Commercial Vertical Platform Lifts in Milwaukee, Madison, WI. and surrounding areas,Roselle, Ill and surrounding areas.
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Commercial VPL (Vertical Platform Lift)
For 30 years, Bruno has provided accessibility solutions for people challenged by limited mobility. Safety and dependability are hallmarks of the Bruno name, and all Bruno vertical platform lifts (Commercial VPL) are made in the USA and suitable for indoors or outdoors. Bruno’s VPL-3300B series wheelchair lift includes four effective solutions for Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance in churches, schools or businesses:
- 3-Gate (Toe guard)
All Bruno VPLs are designed in accordance with ASME A18.1, section 2 and can be used in some applications to meet ANSI A117.1 National Accessibility Guidelines.
The Savaria V-1504 vertical platform lift is built to carry a wheelchair and passenger safely up and down one or more levels.
Suitable for installations in public and commercial buildings, as well as private homes, this Savaria lift features an extremely versatile design that can be configured and customized to suit virtually any project requirements and aesthetic needs. From the rugged outdoors, to the most luxurious office tower lobbies, the Savaria V-1504 lift is ready to serve with its reliable performance, ease of use and range of finish options.
RAMPS VS. LIFTS REVISITED
By Doug Boydston
However, Platform Lifts are not only utilized by wheelchair users. The UCSF study says there are 6.1 million (2.4 percent of the population) users of other mobility devices, such as canes, crutches, and walkers in the US. These numbers do not include all those for whom stairs are challenge due to some other conditions that limit mobility, such as arthritis, emphysema, and hearts conditions. It is safe to say that wheelchair users are a small portion of the population for whom stairs limit access to buildings.
We have not done ourselves any favors in the accessibility equipment industry making poor quality equipment and installing it poorly just to meet the letter of the law over the years since the inception of the ADA. So much bad work has been done (and continues to be done) that now a platform lift is chosen as a last resort. Rather than letting the building owner and their architect develop the best solution, ramps are forced into applications as a first choice where they do not provide accessibility with dignity.
However, once you get over 24” of rise ramps start to not only kill a lot of space but they become a challenge for the person with mobility impairments. If in a manual chair they have to navigate long slopes and turn backs and this is not accessibility with dignity even if the ramp is done well.
This ramp was put in to replace a cheap vertical platform lift that didn’t serve the customers in FAO Schwartz. The store spent a lot of money replacing this lift. The ramp was not a low cost solution. In addition to the cost of the ramp construction the store had to give up 250 sq. ft. of valuable floor space that could be generating sales. Surely a heavy duty vertical platform lift solution could have been designed even with glass enclosure and glass doors for much less.
This is what needs to change! There is no reason a Platform Lift cannot be used by everyone and anyone as often as needed per day. The only problem is the industry is not promoting these high performance solutions because they fear the marketplace won’t pay for them. We have seen many old lift installations replaced with full commercial elevators and very expensive ramps so we do not believe that cost is the determining factor. If a heavy duty platform lift is properly designed and installed it will also last and add value to the building where as a low cost standard lift may in fact be throwing money away as it will not last or even be useful to those for whom it was installed.