Ever since the development and implementation of elevators, space has been the number one requirement for any property considering an installation. After all, they aren’t exactly the smallest piece of technology to invest in! As a result, smaller businesses have had to sacrifice their accessibility because their building simply isn’t big enough for an elevator. In fact, the machine room houses a lot of large components like the motor which is why they are considered the burden of the industry. Read on as we go over everything there is to know about machine room-less elevators and why they are one of the most popular options on the market…

The History of MRL Elevators

The very first machine room-less elevator was invented by a British elevator manufacturing company called Pickerings in the 1950s. The Pickerings Econilift, as it was known, managed to revolutionise the industry until it was discontinued in the mid-70s. Over the past 70 years, many different elevator companies have also developed their own MRL technology, including Schindler in 1997, Toshiba in 1998 and Otis in 2000.

How are MRL elevators designed and implemented?

Since the concept of machine room-less elevators is the lack of machine room, the motor and other important components are placed inside the elevator shaft itself along the walls or at the very bottom in the pit. In traction systems, companies like Otis and Schindler use flat steel belt ropes because they are said to save space by allowing a minimum sized sheave to be utilises and the motors are often gearless because this removes the need for a fixed machine room. On the other hand, hydraulic systems don’t need a fixed machine room in order to contain the hydraulic components as the pump is found in the elevator pit and the controllers are fixed to the wall, savings time, space and money.

What are the benefits of MRL elevators?

There are many different benefits of investing in a machine room-less elevator, however, most property owners tend to opt for them when a lack of space is a concern. After all, a machine room can take up a lot of valuable space in a small property. In addition to this, running an elevator uses a lot of power and electricity and that is why MRL systems can help property owners save up to 70% of their power output, cutting costs in the process.

Here at Elevators Ltd, we have a wide variety of different elevators that our clients can choose from, including traditional passenger lifts and MRL varieties. After all, placing the components in the elevator shaft itself reduces the need for a separate room and can help cut down on construction and installations fees. To find out more information, get in contact with the best lift company on the market and speak to a member of the Elevators Ltd team today!