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  • Conference Venues Warned They Aren’t Catering for Disabled Delegates | Platform Lift Company
    passenger lift or a platform lift that is able to take delegates from one floor to another is typically the only option In these cases the installation and proper fitting of a DDA compliant lift is a sure fire to improve your conference venue for anyone who may be looking to attend Experts in disability legislation have warned that outside of commercial views there s a serious health and safety consideration that is being ignored when buildings aren t following simple and often necessary disability procedures Ensuring that people can travel quickly and safely from one side of the building to the other is always going to be important It s also going to a be vital requirement for people planning events conferences or talks It is believed that conference venues who don t consider the wider picture and fail to accommodate those with a disability are seriously damaging their reputation as well as limiting the commercial growth of their organisation Many have argued that the installation of proper accessibility plans require common sense but it s important to consider the wider angle if you yourself are involved in the running of a conference location Of course just installing a passenger lift isn t the entire answer but it is an excellent start Often in older buildings passenger lifts are already in place to ferry delegates from floor to floor Unfortunately some of these solutions are not suitable for people with certain types of disability for example a wheelchair user may not be able to easily get in and out of the existing lift Upgrades can be simple and often carried out in the existing lift shaft Platform lifts are an excellent way to do this and the investment in a modern and proper accessibility package will improve the experience

    Original URL path: http://www.platformliftco.co.uk/news-pr/conference-venues-warned-arent-catering-disabled-delegates/ (2016-02-17)
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  • Could diamond nanothreads see the dream of a space elevator become reality? | Platform Lift Company
    with its orbital period equal to Earth s As a result it appears stationary in the sky to an observer on Earth If this invention works it would be like a railway into outer space Used to Be Science Fiction The space elevator is not a new idea It was dreamed up by a Russian schoolteacher Konstantin Tsiokovsky who had been inspired by the newly constructed Eiffel Tower Science fiction author Arthur C Clarke also featured it in his novels But the real technological problem is to find the material for a strong enough tether Accidental Discovery The solution as with many great scientific discoveries came by accident Scientists at Penn State University discovered a material that rivals carbon nanotubes for strength Not only is it more than 100 times stronger than high grade steel but it can be almost 20 000 times thinner than a human hair The scientists subjected liquid benzene to extreme pressures of about 200 000 atmospheres or 200 000 times that of the atmospheric pressure on the surface if the Earth Then they slowly relieved the pressure to allow the original carbon rings of benzene to reform The result was a chain of thin and tight carbon rings that were identical structurally to diamond Tetrahedral Structure Diamond is the world s hardest natural substance and consists of one carbon atom surrounded by three other carbon atoms that are tightly bonded to it forming a tetrahedral shape This structure is repeated for every carbon atom and gives diamond its super strength The Penn Scientists discovered what is in effect a diamond polymer that resembles the structure of an unravelled diamond in a very thin and strong chain or nanothreads Their next step will be to examine any imperfections in the new material to ensure that the

    Original URL path: http://www.platformliftco.co.uk/news-pr/diamond-nanothreads-dream-space-elevator-reality/ (2016-02-17)
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  • Energy efficient lifts could be the key to greatly reducing building operating costs | Platform Lift Company
    a figure of 5 elevator energy use the ACEEE estimated that nationwide U S elevators use five times as much energy as the whole of Washington D C With a certain amount of knowledge dissemination businesses and building owners could be able to reduce their elevator energy use by between 40 and 75 Room for Improvement There are several factors that offer room for improvement The elevator s performance can be improved by using new components controls and systems Foremost among these are machine roomless designs where the elevator machine room is removed to save space Energy can be saved by miniaturising the traction machine and developing gearless traction Such a design enables better control and lower heat dissipation from the lifting mechanism Further energy savings can be made by using LED lighting which provides a more comfortable environment as well as saving energy These types of improved controls features and illuminations can marry with the building s design to create a feeling of improved quality Another issue is that wherever the elevator is installed it does spend much more time idle than on the move But an elevator on standby still consumes energy The secret here is to cut back on standby energy use Other Interests Although the building s owner is the ultimate customer for a new elevator design other parties will affect an owner s choices These are engineers architects manufacturers and consultants of all kinds with each hoping to promote their own ideas and products Energy efficiency alone is not a powerful enough concept to overcome other aesthetic issues that may result in higher energy consumption The answer here is to use energy efficient is a symbol of quality says the ACEEE This would come within a complete package of design controls improved performance comfort and

    Original URL path: http://www.platformliftco.co.uk/news-pr/energy-efficient-lifts-key-greatly-reducing-building-operating-costs/ (2016-02-17)
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  • What’s the longest commute by elevator? | Platform Lift Company
    178 miles of vertical travel per year This compares to just ten miles a year for the average low rise building If they have a lot of coming and going to do and would make more than one trip out each day the number could be far higher still The close runner up is 106 Tower in the busy economic hub that is Dubai The tower is actually slightly taller than 432 Park Avenue standing 1 421 feet high compared to the New York building s 1 396 feet However the highest apartment contained within the building is 1 207 feet above ground 79 feet lower than its opposite number at 432 Park Avenue making the elevator commute a little shorter Over the course of a year though a resident making one trip to the ground and back every day would still amass a very respectable 167 miles of elevator travel per year The New Contender 432 Park Avenue and 106 Tower represent the two longest residential elevator commutes of any building currently standing However there is still room at the top and 432 s lofty place as the title holder is not going to last much longer The building that will steal the number one place is already under construction and when it is completed the resident in the highest apartment could easily have to travel nearly 200 vertical miles each year The building in question is the World One Tower which is currently under construction in India s thriving city of Mumbai It is due to be completed in 2016 and it will be the single tallest building in the world to be used for entirely residential purposes It will stand 1 450 feet high 29 feet taller than 106 Tower and the highest apartment will be a

