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  • Platform Lift Company Assist with Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Stadium Transformation | Platform Lift Company
    although iconic the building was in need of a full transformation to ensure it remains a first class sporting and cultural facility for many years to come International infrastructure group Balfour Beatty had been tasked with carrying out the full transformation work on behalf of its operator E20 Stadium LLP However Balfour Beatty s commercial team made contact with The Platform Lift Company to assist with this project tasking them with the design and installation of a Platform Lift which could carry disabled individuals from the ground floor up to the announcer s booth area This transformation project was undertaken using sustainable construction methods which ensured that features of the existing stadium were recycled and incorporated into the new stadium In line with this The Platform Lift Company had to comply and base the design of the lift around BREEAM This meant that 95 of the materials used were recyclable and the parts for the platform lift were purchased only from organisations that had engaged within material developments using recyclable spare parts Sean O Sullivan Managing Director for The Platform Lift Company said We were delighted to be contacted by Balfour Beatty to assist with this project The transformation was

    Original URL path: http://www.platformliftco.co.uk/news-pr/platform-lift-company-assist-queen-elizabeth-olympic-park-stadium-transformation/#wpcf7-f1131-o1 (2016-02-17)
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  • The Importance of Lift Maintenance for Customer Retention | Platform Lift Company
    customers having access to the full range of facilities and services a business will find itself in a far better position to expand its customer base and grow accordingly Building a Good Reputation for Customer Service Building a good reputation is not an easy thing to do Unfortunately it is far easier for a reputation to be lost This means a concerted effort must be made to ensure that a good reputation is maintained once all of the hard work has been put in to win it in the first place This is a lesson that a leisure centre in Lewisham learnt the hard way The Glass Mill built at a cost of 20 million in Lewisham was unable to offer full access to its facilities for disabled customers due to a faulty lift Out of action for more than three weeks the broken down lift meant that many customers simply went to a rival gym nearby Once custom has been lost to a rival business like that it is very hard to win back With a proper lift maintenance schedule in place this unfortunate situation could have been avoided altogether The Benefits of Regular Lift Maintenance Although there is no set number of times a lift should be serviced regular maintenance ensures that long term running costs are minimised and customers are not inconvenienced How often a service is carried out depends on how many lifts a business has how often they are used and the number of floors they serve An early diagnosis of potential mechanical problems could save a company a great amount of money in the long run while also ensuring that vital custom is not lost by having lifts out of action for a prolonged period The easiest way for a business to keep their

    Original URL path: http://www.platformliftco.co.uk/news-pr/importance-lift-maintenance-customer-retention/#wpcf7-f1131-o1 (2016-02-17)
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  • Isle of Wight Council in Talks Over Shanklin Cliff Lift | Platform Lift Company
    were initial concerns about how the bridge would be fixed to the lift shaft although these have now been overcome and the bridge will provide a temporary link for the many locals and visitors who use the lift to access the beach from the town above Local councillors are now meeting to discuss the 700 000 funding needed to provide a new link bridge with many people stating that this would be a better option than having the current bridge repaired in order to ensure its future longevity They are also discussing a complete motor room refurbishment The Importance of the Lift For the people of Shanklin and the Isle of Wight as a whole it is unthinkable that the money will not be found to solve the problem as quickly as possible and with the best possible outcome for future operations given its huge importance for the economy and the tourist industry in an area The Cliff Lift has been a well known attraction for generations featuring on many postcards in the seaside town but its practical use is as important as its romantic associations with holidays of the past Without it tourists and locals face a vastly increased walk and steep hills to travel between the beach and all of its amenities and the properties and business links in the town It is hoped that the new bridge will be constructed from materials that are particularly resistant to the coastal environment Another alternative being considered is the possibility of storing it safely when not in use to ensure effective maintenance If the funding is agreed the work to replace the bridge and revamp the motor room should be carried out at the end of this year or at the beginning of 2016 The problems faced by the people

    Original URL path: http://www.platformliftco.co.uk/news-pr/isle-wight-council-talks-shanklin-cliff-lift/#wpcf7-f1131-o1 (2016-02-17)
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  • Work begins on test tower for future elevators | Platform Lift Company
    the German city of Rottweil and construction on the initial tower is expected to be finished by 2016 By the end of the project there will be nine separate test shafts in operation Once the site is complete all the company s new products will use the towers for test purposes and it will be a crucial component in their research and development programme Increased Capacity When the first tower is ready for use ThyssenKrupp anticipate having a working prototype of their MULTI system Eventually three of the towers will be used solely to test this system The MULTI system was launched in November 2014 and highlights their solution for the future of transport in medium and high rise structures This innovative elevator system enables the use of more than one cabin in each shaft The MULTI elevator uses linear motor technology and the Transrapid train operates on magnetic levitation Each of the cabins is self propelled and works on a loop This method of transport would increase the capacity of each individual shaft by as much as 50 It would also vastly reduce the amount of space that elevators require in buildings This would allow more space to be used for practical purposes or enable a greater number of elevators to be installed Company Mission ThyssenKrupp are dedicated to becoming one of the future leaders of innovation in the elevator industry They are investing over 40 million in this one project which highlights the importance of this area to the business They intend to create an innovative centre on the Rottweil site which will provide vital employment opportunities for the region In the local vicinity there are more than 10 000 engineering students based at some prestigious universities This provides an ideal base from which to recruit the next

