What Is a Traction Elevator?


Have you ever heard of traction elevators? These are a special type of elevator that work in a specific way. If you have never heard of them before or don’t know anything about them, don’t worry. In this video, you will learn what a traction elevator is and how it works so that you can have a full understanding.

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This type of elevator is held by steel cables. The cables are long, long enough to extend the entire length of the elevator shaft from top to bottom. At the top of the shaft, they loop around a drive sheave. This is also where the machine room is located which houses all of the inner workings that make the elevator go. An electric motor powers everything which causes the shave to spin in either direction. This action is what raises or lowers the elevator. Controllers then tell the motor which way to spin. A parallel shaft will contain the counterweight for the elevator. These counterweights help to conserve energy and make all the motions much easier. There are also many safety mechanisms installed within the elevator which are very important.