Breaking The Limits Of Lift Design

If you’ve been lucky enough to travel to the top of London’s tallest skyscraper the Shard, then you may have been surprised to have had to change elevators in order to make it all the way to the top. This transfer floor, or “Sky Lobby” as it’s more commonly known, is a necessary inconvenience for anyone wishing to reach the summit of the building and enjoy the panoramic views of London city.

But why is it the case, that even in ...

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Platform Lifts and Passenger Lifts: What’s the difference?

You may feel that there can’t be that much different between passenger lifts and platform lifts. And we know the difference can be confusing – they simply take people from one floor to another, don’t they?

That’s true, in part. Lifts are there to circulate people between floors in public buildings. They aid the transporting of people between multiple floors and are used in buildings where people with impaired mobility need to travel between two or more floors.

Knowing the difference can ...

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How Dumbwaiters can help avoid Manual Handling Injuries

Dumbwaiters have become the invisible team member of stations, coffee shops, supermarkets and our favourite restaurants. They take on the role of an extra pair of hands, making easy work of difficult jobs, and reducing the risk of injury to members of staff.

One of the reasons why dumbwaiters have become so popular is the massive reduction in workplace injuries. Every year almost a third of workplace injuries that require more than three days off work are due to manual handling ...

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Repair Or Modernise?

If you’ve had a lift installed at your business for a long period of time, and the lift itself is starting to feel outdated, or isn’t running as smoothly as you’d like, then it may be in need of repair.

A complete replacement of parts may not be the only answer. There are many factors to consider – but your elevator may benefit from an upgrade.

When deciding if your lift system needs an upgrade, there are many strategic decisions that need ...

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How to Keep Your Platform Lift Looking Great

Lift systems often get overlooked when it comes to cleaning day. They ferry heaps of people between floors every single day, which can end up building up quite a bit of mess.

Whether it’s dirt from heavy foot traffic, combined with inclement weather that leaves your floors looking well-trodden in; or the countless number of grubby fingers that leave the button controls covered in grime. Even a lesser used lift can suffer from a covering of dust that all buildings fall ...

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The Most Common Lift Faults

With every intricate machine there is the capability for a number of different things to go wrong. Take elevators for example – there are many ways for one to malfunction. Most equipment failures can be prevented with regular services and proper maintenance, but occasionally something goes wrong that requires an engineer.

Here are some of the most common elevator problems and solutions to resolve or avoid them:

  1. Worn Sheaves

When the sheaves wear down they place extra wear on the ropes, in turn ...

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Why Choose A Dumbwaiter?

Dumbwaiters from Sheridan Lifts provide convenience, safety, and flexibility, and our ranges can transport an array of materials – but then so can others. So why should you choose a dumbwaiter from Sheridan Lifts?

Efficiency: With our dumbwaiters, staff can move important items such as documents, boxes, and food without having to leave a floor, or their work station. We know time is important to your business, so dumbwaiters cut down on wasted time that would occur if employees had to ...

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How does a platform lift work?

You’d be forgiven for thinking that the mechanism for making a platform lift go up and down would be simple. The truth is actually far from simple. Platform lifts come in three main drive systems, each suited to different specifications, and each having their own individual advantages and disadvantages.

Modern platform lifts are operated using electronic controls which send signals to a central processor unit. This unit initiates the motors or pumps to move the platform between levels.

Hydraulic Drive System

For this ...

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The Facts: Dumbwaiter Home Applications

A dumbwaiter – the device technically similar to an elevator is used to move lightweight materials such as foods between floors. They’re most well used in commercial environments, such as hotels and restaurants, but appear in some residential homes as well.

Dumbwaiter Models

Dumbwaiters come in two primary types; electronic and manual. Manual dumbwaiters are cheaper to run than electrical ones as they are operated by pulling a rope to move it between floors. Electrical dumbwaiters require motors with varying load capacities ...

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Business owners: What are your lift safety responsibilities?

In the UK there are over 200,000 passenger lifts in operation. Most of these lifts operate in businesses – businesses that deal with a large number of customers each day. To ensure these customers are kept safe, we’re going to answer some commonly asked question from businesses owners, regarding their responsibilities when installing a lift:

If I have a lift in my building, what are my responsibilities?

Any lifts should be regularly checked and maintained to ensure they are running safely and ...

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