Electric Lifts Good for Small Applications

In order to position, lower and raise work tables or platforms one must use a lift. The three typical types of lifts are electric, hydraulic and pneumatic. Electric lifts utilize electricity from a power source such as a battery or an electric motor. This electricity provides mechanical energy, such as the lifting and descending motion, to the lift’s components.

Battery powered electric lifts tend to be for smaller applications such as telephone jacks or automatic door openers in stores. Their disadvantage is the possibility that they will run out of power and need to be recharged. An electric motor is able to convert electrical energy to mechanical energy. This is done in an interaction between current-carrying conductors and magnetic fields. Electric motors can vary in size and can be used anywhere from small, household appliances and power tools or they can be large and used for large ships and pipeline compressors. Their energy efficiency is one of their attributes that is the most appealing.

Conventional electric motors that power electric lifts are less expensive in the long run because they require less maintenance, but can be more expensive to start off. If you want a more accurate way to position a platform using a lift, a linear electric motor is the best way to go over hydraulic cylinders or motors, but is typically more expensive.

Electric lifts are used in the same exact applications as hydraulic lifts. They can be used in the industrial manufacturing, material handling and loading, medical, transportation, automotive, telecommunications, shipping, wire and cable, electric and power service, mechanical and entertainment industries. The use of hand cranks, screw drives, ratcheting and foot pumping are all ways that lifts can be put in motion. While electric lifts are mostly popular for residential and commercial contexts, hydraulic lifts are usually put to use for industrial applications.