    Original URL path: http://www.platformliftco.co.uk/news-pr/work-begins-test-tower-future-elevators/#wpcf7-f1131-o1 (2016-02-17)
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  • Developing Lifts for the Future’s Buildings | Platform Lift Company
    the lift shafts require and it can even be used in extremely tall buildings With more buildings being constructed that are over 500m the requirements for lifts become even more complex Even when a Skylobby system is introduced the height of these buildings still means that a large number of lifts is required For instance the Shanghai Tower will reach 632m when it is completed and will have 126 lifts some of which will operate on a Skylobby concept Of these 20 will be double decker cars and there will be a requirement at the ground floor for 40 individual lift shafts The MULTI System Another new concept in development is the MULTI system from ThyssenKrupp This is a completely new use of lift technology with the cars requiring no cables counterweights or electric motors Instead each car will have an individual linear induction motor This allows multiple cars to function in one shaft reducing the space required by the lift system An Articulated Funiculator System One of the other ways that companies are developing to service future lift requirements is the articulated funicular lift This is currently in development by Tyrens and it has the capability to be used in underground stations that are deep below sea level and buildings that are as tall as 1 000m This is a cable system which in a simple set up that would have up to four pods circulating in two shafts It has the ability to service both horizontal and vertical stations The first use of this new system is likely to be in an extension to the Stockholm underground system The stations on this network will be built out of hard granite rock and at depths of 100m If a traditional system was used there would be a need for

    Original URL path: http://www.platformliftco.co.uk/news-pr/developing-lifts-futures-buildings/#wpcf7-f1131-o1 (2016-02-17)
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  • In Case of Fire, Take the Lift! | Platform Lift Company
    would automatically go to the ground and go out of service if an alarm system activated or it detected smoke Today s Requirements It has now become standard for lifts not to be used in emergencies However as buildings become taller more populated and a greater target for terrorist threats we need to look at changing the evacuation procedures The use of lifts could be the best way to exit a high rise building safely and quickly There is also the issue of meeting accessibility requirements for disabled people and others with access issues These groups of people use the lifts to get into a building and they also require a way of getting out safely There were a number of issues raised during the 2001 World Trade Center attacks with many older people and those who were overweight or pregnant struggling to use the stairs In fact many of those in the second tower who escaped did so by using the lifts Safe to Use the Lifts In some of the highest skyscrapers across the globe especially those over 420 feet it is not always practical for occupants to safely exit in an emergency using just the stairwells These can become crowded and cause panic to break out On the other hand occupant evacuation lifts can quickly take people from a dangerous level to somewhere that is safer From here they can either exit the building if possible or wait to be rescued by the fire service Standard lifts are still not advisable in an emergency so many new buildings have occupant evacuation lifts in the plans or adaptations can be made to bring the usual lifts up to the right standards There are a number of additional features that need to be included to ensure they meet the

    Original URL path: http://www.platformliftco.co.uk/news-pr/case-fire-lift/#wpcf7-f1131-o1 (2016-02-17)
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  • High Streets Turning Down Business through Lack of Accessibility | Platform Lift Company
    disability This leaves the disgruntled customer little option but to try and find somewhere else to spend his or her money However the same problem often repeats itself in theatres cinemas and concert halls Today s purple pound amounts to at least 12 million potential customers not including their family and friends who may be accompanying them out For businesses wanting their share of the purple pound the issue can be solved easily by installing platform lifts Not Always a Great Expense Many people tend to think that lifts and ramps will be costly to install Since the 1995 introduction of the Disability Discrimination Act a large number of businesses are still unsure about how to improve access and fear that the costs of lift installation will not be paid back through increased sales Access improvement starts with a couple of simple portable metal ramps that can be placed over one or two steps at the shop front These ramps can accommodate each of the wheels on a wheelchair and permit comfortable access inside as long as the shop floor itself is cleared of unnecessary clutter Arranging parking facilities for disabled badge customers is another strategy if space and local regulations allow Inclined and Vertical Platform Lifts For a more permanent solution there are a wide variety of sizes of vertical and inclined platform lifts that could be fitted in small business premises Inclined platform lifts are designed to travel along guide rails that can be mounted on the outside or inside of a stairway The lift will work outdoors and indoors as well as for curved or straight stairs A vertical platform lift will work in a contained space Wheelchairs can be accommodated within an enclosure to access different levels of a building They can have a lifting capacity

    Original URL path: http://www.platformliftco.co.uk/news-pr/high-streets-turning-business-lack-accessibility/#wpcf7-f1131-o1 (2016-02-17)
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  • Machine Learning Maintenance & the Internet of Things | Platform Lift Company
    unavoidable element of the industry we operate in It s becoming increasingly common for major lift manufacturers to develop and deploy advanced technological systems that ensure lifts never break down Issues are identified and fixed before they go on to cause larger problems This obviously differs from the previous approach of offering maintenance whereby anything that goes wrong will be put right retrospectively The computer data collected by the computer systems operating lifts already compiles data from the passenger lifts especially those installed in extremely tall buildings that record how doors are opening the floor the button was pressed on and other essential operational data It is also records error messages which are used by lift engineers to work on the lifts and fix faults These new systems being trialled already for use in the super tall skyscrapers collate these codes and send them out in advance This learning system can use this information to build an individual profile of the way the passenger lift operates and can give a great insight into faults and operational problems before they actually happen An example of this would be the system monitoring the motor current over the same lift load over time If the motor current increases during journeys with the same load it can easily be deducted that a bearing needs to be changed The lift is having to work harder to complete the same task and therefore the necessary maintenance can be carried out before a serious fault occurs The systems would run automatic updates and schedule repairs maintenance or routine services based off of this system automatically reporting to the lift engineers Obviously there is a vast range of lift type out there with different materials operating environments and heights This means the data gathered is extremely complex and

    Original URL path: http://www.platformliftco.co.uk/news-pr/machine-learning-maintenance-internet/ (2016-02-17)
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