During the world’s main Trade Fair dedicated to lifts and vertical transport in general (INTERLIFT – Augsburg, Germany, from 15 to 18 October 2013), Vimec will be present at the Magnificent Italy stand, with its S10 platform liftand a T09 Roby model mobile stairclimber.
The Magnificent Italy stand arose from a joint initiative between the German trade fair organizer AFAG and the Italian publication Elevatori, with the aim of creating a space dedicated to Italian excellences, with a focus upon the undisputed prestige of several manufacturers in the industry, and flanking it with major brands and flagship products from the Italian market: Ferrari, Ducati, various Fashion Designers (Prada, Armani, Flos), and companies associated with Italy’s Wine & Food culture.
At the Magnificent Italy stand, visitors can admire Italian excellences next to the products of Italian companies like Vimec, and take a break in the tasting area, where samples of Prosecco, genuine Parmesan cheese, pizza, and pasta will be offered on a daily basis.
Ideal for ensuring independence and freedom of movement for people with mobility issues in both public and private buildings, the S10 platform lift is perfect for overcoming height gaps of up to 3 metres.
The S10 platform lift is capable of overcoming height gaps ranging from 1.1m to 2.99m. Useful for people with disabilities confined to wheelchairs, as well as for the entire family.
Suitable for any environment
The S10 platform lift adapts perfectly to the functional and aesthetic requirements of any environment thanks to its meticulous design and various customisation possibilities. The S10 is finished in painted steel (RAL 7040), and can be furnished with a stainless steel structure upon request, complete with charcoal coloured polycarbonate bumpers to protect the edges and the floor gate.
Safe and comfortable
The S10 model is designed to ensure maximum safety for the entire family (both for people who want to bring greater value to their homes, as well as for the elderly and people with disabilities), and features the following safety systems:
access bar or gate
shaft protection with bellows
double bottom with pressure sensitive edges to prevent any possibility of crushing.
Thanks to its soft start/stop system, the motor (equipped with inverter) renders the unit’s functionality particularly smooth.
Reduced installation times
The platform lift comes furnished preassembled, and allows the system to be installed either indoors (inside a shop or office building, to connect two floors) or outdoors (on the façade of a private home or condominium, in order to provide access to a balcony from the ground floor).
In addition to being quick, safe, and easy to use, the S10 does not require any structural interventions.
The housing needs of families have changed in recent years: people are constantly trying to make use of the entire surface areas of their homes, in order to create new rooms or re-purpose existing rooms.
“Every aspect is examined in order to come up with new spaces to be exploited. Due to their surface areas, even terraces can be exploited in terms of space and functionality.
Larger balconies and terraces can become actual open air lounges for spending pleasant afternoons and evenings in the company of friends and family, thus likewise becoming an integral part of the home, and reflecting the tastes of its inhabitants.
In addition to the design, finishes, and furnishings, it is also important to render these new spaces comfortable, functional, and easily accessible: Vimec platform lifts are the perfect solutions for these types of requirements.
While conceived and designed for private homes, they can also be installed outdoors in order to render terraces easily accessible.
Why to choose a Vimec platform lift
These types of lift systems allow for small height gaps to be easily overcome in complete safety: our S11 model, for instance, is capable of overcoming height gaps of up to 3 metres, while smaller height gaps can be overcome with the Silver (1 metre) andSteppy (2 metres) model platform lifts.
Our platform lifts also offer numerous other advantages:
They’re flexible solutions in terms of encumbrance and dimensions;
They can be installed without any structural interventions;
They guarantee maximum freedom of movement, with controls right at your fingertips;
They’re safe and reliable, thanks to their advanced safety systems;
They can be installed in various environments, and adapted to the tastes and needs of each customer, thanks to their customisation possibilities;
They provide for considerable energy savings: they connect to a ordinary power outlet like a regular home appliance, and don’t require any more power than that provided by a normal domestic utility service;
In addition to rendering the system more elegant, the metallic structure also serves to protect the platform from the weather.
A Vimec homelift gives greater value to the living environment, and for solutions in particularly narrow spaces, three-leaf telescopic doors are now available.
This possibility allows the Vimec homelift to be used with maximum ease, with a greater door span for improved accessibility, all without compromising the available space in the hallways or rooms.
Among the various customisation possibilities available for Vimec homelifts, the three-leaf door ensures a more prestigious and cutting-edge system for the home.
