Today, we have passenger, freight, stage lift, vehicle, boat, aircraft and residential elevators, just to name a few. They are mainly powered by hydraulic and geared systems. Hydraulic elevators are common for low rise buildings ranging from 2 to 8 stories. They rely on underground cylinders with a fluid mounted piston. They include three parts which include a tank, pump and valve. This system is simple and highly effective but the disadvantage is the size of the equipment and that it must be buried below the elevator stop. It takes a lot of energy to power a hydraulic elevator, but if you have the space and ground available, it is a good choice.
Geared systems are a twist on a roped elevator design raised and lowered by traction steel ropes attached to an elevator car and looped around a sheave which is connected to an electric motor. A gear train rotates the sheave. Gear trains are present in spinning parts such as transmissions, VCRs and pendulum clocks. Unlike the hydraulic elevator where the machine room is housed below the elevator, the machine room in a geared system is housed above the elevator shaft. These tend to be the most versatile and efficient type of elevator system.
With just a basic introduction to the types of elevators available for commercial and residential use, it is up to you to find a reliable elevator installation company to make your dream a reality in terms of elevating your ideas to new heights. Whether you choose a hydraulic elevator or a geared elevator, if you do your research and find a reliable elevator company, you can rest assured that with modern technology, you will be able to build the most efficient transportation system available.