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CAR LIFTS
What are car lifts for?
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Car lifts are alternative solutions to the conventional access ramp of a garage or to a different level of a car park. Some buildings are planning roof car parks. The car lift therefore performs a linking function.
 
Hence it is installed where, for space reasons, a ramp cannot be built. This is the case for historic centres of towns and cities.
 
In other cases it is chosen to maximise the space that would be lost by creating a ramp, therefore obtaining a greater number of parking spaces.
 
Choosing a car lift may also be for aesthetic reasons. The lift becomes an alternative solution to the ramp that combines functionality and aesthetics while keeping and dedicating all the outdoor space to gardens or courtyards. The result is an invisible car lift, with a covering roof resembling the rest of the garden/courtyard.
 
This type of solution, the car lift with covering roof, blends in perfectly with the style of the building, giving a sense of order, elegance and a new and well-organised spatial arrangement. 
 
Finally the car lift plays a protective role for cars parked in a basement. Besides being camouflaged in a different level, cars are only available one at a time, and only by using an encoded key or badge that allows you to operate the system. In this way the garage is private and secure.

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CAR LIFT WITH DRIVER ON BOARD
Why is it necessary to keep the button pressed once inside the lift? Isn't there any other system for operating the car lift?
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The safety regulations of the 2006-42-EC Machinery Directive, for safety reasons, require that the user, when on the platform, holds down the button for the entire duration of the lift's journey when carrying people if the compartment is not completely enclosed, i.e. without cabin doors. Lifting platforms for people also fall under the same regulation and must include kill-switch command when they have no cabin doors.
 
From the outside of the platform, the car lift movement can be automatic, by pressing the button once.
 
For platforms with railings (or positioned in fully enclosed compartments) it is possible
to call the lift from outside by pressing the button only once from the floor panel or by using the remote control.
 

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CAR LIFT IN CASE OF BLACK OUT
What happens to the car lift if there is a power cut?
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In the event of a black out the person does not remain trapped on board the platform as they will always be freed. IdealPark car lifts come with a UPS device that allows the lift to descend and the doors to open even in the absence of electricity.
 
Systems with people on board are also equipped with an acoustic alarm and telephone (such as conventional lifts for people). The telephone allows the user to contact the operations centre to alert the technical service, identifying the system from the telephone number.
 
It is also possible to install a generator unit. When the generator unit automatically enters into operation, all operations are guaranteed 24-hour even in the event of a power failure.

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CAR LIFT AND LOW TEMPERATURES
Can the car lift encounter problems due to low temperatures or snow during the winter?
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The hydraulic control unit of the car lift is equipped with a heating probe to keep the system oil warm to avoid the risk of freezing and subsequent stoppages.
 
In countries with frequent snowfall, it is advisable to install heating resistors under the roof paving to prevent snow from accumulating.
It is also possible to use special oils suitable for particularly low temperatures. In addition, by setting the automatic return to the ground floor, the amount of oil present in the pipes is reduced, so that the heating probe is more effective. 
 
The models particularly recommended for very low temperature environments are: IP1-HMT V07 in the version with enclosed compartment and models with covering roof IP1-CM MOB, IP1 - CM FF42, IP1-CM FB42,  IP1-CM MOB 2.

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RISKS IN CASE OF RAIN
What happens if there is heavy rain? Is there a risk of flooding?
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Each IdealPark car lift with covering roof comes fitted with perimetral guttering to collect rainwater. 
 
In the four corners the guttering has drains to channel water into the sewer system. 
 
At the bottom of the pit, however, there must be a well with a safety electric pump. IdealPark car lifts are hot galvanised, both indoor and outdoor versions, to ensure a longer service life against corrosion. 
 
IdealPark car lifts without covering roof, models IP1-HMT V03 and IP1-HMT V07 (IP1- HMT V02 and IP1-HMT V08 are practically always in enclosed compartments) can have the roof (as optional) and the drainage of water into the compartment is performed through a drainage well.

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CAR LIFT MAINTENANCE COSTS
Are maintenance and repair costs for  a broken down car lift very high?
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Maintenance and repair costs of IdealPark car lifts are similar to those of a conventional lift for people.

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RESPONSE TIME IN THE EVENT OF A STOPPED CAR LIFT
Is it necessary to contact IdealPark in the event of a car lift breaking down?
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In the case of systems installed abroad are the response times slow since the manufacturer is located in Italy?
 
