Vertical conveyors (pallet elevators)

Vertical conveyors (pallet elevators)

Vertical transport system that automates pallet lifting and lowering to overcome heights and streamline the internal flow of goods.

The product

Automation of vertical pallet movements

Vertical conveyors are automatic lifts designed to ensure the smooth movement of palletised loads between a facility’s various floors or storage levels. They enable the controlled, stable transport of pallets to the desired height.

Mecalux’s elevators are highly robust systems that integrate easily into automated and conventional storage systems. Equipped with an electric motor and a conveyor for accurate load transfers, their implementation ensures the continuous internal flow of pallets. Moreover, pallet elevators boost productivity by reducing transport times.

Vertical conveyors make it possible to transport pallets between different levels

Advantages of pallet elevators

  • High-bay capability: this multi-level solution lifts pallets up to 40 m in height.
  • High load capacity: thanks to their robust construction, vertical lift conveyors can transport pallets weighing up to 1,500 kg.
  • Great speed: pallet elevators expedite the vertical transport of palletised loads. They can achieve speeds of 80 m/min for maximum payloads of 1,000 kg and 60 m/min for payloads of up to 1,500 kg.
  • Easy integration: their compact single-mast structure occupies little space, making them adaptable to different layouts and warehouse configurations (with conveyor lines, electric monorail systems, etc.).
  • Safe operation: pallet elevator lifts raise and lower pallets in a stable manner, safeguarding the integrity of the goods transported.
  • Wide temperature range: vertical conveyor systems can operate in both low and high temperatures (from -30 °C to 40 °C).
Pallet elevators are lifts capable of transporting pallets at great heights

Thanks to the automatic vertical conveyors, flows are much faster

Christian Kalch Industrial and Logistics Manager
(Sarrebourg, France)

Pallet elevator applications

High-throughput solution for transporting pallets vertically in all types of facilities

Vertical conveyors are designed to work in multiple scenarios. Their implementation speeds up movements of palletised loads in intralogistics operations that require goods to be transported along various levels.

Pallet elevators connect floors in warehouses with multiple heights

Facilities with varying heights

They transport palletised loads vertically to bridge changes in height and connect warehouse zones located on different levels.

Automated vertical conveyors can be used in certain AS/RS

Automated storage and retrieval systems (AS/RS)

They transport pallets from one storage level to another in AS/RS such as the Automated Pallet Shuttle with transfer cars and the 3D Automated Pallet Shuttle. In these systems, vertical conveyor lifts connect the input/output stations of the racking block with the various levels.

Pallet elevator systems are ideal for mezzanine floors and pick modules

Mezzanine floors and pick modules

Vertical conveyor elevators store and retrieve loads from the upper levels of high-bay storage structures such as mezzanine floors and pick modules.

Case studies

Efficient conveyors improve storage at Nestlé in Girona

The Nescafé plant in Girona (Spain) is one of the most competitive production centres Nestlé owns worldwide. This ambitious project is under constant expansion, growing alongside new market demands. Read more

Efficient conveyors improve storage at Nestlé in Girona

A 100% automated, turnkey warehouse for Würth in La Rioja

The German fastener, connector and assembly component company Würth has opened a new automated clad-rack warehouse in La Rioja (Spain). This very large installation means the company can supply its Wúrth stores throughout Spain, as well as customers who have purchased tools, drill bits, nuts and bolts online. Read more

Porcelanosa Group, the ceramic tile manufacturer, incorporated the latest technology into its five logistics centres

The Porcelanosa Group ceramics logistics complex in Spain includes five logistics centres with large-capacity automated warehouses. Read more

Porcelanosa Group, the ceramic tile manufacturer, incorporated the latest technology into its five logistics centres

Vibar Nord: automation connects production to the warehouse

Vibar Nord, a producer of over 5,000 tonnes of food and dietary products a year, has opted for robotics in its new warehouse in Gera Lario, Italy. Mecalux has installed conveyors and a pallet lift that connect the warehouse with production, as well as Movirack mobile racking and pallet racks. Read more

A large warehouse to hold the juices of Sokpol in Poland

The huge warehouse of juice manufacturer Sokpol in the city of Myszków (Poland), connected automatically to the manufacturing centre by means of an electrified monorail system (EMS). The centre includes two warehouses, one with drive-in racking and the other with pallet racks and automatic operations. Read more

A large warehouse to hold the juices of Sokpol in Poland
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Vertical conveyors, also commonly known as pallet elevators, are devices that automate the process of lifting and lowering palletised loads in certain intralogistics operations.

Vertical conveyor lifts can reach up to 40 m in height.

A pallet lift conveyor can support payloads of up to 1,500 kg.

Vertical conveyors travel at a maximum speed of 80 m/min with payloads of up to 1,000 kg and 60 m/min with payloads of up to 1,500 kg.

Mecalux’s vertical conveyors are compatible with the main types of pallets available in the market. These range from Euro-pallets (800 x 1,200 mm, 1,000 x 1,200 mm and 1,200 x 1,200 mm) to North American (GMA) pallets measuring 48" x 40".

The single-pallet elevator incorporates a roller or chain conveyor. The choice of conveyor employed will depend on the direction of movement and the type of pallet handled.

Pallet elevator systems are primarily used to overcome height differences and transport pallets between the different floors of any kind of warehouse. They are also installed to move pallets between storage levels in certain automated storage and retrieval (AS/RS) systems. Another application involves connecting the upper levels of high-bay storage structures such as mezzanine floors and pick modules.

Stacker cranes are machines designed to store and retrieve pallets automatically. They move along the height and length of the storage aisle, carrying out translation and elevation movements simultaneously. Their telescopic forks enter the racking structure to place and remove pallets autonomously.

Pallet elevators or vertical conveyors, on the other hand, were designed to perform a single movement: to transport palletised loads vertically. Nevertheless, they can also be employed in automated systems such as the 3D Automated Pallet Shuttle. In this AS/RS, they move pallets between the racking block’s input/output stations and the various storage levels. In this solution, the 3D shuttle moves along the aisles to store and retrieve pallets.

Generally, in an AS/RS requiring pallet elevators — such as the Pallet Shuttle with transfer cars and the 3D Automated Pallet Shuttle — 2 lifts are installed. One is positioned at the input station, while the other is set up at the output station. However, for clients looking to increase the volume of cycles per hour, it is possible to install 2 input and 2 output vertical conveyors.

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