Custom Enclosed Vertical Platform Lifts (VPL) offer a versatile solution when aesthetics are a priority.
Handi-Lift, Inc. will assist in the design of the enclosure to complement the design of your building. We provide custom, site specific shop drawings and coordinate the installation details with the other trades. The result is a beautiful, serviceable, and reliable wheelchair lift that is an asset to the space, not an eyesore.
The VPL comes in three basic configurations: Factory Enclosed, Custom Enclosed, and Unenclosed. Each can be customized to match your specific needs and decor, both indoors and outdoors. We can customize the platform or build a unique lift from scratch. Custom enclosure construction styles include simple sheetrock and metal studs, millwork, and architectural metal and glass. The enclosure only has to extend to 42″ above the upper landing and end users prefer this open design to the closed-in feeling of a full height solid runway. Custom enclosure wheelchair lifts are often used in commercial applications.
Power Door Operators
All lift entrances require power door operators, except the two stop, straight through configurations. We use the Tormax in-floor operator with heavy glass doors with no head jamb.
Electric strikes require communicating hardware, so we prefer deadbolt style interlocks like Folger Adams 401R series. This lock can be installed overhead.
Dorma BTS-75 ADA interior floor model with 3/4″ offset pivots on custom entrances work very well.
We recommend an integrated, ADA hands-free phone on all vertical lifts, though the codes and standards often only require an alarm.
The standard VPL drive system is either an acme screw or roller chain hydraulic. Another option is a lever hydraulic drive, if the pit depth is available and if there is additional room underneath the lift. We can also use a direct drive hydraulic system and design a guide system that is not visible above the lower finished floor.
According to the ASME A18.1 safety standard for platform size and capacity, we cannot exceed 18 square feet. Usability standards require a minimum of 36“x48”.
To accomodate most wheelchairs and scooters, we need to use the largest possible platforms. We recommend a minimum of 36“x60” and in order to exit a platform on an adjacent side,the minimum should be 42“x60” clear.
Doors on the long side of platforms must be 42″ clear (not a 42″ door panel but clear when open to 90 degrees).
The platform sides and floor finishes can be custom made but we must take into consideration any weight and or thickness that will be added with customizations.
The lift manufacturer provides standard controls, but we can also custom design them. Handi-Lift, Inc. often recommends elevator style push buttons. We can add engraving and the face plates can be in stainless, Muntz bronze or other finishes.
The simplest, most user friendly control is a single button, but if you require sending the lift away from the landing, two buttons will be necessary. Key operation is optional by our safety standards.
Proximity devices and key pads may also be used when restricting use or monitoring who is using the lift.
If the lift is in an isolated part of the building or outdoors a communication device may also be needed.
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