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Curved Rail Stairlifts

Curved Rail Stairlifts


Stairlift Controls

Stairlift Controls

Diagnostic Digital Display

Diagnostic digital display

Mounted on the carriage of the stair lift is a Digital Display which shows clearly when the lift is in the normal operating position. Also it provides invaluable diagnostic information in the unlikely event of a fault with your stairlift.

Stairlifts with a Diagnostic Digital Display can detect any rare faults with a stair lift which are then displayed digitally as a number or letter, providing clear and simple status information for users and engineers.

Directional 'Paddle' Switch Controls

Directional 'Paddle' switch control
Directional 'Paddle' switch control

A simple directional Paddle Switch operates the up and down motion of the stairlift; a switch which is located on an arm of the chair. Stairlifts are mainly operated using a control switch. This is either a joy stick, paddle switch or a toggle type lever. A larger paddle switch enables users even with limited dexterity and mobility or with a painful condition to use stairlifts safely and easily.


On stairlifts, for Ease of Use for people who have Arthritis, the up and down motion of the stair lift can be operated by either hand with simple dual paddle switchs located on both arms of the chair seat.


Dual Mechanical and Electronic Braking Systems (Essential)

Dual Electronic and Mecanical Braking Systems

Dynamic motor braking through the motor controller, self locking gear box, electro-mechanical motor brake and overspeed brake protection. The Dual Braking Fail-Safe System eliminates any possibility of an uncontrolled descent. This gives you complete peace of mind when using a stairlift.

Advanced modern stairlifts are fitted with two independent safety systems, a double safety Dual Braking System Electronic and Mechanical which means that the stairlift is unable to descend unexpectedly or at speed. This is an essential safety feature that is imperative to have on your stairlift.
Added security and safety comes with an Overspeed Governor (OSG) built into the chassis of a stairlift. Should the OSG mechanism sense any over-speed, the centrifugal force causes the over speed governor cams to fly out and in turn release the safety gear jaw which rapidly clamps to the stairlift rail and disengages the motor drive power bringing the stairlift to an immediate safe stop.

Infra-red Remote Control

Infra-red Remote Control
Infra-red Remote Control
Infra-red Remote Control electronic devices are used to 'called' or 'sent' a stairlift up or down the stairs by using a remote control similar to a TV remote control.
The stairlift user can use the Stair lift, then the user using a  Remote Control can send the stairlift back to the original location, up or down the stairs, for the second user to utilize the stairlift. The remote control can also be used by a care giver. A Remote Control can be used for Straight Stairlifts, Curved Stairlifts, a  Dual Purpose Sit or Stand Stairlift, a Perch Stairlift and an Outdoor Stairlift

Key Lockable On/Off Switch

Stairlift Lockable Isolation Switch Key


A stairlift may be locked with a Key Lockable On/Off Isolation Switch so that others, children and grandchildren cannot use it. The key can also be removed to prevent any unauthorized use. The stairlift cannot be operated unless the key is inserted and turned to the operating position. The stair lift continues to charge when locked.

Overspeed Governor (Essential)

Overspeed Governor Prevents Sudden Descent

Not all stairlifts have an essential safety feature called Overspeed Governor. This advanced feature controls the speed of the stair lift to prevent sudden or rapid descent. A stairlift fitted with an overspeed governor (OSG) and gear safety device will lock the lift to the rail in the event of a mechanical failure or excessive speed. If a stair lift does not have an overspeed governor - the stair lift is not protected from an uncontrolled descent, if a major drive system failure should occur. In this case, the stair lift could plummet to the foot of the stairway, with terrible consequences. Many leading manufacturers believe an internal overspeed governor (OSG) should be standard equipment on a stairlift. This feature immediately stops the unit in the unlikely event of an overspeed uncontrolled descent and is a stairlift safety equipment vital feature.

Safety Cut-off Sensor Surfaces

Safety Sensors on Foot Rest and Carriage

There are up to 5 pressure sensitive safety sensor surfaces or safety edges that stop a stair lift in the event of a collision with any obstruction on the stairway. These Safety Sensors are located around the footrest, and on the top and bottom of the carriage.

If there is an obstruction on the stairs, a stair lift will detect it with at least one of the pressure sensitive surfaces situated around the stair lift. If an obstruction is detected, the stairlift will cease movement, so that the obstruction may be removed. Once the object is removed the stair lift will proceed as usual.

Self-leveling and Automatic Speed Adjustment Transport System

Curved Stairlift with Speed Adjustment

A unique self-leveling transport system moves the carriage along a single low profile rail and automatically adjusts the speed and level of the seat on cornering, providing a safe and an exceptionally smooth ride. An Electronic programming system ensures excellent operational performance.


Curved rail stairlifts can have more complex controls than those with straight rails. Some stairlifts have automatic speed adjustment control to ensure optimum performance. The chair of a curved rail stairlift may have to be slanted so it remains horizontal while going around curves and navigates different angles of the stairs incline.

Also, the carriage assembly may be slowed down on curves and bends of the staircase and may travel faster on straight runs. This means a more multifaceted control system is vital.
Modern stairlift controls have small microprocessors which study the attributes of the ride and keep the information in retention. These microprocessors also log the number of journeys and direction. This information assists service engineers on maintenance calls.