Butler Gives IPL Platform Makeover for a Sleeker Look
Butler Mobility Products, Lewisberry, Pa, a manufacturer of inclined platform wheelchair lifts, announces the new design of its IPL platform. This redesigned platform has an updated new look, in comparison to the more “industrial” look of the previous platform design, according to a media release from Butler.
The platform control tube, where the joystick is attached, has been redesigned for a sleek, modern look.
Additional improvements, according to a media release, include a textured, coated floor plate in place of the previous unfinished aluminum plate. The folding ramp has also increased from .125-inch-thick tread plate to a .160-inch-thick plate to provide more stability for entering and exiting the platform.
The company reports that the platform sides have been redesigned. The old platform sides were constructed in a two-piece section with a standardized angle bracket attached to a 1/16-inch-thick side plate. The new design incorporates a ¼-inch-thick solid platform side with an integrated angle bracket. The added thickness of the new design side plate aims to make for more durable construction, and is said to exceed ANSI standards. This feature, according to Butler’s statement, is particularly important for durability of use, especially when the client is using a power wheelchair.
Since “standard” angle brackets are no longer used, every platform side is now designed specifically for the stairway for which it is created. Integrating the angle bracket integrated into the platform side can make installation easier, since the angle of the platform side plate is “true” to the angle of the stairway. The design still allows for a plus or minus 2-degree adjustment on the platform.
Among other improvements that Butler reports are modifications to the undercarriage of the platform frame, which has been reworked to complement the redesigned platform sides. The frame structure reportedly has been strengthened by going from the use of a 1-1/2-inch x 1-1/20-inch x 3/16-inch angle frame to a 1-1/2-inch x 3/16-inch square tubing undercarriage frame.
Five new earth tone colors are reportedly also standard no additional charge.
[Source: Butler Mobility]