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What Type of Elevator Do I Need?

Jul. 12, 2022

Over the years, many types of elevators have been manufactured. Elevators can be divided into two groups - by their use and by their hoist mechanisms.


Types of elevators:

  • Passenger elevators – Designed to carry people between building floors. Their capacity is determined by the need of the specific building and it can vary between 5 and 25 people.

  • Express elevators – They do not service all floors, but instead only select parts of the building. Most notably they move passengers from the building lobby to the top floor/sky lobby.

  • Urban transport elevators – They move passengers between several altitude potions, not inside a building but rather in an open urban space. For example from the bottom to the top of the hill.

  • Freight elevators – Indented for transport of goods. Their carrying load can vary between 2000 to 4500 kilograms. Most often their source of power is electric engines.

  • Stage elevators – They are often used in theaters to lift the entire stage filled with musicians and performers to the main level. They are often powered by hydraulics and their lift distance is limited to one or two building levels.

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Customized Passenger Elevator with High Quality

  • Vehicle elevators – They are used to transfer cars in parking garages or manufacturing buildings. Some of them rotate during their ascent or descent to ensure that driver only needs to drive forward when exiting.

  • Boat elevators – In some smaller river sections, canal crossings can be equipped with boat elevators that will lift entire sections of the water and bridge two different water levels.

  • Aircraft elevators – Often used on aircraft carriers, they transport vehicles and goods from the internal hangars to the flight deck. They are designed to lift far greater weights than normal freight elevators, sometimes up to 90 tons.

  • Residential elevators – Used to transfer people inside one house or multistory mansion.

  • Elevators for handicapped people – Specially designed elevators that are used only for people in wheelchairs.

  • Dumbwaiter – Small elevators that are used to transport food and other kitchen materials between several building levels. They are often used in hotels, restaurants, and cruise ships.

 Passenger Elevator for Residential Building

 Passenger Elevator for Residential Building

  • Paternoster – Special kind of elevator that uses the principle of revolving cabins. On one rotating chain are set several traveling cabins that are in constant motion.

  • Scissor lift – This is a special kind of mobile elevator that is contracted for temporary access of people and equipment in inaccessible work areas (maintenance, construction).

  • Belt elevator – Used to transport material over inclined planes. A conveyor belt is equipped with a lot of transport boxes that transport material from one place to another.


Whether your property has two floors or 200 floors, passenger elevator installations are necessary for the comfort and convenience of your tenants or employees. Without them, residents, workers, and visitors would be forced to climb stairs every time they must climb to a different floor. For people with disabilities, passenger elevators are critical to their mobility throughout the building.


Because virtually all commercial, government, industrial and multi-family residential buildings rely on elevators, owners and managers rely on passenger elevator manufacturers with deep knowledge and expertise in design, application, and function. BDFUJI is one of the best passenger elevator companies in the industry. Our extensive experience makes us the ideal choice for the vertical transportation solutions your building needs to move residents, visitors, or employees safely and efficiently.

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