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The Melody 3 Platform Lift with Automatic Gates

Posted: 29th October 2013

Introducing the Melody 3 Platform Lift

An all-new non-enclosed wheelchair lift with optional automatic gates

The Melody 3 non-enclosed wheelchair platform lift was officially launched by Terry Lifts in October 2013 at the Interlift trade show held in Augsburg, Germany.

The hydraulic drive mechanism of this platform lift is the same as its predecessor, however, the superstructure of the platform is markedly different. The new design allows the easy option of an automatic gate as well as being able to incorporate one on the landing.

The Interlift unveiling was one of a series of marketing initiatives that will maximise the appeal of this product range in the established platform lift market.

The Melody 3 has undergone a design makeover to make it more pleasing on the eye and more attractive to both lift users and building owners. This will become clear when it comes to installing the lifts in public areas (where suitable wheelchair access is an important part of compliance with disability legislation i.e. 2010 Equality Act).

The platform lift with automatic gates

The additional option of automatic gates goes one step further towards anticipating legal safety requirements which are already mandatory in much of mainland Europe.

The way the automatic gates work is simple. The door open button which is blue and has tactile signage is located in the control console on the platform carriage and at the lower and upper landings landing, can be located either on a conveniently positioned steel post or on a nearby wall. At the upper level, the call station can also be incorporated into the gate post.

As well as providing a safety barrier at both the lower and upper levels of the lift for both wheelchair and ambulant users – up to a maximum 3-metre vertical travel – the automatic gates ensure ease of use and enhanced independent access.

For Terry Lifts’ Marketing Director, John McSweeney, the benefits of the automatic gates are clear:

For wheelchair users,” he says, “this additional level of convenience is provided without them needing to operate any further controls or have to manually open and close the gates”.

Easy to install

As with other platform lifts in Terry Lifts’ product portfolio, the Melody 3 is ideal for wheelchair users who want easy access between levels

In addition, the ergonomically-designed Melody 3 can be installed almost anywhere in public buildings as well as outside domestic properties where access into and out of the home is a requirement. Installation can be completed usually within two days. An integral ramp eliminates the need for a pit which further minimises building work.

Feature-packed – benefit rich

The Melody 3 hydraulic platform lift is packed with impressive features that wheelchair users will appreciate:

  • The carriage and upper-level landing gate have an attractive painted finish which is complemented with polycarbonate infills.
  • All visible components are made from corrosion-resistant materials. These include aluminium parts and the polyester powder coating which is applied to the primed base steel.
  • The Melody 3 has a large usable platform area and an impressive working load safety limit of 500Kg up to two metres and 440Kg at the lift’s maximum travel of three metres.
  • Safety has been designed into every aspect of the lift. Surfaces are designed to prevent users trapping their hands and fingers; an emergency back-up battery ensures the lift will not be stranded between floors in the event of a power failure; and the chequer-plate floor prevents the wheelchair slipping.
  • Design and manufacturing standards comply with BS6440 (2011) and meet the European Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC to achieve the CE Mark.


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