There are many options available to enable RAM to configure our Trus-T-Lift™ vertical platform lift to meet various code requirements and the desires of a customer. The following is not an exhaustive list but does represent the major options that can be added to your wheelchair/ accessibility lift.
Purpose: Ensures that doors or gates remain closed and locked until the lift is position to receive or discharge the rider. Prevents access to the Hoist Way/ Runway when lift is in operation. These are the heart of any elevating device and RAM works with CSA/UL certified and approved interlocks to ensure the highest levels of safety.
The interlock is a 2 piece (Male & Female) locking mechanism that mounts to doors or gates. Typically preinstalled during the production of RAM doors or gates. Interlocks can also be purchased separately and mounted to client supplied doors or gates.
Note: Interlocked doors and gates may be required by code in your area. Always consult with your local authorities.
Remote Call Stations
Purpose: Remote Call Stations are used to call the lift to the rider should it be on another level.
There are 2 types of Remote Call Stations.
Push Button – Used as a One Way call station. Bring the lift to the riders landing.
Toggle – Used as a Two way station – Call to the lift to your location or Send to another landing. This functionality allows an attendant to place a rider on the lift and send them to the next level without getting on the lift with the rider. It can also allow a user to send the carriage up to the top landing in case of flood and evacuation. This is very beneficial in flood zones where you may have a an elevated home that is access by a lift. (Elevated Home Lift Image)
Control Wall Extension
Purpose: The Control Wall Extension is a panel that moves the edge of the control wall, out to the edges of the platform and allows for the mounting of gates and end walls on the lift.
The Control Wall Extension also acts as a guard on the tower side of the lift. Not all lifts require a Control Wall Extension. Unless specified in your quote, the basic Trus-T-Lift model ships with a Standard Control Wall.
Note: The Control Wall Extension is required when mounting a Carriage/ PLatform Gate or a Solid Hand Rail/ Guard Rail
Automatic Folding Toe Plate Ramp
Purpose: The Folding Access Ramp serves a dual purpose.
1) It acts as a ramp to help the rider get to the top of the lift platform from the ground level. This can be anywhere from 1 ¾” to 2 ¾” depending on the configuration of the lift. The platform on a lift that has no safety pan installed, is 1 ¾” from ground level. A platform that has a safety pan installed is 2 ¾” higher than ground level.
2) It acts as a roll back stop – folding up behind the wheels of a Scooter or Wheelchair to prevent rolling off the lift.
Available in 2 sizes. 8” & 18”. The 8” ramp is suitable for basic lifts that do not have a solid platform and safety pan.
The 18” ramp should be used on lifts that have solid platforms and safety pans. (Due to the height difference mentioned earlier)
Upper Landing Gate or Door
Purpose: Prevent access to the edge of the landing if the lift is not in position to receive or discharge a rider.
The Upper Landing Gate is mounted on the upper landing where the rider enters or exits the lift. It remains locked through the use of an interlock. Once the lift arrives at the destination, the interlock automatically unlocks the Door or Gate.
Depending on the code in your area, you may be able to use a combination of Doors and Gates on your Enclosed Lift applications.
Solid Handrail/ Guard Rail
Purpose: Encloses the rider for safety.
The Solid Handrail encloses the rider on one side so that they cannot reach out beyond the confines of the lift. Typically used in applications that require meeting safety codes.
Note: this is an option. The basic Trus-T-Lift™ includes a tubular style rail as standard equipment. The basic configuration should only be used for limited height applications and where code allows.
Platform Gate (Carriage Gate)
Purpose: Safely enclose the rider with a lockable gate.
The Platform Gate is meant to act as a safety barrier and is required in many applications.
Upward travel: The Platform Gate will travel with the rider. It is situated behind the rider. The gate remains closed and locked on the upward travel. The rider exits the lift on the upper landing usually through a permanently mounted gate on the upper landing. The Upper Landing Gate is also interlocked. It will not unlock until the lift safely arrives at the upper landing.
Downward Travel: On the downward travel the Platform Gate will travel with the rider (in front of), once the lift arrives at its destination the Platform gate is automatically unlocked. Allowing the rider to safely depart the lift.
The Platform Gate is locked through the use of an Electrical Latching System known as an Interlock. (see Interlock for details) Please note that the Interlock is not an auto door opener. It is a lock only.
Note: In order to install a Platform Gate on a lift the following items must also be installed.
Solid Handrail (Guardrail)
Control Wall Extension
Solid End Wall
Purpose: The solid end wall acts as point of containment and prevents the rider from progressing in a forward motion once on the platform.
The rider is forced to exit the same direction they entered the lift. Same Side Entry/Exit. Typically installed in a shaft or hoist way/ runway.
It can also be configured to be used in a non-enclosed configuration.
Note: Non-enclosed Same Side Entry/Exit must be installed with the following options and can not be applied to any commercial applications.
Extra Wide Upper Landing Gate
Solid Platform with Safety Pan
Purpose: A Solid Platform (carriage floor) and Safety Pan (under platform safety device) are required when meeting certain code requirements or when the client desires a level of safety beyond the standard equipment installed on the lift. Our basic models ship with an expanded metal (grate style) platform.
The Safety Pan is attached to the underside of the Solid Platform. It uses a spring loaded pressure system that stops the lift automatically should it meet an obstruction. A Safety Pan is always used in conjunction with a Solid Platform.
Note: The Safety Pan will not function with a basic expanded metal platform.
Adjacent Platform (90 Degree Access)
Purpose: An Adjacent Platform is used when a Straight Through Platform configuration will not work.
It allows the rider to exit at a 90 degree angle on arrival at the upper landing destination.
The width of the platform is typically increased to provide extra space for the rider to maneuver their Scooter or Wheelchair into position for the turning radius required to exit the lift.
Tower of Power (DC Battery Backup)
Purpose: Provide emergency power to keep lift operational during power outage
The Tower of Power is the next generation of DC backup systems. Unlike conventional DC backup systems that allow the batteries to go stale through lack of use. The Tower of Power uses the battery system every time the lift is operated and then immediately recharges the batteries. If a battery fails, the Smart Switch System indicates the problem with a signal light and will default to building power until the battery is replaced.
This ensures that your lift is operational when you need it.
Your lift should be serviced regularly. A minimum of once per year and in harsher climates more frequently. Servicing your lift extends the life of the lift. A small investment in service now, saves you greater cost on replacement later. Not servicing the lift could affect the warranty.
The standard color of the Trus-T-Lift™ is Slate Grey and Black. Custom colors are available at a modest upcharge. Inquire with our sales department as to the available choices for your home lift.