An elevator is any device that can vertically lift people and things. Modern elevators are one of the most significant inventions. They changed the urban landscape and architecture of 20th century cities, and led to the construction of taller buildings.
The elevator has made our lives more convenient and easier by being the most efficient means of transport. Millions of people around the globe use the elevator at least 4 times per day. This adds up to over 325 million daily elevator trips.
Are all elevators alike?
These elevator lift parts are the most popular. They can be found in hotels, restaurants, and private homes.
What is the difference between Traction and Hydraulic Elevators?
The main difference between hydraulic and traction elevators is in how they move the cabin. Both systems guarantee smooth and reliable movement, despite being different.
The system that drives traction elevators, whether geared or ungeared, is a combination of a pulley and ropes as well as counterweights. The lift’s counterweights allow for the cabin to be lifted with less energy. The operating system (MR), which was located on the roof of older buildings, is now usually found inside the shaft (MRL).
Here’s how it works.
- After you push the button and enter the elevator cabin, the strong steel ropes will start to move out of the unit.
- These ropes are rolled over the sheave which has grooves. These grooves enable the sheave’s tight grip on the cables.
- When activated, the counterweight and cabin balance each other.
- This counterweight stores energy, allowing the cabin to move in the desired direction.
- The hydraulic elevator is another common type. Hydraulic elevators are powered by a piston and a pump. The pumping unit and piston are connected to the elevator. They are housed in separate machine rooms. The cab can move quietly and smoothly thanks to hydraulics.
Hydraulic elevators operate in the following way:
- Within the hoistway, a piston is connected with the elevator.
- The pumping unit is located in the nearby machine room.
- After activating the elevator, the hydraulic system pumps pressurized fluid into the cylinder. The piston is then moved for ascension.
- The system pumps the fluid into the reservoir when the vehicle descends. This allows it to continue its descent without jolting, stopping, or halting.
These are the Main Advantages of Every Elevator Type
The largest number of elevators currently in existence is mechanical ones. They are more common in high-traffic buildings than in large businesses and public buildings. Because they can transport more people at high speeds, you will find them in high-traffic areas.
- No Machine Room Required: When you choose a tramway elevator, every square meter can be capitalized. It is also possible to use the unit in areas that have less space due to its small cabinet located next the casing on the top floor.
- High Speed Rising:Traction elevators move up to 65% faster. This is a major advantage because the elevator can travel faster and can transport more people and places. Both of these factors are crucial for a better user experience, especially during rush hour.
- Energy Efficient The Metron Traction uses 35 to 45% less energy for the same cabin size. This means lower electric bills over the next 30 years, or as long as an elevator’s lifecycle.
- Smooth ride The quality remains unchanged, even though we get 100-150 starts an hour. The traction MRL is not sensitive to temperature.
- High safety The Metron Traction Lifts provide precise leveling and release, even during power outages.
Benefits of Hydraulic Lifts
Hydraulic lifts are the best solution for buildings and homes with few floors, where access to an elevator is not possible.
- Bigger Cabin: The main advantage of hydraulic lifts is that we can install a larger cabin in specific shaft dimensions. Hydraulic lifts don’t have counterweights, which take up space in the shaft.
- For very low pits or headrooms:Especially for buildings with no shafts, hydraulic lifts require a 25 cm pit and 2.5m headroom. They are the only solution because we can make the pit at the lowest point of the stairs. Also, there are no constructional changes required for the headroom.
- Smooth motion: Hydraulic elevators are fitted with modern technology sensors to ensure smooth operation and prompt cessation at every floor.
- Economic Solution – The hydraulic lift is an economical solution for buildings of low or medium height (2-5 stops).
What Type of Elevator is Right for Me?
Every project is different with unique technical requirements and parameters. These include the height of the building and number of floors (stops), intensity of use, dimensions of shaft and engine room.