Tag: platform lift

The S11 platform lift: a versatile accessibility solution for public places

Versatilitymodern design, and ease of use: these are the main characteristics of Vimec’s S11 model platform lift.

A perfect solution for guaranteeing accessibility to various public buildings:

  • it perfectly meets the functional and aesthetic requirements of any environment, even the most prestigious, thanks to its modern and elegant design;
  • it’s easy to use thanks to the controls located on-board and at the floor stations, and is particularly comfortable (soft start/stop system), thus providing wheelchair users with complete autonomy;
  • it requires a minimal opening (0-165), so it’s installation is truly made to measure;
  • it’s available with five types of runs, for height gaps of up to 2.99 m;
  • advanced safety systems: safety nut catch device, anti-shearing bellows, photocells on the exit side.

The S11 platform lift can be installed both indoors and outdoors, in three different configurations:

Special installations

IMG 1741

The S11 model is never self supporting, and must always be secured to the wall. If the turret cannot be secured to the load-bearing wall due to offsets, balconies, windows, or protrusions, special brackets can be created to support the entire system.

The S11 platform lift an excellent solution for providing access to any public building, and is built according to Vimec’s high quality standards.

Teaching accessibility

In recent years, the issue of accessibility has become increasingly important, and this has increased the need to ensure the complete accessibility of public places and buildings, such as museums, exhibition venues, theatres, monuments, tourist attractions, etc.

When we think of architectural barriers, we usually think of stepsuneven flooring, and anything else that might pose a physical obstacle for people in wheelchairs or with mobility problems; we rarely realise, however, that there are also other types of “barriers” that people with disabilities have to face everyday.

V64 Stadio San Siro

These barriers depend upon the awareness of the community itself, which often doesn’t fully understand the needs of people with disabilities.

The aim of creating a culture of accessibility is not only to render every place accessible to all, but also to provide instructions on the right way to handle each type of disability, and to raise awareness of what each of us can do every day to help make people with disabilities feel like they’re an integral part of our communities.

One excellent example is provided by the City of Milan, which in recent years has sought to

www.milanopertutti.it), especially to tourists with disabilities, even by launching a website dedicated to accessible tourism (www.milanopertutti.it), where people with disabilities can find all the information needed to visit the city without any limitations.

Numerous places of interest have been rendered accessible to everyone. For example, a Vimec V64 platform stairlift has now been installed at the San Siro Stadium. Many public offices also have platform lifts for people with disabilities, such as the V65 stairlift present at the Pontechiasso post office.

V65 B.R.2

The city has also created an e-learning platform for all those who work in direct contact with the public, and therefore need to receive training with regard to accessibility and the accommodation of people with disabilities: www.milanoaccogliente.it.

This website provides free online courses for people operating in the tourism and social services sectors, such as restaurant managers, taxi drivers, travel companions, welfare workers, etc.; the courses explain how to interact with people based on their type of disability, with particular attention being placed upon the needs associated with the various disabilities themselves.

It’s a concrete form of assistance for everyone, and represents one more step towards a world that’s completely accessible to everyone!

A new design for Vimec’s S10 platform lift

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.

Vimec at the forefront with the 3D scanner

One of the most important aspects in designing a tailor-made solution for overcoming architectural barriers concerns the importance of the installation environment: the staircase, the landings, the parking spaces and the specific requirements of the user.

To offer their customers an increasingly dedicated service, taking advantage of new technologies, Vimec uses the 3D scanner, a cutting-edge system for measuring staircases.

This instrument allows technicians, who make the inspection, to detect the staircase’s measurements in a simple, fast and precise way.

By placing a few markers on the ladder (for example on the lower floor, on the landing, on the land floor and to indicate a handrail), the scan, executed through a tablet, is able to return a faithful reproduction/good simulation of the ladder in 3D, which allows to obtain all the measures necessary to design the Vimec installation, both for the chair stairlifts and for the platform stairlifts.

There are so many advantages to using this instrument:

  • all measurements are extremely accurate and reliable;
  • the time needed to build the custom-made plant will be shorter;
  • the 3D reproduction of the staircase will always be available to the technicians to carry out the necessary measurements;
  • the measurement of the staircase during the inspection is faster.

Reliability, safety and the use of cutting-edge technologies characterise Vimec, which is committed to providing its customers with an increasingly efficient service, anticipating working methods that will become the standard in the coming years.

Accessible terraces with platform lifts for small height gaps

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 movementwith 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.

Vimec 4dealers

After having pre-announced its publication last week, Vimec is now happy to invite you to visit the website dedicated to the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi.

The website, which can be viewed at olympics.vimec.biz, was created in honour of the Olympics, but is also intended to be a starting point for developing and reinforcing the company’s relationships with its dealers worldwide.

Why 4Dealers?