IdealPark's headquarters are in Italy, but we are present in over 20 countries with qualified dealers that can ensure prompt assistance and 24-7 support.

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THE SPEED OF A CAR LIFT
What is the speed of a car lift?
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Current legislation, the Machinery Directive 2006-42-EC, outlines for safety reasons that the maximum speed of a car lift is 9 metres per minute.
 
The legislation covers the European Union. In other countries the speed may be higher and local regulations should be checked.

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USE OF THE CAR LIFT ROOF IP1-CM
Is it possible to use the space above the lift to park another car?
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It is possible to use the roof of the system for both parking and for the transit of another car. The car lift standard roof can support up to 2,500 kg. It is also possible to design greater load bearing capacities and make a request to IdealPark.
 
It is not possible to lift the second parked car on the roof for safety reasons.

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SAFETY OF A CAR LIFT WITH COVERING ROOF - MOD. IP1-CM
Is there a risk of crushing feet when the car lift is in motion?
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No, the lift system has perimeter photocells to prevent the risk of shearing. These sensors are both vehicle accessible, positioned at the corners of the lift, and on picket installed at two heights (about 30 and 50 cm) on the top floor at a distance of approximately 80 cm from the perimeter of the system. 
 
Other safety photocells are installed on board the platform to prevent the risk of shearing and to signal the correct positioning of the car. 
 
A series of safety measures are also present such as a surface camera, colour display and on-board LCD touch-screen that allow to control the system area during all stages of movement.

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CAR LIFTS AND CLAUSTROPHOBIA
Are there solutions for those afraid of closed spaces?
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For those who suffer from claustrophobia it is possible to build car lifts with a view of outside. A metalwork supporting structure can be created with safety glass panels, as is the case for lifts for people. 
 
A metalwork and glass structure also allows to reduce the space of the compartment, saving space.

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CAR LIFT COVERING ROOF
What materials can be used to pave the car lift roof?
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Car lifts with covering roof are an alternative solution to ramps, which combine functionality and aesthetics, reserving and dedicating all outside space to gardens or courtyards. It is possible to pave the roof lift in any material to contribute to making it totally invisible and obtaining a prestigious finish. The covering roof of the IdealPark car lift can be covered in keeping with the tones and appearance of the building to blend in perfectly (standard maximum load bearing capacity of 150 kg per sqm). 
The thickness of the paving must be approximately 9 centimetres.
 
The weight of the paving for models IP1-CM MOB-XL is 90 kg/sqm and the thickness of the paving is reduced to 7 cm.
 
The materials most often used by our customers are grass, marble, porphyry, teak and stone.

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REINFORCED CONCRETE SHAFT
When it is not possible to create a reinforced concrete shaft for the car lift, what other solutions are there?
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When there is no possibility of creating a reinforced concrete shaft it is possible to build it in metalwork; here is an example. 
 
As with lifts for people, it is possible to carry out projects with steel rails and safety glass, providing the car lift with an outside view. This solution is for outdoor settings.
For indoor settings, it is advisable to replace reinforced concrete structures with metal beams at the lifting guides.
 
IdealPark provides its customers with the working drawings showing the anchor points for the construction of the metal structure.

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TRIPLEX SYSTEM FOR IDEALPARK CAR LIFT
What is the Triplex system that is offered as an alternative on the IdealPark car lifts?
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The TRIPLEX® SYSTEM is the most comprehensive answer to meet the different usage needs and the durability required from a treatment for steel products. It is ideal for tackling difficult environmental conditions, such as marine settings, and it is great for obtaining a better colour finish without sacrificing maximum protection. The improved protection and appearance in one treatment dedicated to steel products is the result of research and application of nanotechnology, able to ensure the result, reliability and functionality.
 
The TRIPLEX® SYSTEM is a surface treatment made with:
 
- hot galvanisation  
- nanoceramic
- powder coating
 
 
The benefits of this treatment include maximum anti-rust protection, an extremely attractive finish, long lasting colour and no surface flaking. The life cycle study of this system confirms durability is superior to all other anticorrosive/aesthetic methods. The expected durability is approximately 15 years for painting/varnishing, 50 years for hot galvanising and 100 years for the TRIPLEX® SYSTEM.  Available in a wide range of colours.
 
It also pays attention to the complete life cycle of the product: from development to production, up to its disposal.