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Lift Speed and How to Calculate Journey Times

Lift speed is shown in m/sec (metres per second). Platform Lifts under the European Machinery Directive are limited to a maximum speed of 0.15m/sec (150mm per second). Therefore, to calculate how long the lift will take to complete a single upward journey you will need to divide the total lift travel by the lift travel speed. Example: Total Lift Travel: 2950mm divide by 150mm = 19.7 (seconds). Please remember that the Platform Lift might have a soft start and soft stop function meaning that the lift will accelerate and then decelerate (in other words, the travel speed is unlikely to be a constant). To this end, the above formula should not be taken as an exact science, but should be used as a guide.

Author: Nick Dade. Sales Director (Level Access Lifts Ltd).
Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed within this Education Centre are solely those of the original author/s. These views and opinions do not necessarily represent those of any given lift manufacturer or lift industry association.
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