As one of the most innovative designs of the early 19th century, modern society as we know it today would struggle to cope without the elevator. After all, it is the reason why we have so many skyscrapers and is an essential tool of independence for those who are disabled, especially those who are wheelchair bound. Read on as we go over the different parts that make up an elevator…

Machine Room

Often placed above the shaft on the very top floor, the machine room is an integral part of an elevator. After all, this is where the control panel and motor are often found. In fact, it is vital that the temperature of a machine room is kept constant as overheating can severely damage the system. With this said, advancements in technology means that the machine room is getting smaller and smaller every year and some systems even have them installed inside the shaft.


Depending on whether an elevator is fitted with traction or hydraulic operation, the motor can differ from lift to lift. With this said, it is an important feature and is essentially the backbone of an entire elevator system. For traction lifts, the motor acts like a sheave and is fitted with steel cables and a counterweight in order to rise and lower the cab like a hoist. On the other hand, the motor of a hydraulic system is fitted with pistons and pumps hydraulic fluid in order to move the cab.


This is the most visible part of an elevator and as a result, it is also the most aesthetically pleasing. After all, it is only right that property owners would want to design the interior of their elevator in order to reflect the décor of their building. With this said, the cabin also has important features installed too such as ventilation, railings, mirrors and an emergency call button.

When it comes to the safety of the elevator, a man named Elisha Graves Otis is the one to thank. After all, his design of the emergency elevator brake in 1848 is what transformed the elevator from a daily safety risk to a secure and safe piece of machinery. To find out more information about the different components that are found inside an elevator, get in contact with the best lift company around and speak to a member of the Elevators Ltd team today!