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Smooth Elevator Acceleration

Why Smooth Elevator Acceleration Matters for Commercial Spaces

The world’s fastest elevator can travel at almost 47 mph!

No matter how fast the elevator in your building is, smooth acceleration is essential. Smooth elevator acceleration is safer and avoids unnecessary wear and tear. It improves elevator comfort.

Learn more about why smooth elevator acceleration is important and how to keep your elevators running smoothly.

Smooth Elevator Acceleration Boosts Elevator Comfort

Smooth elevator acceleration is essential for a comfortable ride. A jerky stop or start will at the very least, surprise your passengers. Given the unease many people feel about elevators, jerkiness can lead to complaints and poor reviews of your commercial space.

Elevator engineers calculate the rates of acceleration and jerk to be sure they fall within an acceptable level. The generally-recognized maximum for jerk is 8 ft/secĀ³. Elevators rarely reach that level, though, in order to have elevator movement that feels smooth to almost everyone.

A Smooth Ride Protects Your Elevator

When the elevator jerks while accelerating, it can damage the elevator. Poorly controlled elevator speeds create very high friction. This causes excessive wear and tear on the moving and fixed components of the elevator.

Sudden jerks cause vibration. This puts stress on elevator components. Parts may wear out sooner or even fail suddenly.

You avoid these problems when the elevator accelerates smoothly.

How Does Acceleration Affect Elevator Speed?

The need for safety and passenger comfort means that the elevator cab may not ever reach its fastest possible speed. The elevator takes several seconds to accelerate and then again to slow down when stopping at the desired floor.

Most elevators for low-rise applications travel at 100 feet per minute. The speed of most mid-rise elevators is 200 feet per minute, although traction elevators can reach 500 feet per minute.

Smooth acceleration won’t significantly impact elevator speed in most buildings. What you gain in elevator comfort is worth a few extra seconds of travel time.

In the building with the world’s fastest elevator, two high-speed elevators go directly from the first to the 95th floor. The 52 elevators in the building that service the other floors are low and medium speed.

Tips for Ensuring Smooth Elevator Acceleration

You can help ensure a smooth elevator ride by following best practices. The elevator should be designed to keep acceleration and jerk below the recommended maximum.

Regular maintenance is essential for smooth elevator acceleration. Lubrication helps prevent jerkiness. Maintenance inspections can identify components that need replacement before they impact elevator comfort.

Checking the alignment of the pulleys can prevent issues that cause jerkiness. If the motor or drive system is the issue, your elevator service company can diagnose and repair the problem.

Keep Your Elevator Running Smoothly

Smooth elevator acceleration is key for the safety of your building and the satisfaction of elevator users. The design of the elevator is a factor in acceleration. Keeping the elevator well-maintained is another important way to help ensure a smooth ride.

PEAK Elevator has more than 40 years of experience in the vertical transportation industry. We specialize in commercial elevators, from installation to maintenance and repairs. Our expert technicians can help design an elevator with a smooth ride and keep the elevator running smoothly.

Contact PEAK Elevator today to learn how we can help ensure elevator comfort for your building.

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