The RATP Group is the world’s fifth largest public transport company, operating all modes of collective mobility - bus, metro, trains and trams. In Île-de-France, it runs, maintains, modernises and develops one of the world’s densest multimodal public transport networks. Every day it carries over 10 million people. RATP and its subsidiaries export this expertise across all the continents. United by their spirit of public service, the Group’s 56,000 men and women share a common objective: to enable their passengers to travel as calmly, as quickly and as comfortably as possible.
One of our most important English clients came to us looking for a stylish high-tech solution for one of their projects which required IMEM Lifts to design and manufacture a large-capacity lift for the transport of top-of-the-range luxury cars inside an existing building in central London.
The capital of Cantabria, Santander is a beautiful city on the north coast of Spain, one of whose most attractive features is its particularly hilly terrain. This creates a striking urban landscape but can sometimes make movement within the city much more difficult than it appears at first sight.
On 1 September 2017, the harmonised European standards EN 81-1 and EN 81-2, which since 1985 have set out the minimum specifications for the design and manufacture of electric and hydraulic lifts, will be definitively superseded by the new harmonised standards EN 81-20 and EN 81-50, after a three-year transition period since their initial publication in August 2014. The updating of the standards covers not only substantial changes in lift systems' technical specifications, but a change in their whole format: EN 81-1 covered the construction of lifts and the testing of lift components in the design and manufacture of electric lifts and EN 81-2 did the same for hydraulic lifts. The new standards are arranged in an entirely different way: EN 81-20 covers the technical requirements for the construction of both electric and hydraulic lifts and EN 81-50 covers the design rules and testing of lift components for both types of lift. The technical requirements established by the new standards represent a significant improvement in safety for lift users and service personnel, as well as for all users of the buildings which house them. Some of the more notable changes include: LIFT SHAFT Newly defined strength and dimension requirements for doors and hatchway access into the shaft, for inspection and rescue access and for entry into the machine room, the strength of shaft walls, the pit floor and the partitions within shafts, the impact-resistance of any glass used, the durability of landing-door toe-boards and the specifications of counterweight screens and of the pit exit options when the car is immobilised. The installation of air-conditioning and sprinkler systems is covered, and new lighting specifications are introduced. PIT Specifications for pit access ladders, for stopping devices, for an inspection control station in the pit and for an alarm button in accordance with EN 81-28. REFUGE SPACES ON THE CAR ROOF & IN THE PIT New definition of minimum dimensions, placement and warning signs. CAR DOORS & LANDING DOORS Increases in strength requirements and changes in the emergency unlocking system and the position of the unlocking triangle. MACHINE & PULLEY ROOMS New lighting specifications. LIFT CAR Newly defined minimum strength of car walls, fire resistance of in-car materials, resistance of glass or mirrors used, specifications of car apron, of car roof, of car roof balustrade and toe-board, the upgrading of service and emergency lighting and the specification of information required to be listed on labels and notices. GUIDE RAILS New design criteria, new calculation methods and new machining standards. SAFETY GEAR New definition of roping requirements and the replacement of minimum rope diameter requirements. BUFFERS Fixings to the car and/or counterweight, and the disappearance of energy-accumulation type buffers with buffered return movement. ELECTRICAL COMPONENTS Updating of inspection control stations and definition of bridge connectors for maintenance. Please remember that from 1 September 2017 all lifts installed and put into service in the European Union must fully comply with the specifications set out in these two new standards. IMEM Lifts is delighted to announce that since 1 January 2016 our entire range of lifts is available to our customers in full compliance with the new harmonised standards EN 81-20 and EN 81-50, should you wish to take early advantage of these improvements.. “The integration of the new standards into our lift designs is firmly in line with our unshakeable commitment to offering our customers the most innovative and up-to-date products on the market, compliant with the full range of present and even future standards and at the cutting edge of technological development”. Félix De las Heras. IMEM Lifts’ Quality Director.
When property owners, consultants or lift installation companies are considering the fitting of a new lift in an existing building, doubts often arise about what lift size would be possible and what size would be best suited to the job.
What lift size do I need to carry 6 passengers? And what about for eight passengers?
Is there enough space to actually install the lift system?
Hospitals are very demanding buildings where lifts can be critical for human mobility. When what is at risk is human life, only the best solutions can guarantee the best performance and results.
A perfect fit for UK lift professionals
IMEM Lifts is one of Europe’s leading lift manufacturers with a well-established reputation for quality and reliability. We occupy a particularly competitive position in the lift market as we are one of the few fully independent lift companies on the entire continent able to design and build an almost limitless range of lifts and components – including lifts with or without a machine room in a wide range of sizes and configurations, hydraulic lifts, goods lifts, home lifts, lifts made to measure to satisfy a client’s special requirements – and more.
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