Freight Elevators

Class A: General Freight Loading

Best used when the load is distributed, the weight of any single piece is not more than 1/4 the capacity of the elevator and the load is handled on and off the car platform manually or by means of hand trucks.

Class B: Motor Vehicle Loading

The freight elevator is used solely to carry automobile trucks or passenger automobiles up to the rated capacity of the elevator.

Class C1: Industrial Truck Loading

A four-wheeled vehicle may be used to load and unload the elevator. The combined weight of the vehicle and the load cannot exceed the rated capacity and may be rolled onto the platform as a single unit.

Class C2: Industrial Truck Loading

During loading and unloading, max load on the platform may be up to 150% of the rated capacity. This enables you to use a forklift to load a car with freight weighing up to the rated capacity.

For Class C1 and C2, the following additional requirements shall apply:

For elevators with a capacity up to 20,000lbs (9,072 kg), the car platform shall be designed for a loaded truck of weight equal to the capacity or for the actual weight of the truck to be used, whichever is greater. For elevators with a capacity exceeding 20,000lbs (9,072 kg), the car platform shall be designed for a loaded truck of that weight or for the actual weight of the loaded truck to be used, whichever is greater.

Once you have determined your classification you need to determine your travel distance. These two options will work for all of your freight elevator needs:

Hydraulic:

  • For buildings of seven or fewer floors
  • Quiet operation
  • Special NEMA enclosures, hardwood flooring, special gauge walls and ceilings
  • Vandal resistant fixtures
  • Non-skid steel platform

Traction:

  • Recommended for high rise buildings
  • Quick acceleration
  • Special NEMA enclosures, hardwood flooring, special gauge walls and ceilings
  • Vandal resistant fixtures
  • Non-skid steel platform