The elevator is a brilliant invention that has revolutionised the way that we do many things in the 21st century. In fact, we wouldn’t have skyscrapers without the development of Elisha Graves Otis’ safety brake in the 19th century and the majority of our buildings would only be several stories high. Here at Elevators Ltd, we try to stay up to date with the developments within our industry and it seems like lifts are getting faster and faster every year. Read on as we go over everything there is to know about elevator speed and control…

What determines the speed of an elevator?

In a technical format, the speed of an elevator is calculated by multiplying the speed of the motor by the mechanics of the elevator itself, such as a hydraulic piston system or a rope and pulley traction system. With this said, passengers do not actually feel the ‘speed’ of an elevator but rather the pressure of acceleration and deceleration that occurs when the cab moves between each floor.

What is the fastest elevator in the world?

Since elevators are often used to transport passengers to the top of very tall buildings, such as the Empire State Building or Burj Khalifa, it is important that they are able to operate at fast speeds. In fact, the fastest elevator in the world is found in the Shanghai Tower in China. At 632 metres tall, it may only be the second tallest building in the world, but its Mitsubishi elevator reaches an incredible speed of 45 mph! This is faster than Usain Bolt, who runs at an average speed of 23mph, but slower than a cheetah, which runs at around 75mph. Here visitors are transported to the top of the building where they are given a clear view of the Bund.

Are fast elevators safe to use?

Although the elevator is a man-made design, it is important to remember that decades upon decades of time has been spent perfecting these changes in order to ensure that they are as safe as possible. After all, elevators such as those found at tourist attractions wouldn’t be installed to travel at such high speed if they weren’t fit to do so. In addition to this, every elevator comes with an emergency braking system which is in place to ensure passenger safety at all times.

Here at Elevators, we understand how difficult it can be to put your life in the hands of a metal contraption that is travelling at high speeds, however, it is important to remember the safety precautions that have gone into the design of an elevator. After all, statistics suggests that it is actually more dangerous to use the stairs and that we are more likely to be struck by lightning than suffer from a lifechanging injury as a result of elevator usage. To find out more information about the speed and control of an elevator, get in contact with the best lift company around and speak to a member of the Elevators Ltd team today!