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New Q`Winch from Q`Straint debuts at Naidex National.
Simple-to-use and universal-in-design, the new Q`Winch from Q`Straint provides efficient access for wheelchair occupants into vehicles up a slope or ramp. The Q`Winch consists of a highly durable motor and gearbox mounted on a base plate which houses 5 metres of webbing wound around a bobbin. This webbing can be attached to any wheelchair securement point via two tongue and buckle and karabiner hooks. Winch operation is straightforward and controlled by an ergonomic hand-held console that is connected via a robust coiled cable.
With its low profile and compact dimensions of only 146mm (h) x 146mm (w) x 302mm (l), the new Q`Winch is compatible with all wheelchairs. It provides full positional control during both inwards and outwards motion, a ‘soft` start/stop and a gradual slow down for the last phase of movement. To ensure the wheelchair occupant is comfortable with the transfer at all times, the Q`Winch has variable speed settings from 40 to 100% which is controlled by easy-to-understand icons. The console encompasses a rugged, splash resistant case and connector which ensures the Q`Winch will withstand higher levels of general wear and tear.
From an installation and servicing point of view, the new Q`Winch also delivers an improved experience. The Integrated ECU (Control Unit) is now fixed onto the base of the winch and can be easily removed if required for servicing. Hence this part does not need a separate fixing area and the winch can be secured quickly to the vehicle floor via four bolts. Fast ECU connections are also now possible which again reduces installation time.
Mike Simmonds, Q`Straint Managing Director concluded, “Recently launched at the CTA show, Access 11, the Q`Winch is the result of two years intensive R&D and represents an innovation in the accessible winch market. We look forward to demonstrating this enhanced solution to both trade and consumer visitors and believe the Q`Winch will prove to be even more popular than its predecessor.”