Scissor Lifts at the Challenger Group


What is a scissor lift?

Scissor lifts are used across a wide range of industries including retail, service, transport and manufacturing.  They are used to lift materials, goods, or people up and down.  In everyday use you may often see them being used to load or unload trucks, being used in large supermarkets to help stack products or perhaps at your local car garage.  Scissor lifts do not use vertical supports to lift objects up but linked supports instead that come together when the lift is raised and concertina down when the platform is lowered. The speed at which they raise slows down as the supports straighten out.

A brief history

It was in the 1970s when the first scissor lifts were produced but since then many safety and technical improvements have been made.  It became popular as an alternative or extra to a forklift as they were just as effective and portable but also had the ability to be packed away when not in use.

Challenger Scissor lifts

The Challenger Group stocks a large selection of different scissor lifts ranging in capacity from 50 kg to 4000 kg and are supplied to suit the individual’s needs, including options such as an electrical or hydraulic action and also varying sizes of platform. They are also available with either single, double or triple vertical scissors dependant on the heights they need to reach. We also offer extra safety measures such as a concertina mesh which can be mounted around the scissor and all lifts also all come with a safety pressure bar which stops the machine instantly in the event of something obstructing it.

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Where and how are conveyor belts used?

Conveyor belts are used widely across a huge range of industries including retail, food, packing, distribution, mining, agriculture and many more.  They are simply used to transport something from one place to another.  They consist of two pulleys with a belt placed around in a continuous loop which then moves around them.  The first conveyor belts were produced in the 18th century and were made of leather, rubber or canvas, travelling around wooden pulleys.  Nowadays they are commonly made of steel or aluminium with a rubber belt. Below are a few of the everyday uses of conveyor belts:

Airports – Conveyor belts are used in airports at baggage collection, also known as the baggage carousel.  The belt runs out into the terminal in a loop for passengers to pick up their luggage.

Sushi Bars – Maybe some of the smallest conveyor belts you might see, they are used particularly in sushi restaurants, but also in some others.  Plates of sushi are continuously placed on the belt to wind their way around the restaurant where customers can pick up whatever they fancy.

Mining – Some of the biggest and most heavy duty conveyor belts are used in mining to transport the materials over, sometimes, very long distances.

Supermarket – This is probably the conveyor belt we will come into contact with most day to day.  Shopping is placed on the belt and then transported along to the checkout person so they can scan it.

Television and Stage – Occasionally in your favourite television show a conveyor belt will pop up, perhaps to show off some prizes or perhaps as part of a task, think The Generation Game.

Longest conveyor belt – The world’s longest conveyor is located in the Western Sahara and is used to transport ore, it is a huge 61 miles long!

Fastest conveyor belt – The fastest conveyor belt in the world is in Germany and transports goods at a speedy 15 m/s.


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