WHY CHOOSE AXESS2 PLATFORM LIFTS?
Axess 2 are UK leaders in the supply and installation of highly specified platform lifts.
Our technically advanced lifts are fully compliant with safety standards and comply with the DDA regulations.
With a passion for innovation, all our domestic and commercial platform lifts are carefully designed with low pits and low headroom heights in order for them to fit into existing buildings with minimal disruption.
WHAT ARE PLATFORM LIFTS?
Platform lifts provide vertical movement between storeys in low-rise buildings and are also slower than passenger lifts (they’re limited to 0.15m/s). These types of lift can vary immensely and can be installed to fit just one wheelchair user or several people.
They can also be placed in a variety of environments, from homes to retail stores, and offices to schools. Platform lifts are good choices when you need to have a low pit or even go pit less.
Platform lifts function in a basic way that entails the raising or lowering of platforms, and they are usually installed in limited spaces where passenger lifts cannot fit. They take different forms but are primarily used in areas with potential government restrictions such as low-rise buildings. The lifts are becoming popular additions to buildings as they’re cost-effective and easy to install.
HOW MUCH WEIGHT CAN THE PLATFORM LIFT CARRY?
When considering purchasing a lift, it’s important that you think about why you need it. This is because the maximum load capacity of platform lifts will depend on the type of lift you get, which means you need to consider its features before making a decision.
HOW THE PLATFORM LIFT FUNCTIONS
The drive systems used in platform lifts come in three types, each with unique benefits, shortcomings and designed to different specifications. Modern lifts are fitted with an electronically operated Central Processing Unit (CPU), which moves the platform between different levels or initiates the motors
HYDRAULIC DRIVE SYSTEM
For this type of system, the platform is attached to a hydraulic structure. To move the lift up or down, a button is pushed for the hydraulic fluid to be pumped from a reservoir into the structure. The resulting pressure extends the structure causing the lift to rise. To lower the lift, the fluid flow is reversed.
This system requires extra space for the mechanism to be properly installed. Also, the hydraulic fluid can release a strong odour, especially in hot weather.
SCREW & NUT SYSTEM
This system uses a vertical screw pole with the same length as the beam. The platform is fitted with a motor that drives a nut installed to the screw. The lift goes up or down when the nut is turned by the motor, depending on the turning direction. Installation is often done on a supporting wall to stabilise the unit, especially if the travel shifts will be longer.
The drive nut and screw pole threads are susceptible to wear and tear, hence why they include an automated mechanism to facilitate routine lubrication.
ENCAPSULATED CHAIN SYSTEM
This drive system utilises a chain covered with a unique casing to ensure that it doesn’t slip. The casing is highly durable and made from polyurethane plastic. A gearbox and motor turn the shaft attached to the chain. The chain is either pushed or pulled as the driveshaft rotates, moving the lift up or down.
The highly durable materials used to make the components guarantee a longer lifespan for the drive system.
Axess 2 Platform lifts come with numerous features for customisation purposes. But they all operate using the screw and nut, encapsulated chain or hydraulic drive system. Self-lubricating features enable the machine to lubricate the gears when the lift goes down. As a result, this ensures that all the gears and threads are automatically serviced each time the lift is used.
LIFT INSTALLATION AS PART OF THE GREAT EXPECTATION RENOVATION PROJECT
Five years after the first proposals were made for the launch of a £3.2m redevelopment project, the Charles Dickens Museum opened its doors in December 2012, just in time to celebrate a Dickensian Christmas in the novelist’s bicentenary year.VIEW CASE STUDY
LIFT INSTALLATION IN NEW LOCAL OFFICE COMPLEX
Manor Court is situated in the grounds of Salesbury Hall, near the village of Ribchester. Two beautifully restored buildings feature 30 individually designed office suites with state-of-the-art modern facilities.VIEW CASE STUDY
PITLESS LIFT INSTALLATION AT DEDWORTH MEDICAL CENTRE, WINDSOR.
Queen Elizabeth II unveils a plaque adjacent to the Axess 2 lift as she visits the Dedworth Medical Centre in Windsor. The new offices of the GP practice used by Windsor Castle staff were opened by the Queen in December 2011.VIEW CASE STUDY