What are Service and Goods Lifts?
A “service lift” regularly transports heavy or oversized objects that may be too difficult or dangerous to lift manually. With capacities of 5kg to 300kg, they are commonly known as “dumbwaiters”. However, these lifts are also called food or kitchen lifts because they are predominantly used for the transportation of food. Because of this, they are usually found in commercial bars, restaurants, and residential kitchens. For the highest level of quality and safety, most service lifts will comply with European Standard EN81-3, the safety rules for the construction and installation of electric and hydraulic service lifts.
A “Goods lift” is a large, more powerful, robust lift with capacities of up to 2,000kg. They transport multiple large and heavy items and are often found, ‘back of house’, within warehouses and stockrooms. Safety standards dictate that goods lifts must comply with the Machinery Directive as an absolute minimum. However, lifts that comply with the European Standard EN81-31 also have components that protect against free-fall and uncontrolled movement and therefore provide greater safety.
How do they differ from Passenger Lifts?
Passenger lifts, as the name suggests, transport people between floors. Services and goods lifts do not and should never carry passengers. The exception to this rule is a Goods Lift with Attendant model, which allows one trained person to travel with the goods in transit. As a result, the lift car comes with lift controls which require constant active pressure for operation. Introducing an attendant also means this type of goods lift cannot comply with European Standard EN81-31 due to it being a purely “goods only” set of standards. In this situation, compliance reverts to the Machinery Directive.
What are their Applications?
The service and goods lift applications are vast across residential and commercial environments. Service lifts often transport freshly prepared food within a kitchen environment but are not limited to catering. Our service lifts transport jewellery for Cartier, JD Sports trainers, and Health Services Laboratories medical samples, to name but a few. Equally, our goods lifts are found in thousands of commercial warehouses transporting stock and other goods. However, we also have many bespoke applications, including transporting 1,000kg of raw chickens within a poultry factory to lighting and sound equipment backstage at the ABBA Voyage experience.