Elevators have changed the landscape of our cities and towns. They allowed builders to erect buildings higher and higher impacting the space available for both commercial and residential use. However, as buildings became higher and could accommodate more people, elevator travel became a little more challenging. In many office towers workers found that highway traffic was not the only jams they had to contend with when trying to get to work. Lines for elevators also became problematic.
However, elevators for industrial use also became more popular. This posed both efficiency and safety issues for commercial use. This led to the need for improved technology to make elevators more efficient. Hydraulic elevators are one of the improvements that help keep elevators efficient for both human and freight transportation. Here’s why they might be the better choice for some buildings.
What is a Hydraulic Lift?
Hydraulic lifts are elevators powered by a piston travelling inside a cylinder. Powered by an electric motor, hydraulic oil is pumped into the cylinder which moves the piston. This results in a smooth operation. Hydraulic elevators use quite a bit of energy when going up, so they are usually only found in buildings six stories or less. They also operate at speeds of 150 ft./min. or less, so it takes more time to ascend in high-rise buildings.
Machine roomless hydraulic elevators are popular choices as they do not need space for the hydraulic machinery. Instead, the mechanisms are contained in the elevator pit. This is an attractive benefit as it makes them far more affordable to install than other types of elevators.
What are the Benefits of Hydraulic Lifts?
There are many benefits for hydraulic lifts including:
- Increased safety due to a hose burst valve for improved circuitry and the fact they can’t drop any faster than they can release the oil
- Can be used in very small spaces
- Low weight reduces the need for structural reinforcements
- Very user friendly for smooth operation
- Can be used to transport heavy objects making them ideal for warehouse and industrial use
- Can reduce the time for loading and unloading objects
- Ideal and cost-effective solution for buildings up to five to six stories
- Easy maintenance and high durability
- Work well in homes as well as lower rise residential buildings
- Perfect for medical centers where more people might require easy wheelchair access for low rise buildings with stairs
- Quiet operation ideal for residential buildings
- Doors can be designed to suit the needs of use or space restrictions
- Can fit in smaller spaces
- Easier to install and therefore most cost-effective
- Can be installed with machine room-less configuration
All of these qualities make hydraulic elevators a popular option for low-rise buildings with less traffic. This can include residential buildings, smaller office towers, medical centers, and low-rise hotels. They also make them attractive for some industrial spaces to lift and move materials and objects from floor to floor.
If your home or commercial space is smaller with under six floors hydraulic elevators could be the ideal solution.