The international standard ISO-4190 defines different classes of lifts, as follows:

Class I – lifts designed for transport of persons*

Class II – lifts designed mainly for transport of persons but in which goods may be carried (note they differ from Classes I, III and VI lifts essentially by the inner fittings of the car)

Class III – lifts designed for health-care purposes, including hospitals and nursing homes

Class IV – lifts designed mainly for the transport of goods (freight), which are generally accompanied by persons

Class V – service lifts (US; dumbwaiters)

Class VI – lifts designed to suit buildings with intensive traffic i.e. lifts with speeds of 2.5m/s and above

*There is a sub-classification of residential and general-purpose.

The latest version of Adsimulo launched today caters for Classes I, II, III, IV and VI. Within the application the user can now define whether they want to have a “wide” format of lift car or a “deep” format. The “wide” format is applicable for Classes I and VI. The “deep” format for Classes I, III and IV. Look for the new option drop down “Car Shape” under the “lifts” tab.

Take for example a 1600kg/21 person lift. If it is being used in an office building for intensive traffic passenger use then it would be a “wide” format car (Class VI) but, if it were being used as a goods/passenger car possibly in a healthcare or “back of house” area then it would be a “deep” format car. Illustrations of each are given below.