Platform Lift Manufacturers and Companies

IQS Directory provides a comprehensive list of platform lift manufacturers and suppliers. Use our website to review and source top platform lift manufacturers with roll over ads and detailed product descriptions. Find platform lift companies that can design, engineer, and manufacture platform lifts to your companies specifications. Then contact the platform lift companies through our quick and easy request for quote form. Website links, company profile, locations, phone, product videos and product information is provided for each company. Access customer reviews and keep up to date with product new articles. Whether you are looking for manufacturers of industrial platform lifts, construction lifts, automotive lifts, or customized platform lifts of every type, this is the resource for you.

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  • Safety Features for Electric Lifts

    An electric platform lift helps move employees and products from one level to another. These lifts are often powered with hydraulic lifting systems, scissor lifting systems, or pneumatic lifting systems. Each type of lift system has its own benefits and drawbacks. One of the biggest aspects of operating any electric platform lift is the safety considerations. Lifts should have a series of safety measures in place that will prevent the harm of employees or products during the normal use of the lift. Most lifts come with these safety features already...

  • Construction is Easier with High Capacity Lifts

    Think of all of the heavy items and objects that must be lifted in order to complete a project. Windows and other building materials for sky scrapers, pieces of the Statue of Liberty or the Eiffel Tower, pianos into upper level apartments, fire fighters go up on a lift in order to help put out a fire or rescue someone, the list can go on and on. These thoughts also provoke thoughts of how lifts would have been helpful in the past, before the industrial revolution. How helpful would it...

  • Platform Lifts: To Reach the Unreachable

    Like many people, one of my biggest fears in life is to be caught in a fire. To be unable to move, see or breathe because of debilitating smoke. There are two ways out of the room, the door and the window. You can not go out the door because the fire is right there; the window is your only option. In this nightmare I always imagine a firefighter coming to my window in the ladder lift, getting me out safely and descending down. The lift the fire fighter uses...

  • Starting a Concert off with Elevated Work Platforms

    Personally, I am not sure if any concert could ever beat the Christmas shows that the Trans-Siberian Orchestra throws in Grand Rapids each year. A spectacular lightshow paired with a phenomenal blend of classic and rock music produces a performance that completely transports the viewers into the Christmas story being told. Each year they add more and more, making each concert more impressive than the last. Whether this is by adding giant screens to show various images, finding even more lights, using fire along the sides of the stage or...

  • Work Access Platform Lifts Application Guide

    Safety is the prime purpose of all work access lifts. They are designed to move production personnel, their tools and materials to ergonomically sound work positions to enhance both worker safety and efficiency. Production tasks are broadly varied and may include welding, painting, assembly, fabrication, inspection and maintenance. Because each application is unique to the task being performed and the object being worked on, each lift must be custom designed to the specific application. This guide is designed to help you organize and prioritize your requirements so they may be...

  • Landing Locks ® are now Available for Mezzanine Lifts

    August 23, 2014 Advance Lifts is proud to introduce our new “Landing Lock” system, patent pending. This system is designed for customers who wish to have an extra level of security at elevated landing levels. The system consists of two hydraulically operated locking pins and two support columns. The locking pins are mounted on the platform corners adjacent to the upper level landing. When the platform arrives at the upper landing, the pins are engaged into the support columns supplied by Advance and must be fully engaged before the interlocked...

Industry Information

Platform Lifts

Platform lifts are highly versatile lift machines, available in a variety of configurations, shapes and sizes. In general, the purpose of lifts is to lower and raise goods and people. Platform lifts are designed to, as their name suggests, lower and raise platforms. They have applications in industrial settings, commercial settings and consumer settings alike.

Available in custom designs that serve specific tasks, some of the most common uses of platform lifts involve construction, automotive repair procedures, accessibility, transportation and building maintenance. For example, quite a few large commercial institutions and facilities buy a small set of platform lifts so that they can independently perform tasks, rather than having to rely on outside contractors for work. Also, many businesses purchase and install permanent platform lifts that serve to fulfill the requirements of wheelchair accessibility regulations like those outlined in the Americans with Disabilities Act. Similarly, private residents with wheelchairs sometimes have platform lifts installed in their homes to make it easier for them to get from one floor to another. Platform lifts may also function as industrial or small, privately-owned elevators. The latter are generally low-power and low-capacity in comparison to their industrial counterparts. Likely, they are powered by electricity and able to bear the weight of only one or two average weight people at a time.

In accordance with the number of applications platform lifts serve, there are many types and styles that may be used to create them. In industrial settings, platform lifts are commonly based on, among others, scissor lifts and aerial lifts. Scissor lifts are named after the scissor-like shape they take when they are opened and closed with the assistance of linked, folding supports. This shape is also often likened to a diamond or an “X” pattern. Scissor lifts are quite strong and they tend to be wider than other lifts, and they achieve vertical movement via the application of pressure on the outside of the lowest lying set of supports. This pressure extends the “X” pattern area and propels the platform lift upward. The pressure applied may be born out of pneumatic, mechanical or hydraulic power. If a platform scissor lift is mechanically powered, it is most likely done so via a leadscrew system or a rack and pinion system. However, most scissor lifts are powered via hydraulics. Since scissor lifts, and platform lifts in general, are limited to up and down movements only, their platform portion may be equipped with an extending bridge that allows them to get closer to a work area. Aerial lifts, of which scissor lifts are a type, may also be called elevated or elevating work platforms or aerial devices. They are simply stable, movable vertical lifts that are always powered by hydraulics. They are often used in order to bring a person up to a height he or she could not reach otherwise, in order to work on something, such as the maintenance of light fixtures, windows, HVAC equipment, utility wires and other ceiling or raised components of tall buildings. Building types they commonly serve include churches, concert halls, television studios and theaters. Usually, aerial lifts are designed to lift less than a ton.

Hydraulic lift systems are powerful lift systems used widely to power industrial and commercial platform lifts. To raise and lower lifts and the objects they carry, these systems channel the power of hydraulic pressure. They consist of a hydraulic cylinder, a connecting rod and a platform. Within the cylinder resides hydraulic fluid, a piston, flanges and a set of seals. This hydraulic fluid is usually some sort of mineral oil or base stocks or synthetic materials selected for speciality applications like high temperature settings or fire risks. Examples of specialty fluids include esters, organophosphate ester, glycol, propylene glycol, silicone oils and polyalphaolefin. The hydraulic fluid enters the cylinder on one side of a piston, when it is forced via compression. The pressure that accompanies this action builds, causing the piston to move. Attached to the piston is a connecting rod which, when the piston moves, is forced away from the cylinder, making whatever material is connected to the rod, which would be the platform, to also move away from the cylinder. Thus, the platform lift moves up. To reverse this action, or to lower the platform, the hydraulic pressure is released and the piston slowly returns to its resting position. This force is strong enough to support the weight of multiple people, equipment and vehicles.

Platform lifts are incredibly useful tools for innumerable tasks. To determine the best lift configuration for any given task, interested parties should contact a lift specialist.



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