Stertil-Koni said in a release that a growing number of municipalities across North America are turning to next-generation, in-ground vehicle lifts to reduce costs during the construction of new vehicle maintenance facilities.
The vehicle lift manufacturer cited its own research that the latest designs are cutting construction costs by as much as 25 percent when installing heavy-duty, in-ground piston lifts while also expediting the entire construction process.
"The new approach is to build from the bottom up rather than suspending these large containment structures, which allows us to realize substantial savings in time and expense," commented Matthias Lennemann, a trained engineer and sales manager at Stertil-Koni. "One major source of savings in materials and labor with new construction is to implement a substantially more robust heavy-duty lift containment system that incorporates high-strength material with optimized design and strategically placed reinforcements."
He explained that lift containment does not have to be suspended from a grade beam, and loads are more efficiently transferred into the base slab.
"Fueling the change are multiple factors," added Dr. Jean Dellamore, president of Stertil-Koni. "The requirements for modernization, cost-savings and compliance with OSHA are also intersecting with the realities of an aging fleet of heavy duty in-ground vehicle lifts that are now reaching the end of their usable lives."
Stertil-Koni said that its in-ground lifts are engineered to leverage the best of an old-world lifting approach while integrating modern materials and the latest engineering approach for optimal performance and safety. For example, the piston rods of the company's DIAMOND lift are hard-chrome plated for maximum protection against corrosion and wear, and the lift utilizes biodegradable oil. The upper portion of the steel containment is hot galvanized, which provides corrosion resistance at floor level. Finally, the company said, the containments are coated with DiamondGuard to help prevent hazardous fluids from entering the environment.