As our city spaces become more condensed, the need for vertical lift travel becomes more and more necessary. Lifts exist in most tall buildings today; the heavy day-to-day use of these systems means that wear and tear is unfortunately inevitable.
Lifts have been installed in building for decades now. Although most existing lifts were installed to the level of technology of the time, rapid advancements in technology means some of these systems are now outdated. As long as existing lifts are well maintained and periodically examined, they can continue to function well in a safe fashion.
Improvements can be made in regard to modernisations, that will make a lift system safer, more reliable, and more comfortable. Here are a number of solutions available to enhance older lifts:
Double Brake System
Older lifts may only be installed with a single brake, meaning the failure of certain parts could cause a car to stop ineffectively. Having a redundant braking system installed can enhance safety as the main brake parts are divided into two sets. This way, in the event of one set failing, a set of other parts will ensure safe operation of the lift.
Modern lifts come with double brake systems as standard; the two independent systems are normally electrically monitored. Lifts installed before 2002 may not be able to match the level of technicality necessary to install such a system.
Unintended Car Movement Protection Device
Injuries can occur if there is any unintended movement of the lift car whilst the doors are open, and passengers are attempting to enter or exit the lift. The responsible person for any lift can look at upgrading the braking system with built-in redundancy and self-monitoring features to prevent unintentional car movement. Devices such as rope grippers can protect the lift car from any unwanted movement when in the landing position.
Existing lifts can still remain a safe and efficient means of transport as long as lift maintenance, and modernisation, is regularly adhered to.