“A WAREHOUSE LIFT IS NOT A DATA CENTER LIFT,” it’s evident that the use of generic lifts like the Genie Lift in data centers can pose significant safety issues.
A survey conducted at Interop Las Vegas revealed several common issues with using generic warehouse lifts in data centers. Among the challenges noted were the instability of the lifts, with 40% of users reporting that the generic warehouse lifts they used were unstable. Additionally, 23% had issues with the lift platform sagging, and 25% faced difficulties aligning equipment at the appropriate rack level. Another 30% expressed concerns about the absence of safety straps on these lifts, and 31% found it difficult to navigate narrow data center aisles with a warehouse lift. These factors suggest that such lifts are not ideally suited for the specific demands and layout of data centers.
Moreover, a safety notice issued by Genie in 2020 indicated that certain models of their lifts experienced issues where the bottom turntable rotation bearing bolts came loose, leading to the separation of the turntable from the chassis. This could result in a machine tip-over or other structural failures, highlighting the potential risks associated with using these lifts in environments like data centers where precision and stability are crucial.
Finally, Genie’s introduction of the Spill Guard hydraulic oil containment system as a factory-fit option on some of their lifts addresses concerns about hydraulic leaks. While this innovation mitigates the risk of costly clean-ups and environmental issues, it also underlines the inherent risks of using lifts with hydraulic systems in sensitive environments like data centers.
These findings support the argument that while Genie Lifts and similar generic warehouse lifts may be more affordable, their use in data centers can introduce several safety and operational challenges that specialized data center lifts like RackLift are designed to avoid.