Although modern elevators as we know them today are the product of the last two centuries, we have been using the idea of the elevator for longer than we realise. In fact, Ancient Greeks would use a primitive rope and pulley system that was powered through slave labour in order to transport materials over high cliff edges and between the floors of buildings. Over time, we have managed to perfect their design and create a technological contraption that the Roman Empire would be in awe of. Read on as we go over three ways that elevators helped change the world…
Have elevators improved accessibility?
As perhaps the most beneficial feat of their design, elevators have managed to change the way we approach public accessibility. After all, many people who relied on a wheelchair or walking aid were simply unable to enter certain buildings for many years due to the lack of accessibility. Luckily, the elevator is a staple installation amongst society which means that it is very rare to find a multi-story building without one in 2020.
Would skyscrapers exist without elevators?
By definition, a skyscraper is a tall building with 40 floors or more and they are typically used both commercially and residentially. With this said, it is impractical to climb hundreds of stairs every day which is why the elevator allowed us to build higher and more robust buildings. In fact, traction lifts, which operate using a rope and pulley system and are a balanced using a counterweight, actually paved the way for the existence of skyscrapers in the first place as we couldn’t create the lifts necessary to navigate the dozens upon dozens of floors without them.
Are elevators leading to advancements in technology?
It is safe to say that the technology implemented in the modern elevator is incredibly advanced and would be completely unrecognisable to Elisha Graves Otis, the man who invented the elevator safety brake system we know and use today. With this said, we are always looking for new technological developments which is why German engineers are working on a horizontal elevator system that would, in theory, travel in several different directions using magnets.
Here at Elevators Ltd, we recognise the important role that elevators play in modern society. After all, wheelchair users often find it difficult to navigate public spaces without a fully functioning lift in place. Luckily, our product range is incredibly varied, and all of our lifts are designed with accessibility in mind. To find out more information about our range of wheelchair elevators, get in contact with the best lift company on the market and speak to a member of the Elevators Ltd team today!