Lift Specification: Key Questions
February 15, 2010 - Contact FacilitiesNet Editorial Staff »
This is Chris Matt, Managing Editor of Print & E-Media, with Maintenance Solutions magazine. Today's tip is asking the right questions during lift specification.
Whether a maintenance task involves the one-time use of lift equipment or a longer-term commitment, selecting the right product requires managers to answer a series of important questions, such as:
- How many technicians does the equipment need to lift for the task, and how much material?
- What load capacity, platform space and utility access does the task require?
- How far vertically and horizontally do technicians need to reach?
- Do they need to reach over and down or rotate materials or components?
- How will operators transport the lift? Is it a wheeled or tracked self-propelled unit? Does it need a trailer, or a pick-up truck, or a forklift?
- Will the lift operate and be stored in one location?
- Will operators need to move the lift over uneven surfaces?
- Does the task call for a lift with leveling capability or load analysis?
- How wide and high are access points?
- Does the task call for alternating-current or direct-current electricity, or gas, propane or diesel fuel?
- Will technicians need to work over immovable objects, such as ramps, steps, auditorium seats, or roofs?