How It’s Done
Why You Should Choose a Marine Innovations’ Hillside Tram
Why Choose Us?
Every time you use your hillside tram, you are trusting us with your most precious cargo – your family and friends – and we take that seriously. Which is why we build each unit with the same attention to safety as the one we built for our own family. Our first priority always has been and always will be your safety. That’s why we meet – and often exceed – all national ASME A17.1 inclined elevator industry codes.
Our hillside trams are produced in the USA with the highest quality components and materials. We are the only funicular company with in-house manufacturing, which means we’re in complete control from start to finish. Every piece of galvanized steel, cable, bolt and screw has to meet our quality standards or it doesn’t become part of one our incline trams.
We also offer the best warranty in the incline elevator industry: 15 years for structural components, three years for nonstructural components (gearbox, motor, brakes), one year for
If those aren’t reasons enough to choose us, then our 30-year history of satisfied clients should seal the deal. We believe in service long after the sale; that’s why we have full-time staff available to offer phone support, annual inspections and maintenance service on your hillside elevator system if you need it.
How to begin
The process is simple. Call or email us today. We will begin by asking details about your needs, application and hill specifications. Next, we’ll provide you with an initial estimate and schedule an onsite evaluation. After we’ve considered all the variable of your site as well as your intended us, we’ll deliver you a firm quote. From there we will handle the permitting before we engineer and manufacture your fully customized hillside tram in our facilities. Finally, we will install your system, and you will join our hundreds of other satisfied customers. Most importantly, you’ll be able to use and enjoy your hillside property!
Safety Features of our lifts
You put a lot of trust in the structure that carries people up and down a steep hillside; make sure it’s designed for safety and longevity. Our outdoor elevators are fully engineered to meet or exceed all national A.S.M.E. (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) incline elevator safety codes as well as any State specific regulations.
- Centrifugal over-speed governor safety brake that monitors speed. If the carriage travels beyond the set speed, the brake will lock onto a secondary cable and bring the lift to a smooth stop.
- Electronic safety brake.
- Slack cable brake that monitors the tension in the drive cable and will put the tram into safe mode if any slack in the cable is detected.
- Electronic safety switch on the carriage door that will not allow your lift to operate if the carriage door is open.
- Safety interlocks for your top and bottom landing gates to create a safe environment when your carriage is in use.
Here we’ve answered some of the tough questions our clients often ask us. If you don’t find your answers here, or you would like more information, don’t hesitate to call. We’d love to talk to you!
This Is a Big Investment. How Do I Know I’ve Chosen the Right Company?
Why Is There Such Price Variation Between Companies?
What Type of Footing and Rail System Do You Have and Why Is It Important?
The proper footing system is extremely important to guarantee a safe installation, which is why an onsite evaluation and using the proper material is crucial. Knowing the soil conditions of your property is key. Our representatives will analyze your specific needs and then design the footing system for your incline elevator accordingly.
We use 2” high alloy galvanized SS30 or SS40 steel pipe for our footing systems, the best in the industry. If working in sand, gravel or clay, the installation crew will drive your supports at least 7 to 10 feet down with a hydraulic driver. Many companies use only powder-coated, thin-wall tubing for their footing system and hand dig or auger them a few feet into the ground. Using this type of material causes instability in the complete system and powder-coated pipe will rust from the inside out, regardless of using tube caps. Our process of pounding the pipe into the ground has very little or no impact on your hill, landscaping or environment, yet still provides the most secure structure system.
In rocky conditions, we will drill directly into the rock per engineered standards and set the supports in anchoring cement. If additional cross bracing is needed for uneven terrain, we will clamp around the structure using grade 8 u-bolts, which is preferred over drilling directly into the supports, which may weaken the support system and allow for corrosion.
Our hillside rail system is made of 2”x3” galvanized 11-gauge enclosed tubing. We do not use a c-channel rail system since it allows for debris to build up inside the track. Our rail system can be flexible to work with all types of hillsides and gives us the ability to contour to the gradient of the hill. The depth of our track system allows the cable to be suspended above the track and cross members to prevent cable wear.
What Happens If the Cable Breaks or Equipment Fails?
In the 30 year we have been building and installing outdoor hill elevators, we have never had a cable break or equipment failure. However, you will have peace of mind knowing that if an over-speed is detected for any given reason while traveling up or down, our carriage will immediately come to a smooth stop because of the over speed governor and spring dampeners we use to absorb all shock. Be careful for systems that drop an arm down into the tracks’ crossmembers. The Elevator Safety Code will not recognize that as a braking mechanism, and it does not allow the carriage to come to an immediate or gentle stop.
What Makes Your System Safe?
Safety switches are included on our braking systems, which have endless advantages and are necessary for code compliancy. We also offer a battery powered wireless technology and a supervised signal that is exclusive to our incline elevators, and is a crucial component in the safety of your incline elevator. This means that your system will not operate if your carriage doors are open, which is an extra safety precaution, especially for small children.
Lastly, our incline elevators have multiple safeties, which include a slack-cable brake on the carriage and motor, an electronic safety brake and the over-speed governor safety.
How Do Your Carriage Wheels Work and Why Is It Important?
What Is the Difference Between a Traction Drive and Drum Drive System?
In our Traction Drive system on hillsides over 130 feet, the cable is attached on the top and bottom sides of the trolley and the traction sheaves move the cable up and down. This system has no limits on length. In the winter where snow is present, the traction system will pull the carriage down towards the bottom of the hillside and will not rely on gravity to move it like the drum drive does. This option allows the mechanics to stay compact and proficient and includes our double roller assembly to support the cable to prevent cable wear.
What Kind of Service Do You Offer?
As the manufacturer, we also employ a full-time service staff that is available for general questions about your system. We will work with you until you have the answers you need. One of our certified service technicians travels across the country, usually between April and September, offering annual inspections and safety tests to make certain that your system is running smoothly and safely year after year. We will take care of you and your hill lift long after the sale is complete.
How Can You Guarantee That Your Company’s Incline Elevator Will Be Right for My Hillside?
We’ve invested a lot in the design and engineering of our hillside lifts over the past 30 years. We have also worked very hard in finding the right dealers and certifying them on how to complete an entire site evaluation and layout of your hillside, as well as provide you with options and step-by-step details of our installation process. As a manufacturer, we guarantee that you will be getting exactly what you are expecting and more, which is why the site evaluation and layout is so important. The site is analyzed so we can decide which one of our incline elevator systems will meet the defined specifications of your hill. After the site visit, your dealer or local representative will provide you with a firm quote for all materials and installation expenses that are needed for your installation so there will be no hidden costs. Our full-time engineering department is also available to assist you with specific design or permitting requirements along with meeting the precise specifications of your hillside. We haven’t yet met a hillside we can’t conquer.