Together with Prospettico, World’s leader in the production of magnetic levitation system, we are working on a project to implement this new technology within the sliding doors for marine and yachting applications.
The evolving design trends of flush floor connecting interior and exterior spaces to create continuity are driving our research team on the quest to apply the lifting system to our premium sliding doors.
The levitation system is completely enclosed inside the frame and the upper mechanical beam, which enclosed guides and rails. The magnetic apparatus is basically composed by contrasting magnets on the upper beam which generate the invisible force to allow wings to levitate, and small magnetic clips to be recessed at the edges of the floor – or in the bottom side of door’s frame – which act as anti-flagging.
The lifting mechanism can be operated both manually, by rotating the dedicated lever handle on the vertical frame mullion, or automatic trough the use of electric actuators.
Once engaged, the door is operated as traditional sliding doors.
- Using magnetic levitation is reduced the risk of mechanical components’ bending and so reduced are maintenance activities too. As well the perceived weight of door’s wings is reduced since the inertia would be almost cleared. This could be very useful when sliding doors are operated in manual mode.
- The lifting system give the chance to minimize the space of the dedicated housing on the floor that allow traditional tightness with door in closed position. In fact, the bottom side of wings are designed to host gaskets that get pressed on the floor when drop down for closure, which prevents water to came in.
Further development will come on following weeks, stay up to date as first mock-up will be soon unveiled. To know more about this new application don’t hesitate to write to us.