For almost 200 years, elevator technology has utilised steel ropes or hydraulic pistons in order to move a cab between the different floors of a building. In fact, the reliability of the traction system which uses a rope and pulley attached to a sheave, is the very reason why skyscrapers are possible. Here at Elevators Ltd, we’ve decided to go over the proposed future of elevator technology and how realistic the magnetic driven cabs really are. Read on to find out more information…
Unlike traditional traction elevators, magnetic lifts will remove the need for ropes and pulleys and rely on embedded electromagnetic fields in order to transport the cabs between the different floors of a building. These fields, known as linear drives, will rely on a magnetized coil that will repel the magnets found in the cabs themselves in order to allow them to levitate. In fact, this technology is said to be the pathway towards both vertical and horizontal elevators as the coils will be able to send the cabs in almost every direction just like the Great Glass Elevator in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
In terms of realistic implementation, Maglev technology has already been implemented and tested in bullet trains in Japan, allowing them to reach impressive speeds of 375 miles per hour! It is thought that the implementation of magnetic elevators will help increase the elevator capacity of a building, reduce passenger waiting time and create more energy efficient lifts. With this said, it will be several years before magnetic lifts make their way onto the market because the software must be tested and perfected for safety.
Luckily, the wellbeing of passengers is ensured within the current design thanks to a multi-propulsion system that allows the direction of the cabs to be controlled by predetermined software. In fact, this software will also be able to monitor the space between each elevator cab in order to ensure that the multi-directional design does not run the risk of collision. As a result, it is thought that magnetic lifts may very well be a feasible feat of modern technology one day.
When it comes to lift technology and mechanics, the team here at Elevators Ltd are the experts on your side. After all, magnetic elevators may be the future, but hydraulic and traction systems are the present which means that experienced and highly qualified engineers are a necessity. To find out more information about elevator systems, get in contact with the best lift company on the market and speak to a member of the Elevators Ltd team today!