Furthermore, Vimec home lifts are always made to measure in order to guarantee maximum safety for the entire family (both for people in search of greater comfort, as well as for the elderly and people with disabilities), not to mention reliability, comfort and elegance, all in perfect harmony with the colours and finishes of the home itself.
Vimec has sales consultants in every Italian province, who are always available to recommend the ideal solutions to meet your home mobility needs.
Vimec offers a wide range of homelifts perfect for every type of home renovation or remodelling project.
Thanks to the custom-designed support structure, they can even be installed in the absence of masonry shafts, and on any type of building, and bring added value to the home with a customised, reliable, and extremely convenient solution.
Thanks to their high levels of customisation, reliability and comfort, our lifts bring added value to the home by facilitating the mobility not only of those with mobility problems, but anyone who accesses the areas that can normally only be reached via flights of stairs.
The support structures for Vimec’s homelifts are made to last over time; they’re sturdy and robust, have no exterior welds, and are made from round hollow section in order to ensure an aesthetic appearance that looks like an integral part of the original structure and goes well with any kind of building.
Every structure designed, manufactured, and installed boasts special characteristics:
wide range of finishes
excellent resistance to weathering
suitable for both indoor and outdoor installation.
Visit the gallery to discover all the details of our homelifts.
You’ll never have any more problems overcoming a straight flight of stairs inside or outside your home.
The Ischia model chair stairlift provides for ease and freedom of movement between the various floors of the home; in fact, this model is designed to overcome a straight flight of stairs, and can be quickly and easily installed.
Three characteristics render our Ischia model chair stairlift entirely unique:
Rapid availability after the order: in fact, straight staircases to not require any particular interventions, which would extend the delivery and installation times.
Collapsible guide rail: the chair stairlift’s guide rail can be modified so that the last extremity of the guide rail itself is able to be collapsed, thus further reducing its encumbrance while the chair is not in use, and allowing any doors that may be in the vicinity of the staircase to be closed, for example.
Sliding guide rail: the chair’s guide rail slides on a track, the length of which is decided based on the requirements and the available space.
The Ischia chair stairlift is also equipped with all the comforts and accessories necessary to ensure maximum safety and ease of use on the part of the user:
the joystick on the armrest renders the chair stairlift particularly easy to use;
the practical floor call remote control allows the chair to be called to the desired floor in the case of multiple users;
the lever for rotating the seat allows the user to exit the chair quickly and easily upon reaching the destination floor;
the height of the armrests and the seat can be adjusted based on the user’s needs;
the Ischia model chair stairlift does not require any structural interventions for installation;
an outdoor version is also available, which is made from particularly weather-resistant materials.
Accessibility at condominiums is often difficult due to the presence of staircases or the absence of lifts in order to allow people with disabilities to reach the building’s various apartments.
It is often necessary to overcome several outdoor steps in order to reach the entry, and people with disabilities are often unable to do this independently and without considerable difficulty. In some cases, the structure of the condominium itself precludes the possibility of installing a lift in order to reach the various floors of the building.
Vimec’s platform stairlift’s are specially designed to resolve every type of accessibility problem in all kinds of condominiums, whether for accessing the building’s entrance or overcoming the flights of stairs between the various floors.
The two different models available are designed to be installed on various types of staircases: the V64 is suitable for straight staircases, while the V65 is equipped with a curved guide rail.
Both models have characteristics and features that make them perfect for any type of installation:
they can be installed both indoors and outdoors, and in the latter case they come complete with a weatherproof tarp;
their compact size and various wall or step anchoring possibilities render them suitable for any type of environment, without diminishing its style or elegance;
they come with removable keys in order to ensure that they will only be used by authorised individuals in possession of an activation key, thus minimising the risk of damage due to vandalism or improper use;
the built-in panel makes the stairlift simple and practical to use: no training is required, and it can even be used by guests with no need for the owner’s assistance.
Versatility: they can be installed either indoors or outdoors, even in the absence of a masonry shaft; thanks to the custom-designed support structure. Installation is fast, and does not require any structural interventions.
Comfort: they’re quiet and discreet, and can be used safely and conveniently thanks to their advanced technical features.
Flexibility: for installations in particularly tight spaces, solutions with telescopic cabin doors and floor doors are available: safe, lightweight, and quiet.
Exclusivity: exclusive design and functionality, thanks to the use of custom and personalised solutions that allow the lift to be installed in perfect harmony with its environment.
The EcoVimec and Easy Move homelifts are perfect combinations of technology and design.
