The elevator is an intricate piece of modern technology that relies on several different components working in harmony with one another. A counterweight can be found inside the majority of traditional lifts and is considered an essential feature for both passenger safety and the smoothness of each journey. After all, nobody wants to take an unstable elevator! Read on as the team here at Elevators Ltd go over everything there is to know about counterweights…

Counterweights are found in traction elevators

In the lift industry, a counterweight is a weight that can be found inside the elevator shaft of a traction system in order to balance the mechanics. It does this by exerting an opposite force every time a cab need to lift a passenger. This differs drastically from hydraulic elevator systems which use hydraulic fluid and pistons in order to control the rise and descent of a cab.

Counterweights make elevator loading more efficient

A counterweight works hand in hand with additional elevator components, such as the motor, in order to make lifting a cab as efficient as possible. After all, the average motor would have to be replaced every couple of years because the strain would be too much to handle, however a counterweight takes always some of this burden. As a result, this reduces the energy usage and provides passengers with a smooth journey,

General maintenance keeps a counterweight in good condition

Due to their importance, many property owners try to target the counterweight specifically when it comes to maintenance. Unfortunately, this is not the most effective route to take. After all, counterweights work closely with several other components like the motor, brakes and generators. As a result, keeping an entire elevator in tip-top condition is the best way to ensure that the counterweight is able to function properly.

It is important to note that a counterweight is not found inside hydraulic lifts. After all, these systems operate in a completely different way to traditional tractional elevators. Here at Elevators Ltd, we want our customers to understand the intricacies of elevator ownership and the different components that need to be looked after. To find out more information about our range of passenger lifts, get in contact with a member of the team today!