UK platform lifts
The means of controlling UK platform lifts has become simpler than ever before as a result of improved technology and better quality of metals used to build them. In the early days of public lifts, the controls were concealed within a container that was activated by a handle attached to the exterior. This handle could determine how much power should be supplied to the motor and thus the height of UK platform lifts could be manually adjusted. The lift operator could adjust the lift to the appropriate height and lock it in place before the lift users could step off.
In terms of security measures, the inner and outer doors would be fitted with safety locks that were secured before the UK platform lift started moving. When skyscrapers started coming into fashion and buildings became taller and taller, the standard platform lift controls were being replaced by automatic controls which were fitted with relay circuits that dictated the position and speed of the lift. Major advances in operational efficiency lead to a better way of predicting pedestrian traffic on UK platform lifts. Some prime examples are the lifts built by OTIS, a company that provided a major contribution to user safety.
Other additional features that started to appear on control systems included an overload sensor that allowed the lift to move up or down, provided that the weight limit for the UK platform lift was not exceeded. The controls that controlled the opening and closing of lift doors were also improved in order to detect items blocking the door. Nowadays, passenger traffic is organised more efficiently to the extent that UK platform lifts can answer each call at a time, prioritising the calls that are coming from the floors closest to them before possibly changing direction in order to pick up the remaining passengers. This method is summarised neatly in the elevator algorithm.
Like the above example, Sesame Access’ UK platform lifts have automatic control systems but unlike the above cases, these lifts can only carry one person at a time. This is because the lifts that we make are for a specific purpose, namely to enable wheelchair users to visit and be able to access all types of public buildings without requiring the assistance of a friend, acquaintance or staff member to help them up a staircase.
These lifts are cleverly fitted into the existing staircase of the desired building, effectively replacing a fitted flight of steps with responsive moving steps. These moving steps can retract fully into the wall behind the lift in order to allow the lift platform to be unveiled. These UK platform lifts combine the latest in modern lift technology with a subtle finesse which is explained by the final cladding applied to each lift. This cladding is specifically chosen by each client and made to match the period architecture of their surroundings.
Another aspect of Sesame Access that makes us the ideal partner for building a disabled lift is that every lift that we build is personalised according to the wishes of each client. Each customer can decide what they want to include on their lift to make it unique and stylish.