The EcoVimec model is an electric, environmentally-friendly, and high-tech homelift that offers innovative solutions for the entire market. Thanks to its reduced energy consumption and wide range of customisation possibilities, customers can create truly exclusive and customised solutions. View the product datasheet.
The Easy Move model is a durable hydraulic lift that’s quick to install and guarantees maximum safety. View the product datasheet.
Both solutions boast over fifty thousand installations worldwide in various environments, like universities, city halls, swimming pools, theatres, undergrounds, and private homes.
Vimec has consultants in every Italian province to provide suggestions and indications regarding the technical and fiscal aspects of our products.
Visit the gallery to discover all the characteristics of our homelifts and their various installation possibilities.
Vimec homelifts are the ideal solution for increasing the value of your home and rendering it comfortable and fully accessible, on all the floors of the building.
Every Vimec solution is a perfect combination of technology, elegance, and comfort.
Elegance and Style…
Thanks to the versatility of every Vimec solution, it is possible to increase the comfort of your home without compromising its style.
The possibility of customising the cabin, doors, flooring, and lighting, by choosing from a vast range of colours, materials (wood, glass, and stainless steel) and configurations, will allow you to maintain a style that’s consistent with your home, while at the same time increasing its prestige.
Vimec homelifts allow the upper levels of your home to be easily accessed in a convenient and entirely independent manner, while at the same time facilitating daily activities, like moving heavy objects or carrying groceries. Their advanced technology ensures quiet functionality and maximum ease of use.
Thanks to the modularity of their components, the homelifts can be installed in any environment, whether indoors or outdoors.
They’re available with either masonry shafts or shafts made of metallic structures, with various models of available doors, thus ensuring solutions that are perfectly suited to their installation environments.
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Vimec’s platform lifts for small height gaps are ideal solutions for eliminating architectural barriers, as they guarantee ease of movement in complete safety for wheelchair users or people with mobility problems, and ensure accessibility to any type of building:
Capable of overcoming height gaps of up to 3 metres.
Ideal both indoors and outdoors, in three different configurations: free-standing, masonry shaft, or shaft with steel/aluminium protection.
Safe and easy to use
All the safety mechanisms are compliant with the applicable European regulations: European Directive 2006/95 Low Voltage, European Directive 2004/108 Electromagnetic Compatibility, and European Directive 42/2006 Machinery Directive, as well as Italian Law no. 17 of 19/02/2010.
For more information and details about Vimec’s platform lifts, please refer to the product data sheets:
Vimec chair stairlifts facilitate the movements of people with disabilities and mobility problems, and allow everyone to independently enjoy their homes in complete safety.
For which types of staircases are they suitable?
Staircases with multiple flights
They can be installed either indoors or outdoors.
In order to identify and design the chair stairlift that’s best suited to your needs and the structure of your home, it is necessary to conduct an on-site inspection, free of charge and with absolutely no commitment.
Does the chair stairlift’s installation require extra work interventions?
The chair stairlift is custom-designed to fit the staircase in your home. This renders the installation procedure simple, with no need for structural interventions.
The guide rail upon which the chair stairlift moves can be anchored to either the wall or the steps, based on the specific requirements. Once the installation has been completed, the technicians will conduct the necessary tests in order to make sure that the system is working properly.
Is it safe to use?
The chair stairlift is a safe, practical, and easy to use solution. The controls on the armrest make each movement convenient and automatic: the swivel seat allows the user to effortlessly climb in and out, with maximum ease.
Who can I contact to order one?
Vimec has consultants everywhere in United Kingdom, and is always at your complete disposal for any doubts or clarifications you may have, free of charge and with absolutely no commitment. This will allow you to evaluate the characteristics of your staircase, and determine the solution that’s best suited to your home.
Fill out the yellow form, and you’ll be contacted as soon as possible!
The technical term for Home Automation, “Domotics”, is derived from a combination of the Latin term “domus” (house) and the modern term “robotics”.
In addition to being a continuously evolving science, in everyday life home automation can be understood as a series of technologies designed to improve quality of life within the home.
Computers and electronics are brought together inside the house to automate and simplify the management of all the home’s systems.
Home Automation in everyday life
Home Automations are intended to make your home more convenient with an integrated automation system capable of offer highly advanced solutions in terms of comfort, security, multimedia services, and remote control possibilities.
The main obstacle to the spread of home automations is their cost, which remains high. More and more companies, however, are providing systems with various levels of functionality, so that the installations can be modified and implemented over time.
