The next generation Ricon Slide-Away™ platform lift for wheelchair-accessible vans is now available from Vantage Mobility International (VMI), Phoenix. As a manufacturer and distributor of accessories and vehicles for mobility-restricted individuals, VMI/Ricon developed the platform lift design to allow full functionality of the front passenger seat and provide greater access for able-bodied passengers.

On the Slide-Away, VMI/Ricon also re-engineered a variety of systems and components that give it improved performance over previous models. These enhancements include a pressure relief valve in the hydraulic pump to better protect platform components, and an upgrade from steel to extruded aluminum on the outboard barrier material to reduce overall platform weight.

The company also made positive strides in the way in which their platform lifts are manufactured.

“How we manufacture the Slide-Away is just as important as its new design, parts and technology,” said Doug Eaton, president of VMI. We’ve spent the last two years improving our lift manufacturing processes with our Lean quality initiative. Using our Certified Sustainable Quality (CSQ) System we’ve increased the level of our manufacturing process to better ensure the Slide-Away will perform as our customers expect.”

VMI conducted field tests and developed a production readiness program that meets federal motor vehicle safety standards requirements.