A-Series

Cassette lift installed on the lower rear of a van

BraunAbility A-Series
A cassette lift for public transport minibuses.

Lift power in a small package

The BraunAbility A-Series lift is developed for the European public transport market. Its key design features are quick installation, high lift power to weight ratio, reliability and ease of service. The cassette form factor has several benefits. Since it is mounted under the floor, it allows for maximum flexibility in the vehicle's flooring layout. Another benefit of this is in the event of an emergency, where other types of lifts could be a potential obstruction to the only exit.

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A bus driver assisting a wheelchair user in getting onboard using a wheelchair lift.

Leading capacity-to-weight ratio

We've focused on making our lift as light and as strong as possible, but why? Well, when you put a significant amount of weight behind the rear wheel axle it changes how the vehicle behaves, quite a lot. A heavy rear load could cause oversteering and other issues that makes driving the vehicle an unnerving experience.

Also, depending on the vehicle, a lightweight lift might be just the trick to get that one extra seat in - and still comply with regulations.

Another benefit of low weight is of course fuel consumption. Not just from an economic perspective, but even more important, keeping the environmental impact down to an absolute minimum.

BraunAbility A-Series
350kg / 149kg = 2.35
Lift manufacturer 1
300kg / 170kg = 1.76
Lift manufacturer 2
300kg / 170kg = 1.76
Lift manufacturer 3
350kg / 202kg = 1.73
Lift manufacturer 4
300kg / 180kg = 1.66

The comparison shows lifting capacity divided by fitted weight. The data was acquired in April 2016 from the marketing material of each respective manufacturer. 

A female bus driver unfolding a BraunAbility A-Series wheelchair lift.

Designed for reliability

For us, a reliable lift will do its job regardless if it is used several times a day or just once a year. It should be able to withstand the wear and tear that comes with public transport; dirt, water, extreme temperatures as well as the passage of time. Naturally, we applied this design philosophy to the A-Series wheelchair lifts.

Testing

Cycle test approved (32,000)  
Salt spray test approved  
EMC test approved  
E5 Type approved  
Climate test approved  

Standards

EN 1756 compliant  
ASTM B117-11 compliant  
ECE R-10 compliant  
Split image showing the A-Series hand control and a smartphone screen with the BraunAbility Remote App.

Easy to use hand control

For simplicity, only three buttons are used to control the lift. Clear visuals on each button indicate its function.

The A-Series is also compatible with our Remote app that lets you control the lift via your smartphone.

The A-Series wheelchair lift with the platform down on the ground.

Anti-slip surface

Anti-slip surface on the platform and bridge plate, for the safety of both wheelchair users and standees.

  Compatible with our Remote App

An A-Series cassette lift with mounting brackets attached.

 

Compatible with all major brands

For quick and easy installation, we have mounting brackets for a majority of the minibuses available today. Our mounting brackets use the existing hole pattern in each specific chassis. In other words, you do not have to drill any holes in order to attach our cassette lift to the vehicle.

To ensure that the lift is level, the innermost bracket hole is circular and works like a hinge, whilst the others are slotted, allowing adjustment of the lift angle.

 

Mounting brackets and installation quick guides available for:

Citroën Jumper/Relay Nissan NV400
Ford Transit Opel/Vauxhall Movano
Fiat Ducato Peugeot Boxer
Iveco Daily Renault Master
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Volkswagen Crafter

  

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Installs in three simple steps

Taking into account that wiring and hydraulics are similar in all cassette lifts, we dare boast that no other lift is as quick to install as ours is. It’s all done in three easy steps.

A person working under a vehicle.

1. Vehicle specific mounting brackets
Each vehicle specific mounting bracket uses the vehicle’s existing hole pattern. This means that you don’t need to drill holes or do complex measuring. Simply find the corresponding holes and bolt the brackets into place.

A pallet with the A-Series and other installation material.

2. Purpose designed packaging
The A-series lift itself arrives on a pallet with wooden tansport brackets. Remove the transport brackets, then use a forklift to lift the pallet and position the lift between the mounting brackets. In order to get as close as possible to the rear axle, the lift is placed slightly off centre on the pallet.

