Elevator Construction: The Inside Story

Elevators are a great convenience and require a high degree of skill and physical effort to install. Many people take this for granted.

The next time you look that the magnificent skyscrapers that make up the New York skyline or have the opportunity to admire the view from the upper windows of these architectural masterpieces, realize that their existence would not be possible without elevators.

Millions of people use elevators everyday to ascend and descend tall structures, taking for granted the skill and hard work that goes into building and maintaining these state-of-the-art elevator systems. Elevator mechanics are then men and women who build these systems and keep them running safely and reliably.

Elevator constructors must have a firm grasp of hydraulics, electricity and computer electronics. They also must understand the physics that make the smooth ascent and descent of an elevator possible.

Installing a new elevator requires a combination of sophisticated skills and hard work. Using blue prints as their guide, elevator construction mechanics determine the equipment needed to install rails, machinery, car enclosures, motors, pumps, cylinders, and plunger foundations. Once this has been done, the building begins. Mechanics bolt or weld steel rails to the walls of the shaft to guide the elevator.

They insert electrical wires and controls by running tubing for electrical wire between floors. Then they install electrical components and related devices at each floor and at the main control panel in the machine room. Installers then erect the steel frame of an elevator car at the bottom of the shaft; install the car’s platform, walls, and doors; and attach guide shoes and rollers to minimize the lateral motion of the car as it travels up and down the shaft. They also install the outer doors and door frames at the elevator entrances on each floor.

Once the shaft, cards and electrical operating system is in place, it is fine-tuned to ensure that it moves at a desired speed and stops correctly at each floor. The elevator constructor’s craft is highly challenging because technological innovations are constantly creating new ways to keep up with the need for higher speed in conjunction with the construction of taller buildings.

Once the elevator is complete and running, proper service and maintenance is critical for the continued safe operation. Service mechanics are responsible for routine servicing and repair. Pride and Service Elevator conveniently offers both ends of this spectrum. We perform elevator construction jobs and we also provide maintenance services.

If you are interested in learning more about how Pride and Service can help you, give us a call today at (908) 967-6074.

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