What You Need To Know About A Hydraulic Elevator Machine Room

Are you ready to install an elevator in your home or office building? If so, there is a lot you should probably know, understanding the machine room being just one of them. Machine rooms can be very different, ranging from very large to incredibly small. In order to understand what goes into a machine room, keep reading to learn all you need to know about installing your elevator machine room.

Location – Location for your machine room is everything. If your machine room is small, it can be located on top of your elevator shaft. For most hydraulic elevators, machine rooms can be easily placed above your elevator shaft. Machine rooms can't always sit above the elevator shaft; for larger systems, elevator machine rooms will need to be placed adjacent to the elevator shaft. For larger machines, it is best to place the elevator on the first floor that is serviced.

Machine Room Requirements – Aside from the necessary machine room features that enable your elevator to run, there are some other machine room requirements you shouldn't ignore. One of these climate control. In order to keep your elevator running smoothly, it is important to keep the machine room between the temperatures of 60 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit. It is also crucial that the humidity in the machine room not exceed 75 percent.

Machine Room Features – There are three major features found in almost all elevator machine rooms, both traditional and hydraulic. The three major features are the sheave, the motor, and the control system. The control system is the brain of your machine room; it controls whether the motor pushes the elevator up or down and controls when and where the elevator car comes to a stop. A control system is found in every machine room whether large or small. The second feature you'll find in your machine room is the motor. The motor, whether it is controlling a hydraulic system or a traditional one, powers the sheave to push the elevator car up and down. The motor is directed by the control system and feeds power to the sheave or hydraulic system. The third feature is the sheave. The sheave is basically a pulley with grooves that moves in a circular motion. When the motor powers the sheave, it rotates to raise or lower the elevator car. In hydraulic systems, the third feature is the hydraulic pump, which is powered by the motor.

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