Close up of the side of the A-Series cassette lift where the mounting brackets attach.

3. Adjust and tighten
When the lift is in the correct position between the mounting brackets, insert and tighten the bolts in the mounting brackets and their counterparts found in the groove along the cassette side. This design makes it possible to easily adjust the position of the lift if desired. In vehicle models where the wheel axle allows, the lift can either be installed flush with the back of the vehicle or protruding, in order to be used as a step.

The A-Series pump module.

Slim pump module

One of the best reasons to use an A-Series lift instead of any other type of lift is that you don’t have to sacrifice the number of seats to install a lift. However, the pump module usually takes at least one seat. For the A-Series, we designed our pump module to be as thin as possible and to be partially hidden behind the panel of the vehicle, so that it takes up even less space.

Another benefit that comes with placing the pump module partly hidden in the vehicle’s wall is that it can be placed where space and seating efficiency is at an optimum level – in the back close to the lift. From a usage perspective, this is quite convenient if the driver needs to manually operate the lift in the event of a power failure in the vehicle.

Handling dirt, gravel and snow    

Grit and grime in mechanical devices can be just as bad as the proverbial spanner in the cogs. But you can’t really ask your passengers to thoroughly clean their wheelchair wheels each time you intend to use the lift. We’ve designed and tested our A-Series lift to minimize the effects of dirt in the machinery. It should work even if you were to shovel gravel into its innards, figuratively speaking.

 

Quick service and repair

Is your lift damaged? Don't worry, your vehicle could be back on the road within the hour. Thanks to the mounting bracket and quick release connections for the fluids and electronics, it's easy to replace a damaged lift.

In our effort to take simplicity even further, we designed the A-series lift to use only relays and switches, most of them so common, you can find them at your local petrol station.


A bolt being tightened on the A-Series mounting bracket.

Olmedo Special Vehicles

“It may look simple, but you can tell that there is a lot of thought behind it. Actually, I’m really impressed with how quick and simple they made the installation process of this lift. It only took a fraction of the time to install compared with the other cassette lifts we use in our vehicles.”

Luca Quintavalli
CEO & Owner, Olmedo Special Vehicles S.p.A
ITALY

JNS Lift

“It’s working well for the work we do, it’s easier to use than the other models we have and not as heavy. We have had no problems with this lift and would be happy to use this model when any of our other tail-lifts need to be replaced.”

Margaret Urie
Transport Co-ordinator, South West Community Transport
SCOTLAND

Aros Buss

“I have 13 years behind the wheel as a bus driver for passengers seated in wheelchairs. On a normal day, I'd say that I do maybe 18-20 runs, using the lift twice as much. In my opinion it's a really good lift. It's easy to use and I can rely on it to lift me and my passengers safely into the bus each and every time. Perhaps my favourite part is the fact that it is easy on the body, even though there are some parts you have to do manually, I don't really do any heavy lifting at all.”

Carina Tångring Petterson
Bus driver, Aros Buss
SWEDEN

Dimensions

Length 1220 mm
Width 1050 mm
Height 140 mm
Platform length 1225-1360 mm
Platform width 800 mm
Minimum door width 820 mm
Minimum overlap 20 mm

Performance

Floor to ground 1075 mm
Maximum travel up
measured from the top of the rail
430 mm
Minimum travel up
measured from the top of the rail
130 mm
Maximum travel down
measured from the top of the rail
645 mm

Weights

Weight capacity 350 kg
Cassette weight 124 kg
Fitted weight 149 kg
Shipping weight 168 kg

Power

Voltage 12 V
Current 80 A

Noise level

During use  < 70 dB

Testing

Cycle test approved (32,000)  
Salt spray test approved  
EMC test approved  
E5 Type approved  
Climate test approved  

Standards

EN 1756 compliant  
ASTM B117-11 compliant  
ECE R-10 compliant  

  Compatible with our Remote App

For more information and sales enquiries please contact us.

 BraunAbility