What is a Platform Lift?

What is a Platform Lift? What is a lifting platform?

  • It is an electrically powered lifting appliance.

  • It can have an open or an enclosed lift-way.

  • It can have a fully enclosed car or an open platform carriage within the liftway.

  • It is intended for persons with impaired mobility (for people who have problems using stairs)

Hold-to-run push buttons Hold-to-run push buttons

  • With an open carriage, a platform lift has “hold-to-run” push buttons which will allow the platform to stop immediately when released.

  • The platform carriage "hold-to-run" buttons have priority over the outside landing call buttons.

  • With a fully enclosed car automatic controls may be used.

  • Automatic controls have priority over the outside landing call button.

Travel speed is limited to 0,15 m/s. Travel speed is limited to 0,15 m/s.

  • The speed of a Platform Lift must not exceed 0,15 m/s.

  • The slow speed will limit the stopping distance of a moving platform, to a maximum of 10-15 mm.

Sensitive safety edges or photo cell protection for added safetySensitive safety edges or photo cell protection

  • Sensitive safety edges or photo cell protection are mounted where the platform is open to the surrounding shaft walls.

  • The distance between the platform and the smooth, hard, surrounding shaft walls is maximum <10-20 mm.

Drive systems for Platform Lifts Drive systems for lifting platforms.

  • Due to different climate zones and traditions in Europe there are two main drive systems for Platform Lifts.

  • The hydraulic drive system is the most common in southern and central Europe whilst the screw drive system is more common in the northern parts of Europe.


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