Heavy IT equipment is difficult to install in a rack and if it is done manually it can injure the employee. This is one of the reasons you will need to have a data center equipment lift. There are things that you need to consider before purchasing a data center equipment lift.
Below are your guidelines in buying a data center equipment lift:
A. The equipment must should be built just for data centers
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The lifter must be suitable for the data center. People usually commit mistakes when purchasing a data center lifter, since the lifter that they purchase is made for warehouses. Lifters for warehouses are actually not that easy to maneuver, does not have a good braking system and it cannot extend into the rack, which makes the installation process not easy and safe.
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B. The lifter should be able to insert equipment in the racks
The main purpose of using lifters is to lift equipment to places that you cannot easily reach, however data center lifters can hold the equipment in the rack while it is being fastened by a technician.
Using this lifter can provide safety and can save time.
C. The lifter should be able to carry your maximum load
You need to be sure that the lifter that you purchase can carry the weight of all of your equipment like the batteries, power supplies, servers and many more. It would be best if you purchase a lifter that can carry heavy equipment, since you never know if you will have heavier equipment. If you use lifters that were made for warehouses, may cause problems during the installation of data center equipment. Installing, servers in the racks are much more complicated than unloading boxes on warehouse shelves.
D. Consider the size of the lifter
There are lifters that have a square or a rectangular footprint. Lifters with a smaller footprint can easily go through small aisles. Lifters that has a rectangular footprint has a load and table that is suspended. Square footprint lifters has a frame that is easily mounted to support the lift table. Square footprint lifters is safer to use since the tower frame will be strapped in the rack.
E. The lifter should have a great lifting speed and has a precise adjustment
The lifter should match the mounting point of the rack, so the installation will be quick and easy.
F. The lifter should be able to reach the rack height that you desire
The main purpose of lifters is to bring heavy equipment in the rack height that you desire.
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