Technical Features of Our Commercial and Residential Cargo Lifts
Upandown Industries is proud to manufacture industry-leading lifts that prioritize safety and reliability. Here, you will find detailed information about our cutting-edge material lifts.
- Capacity: 1,000 Pounds
- Motor: 1 HP
- Gearbox: 90:1 Fully Enclosed Worm
- Controls: Radio Remote with Seperate limit switches mounted at up and down location
- Tracks Dual 5" by 3.5" high beam 3.5” x 5”, 3.77-pounds-per-foot 6061-T6
Dual cables are one of our most important technical features. A single 1/4" stainless steel cable has a breaking strength of 6,400 pounds. For added security, we use two. Furthermore, we protect these cables from damage by using a grooved cable winder. Cables can be their own worst enemies when they are free to double wrap. Top layers of cables become cutting edges for lower layers, which causes premature failure. Our cable winders ensure that cables always wind in a single layer.
In addition to using dual cables, we also use a slack cable brake. The brake is spring-loaded and connects directly to the cables. If cable tension is interrupted due to a failure, the brake instantly responds and prevents the car from falling. This feature also prevents the car from falling due to a gearbox issue.
Our dual mast is also important. Cargo lifts with a single mast tend to use the mast as a pivot-point rather than a guide. By using two masts we eliminate sway, making the carriage very stable.
The Veranda 'vator cargo lift is fast. We understand that 5 to 6 minutes’ time for a full cycle can add up, especially when you have multiple packages to transport. Travel from ground level to second floor takes less than a minute for most installations.
- 42”-high guard rail with mesh sides to ensure cargo doesn’t fall or blow out
- Picket sides are available for aesthetic reasons; with this option, spacing between pickets is 3.8”
- All-aluminum 1-piece spool with cable grooves and bearing journals that are machined from one piece as opposed to being made from a series of sleeves that are bolted together. Surface finish can be controlled throughout the machining process, which is unattainable by companies that use pipe for their spool, and this allows us to use polymer bearings, which are maintenance-free. No dissimilar metal contact on moving parts: we have a proprietary extrusion which allows us to make our 1-piece spool, whereas some competitors use a stainless steel pipe for a driveshaft, which rides on a bronze bushing pressed into an aluminum bearing housing; dissimilar metals will react through a process called galvanic corrosion, wherein all surfaces will be compromised, and an eventual seizure of moving parts will occur if not regularly greased; this is a maintenance concern and a safety concern, because if you do not know the winch is seized and you operate the lift, it can damage the gearbox, or even worse, shear the link between the gearbox and driveshaft.
- Stainless steel axles on all wheels: Top wheels carry a large portion of the load, aluminum axles at the top are not adequate. Our top wheel axles are a precision-machined part, mechanically fastened to the lift, not a welded shaft; we are able to attain perfect wheel alignment through the machining process; the wheel axle attachment is not subject to distortion, or to lost strength through heat exposure. Wheels utilize maintenance-free polymer bearing.
- Marine-grade mechanical limit switch for up-and-down stops (made by OMRON), not a rotary switch or photo beam. All moving parts are stainless steel; switch housing is cast aluminum, not plastic (plastics tend to break down with sun exposure, and can crack and allow water in). Stops with the physical location of the lift, not after a set number of spool rotations, to prevent the need for adjustments or the chance of catastrophic collisions. Mechanical, not photo beam: photo beams can be disrupted by contamination (airborne debris like bird droppings), and the plastic lenses cloud and breakdown over time due to sun exposure.
- Control box by GEM: ETL-listed, oldest marine lift control manufacturer; 3-stop ready
- 3.5” x 5”, 3.77-pounds-per-foot 6061-T6 I-beams for tracks to ensure stability
- Safety brakes standard on all lifts; we are the first cargo lift company to standardize brakes.
Safety brakes have a whopping 36-square inches of braking surface, whereas competitors use a brake pad that engages the track tangentially, and with a round brake pad, there is little to no surface area when a flat surface touches a circle (think tank tracks vs. wheels). Pivot geometry maximizes mechanical advantage; brakes do not share a pivot point--each has its own axel, so we can move the pivot as close to the track as possible, and make the leverage work to our favor. Brakes are spring-loaded; they do not rely on gravity alone to actuate.
Machine weight is a good indicator for how well a machine is built, and ours is the heaviest of all comparable products: the overall weight of lift exceeds 600 pounds.
Our lift is guaranteed by a certified structural engineer to meet the advertised weight capacity plus a 25% margin. It is also certified to withstand 180 mph wind gusts. Our product meets windstorm requirements for all hurricane-prone coastal communities, and over 1,000 of our lifts have withstood hurricanes without damage.
All of our precision-machined and fabricated parts are made in-house, not subcontracted to an overseas factory. We use Conventional NEMA C56 motors which are available through any electric motor vendor.