The elevator industry offers customers two different types of elevators known as hydraulic and traction which can be further developed in order to craft Machine Room Less (MRL) systems that are designed with space conservation in mind. After all, an elevator installation is a big commitment that property owners must be prepared to maintain. Here at Elevators Ltd, we recognise the differences between both hydraulic and traction elevators, however, we want to ensure that our readers are on the same page too. Read on as we go over some of the important components that can be found in a traction elevator…


Also known as a pulley, a sheave is the part of a traction elevator that holds the cables into place. They must be incredibly strong and durable in order to withstand the friction from the movement of a cab as it rises and lowers within the shaft. Interestingly, a sheave works via rotation which means that the component is rotated in order to move the cables and control the direction of a cab.


Traction elevators use a component known as a counterweight in order to balance out the weight of a cab and ensure that the entire system remains stable and safe. In fact, they are an important part of an elevator’s design as they are used in order to make the entire process as efficient as possible because less energy has to be exerted in order to lift the cab when a counterweight is in place.


Perhaps the most important component within an elevator is the cab itself. After all, they are the part of the elevator that the passenger will see during their journey which means it has to be in tip top condition at all times. Whilst a cab is a feature found in every type of lift, not just traction systems, they are installed differently depending on this operating unit which means that the speed and smoothness of journey can differ.

The traction elevator is the most traditional way to design and install a lift as the concept of ropes and pulleys has been utilised for longer than history can remember. In fact, there are between 8 and 12 high-quality steel cables that are utilised in order to bear the weight of a cab as it rises and lowers within the elevator shaft which means that a traction elevator is more than safe for use. To find out more information, get in contact with the best lift company around and speak to a member of the Elevators Ltd team today!