The strong silent type.
Almost all lifts on the market today follow a common industry standard set by BraunAbility close to 40 years ago. Over that time our lifts have earned the reputation of being reliable workhorses. However, inboard lifts also ride inside the cabin and honestly, sometimes they're not the best passengers. They can rattle. They can look ugly in nice vans. They can even shift and sway under load while in use.
Having a lift that goes up and down is one thing. We set out to reinvent the wheelchair lift to match the premium experience of modern vehicles. By combining our four decades of experience with human-centered design processes we now proudly present our new BraunAbility Q-Series inboard lifts. The reliability and robustness synonymous with BraunAbility together with a smart design that excels above all others in three dimensions: quiet while driving, structural rigidity and design aesthetics.
Enjoy the silence.
It's a well-known fact that a stowed wheelchair lift in the back of the can can clank, rattle and clonk to the point of driving anyone inside insane. By enlisting Professor Mark French, acoustics expert at the prestigious Purdue University in Indiana, we set out to silence the lift once and for all. The Q-Series lifts are oh so quiet. They are actually indistinguishable from the noise in an empty van.
Sometimes being uptight is a good thing.
So how did we silence the Q-Series lifts? Well, we did not leave anything to chance, that's for sure. They are packed with noise suppression features and a unique feature called Auto-Tite ™.
Indiana born and bred, country strong.
As nice as an ultra-light lift sounds, weight reductions can come at a high cost to safety, rigidity and reliability. We do not believe in gambling with these factors just so we get to call it: "World's lightest lift!". Instead we opted for reducing the weight as much as we could without any negative trade off.
The Q-Series wheelchair lifts weigh in at about 150 kg. Compared to our previous models, we've cut weight by roughly 10%. However, it’s also 300% more rigid than any other lift we’ve tested. That rigidity is something you will feel when riding on the lift. It will feel safe and reliable.
Ready for everyday duty.
The normal service life of a wheelchair lift is usually less than 10,000 cycles. For decades all BraunAbility inboard lifts have been tested to meet our internal requirement of 32,000 cycles, and the Q-Series is no exception. In addition to this we have also tried to closely simulate real-world conditions. We've stressed the base plate welds to a maximum by performing cycle testing on both rigid and flexible floors.
Not just a pretty face.
Most people tend to think of design as a way to make something look good, but design is so much more than that. It's about interaction with the user, the service and maintenance technician or just anyone in the vicinity of the product.
Together with Professor Steve Visser at Purdue University in Indiana, we gave the Q-Series lifts a distinct curved design language with a modern look as well as a number of clever features that just makes life simpler.
Let there be light!
The Q-Series platform will be hard to miss even when deployed low to the ground in a dark parking lot. We’ve added light strips along both the inside and outside of the platform, making it highly visible to anyone in its vicinity.
Contrary to standard platform lights mounted on the vertical channel, it also keeps the lights out of the user’s face and ensures that the user will not block the light from reaching the platform.
Neatly packaged control.
The new pendant is an ergonomically intuitive way to control the lift. It sits in its holder on the pump module. Turn the lift on and the pendant lights up, making it easy to find even in low light. The pendant has a single rocker switch, push down and the lift deploys and lowers down. Press up and the lift goes up and stows.
The curved design is reflected in the pump module as well. The cover is held down by magnets and can be removed without using a screwdriver. As the pump module is often located close to the vehicle walls, we've made sure that access to some of the more common service parts is possible without having to take the lift out of the vehicle.
Rust never sleeps.
To make sure your BraunAbility wheelchair lift stays as beautiful as the day you bought it, we have added a number of features to areas exposed to the wear and tear of daily use. For instance, the parts of the lift that comes in contact with the ground are now made of rubber and stainless steel. This will prevent rust and unsightly scratches from staring back at you as soon as you open the vehicle door. When these “bumpers” eventually wear out, they’re easy to replace.
The Q-Series wheelchair lifts come in two different platform types, Split and Solid. Both are well proven platform types that have their own benefits. Choose the platform type that best suits your application.
Out of sight and out of the way
This platform type stows by splitting down the middle with each part folding up against the sides of the vehicle. In its stowed position the wheelchair lift is out of way and out of sight. This means that the vehicle's entrance can always be used to get in and out of the vehicle and does not block the exit in case of an emergency evacuation.
The vehicle floor to lift threshold is the lowest on the market making loading easy and reduces the risk of tripping to a minimum. The split platform is designed for side and rear door installation.
The standard platform type
The perhaps most classic design of a wheelchair lift platform. As the solid platform has less moving parts than other platform types there's also less adjustments during installation. Its short depth, leaves more space for seats inside the vehicle. The solid platform is designed for side and rear door installation.
|Platform width||860 mm|
|Platform length||1320 mm|
|Overall height||1413 mm|
|Overall width||1215 mm|
|Overall depth||412 mm|
|Floor to ground||800 mm|
|Required door width||1165 mm|
|Required door height||1435 mm|
|Weight capacity||400 kg|
|Unit weight||143 kg|
|Shipping weight||168 kg|
|Cycle test approved (32,000)|
|Crash test approved|
|Climate test approved|
|EMC test approved|
|EN 1756 compliant|
|ECE R-10 compliant|