Find out the main benefits that home automations have to offer:
Electrical system automation: you can automate the management of your lights, either individually or in groups. You automate your blinds and shutters.
Sound diffusion and ambience: change the atmosphere to your liking, by having your favourite music start playing automatically accompanied by your preferred temperature and lighting.
Security: alarm and video surveillance systems allow people to leave their homes with complete peace of mind. Security systems also detect floods, gas leaks, and blackouts, and automatically reset the circuit breakers.
Remote management: in addition to controlling their various functions from the dedicated control units installed inside the home, the latest home automation systems can even be controlled remotely using a smartphone or tablet.
Home automation and energy savings
One of the most notable advantages of home automation is linked to the management of energy consumption and energy savings. The ways in which a home automation system can be beneficial to you and the environment are described below:
Consumption monitoring: thanks to the displays installed at the home, the user can always view up-to-date and aggregated data regarding their electricity, gas and water consumption. This allows them to take immediate action if any “bad” consumption habits are detected.
Electrical load management: the user can set a maximum electricity consumption level, and establish priorities for the use of appliances, so that the “less important” ones will be disconnected in the event of an overload: no more blackouts! This function is also useful for setting on/off times, in order to take full advantage of hourly consumption rates.
Temperature control: different temperatures can be set for the various rooms of the house, in order to prevent waste and optimise consumption. The ideal temperature, whenever and wherever you want!
Only the best for your home
When building a new home from scratch, or carrying out major renovations, it’s a good idea to consider installing a home automation system designed to meet your needs. Home Automation systems are designed to help you manage your home and enjoy maximum comfort within your home environment.
Why not take advantage of the benefits that a home of the future has to offer?
Vimec has been designing, manufacturing, and installing custom solutions for individuals since 1982. Vimec has the right product for every movement and transport requirement.
Here we’ll be talking about mobile stairclimbers, and we’ll help you choose the right product based on the characteristics of the home in which it will be installed and utilised.
Straight staircase, rectangular landings: discover the T09-Roby
The Roby model is the tracked mobile stairclimber that ranks first in terms of both comfort and safety.
Designed and built to overcome straight staircases and staircases with square or rectangular landings,it allows the operator to transport the wheelchair passenger in complete safety.
There’s no risk of damaging the stairs thanks to the special characteristics of the tracks, which ensure excellent traction without leaving any marks. The Roby model’s high quality is ensured by the following characteristics: a smooth ride on the stairs, outstanding ergonomics and ease of use while moving on flat surfaces, and excellent accessibility and sturdiness.
The Roby model guarantees an autonomy of 23 flights of stairs. The safety system ensures that the battery’s charge level will never drop below 8-10%.
Narrow staircase, small landings: The T10-Scalacombi is right for you
The Scalacombi model is a wheeled mobile stairclimber with a safe and practical design for people who have difficulty climbing stairs.
With the assistance of an operator, the Scalacombi model can be used to ascend and descend staircases in complete safety.
Ideal for considerably narrow staircases (min. 550 mm) with small landings (min. 80 cm) and/or with fan-shaped steps, the Scalacombi model is capable of overcoming slopes of up to 55°.
The safety and reliability features allow the assistant to operate the unit effortlessly, and allow the passenger to overcome the staircase in complete comfort, in both directions.
The unit’s patented transmission with softstep function allows the unit to ascend and descend each individual step in an extraordinarily gentle manner.
Vimec high quality at your service
All the characteristics of Vimec’s mobile stairclimbers are designed to meet the needs of both the passenger and the operator, thus ensuring effortless transport in maximum comfort.
Don’t hesitate to contact us to find out more about products: the Vimec consultants will be happy to help you find the solution best suited to your needs, with a free on-site inspection and price quote.
When we think of a home made from wood and stone, we often imagination a classic mountain cabin. In and of itself, this association of ideas is not incorrect: in fact, the idea of the mountains conjures up an image of contact with nature.
In this sense, the use of these materials outside of the mountain context represents a return to the basics, and to a more natural dimension.
Our escape from the chaos of the city also takes place within our homes. Modern man is in search of new aesthetic and environmental balances, and finds them using ancient materials with a modern twist.
Advantages and disadvantages of wood
Nowadays, one can design and build a house made entirely of wood.
This material offers several major advantages:
It’s earthquake-proof, thanks to its elasticity and lightness.
