Who knew that elevators had such a rich history? In the first part of this blog series, we talked about Elisha Graves Otis, the man himself who helped to develop the elevators we know and love today. In this blog, we’re diving deep into the 1800’s…

An Electric Moment…

With the creation and use of electricity later in the 19th Century, an electric motor was added to existing elevator technology by a German inventor called Werner Von Siemens. With this electric motor situated on the bottle of the car, the design helped employ a scheme to climb the shaft walls. In 1887 Baltimore, the electric elevator was further developed by adding a revolving drum in order wind the hoisting rope used, however these drums could not be made large enough for use in skyscrapers.

Following this, motor technology and methods evolved quickly. In 1889, the direct-connected geared electric lift allowed for taller buildings to be constructed and by 1903, the design has evolved into a gearless electric elevator which allowed hundred story buildings or higher to be possible. Over time, multi speed motors were added and replaced the speed models, thus assisting with landing and smoother control. Electromagnetic technology also replaced the once manual role switching and breaking. Eventually, the elevator was modernised with push button controls and signal systems

Today…

At present, there is very intricate technology used within modern elevators in order to control the speed of the cars. In addition to this, the buttons have been replaced with keypads. In fact, practically all elevators operate automatically and, as of 2017, interior design of elevators has become a key characteristic.

So there you have it, the full history and development of the modern elevator as we know it! If you’re looking for an elevator, get in contact with the best lift company on offer today!