Ven­tura Sys­tems Aus­tralia’s lat­est out­ward rapid-slid­ing door de­sign al­lows op­er­a­tors to in­crease the seat­ing and stand­ing pas­sen­ger ca­pac­ity of their buses

While it does cost a lit­tle more than a tra­di­tional bus door, Ven­tura Sys­tems Aus­tralia’s lat­est out­ward rapid-slid­ing door de­sign al­lows op­er­a­tors to in­crease the seat­ing and stand­ing pas­sen­ger ca­pac­ity of their buses

ABC (Australia) - - CONTENTS - WORDS RAN­DALL JOHNSTON

Ven­tura Sys­tems is a man­u­fac­turer of elec­tric and pneu­matic door sys­tems for buses, trams and metro. Its prod­ucts are de­signed for use in pub­lic trans­port sys­tems and spe­cialised ve­hi­cles in­clud­ing wheel­chair ac­cess.

Man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Jeroen de Nooi­jer started Ven­tura Sys­tems in the Nether­lands in 1994.

Its cus­tomer base soon spread to Bel­gium and Ger­many and, af­ter the many in­ter­na­tional con­fer­ences and trade shows, busi­ness started to grow.

The com­pany em­ploys about 100 peo­ple glob­ally at ofces in Lon­don, New York, Ja­pan, and Hong Kong. It opened an ofce here in Aus­tralia in Jan­uary last year – Ven­tura Sys­tems Aus­tralia on the Gold Coast.

“In Aus­tralia, we have been sup­ply­ing Cus­tom Bus for many years,” he says. “We have also been sup­ply­ing to Alexan­der Den­nis [ADL] and Ki­wibus and De­sign­line in New Zealand.

“All new buses in Auck­land are sup­plied with Ven­tura door sys­tems. We are ex­cited to have Wolter Mei­jer­hof look­ing af­ter the Aus­tralian and New Zealand mar­ket, in­clud­ing the im­ported ve­hi­cles with Ven­tura doors.

“Ev­ery cus­tomer is im­por­tant to us, big or small.”

AUS­TRALIAN EX­PAN­SION

“Op­er­a­tors are be­com­ing more dis­cern­ing when it comes to door and wheel­chair ramp de­sign,” Ven­tura Sys­tems Aus­tralia ac­count man­ager Wolter Mei­jer­hof says.

“It used to be over­looked, but now I think op­er­a­tors are start­ing to think more care­fully about the safety and qual­ity of the sys­tems they use. Be­sides that, the to­tal cost of own­er­ship/life cy­cle costs are be­com­ing more and more im­por­tant.

“Ven­tura Sys­tems Aus­tralia can also source hard-to-get or ob­so­lete parts for other door sys­tems that are made by other man­u­fac­tur­ers.

“By part­ner­ing with our spe­cial­ist door part man­u­fac­turer in the UK, we can of­fer qual­ity al­ter­na­tive op­tions for ex­ist­ing prod­ucts that are reg­u­larly used for door main­te­nance.

Op­er­a­tors are be­com­ing more dis­cern­ing when it comes to door and wheel­chair ramp de­sign

We have doors that are spe­cially de­signed for fully elec­tric buses

“Our aim is to in­tro­duce more ad­vanced pneu­matic and elec­tric Euro­pean door sys­tems into Aus­tralia and New Zealand, like the Plug Slid­ing Door and Rapid Slid­ing Door sys­tem.

“They give more pas­sen­ger space and ac­cess be­cause the doors slide par­al­lel to the body, which can cre­ate room for stand­ing or seat­ing.

“They are fast open­ing and clos­ing and have ex­cep­tional good seal­ing.

“We have doors that are spe­cially de­signed for fully elec­tric buses, an in­creas­ing mar­ket around the world.”

The or­gan­i­sa­tion sup­plies tra­di­tional in­ward swing­ing doors and all com­po­nents that are com­monly found in buses down un­der. It also sup­plies man­ual wheel­chair ramps, with a new elec­tric ramp model to be made avail­able in Aus­tralia and New Zealand in the near fu­ture.

The cur­rent de­sign is man­u­fac­tured from a light­weight ex­i­ble com­pos­ite with a hard­wear­ing, anti- slip  nish and is in­tended for (su­per) low-oor buses. It can be man­u­ally op­er­ated with a key lock and ring­pull han­dle; it has raised edges along each side for en­hanced safety and is Dis­abled Per­sons Trans­port Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee ( DPTAC) com­pli­ant.

Clock­wise from left: Out­ward slid­ing doors in ac­tion; A multi-door de­sign; Smart de­sign in prac­tice

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