    Original URL path: http://www.platformliftco.co.uk/news-pr/whats-longest-commute-elevator/ (2016-02-17)
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  • Government audit deems disabled access on the high street ‘shocking’ | Platform Lift Company
    of both restaurants and shops had no hearing loops installed Many leading chains examined were asked directly for further information but only 4 of these actually replied to the investigation The audit found that typically men s departments were upstairs and not every venue offered a way for individuals to actually get up and shop for themselves Despite many staff in shops not being provided proper training in how to best help disabled people staff were found to offer help but often in an impractical solution Many customers are told such things as just ask and we ll bring you whatever you want a kind gesture but an impossible one How can a shopper know what they may want without being able to see stock These problems extend to changing rooms and toilet facilities with many providing no solution whatsoever in terms of accessibility This simply has to change and chairman of DisabledGo Barry Stevenson has labelled the current state of affairs as being unacceptable We at Platform Lift Company pride ourselves on our ability to source and install lifts which ensure your business premise is accessible and DDA compliant We have a wide range of options that can be installed in existing shafts or function as self supporting structures We have vast experience with installation in all areas of the retail environment If improving the accessibility of your shop or restaurant is a priority for 2015 and we believe it should be feel free to get in touch with us to discuss your options You could well be missing a serious business trick be excluding an extra 200bn of spending power as well as damaging your brand through the unfair exclusion of potential customers The Equality Act of 2010 obliges organisations to make reasonable adjustments for disabled people and

    Original URL path: http://www.platformliftco.co.uk/news-pr/government-audit-deems-disabled-access-high-street-shocking/ (2016-02-17)
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  • Elevator Etiquette | Platform Lift Company
    norm As a result a lot of men wore hats and it became the done thing to remove this hat Sound of Silence Do you remember as a child standing in a crowded lift and trying to speak to your parents only to be met with a hurried ssshhh and a wait until I get you home look Do you recall the confusion you experienced when everyone else got out of the elevator and then you were given the green light to speak at last There is undoubtedly an unwritten rule that you shouldn t speak in a lift if there s anyone in there that you don t know For some people the rule is to never speak at all It s certainly not unusual for two friends to be chatting away happily as they wait for the lift to arrive only for them to descend into stony silence once the doors lock them inside Who really knows when this started or why It s probably more to do with practicalities than any sort of tradition You don t normally want strangers listening to your conversation especially when the acoustics and quiet in lifts can make you sound like you re speaking through a microphone even when you have barely made it to a whisper Have fun discussing other reasons with your friends although not after the lift doors have closed A Question of Control In a strange contradiction to the previous rule it is all right to speak in a lift if it is to demand that a stranger takes you to the place you want to be It s also not at all odd for a strange man or woman to make similar demands of you but only if you are standing in the appropriate place In

    Original URL path: http://www.platformliftco.co.uk/news-pr/elevator-etiquette/ (2016-02-17)
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  • Elevators Going Green | Platform Lift Company
    these will all automatically turn on again More User Friendly Elevators are an important part of modern daily life People rely on them every day for getting between floors in office buildings or accessing different levels in car parks Any aspect of the elevator that makes it more efficient for the user is beneficial especially if it also results in lowering energy consumption The software used in modern lifts is more effective at sensing where it needs to be and judging which floors it should stop at first This means that the elevator has to stop less and it reduces the waiting time for users With the elevators running more efficiently it could result in less energy being needed This would lower the overall energy usage and minimise maintenance and installation costs Twin Deck Elevators Another new innovation in the elevator industry is the introduction of double decker cabs where one is positioned on top of the other In this situation one of the cabs will stop at the odd floors and the other is used for the even levels These types of elevators require less energy as the number of stops required is reduced It can also mean that fewer elevators are needed within the building Regenerative Drives In traditional elevators the machinery simply expels heat and uses up energy Modern elevators can be fitted with regenerative drives which also recycle the energy and put something back into the system The lift uses power in order to lift the cab Then when it s going back down the motor generates energy which is put back into the main electricity supply In some instances when the lift is light going up and heavy coming down it could actually use less energy than it generates No Engine Room Lifts that don

    Original URL path: http://www.platformliftco.co.uk/news-pr/elevators-green/ (2016-02-17)
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  • Spain Has Highest Concentration of Elevators | Platform Lift Company
    dwellers which is significantly higher than the European average of 46 As available space in towns and cities has shrunk and apartment blocks have got taller to accommodate growing populations the demand for elevators has naturally risen Home Ownership One of the other important considerations that characterises the Spanish property market is that a huge majority of people own their apartments as opposed to renting them Only Ireland has a comparable rate of homeownership to Spain and yet only 5 of Irish residents are apartment dwellers The rise of home ownership in Spain has its roots in the political history and policies of the country under the rule of Francisco Franco Tough regulations that did little to allow landlords to prosper financially saw many of them eager to sell By the 1950s the government was keen to create a country of homeowners With less than half the population owning their own home this steadily rose over the following years Today over 80 of Spaniards own their own property New legislation introduced at this time saw a big investment in apartment living with high density urban construction thriving in a building boom that started in the 1960s and kept going strongly until the late 1970s Elevators Today Spaniards still favour apartment living with over 90 of residents saying they are satisfied with their current housing situation As the population also continues to age and availability of land becomes scarcer the demand for high rise housing is only set to increase Research even suggests that as populations are getting older and more prosperous residents of a two storey house may also consider the option of installing an elevator at home for convenience and mobility At the same time the technology behind elevators is improving all the time making them a more attractive

    Original URL path: http://www.platformliftco.co.uk/news-pr/spain-highest-concentration-elevators/ (2016-02-17)
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