Most people will know that elevators can be separated based on whether they have been fitted with hydraulic operation or traction operation, however, very few recognise the importance of the machine room. After all, it may require a large amount of space but it is one of the most important aspects in the entire design of the elevator. Read on as we go over everything you need to know about the machine room of hydraulic elevators…


The most important aspect to take into condition when it comes to an elevators machine room is the location. After all, most hydraulic elevators have the machine room placed at the very top of the shaft in a separate room to the rest of the mechanics; however, this requires a relatively large amount of free space. In fact, some machine rooms also have to be placed adjacent to the shaft which means that available space plays an even more important role in the decision-making process.


Since the machine room is the beating heart of an elevator, it is important that the entire system is regularly maintained and serviced. After all, hydraulic elevators use hydraulic oil and pistons in order to move a cab and it is imperative that these components are inspected for signs of damage. In addition to this, the machine room of an elevator also comes with strict maintenance guidelines. For example, the temperature of the room must be kept between 15 and 30 degrees Celsius in order to prevent overheating.


With a machine room, the design is pretty universal, regardless of whether the operation uses traction or hydraulics, and it generally consists of three major features: the sheave, the motor and the control system which all work in harmony with one another in order to ensure that an elevator operates smoothly and safely. With this said, hydraulic systems connect all of these features to a hydraulic pump, which is powered by the motor, whereas traction systems connect all of these features to a sheave, which is a pulley that lifts and lowers a cab using steel cables.

When it comes to the elevator, the team here at Elevators Ltd want to ensure that our readers get all the information they need in order to make an informed and educated decision. After all, sometimes a machine room isn’t suitable for a property. Luckily, it is possible to purchase a traction or hydraulic elevator that comes without one! To find out more information about the wonderful world of elevators, get in contact with the best lift company around and speak to a member of the Elevators Ltd team today!