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Service Elevators

Designed to Tactfully Transport Goods & People

Service elevators provide an alternative route to move employees, residents and goods without disturbing the regular flow of passengers.

These systems are incredibly efficient additions to any building because they keep a lot of potentially disruptive transportation behind the scenes. For example, an apartment building might have a tall service elevator in order to fit couches and other pieces of furniture. If residents had to use the passenger elevator for moving, it could cause delays in normal operations.

Often mistaken for freight elevators, service elevators are modified systems with elongated passenger cars and are typically located in an employee-only area of a building.


Factors to Consider When Choosing a Service Elevator

  • Location in building
  • Sizes and types of loads that will be transported
  • How you will be loading the elevator

Types of Service Elevators

Hydraulic Service Elevators

Hydraulic elevators are powered by the compression of fluids that move the cab. As service elevators, hydraulic systems have a higher loading capacity than passenger elevators.

Engineering Characteristics:

  • Low to medium-rise buildings (typically less than 60’ of travel)
  • Low to medium-speed (200 ft./min. or less)

Hydraulic Elevator Classifications:

  • Holed: Hydraulic cylinders are placed in a drilled hole so that the car of the elevator can be mounted on a piston for travel. This class allows up to 60’ of travel.
  • Holeless: A drilled hole isn’t necessary for holeless hydraulic systems, making it an ideal option for building where drilling isn’t possible. However, this class isn’t recommended for more than 40’ of travel.

Traction Service Elevators

Traction elevators use overhead hoisting machinery, like steel ropes or belts on a pulley system. The loading capacity for traction service elevators are also higher than for passenger elevators.

Engineering Characteristics:

  • Medium to high-rise buildings (typically more than 60’ of travel)
  • Medium to high-speed (200 ft./min. or more)

Machine Room-Less Service Elevators

Machine room-less (MRL) service elevators can be either traction or hydraulic and do not require a machine room. This allows for more space and uses less energy to start and run the elevator.

Engineering Characteristics:

  • Medium to high-rise (50’-300’ of travel)
  • Medium to high-speed (200-500 ft./min.)
  • Can be used for nearly any application
  • Offer superior ride quality and reliable operations
  • Provides significant space and cost savings

Space-Saving Benefits:

  • Requires a small, efficient machine to power the car
  • Reduces overhead mechanical structural support (depending on application)
  • Need for an external machine room is eliminated in favor of a small controller room
  • No penthouse required above the roof level

Cost-Saving Benefits:

  • Long life cycle of equipment
  • Reduced operational costs compared to traditional designs
  • Simple installation and maintenance
  • Reliable, fully integrated system

Service Cab & Door Equipment

Safety & Reinforcement Features

  • Non-skid steel platform
  • 14-gauge steel panels that reach the full car height
  • Solid metal 14-gauge steel top with car top access panel
  • Vertical counter-balanced car gates of 10-welded wire mesh reinforced with bar stock
  • Weight boxes of 11-gauge sheet steel with guides and removable weight access panel

Stanley Elevator Offers the Following Options for Service Applications:

  • Resistance to wear and tear with vandal-resistant fixtures
  • Vertical, manual, bi-parting doors or power doors
  • Peelle wireless door controllers to ensure landing and car doors are in constant communication for maximum reliability

Industry Segments

Stanley Elevator will recommend and offer various service elevator types and styles that are best suited to your environment and requirements. We can also customize standard designs in order to fit your unique application.

  • Hospitals
  • Medical facilities
  • Hotels
  • Colleges and universities
  • Commercial buildings
  • Residential buildings
  • Shopping centers

Servicing New England Since 1951

Stanley Elevator will recommend a service elevator that is fully compliant with your building codes and state requirements. Contact us to start exploring your options.

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