Elevators in low-rise buildings: basics for homebuyers in India!
Small-scale builders in Hyderabad are now doing their best to give you premium products as part of the offering. Whether it is a 5-story building with multiple apartments on a single floor or an exclusive builder-floor villa, the kind of elevator or LIFT as we know it, needs to be impressive, smooth-functioning, and elegant looking.
For a smooth experience right from the time you gently press the buttons, the door opens, as you enter, gets moving, lands on your desired floor, and exit. There is a lot that happens, and the experience matters!
Small-scale builders of the standalone building segment are aware of this and are providing you with the very best.
Some of the prominent brands of elevators in India are-
- Express …..and more
Some of them are actually global leaders in the elevator and escalator industry.
As enlightened home buyers, let us try to understand what these elevators mean, and how they operate.
What do builders and buyers look for in an elevator?
- A super flow experience
- Elevators in low-rise buildings allow people to move smoothly, safely, and comfortably
- Innovative and eco-efficient solutions
What are the main types of elevators?
- Geared and Gearless Traction Elevator
- Hydraulic Elevator
- Machine-Room Elevator vs. a Machine-Room-Less (MRL) Elevator
What are Gear and Gearless traction elevators?
- Both are traction-type elevators
- Common features: Electric motor above the elevator shaft and rolling steel ropes that pass over a wheel
- The main difference: How the wheel stand
- Geared traction elevator: wheel placed at the machine room which will stay at the elevator shaft
- Gearless traction elevator: wheel will stand above the cabin and moves with the cabin
- The need for the Machine Room is a must for geared elevators because the wheel and the electric motor must be mounted in a machine room situated above the elevator shaft
- With a gearless elevator, the wheel is directly connected to the engine and the cabin. This is why there is no need for a machine room with gearless elevators
- This is why gearless elevators are called Machine-Room-Less (MRL) elevators
What are Hydraulic elevators?
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- Hydraulic elevators have a car attached to a lifting system. The car, inside the shaft, is attached to guide rails or a rope
- Hydraulic elevators are powered by a piston that travels inside a cylinder. An electric motor pumps hydraulic oil into the cylinder. This action moves the piston. Consequently, the piston smoothly lifts the elevator cab. Electrical valves control the release of the oil for a gentle descent
- Hydraulic lifts have an edge when it comes to installation costs and ease. With fewer structural parts, they reduce the need for overhead construction
What is a machine room elevator?
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- A machine room is an area where the elevator’s drive unit, controller, and main disconnect switches are located. They are not very elegant to look at
- For elevators in low-rise buildings, a machine room will be located on the lowest landing as close as possible to the elevator
- In simple words, the Machine room is an area set aside exclusively for the elevator equipment and consists of the Controller, the electrical disconnects, and the pump unit. The Controller helps the elevator run and acts as the brain of an elevator
What is a machine room-less MRL elevator?
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- Buildings having machine rooms look less on aesthetics
- On the other hand, gearless motor technology is used to make elevators not have a machine room
- ‘Machine Room Less’ elevators in low-rise buildings do not have a separate space to keep the motor and associated systems. The machine is kept depending on the type of elevator. Machine room-less elevators have these machines installed above the lift shaft
- You have new technologies with gearless, compact,machine-room, and machine-room-less elevators which are particularly useful for the low and mid-rise residential segment
What kind of elevators in low-rise buildings are to be used?
- Answer: Hydraulic home lifts
- Hydraulic elevators are lower in cost, although they need a machine room
- Hydraulic elevators are used commonly in 5-story buildings. They travel at speeds up to 40 feet per minute
- Hydraulic elevators require a pit and machine room, which increases time and cost. The traditional Hydraulic elevator uses a piston that lifts the cab using a hydraulic system
- The machine room for hydraulic elevators is usually located at the lowest level adjacent to the elevator shaft
- Hydraulic elevators come with terrific features integrated with advanced microprocessors and data network systems
- The elevators in low-rise buildings with hydraulic functionality give high-level comfort
- Hydraulic elevators prove to be a smart investment for the residential purposes
- Smart appearance, smooth operation, modern outlook, automatic sliding doors, smooth and silent operation are some of the strong reasons for their popularity
“The elevator to success is out of order. You’ll have to use the stairs. One step at a time.”— Joe Girard
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