most common types of lifts in industrial activities. They have a simple working design with an arm or boom sitting on a turntable on the ground anchor of a motorized vehicle. The arm stretches out to lower, rotate, or raise a bucket that ties on its end to a position that enhances easy lifting of people to access high spaces in an industrial setting. Boom lifts exist in two types: telescopic and articulating (knuckle boom lifts). Articulating boom lifts have a knuckle-shaped arm that enables the bucket to move around obstacles in elevated sites. Telescopic boom lifts also have elongated and adjustable joints to move into very high spaces, but they have smaller brackets. Boom lifts are standard in construction, painting, installation, media, and mining activities.

Conveyor Belts

A conveyor belt is a lifting mechanism with two pulleys and a load-carrying loop rotating between them. They ensure quick and efficient movement of goods in industries because they can move in different directions: up, down, or across the room. Their flexibility and versatility make them popular in material handling, packaging, and consumer applications. For instance, they are common at airports and are used to move travelers' bags from one checkpoint to another. Other benefits of conveyor systems include the ability to carry goods of different and irregular shapes, to move fast, and to have high automation levels to fit the operator's needs.


Are you looking for the perfect lifts for your industrial site? Consult a reliable dealer to help you choose an appropriate lift type based on your commercial activities. 

Contact an industrial equipment supplier to learn more about industrial material floor lifts