It has a good resistance to fire: this might seem counter-intuitive, but the fact of the matter is that wood burns slowly, and takes a long time to lose its load bearing capacity.
It’s sustainable: if collected in a controlled manner, it’s renewable and will be depleted. It’s recyclable and minimises pollution. It’s also an excellent thermal insulator.
It’s inexpensive: the construction of a wood house involves extensive use of prefabricated components, thus making it easy to control production costs.
However, wood also has several disadvantages:
The design of the house is strictly binding, and it’s difficult to make last-minute changes during construction, or to do any subsequent remodelling.
Periodic maintenance is required in order to prevent damage caused by moisture and other deteriorating agents.
The types of stone used in the various rooms
Every type of stone has different characteristics: let’s discover the construction uses of some of Italy’s most popular types of stone!
Tuff: this is the most widely used type of stone, both in its raw form, for a more rustic effect, as well as in its polished form.
Basalt: this is the material of choice in the field of sustainable building. It’s a very inexpensive type of stone, since it’s quite common. It’s excellent for both indoors and outdoors.
Marble: this material is highly prized, and is therefore rather expensive. Due to these characteristics, it’s mainly used for cladding and flooring.
Cork, wool, stone, and wood for energy savings
Did you know that these materials, in addition to being natural and eco-sustainable, also offer benefits in terms of energy savings?
Cork and sheep’s wool are materials with excellent insulating properties. When combined with natural stone walls and ceilings with wooden beams, they help to insulate your home to perfection.
With solar and photovoltaic panels installed on the roof for hot water and electricity production, one can obtain a perfectly self-sufficient home in terms of energy, with energy dispersion factor of zero.
Living in harmony with nature
Wood and stone have always been used as structural elements within buildings.
As we have seen, wood is no longer considered a “poor” material nowadays: it has become one of the main elements used in the field of natural and sustainable architecture.
Stone is also back in vogue: thanks to innovative cutting and processing techniques, stone is often used nowadays inside modern homes. It can be found in its natural form, on the walls. It can be found in processed and polished forms as cladding and flooring. It can even be found in the form of innovative and designer furnishing accessories.
When you’re young, you might not realise that the home in which you live has various barriers or limitations.
Yet the home can potentially be an extremely hazardous place: in fact, we often hear people talking about domestic accidents. Although certain problems can arise due to negligence, some accidents are specifically due to the limitations found in the home.
These are even more hazardous for the elderly: in fact, for those who have difficulty walking or poor vision, a single step or the absence of something to hold onto can make all the difference in terms of safety.
Statistically speaking, the places where most domestic accidents occur are the kitchen and the bathroom. Analyses must therefore be conducted in order to identify the sources of danger present, and how to eliminate or minimise them in an acceptable manner.
Why the bathroom can be considered a dangerous room
The bathroom is considered a dangerous place because it encloses two elements within a confined space, which, when combined, can be fatal: electricity and water.
As early as the design phase, it is necessary to be extremely careful of the positioning of the electrical outlets, switches, and sanitary ware (namely bathtubs and showers).
Various safety zones are identified based on their distances from the sanitary ware: the closer we are to the water sources, the less advisable it is to install electrical outlets.
Water on its own is a danger source in terms of the possibility of slipping and falling in the bathroom: many domestic accidents take place in the shower or bathtub, where people often slip and fall down.
How to make your bathroom safe
If you’re building your bathroom from scratch, or are doing any major remodelling, it’s recommended to keep the following suggestions in mind:
Use non-slip flooring and wall coverings. There are particularly porous ceramics on the market, which are quite suitable for this purpose. Wood and linoleum are also recommended materials.
Place non-slip rubber mats inside bathtubs and showers
Install emergency safety bells inside box showers and near bathtubs.
Place a seat inside the shower. Even a stool will do, provided that it is stable.
It is preferable for the walls of the shower to be made of plastic, not glass.
Consider installing handles to help any elderly people about; these are also ideal if there is a wheelchair-bound person living in the home (in this case, larger spaces will also be necessary).
Eliminate any steps and height gaps. This recommendation applies to all the rooms of the house.
Nowadays, safety goes hand-in-hand with beauty and functionality: why should you forgo a designer bathroom when an ever-increasing number of companies are offering aesthetically pleasing and fully accessible solutions?
An environment devoid of barriers is the perfect place to dedicate some time to your personal wellness. And what better place is there to pamper yourself than the bathroom? Enjoy it in complete safety, thanks to the increasingly large number of solutions that we have explored together.