To a passenger, a lift is a lift. If it gets them from floor destinations A to B, it does the job. But for businesses, they need to know what lift is right for them depending on the size of the building and what the business entails, i.e. a hotel, a hospital, a high-rise company, etc. So what passenger lift is right for you ?
Double-decker lifts consist of 2 lift cars attached together, one of top of other. This permits each passenger to use two consecutive floors to be able to use the lift simultaneously. The top car goes to the even numbered floors boarding from the ground floor and the bottom cab goes to the odd numbered floors boarding from the concourse level. The idea is to help enhance the adeptness in buildings where the amount of passenger transportation would usually have a single lift which stops at every floor.
This kind of lift inhabits less building foundation space than the traditional singular lifts do for the same level of passengers. They are most suitable for buildings of a high rise or skyscrapers as they allow a much more effective use of space.
Examples of Double-Decker lifts used in the UK:
• The Shard (London)
• Tower 42 (London)
• 20 Fenchurch Street (London)
• The News Building (London)
• Heron Tower (London)
• Broadgate Tower (London)
Glass window-paned lifts brings a new generation to the elevator service. It allows business buildings to show off their amazing interior design or the amazing view outside the building. Whether you’re a hotel or a shopping centre the glass window-paned lifts are the one for you.
In Southampton, the Grand Harbour Hotel uses their glass window-paned lift to extenuate their fabulous interior design leaving passengers with an amazing view to enjoy on the journey to their floor destination. Whether you want your couple passengers/guests to feel the romantic vibe or your family guests to feel the excitement, glass window-paned lifts set the scene to impress your passengers.
Express lifts are designed to only stop at designated floors so not all floors of a building would be a destination for these kinds of lifts. Therefore, this kind of lift is more suitable for high-rise building mainly based in the cities.
The idea of express lifts is that they reduce time further when getting to certain points within a building i.e. the World Trades Centre’s Twin Towers used express lifts to transport passengers between floors which move from the ground floor to the sky lobby whilst the local lifts individually take care of the rest of the buildings levels.
Traction lifts are driven by AC (Alternating Current) or DC (Direct Current) electric motors and incorporate a lift car and the counterweight connected to different ends of a cable to balance the load of the lift car. These then move over a large wheel called a Sheave at the top of the lift shaft.
Traction lifts are typically faster than hydraulic lifts which means that they are most likely to be used with tall, modernised buildings. They are also more energy efficient because the counterweight balances the lift car, whereas a hydraulic lift needs gravity to help push the lift car.
On the down side, traction lifts are significantly more expensive than hydraulic lifts, typically 15 – 25% more expensive.
Hydraulic lifts work on the principle of a pump that electronically generated to push oil into a cylinder (lifting system) and pushes the piston which pushes the lift car up and down. These lifts are typically cheaper than traction lifts and effectively take up less space in the building than traction lifts do as the lift shaft in a hydraulic lift usually needs around 10% less area space. They also carry heavier weight more efficiently than traction ropes as hydraulic consists of a greater lifting force. This kind of lift is typically used for buildings of 8 floors or less as its speed is significantly lower than a traction lift.
Climbing lifts are self-ascending lifts with its own force which can be generated by an electric or a combustion engine. These kinds of lifts typically hold around 1 – 2 passengers and are used for towers in order to approach different parts of these creations much more easily.