5 Freight Elevator Types

Every elevator is classified according to its maximum capacity and the permitted loading and unloading procedures. In order to ensure safety and security, the loading classification must align with the elevator’s predetermined operation. If you are a property owner trying to decide what type of freight elevator is right for your building, check out the following overview of general freight classifications, motor vehicle loading, concentrated loading, and industrial truck loading elevators, to assist you with the decision. Continue Reading…

What You Need to Know About Elevator Inspections

Elevator inspection requirements vary by state and elevator type. Regardless of where your elevator is located, both annual and periodic inspections are required by law. If you are a property owner who has an on-site elevator, review the following most frequently asked questions about elevator inspections in order to grasp a better understanding of the rules regarding elevator inspections. Continue Reading…

How Should Building Owners Prepare Their Elevators for Hurricanes?

Building owners in Texas and Florida are still cleaning up after Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. While most people know to protect exteriors against driving rain and high winds, elevators are often overlooked during storm preparations. As storm after storm churns toward the United States in the late summer and early fall, building owners in high-risk areas should prepare a hurricane checklist in case one is headed their way. Continue Reading…

3 Elevator Innovations That Reshaped the Industry

The skylines of major cities like New York and San Francisco would not exist were it not for elevator innovations that made high-rises possible. Like all other industries, the elevator industry has been reshaped by innovation and technology over the years. Let’s look at some of the most notable advances that made urban lifestyles possible. Continue Reading…

How to Keep Your Elevator from Making Your Customers Sick

We all know that door handles and knobs are common germ carriers – simply due to use. Elevator buttons are similar. Many hands coming into contact with these buttons means they need extra care during cleaning. Elevator buttons provide a place for germs to colonize, because people may be touching buttons all day. During cold and flu season, elevators are a good place to pick up bacteria or viruses that might make you sick. Thankfully, there are several ways you can help keep your elevators clean for occupants and customers: Continue Reading…

Elon Musk’s Elevator Transports Cars to Underground Tunnel Network

Billionaire Elon Musk recently revealed the latest innovation in his underground tunnel system — an elevator for cars. Musk theorizes that underground tunnels can help traffic move more efficiently. Cars ride in the elevator to the desired tunnel, then ride in pods, using the tunnels like a railway system. This idea may seem far-fetched or futuristic, but it’s gaining traction in tech circles. Can Musk’s Boring Company pull off this innovative transportation network? Continue Reading…

4 Consequences of Poor Elevator Maintenance

Elevators play integral roles in building performance. Elevator failure translates into measurable business losses for property management companies, tenants, and sometimes for visitors. Here are the warning signs of poor elevator maintenance and steps business owners and managers can take to avoid a variety of undesirable outcomes. Continue Reading…

Commercial Elevator Purchasing Factors to Consider

In new building projects and building renovation projects, teams must often evaluate and choose new elevator systems. Some feature proprietary components, while others feature more universal and nonproprietary systems. These and other considerations will determine the long-term outlook of elevator performance. When purchasing an elevator, consider these crucial factors. Continue Reading…