Koller wheelchair winch

A specialist in the manufacture of wheelchair accessible vehicle (WAV) products, Koller Engineering has added a compact and portable wheelchair winch to its portfolio of products.

The PortaWinch helps to easily transfer wheelchair passengers into vehicles and aids attendants safely and efficiently. It has a removable battery designed to mechanically assist with the reliable and smooth loading of a wheelchair and occupant into an adapted vehicle.

Detachable from the vehicle floor when fitted with a rail, it can be stored away when not in use and easily transferred to other vehicles or used for assistance up and down a driveway or access ramp.

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Dean Koller, Director at Koller said: “As a trusted company within the accessible travel sector, we are always looking to expand our product portfolio to ensure it is comprehensive and covers all requirements.

“PortaWinch is the perfect solution to safely assist wheelchair users through the ramp barrier to access the vehicle all at the touch of a button.

“It has been designed to be compact and able to fit any vehicle with the simple addition of a short piece of floor rail. Most notably it is portable so it can be transferred with ease.

“This means that it does not require specialised and permanent fitting. The winch has many benefits and features including a 250kg loading capacity and anti-roll back mechanism to make it extremely safe and efficient when in use.”

PortaWinch encompasses two wireless remote controls, with one small enough to be conveniently fitted to a keyring so it is always to hand.

It has the extra security and safety features of ceasing winch operation if an obstruction is detected or if over-load is sensed. An anti-roll back feature helps to prevent the wheelchair from moving backwards when stationary on the ramp.

Established in 1980, Koller manufactures a range of WAV products including wheelchair restraints, floor rails, portable ramps and removable mini-bus type seat fixings. The company is ISO 9001:2015 compliant and a recognised as a Motability ‘First Class Supplier’.

Most recently, Koller has been supporting coach and bus companies to meet Public Service Vehicle Accessibility Regulation (PSVAR) requirements with a variety of WAV products to help in the conversion process.

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