Types of Lifts and Their Uses

Electric lift is used to transfer people and products vertically between levels of buildings. They are actuated by electrical motors

What is a Lift?

Types of Lifts 1. Geared and Gearless Traction Lift

Three distinct categories may be used to classify geared and gearless traction lifts:

A wheel connected to an electric motor is positioned above the shaft of an lift, and ropes cross across it. The ropes’ primary use is to lift and lower the lift vehicle. 

Traction lift 

A motor & gearbox are the main components of the geared lift. The gears’ primary use is to drive the wheel that turns the ropes. Such lift can go at up to 500 ft/minute of speed.

Geared Traction lift 

They are best fit for skyscrapers. Lifts without gears lack a gear to control speed. They have a maximum travel distance of 2,000 ft. and a top speed of 2,000 ft/minute

Gearless Traction lift

A bottom-positioned piston often serves as the hydraulic lift’s support. With the help of an electric motor, hydraulic fluid is forced down a piston to propel the lift vehicle upward. 

Hydraulic lift

 With a maximum speed of just 200 ft. per minute, this kind of lift is often found in 2 to 8 storey structures. Additional details on hydraulic lifts are provided further:

To improve the mobility of the lift vehicle, this kind employs both ropes and a piston. It has a maximum travel distance of around 60 ft. 

Roped Hydraulic lift 

Designed with a lift pit & has a sheave under pit's floor. The pit supports a retraction piston as the lift descends. It has a max. travel distance of 60 ft.

Conventional Hydraulic lift

this type of  lift does not need a hole or sheave attached below the pit. At the bottom of the pit, it features telescopic pistons. The lift vehicle may go up to 50 ft. 

Hole-less Hydraulic lift 

This lift has a machine installed  that can only be accessible from the top of the lift car. This lift has a maximum travel distance of 250ft. and a top speed of 500 ft/m

Machine-Room-Less (MRL) Lift

This lift mechanism, made of polycarbonate and aluminum, is essentially a tube in a sealed vacuum. The air underneath and above the lift vehicle is what allows the lift car to move.

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