How Scissor Table Lifts Make Christmas Deliveries Quicker

Santa’s workshop isn’t the only huge establishment using scissor table lifts to load packages for delivery at this time of the year.  Online shopping is at an all time high with ecommerce sales hitting an all time high of £533 bn in 2015.  The reliability and variety of goods available from online stores is causing local high streets to flounder. This of course it making us more reliant on online shopping causing a year upon year increase in sales.

There is a great deal of pressure on delivery companies to ensure orders come on time and in pristine condition.  This means that the packaging and loading process needs to be as smooth as possible. Automated conveyor systems allow goods to be transported to loading bays efficiently and economically.  Scissor table lifts transfer heavy items to a higher level without causing injury to staff. This is particularly useful when loading packages onto lorries and vans for transportation.

Delivery companies are not the only businesses to benefit from scissor lifts at this time of the year.  Public houses and nightclubs are stocking up on beer and other alcoholic drinks to ensure their patrons get very merry.  Scissor table lifts are fitted under the cellar doors so barrels and bottles can be lowered into the cellar. Staff easily unload the delivery stocking up the cellars for the festive season.

Online Shopping Statistics

It seems that we are no longer a nation of shopkeepers because online shopping is becoming increasingly popular.  Online retail sales for non food items has increased from 11.6 % in 2015 to 24.1 % in 2017. Purchasing items online is convenient, has a large selection of goods and has a quick delivery time.  High street shops on the other hand require time consuming logistics such as; finding time, parking and the possibility shops won’t have the desired item in stock. It is generally cheaper to purchase items online because the companies buy products on mass reducing the initial buying price.  

There is more buyer protection for online purchasers as they are able to return items within 14 days.  While some high street shops only allow refunds if the item is faulty. This is because online items are selected based on photographs which may be misleading as opposed to seeing the original goods.  Even large high street chains are having to close stores due to the retreat from the high street. It seems the nation’s online shopping habits are rapidly changing the landscape of our high streets with no sign of stopping.

What Are Scissor Table Lifts?

Scissor table lifts are so called because they are raised using a scissor like action.  They are used to to load/ unload goods, lifting, work positioning, product placement and pallet stacking.  Each scissor table lift is built to the specifications of each individual application. Installations can either be in a pit or at floor level with the option of adding a cradle to the lift.  Electric powered Hydraulic systems are used to raise the lift smoothly. There are also options to install a concertina guard to increase safety.
If you would like to discuss your options regarding scissor table lifts contact us and we would be happy to offer advice.

How Many Types Of Lifts Are There?

Lifts have revolutionised all aspects of life allowing buildings to be accessible and to improve deliveries and services in many different industries.  A lift is simply a platform that moves up and down carrying either people or products. Presently there are five main types of lifts; barrel hoists, disability platform lifts, Mezzanine Goods Lifts, scissor table lifts and service lifts.

Archimedes invented the very first lift in 336 BC using a simple open carriage contraption pulled up vertically using hoists.  The very first lifts were manually operated by people, animals and occasionally wheels. They were used to transport water, building materials and other heavy objects with ease.

The Romans continued to use these types of lifts for many years contributing to the rise of the Roman Empire.  King Louis XV commissioned the very first passenger lift in 1743 to carry him up to his mistress’ apartments on the second floor.  The technology was very much the same as the lifts the Romans used. Lifts became mechanically operated in the 1800’s due to advances in technology. (Source:

Barrel Hoists

Barrel hoists lift barrels and cylindrical objects between floors in licensed premises, public houses and restaurants.  They are simple to operate and maintain and only require a 240-volt single phase supply. Constant pressure push buttons provide complete control during all aspects of the operation. A braked motor interlinked to a sprocket assembly with twin chains enables equal distribution of the load.  Two cantilevered steel arms support the load within the mainframe.

The barrel hoist is able to transport beer kegs, drums and gas cylinders to different levels regardless of their awkward shape.  Compliance with European safety regulations results in a safe working environment with no risk of personal injury.

Disability Platform Lifts

Disability platform lifts enable businesses and visitors centres to comply with the 2010 Equality Act.  They allow people with mobility issues, breathing difficulties, low energy and heart conditions to enjoy work and pleasure without restrictions.  People with disabilities are able to effortlessly move between different levels on a simple platform using constant pressure buttons. There is a call station at every landing stage and the lift is able to operate between two to six floors.

Each lift has a capacity of 400 kg which is approximately four people.  The mechanism is a screw and nut assembly powered by 380/3/50 vac electric motor.  Flooring is none slip and each lift is self-supporting with only the landing stages connected to the building structure.  Access to the lift is either via a ramp or level access at floor level.

