The speed of a platform lift is 0.15 m/s (metres/second) which is lower than that of conventional lifts that can travel up to several metres per second. Although high speed may be essential for lifts installed in high-rise buildings with 10-30 floors, it is much less important when you only need a lift to service a few floors.
A high-speed lift takes up a lot of room in a building and has a much bigger structural impact than a platform lift. They generally take several weeks or even months to install. Platform lifts, on the other hand, are extremely compact and require very little construction work, given that they only need a minimal pit and headroom. In addition, platform lifts are always delivered with a ready-made shaft so that you do not need to build one.
Why do platform lifts have a lower speed than conventional lifts? #
High-speed lifts are regulated by the Lift Directive 2014/33/EC, while platform lifts fall under the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC and the European Norm EN 81-41. For that reason, platform lifts are classified as machinery, and machinery has a lower maximum speed, although our type of lifts does the same job as conventional lifts and elevators. With high speed comes higher risks and greater strain on the surrounding building structure, which explains why conventional lifts need to be much more cumbersome and bulky than platform lifts.