Because our partners are the driving force behind our success. Ours is a teamwork that has endured for more than 30 years, and must be preserved, reinforced, and expanded. To move forward together, overcoming every barrier and obstacle: this is our goal.

Why @Sochi?

Because Sochi 2014 is the gold metal around the neck of the team made up of Vimec and its dealers. At the Olympic Village, accessibility will be ensured by over 370 Vimec installations.

Visit olympics.vimec.biz

Vimec’s solutions for guaranteeing accessibility in public places

Guaranteeing the accessibility of public places for people with limited mobility is essential for promoting “tourism accessible to everyone.”

Vimec is committed to offering custom solutions for improving the accessibility of public places, like hotels, restaurants, agritourism structures, and more. Platform stairliftplatform lifts, and mobile stair climbers are all systems suitable for ensuring freedom of access to any type of public building.

Vimec’s solutions are capable of perfectly meeting the aesthetic requirements of the staircase, as well as the surrounding environment. This is evidenced by Vimec’s thousands of installations in various public locales throughout Italy.

Visit the gallery to see some of the Vimec installations found in various public buildings.

Vimec’s solutions for small height gaps

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:

  • Private structures (banks, restaurants, shops, office buildings, etc.).
  • Public structures (schools, institutes, etc.).
  • Homes and residences.

Adaptable and versatile

  • 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.
  • Customisable finishes.

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:

  • S11 Platform lift
  • Steppy Platform Lift
  • Silver Platform Lift

Over 65 – Sports and health

Engaging in sports is beneficial at any age: it helps to maintain physical and mental health, thus improving and prolonging life. Engaging in regular physical activity over long periods of time helps to prevent many diseases, including high blood pressure, stroke, and diabetes.

Engaging in sports regularly helps us keep in shape and looking great. But there are also many other important reasons to stay fit: stronger muscles and bones with respect to a sedentary person; a more efficient cardio-respiratory tract and greater stamina.

Thanks to a greater awareness of the benefits of constant physical activity, the number of people with gym memberships is on the rise. It’s also increasingly common to see people jogging or cycling outdoors.

An overview of people over 65 and sports

Despite the increasing awareness among young people of the benefits offered by sports, the situation among the elderly is lagging: just 15% of people over 65 engage in sports more than once a week.

Most elderly people go out for a pleasant walk around their homes almost daily. Some dedicate themselves to outdoor activities like gardening. This is already a good start: in fact, a little bit of daily movement provides for the following benefits:

  • Increased blood flow to the brain
  • Improved respiratory function
  • Numerous heart benefits, including better blood circulation to the body’s tissues
  • Walking is also good for the bones, as it helps them to maintain better density over time, without becoming fragile

All of these benefits are even further increased if the elderly person dedicates him/herself to a regular sports activity, in consultation with a physician, and monitored by a good instructor.

Which sports

Engaging in regular physical activity is the most effective anti-ageing factor for maintaining physical and mental health over time. For people over 65, it is highly recommended to engage in a regular sports activity: now let’s take a look at the exercises most highly recommended for people in their golden years:

  • Fit walkingwalking briskly outdoors. Recommended for everyone as a way to keep in shape, it’s good for the cardio-respiratory system, increases bone density, and tones the muscles.
  • Water aerobics: particularly recommended for those who are advised to engage in physical activity, but without overloading the hips and knees due to back painobesity or joint problems in the legs. Improves blood circulation and promotes muscular and psychological relaxation.
  • Pilates: with its smooth, controlled, and harmonious movements, this gentle form of exercise is particularly recommended for elderly people as a way to tone up the abdominal, lumbar and dorsal muscles.

A wide range of benefits

As we have seen, there are various physical activities suitable for people over 65. All of them play the fundamental physical role of preventing numerous diseases.

However, the psychological aspect should not be overlooked: in fact, sports also play a social function, and help to fight loneliness among the elderly.

It is also important to consider the level of independence achieved by elderly people with fit bodies: being capable of carrying your shopping bags on your own is a goal that not all people over 65 are able to achieve!

So don’t wait: if you want to achieve excellent results throughout each phase of your life, now’s the time to take up a sport.

Vimec Accessibility L.T.D. Suite 56 Basepoint Business Centre | Caxton Close | Andover Hampshire SP10 3FG Registrar of Company for England and Wales n° 05967788 Headquarters: Vimec s.r.l. | Via Parri, 7 - 42045 Luzzara (RE) - Italy - Tel. +39 0522 970666, Fax +39 0522 970677 - Ust-ID-Nr.: 00758850358

© Vimec. All rights reserved.

Contact Us

Contact Us

We would like to hear from you. Please send us a message by filling out the form below and we will get back with you shortly.

What do you need?
Select the product or products in which you are interested

It seems that you are not in UK.
Are you shure you want to visit the UK website?
Click on the "no button" to visit the international site in English.