Mezzanine Goods Lifts

Mezzanine goods lifts make it possible to move goods, cartons, pallets and other large deliveries without manual intervention. Each lift is individually designed to suit the environment it is operating in.  

They are self-supporting structures with fixings at each floor level. Access is via a ramp or shallow pit area. There is an electronic push button at each level with safety gates.  All Mezzanine goods lifts comply with the Essential Safety Requirements of machinery safety regulations.

Scissor Table Lifts

Scissor table lifts are used to load trucks and unload goods in order to place them in storage.  They are available with single, double or triple vertical scissors depending on the length of the platform.  Every unit is designed to accommodate each individuals companies requirements in relation to the platform size and lifting height.

They can be installed in either a pit or at floor level with the option of a concertina safety mesh around the perimeter.  Hydraulic power packs drive the lifts either mounted or remotely depending on its size. Work cradles can be mounted onto the structure if required.

A full perimeter pressure safety bar causes the lift to stop immediately if there is an obstruction when it is being lowered. The lifts are built to comply with the essential safety requirements of machinery safety regulations.

Service Lifts

Service lifts are traditionally known as, ‘Dumb Waiters’, because they transport food and dirty dishes to and from the kitchen.  They are set at a height which makes unloading and loading comfortable for the user. They are also referred to as under bar lifts and are supplied with either a 50 kg or 100 kg capacity. The maximum distance is 4000 mm between each floor.

They are operated by a push button call station with lights to indicate progress.  A sprocket and chain drive drives the lift and is mounted in a machine room at the top of the lift.  Food grade stainless steel is used and the machinery complies with the essential requirements of machinery safety regulations.  Challenger Dumb waiters also carry a CE mark.

If you would like to find out more about the different lifts we manufacture please contact us.


Lifts With Wow Factor

At Challenger Group we are very proud of the lifts we manufacture but are first to admit that; disability platform lifts, mezzanine goods lifts, scissor table lifts and service lifts are more practical than interesting.  We thought that we would lighten up your coffee break or commute with examples of amazing lifts all over the world.

AquaDom – Germany

Source: Visitsealife

If you dream of swimming in the deep ocean with lots of beautiful fish without getting wet, then this truly is the most amazing lift you will ever experience.  The AquaDom is located in a sealife centre in Berlin.  The dimensions of this lift structure are:-

  • 25 metres high
  • 2000 tons
  • 12 metres wide
  • 1 million litres of water
  • Over 1,500 fish
  • ¾ divers clean the tank
  • 8 Kg of food is used every day.

People even get married in the AquaDom – hopefully that is not when there is a school trip on.

Rising Tide Elevator

Source : Oasis of the sea Blogspot

Keeping with a nautical theme, if you love the ocean and a cocktail or two this is the lift for you. The Rising Tide Elevator or Bar, as it should be more accurately called, is located in the MS Oasis Of The Sea.  The lift acts as transportation and entertainment in the largest cruise ship in the world.  Apparently the whole journey takes 8 minutes and you can enjoy cocktails with 34 other passengers.  There is even a zip wire on the deck of this giant floating paradise.  If you happen to win the lottery you may want to experience this lift for yourself – don’t forget to send a postcard.

Hammetschwand Elevator – Switzerland

Source: My Switzerland

Located in Switzerland, the Hammetschwand Elevator is not for the faint hearted.  With the accolade of being the highest external lift in Europe.  It travels 153 metres to look over Lake Lucerne.  The experience last less than a minute.  In 1935 it was upgraded from being a wooden structure to being a metal one.  It is obviously the quickest way to reach the summit so if you don’t like heights close your eyes.

The Sky Tower – Auckland (NZ)

Source: Wikipedia

The Sky Tower is huge with a wonderful view and iconic status in the Auckland skyline.  There are three glass fronted lifts that whizz up to the top in seconds and the structure is earthquake proof.  Here are some more amazing facts about the Sky Tower.

  • 328 metres tall.
  • Tallest man made structure in the Southern Hemisphere.
  • Part of the Skycity Auckland Casino Complex.
  • Took three years to build 1994 – 97.
  • Has a rotating restaurant
  • Five levels can be accessed by the public.
  • Over 415,000 people visit per year.

One family wasn’t impressed by the structure on the 7th August 2011 because the lift stopped working for 45 minutes and they were trapped inside. (Source: Auckland Now)

They are all amazing lifts in awesome settings but they all actually work on the same principle as that conventional lift in your office – only in a much more exciting location.  If you would like to find more information about our practical well manufactured lifts please contact us here.