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How To Choose The Right Elevator Specification?

Sep. 23, 2022

So you've decided that your project needs a people moving lift. But which type do you need? To help you choose the right lift specification, we've come up with some questions to consider.

A flow analysis is essential. Following this, the actual building requirements and the profile of the lift users should be considered. To help you determine the type of vertical passenger lift required for your lift specification, here are a few questions to address.

A. Traffic analysis and users of the lift

A traffic analysis should always be carried out when considering lifts, as requirements may vary. For example, in an office, there may be traffic at the beginning of the day, at lunchtime, and at the end of the working day, and a retail clothing shop that houses children's clothing upstairs. As part of the traffic analysis, you will also need to consider the following.

1. the number of people?

All decisions regarding the number of lifts you need (e.g. single, double, or triple decker), where you need them, all the way to the actual size and type of lift will be governed through your traffic analysis. The number of passengers that can be carried varies greatly from product to product. For example, a platform lift can accommodate between 1 and 5 people (or a wheelchair user and an attendant). In contrast, passenger lifts range from low to high travel, small lifts that can accommodate 4 or 6 people, or large lifts for transporting people, shopping carts, etc.

Depending on the traffic flow and size of the building, you may also need to consider whether an escalator or moving walkway is required. 

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Customized Passenger Elevator with High Quality

2. Who will be using your lift?

The type of people who will use the building and the type of use the lift will have is relevant to product selection. The features it may have and the options you need to include in the specification can be determined by it. It is therefore necessary to determine who will be using the lift and how it will be used. For example, suppose you place a platform lift in a nursing home or in a place where elderly people will use the lift independently. In this case, an automatic button (rather than constant pressure or "keep running") would make the lift easier to operate.

- What types of people will use it?

- Can they use the lift independently?

- Will they be carrying luggage or goods?

Inclined walkways or escalators are usually complementary to lifts as they are not suitable for wheelchair users due to the incline. Most escalators can accommodate accompanied wheelchair users, but it is worth specifying this as a requirement.

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B. Physical building requirements and building restrictions

Before deciding on a lift product, you need to establish the actual requirements and restrictions of your building; without this information, you will not be able to make further progress.

3. New or existing building?

When considering lifts, you must first consider the age and design of the building. New buildings can easily accommodate lift shafts. However, due to the required load or space available, older buildings may sometimes not be able to make significant changes, such as creating shafts. If this is the case, then one of our self-supporting FX structures or platform lift ranges may prove to be the right solution for you.

4. What type of building are you placing the lift in? 

You may also need to consider the life cycle of the building. Lifts have a service life of at least 10 years or more. Therefore, you need to know if the use of the building will change during this period.