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Industrial Commercial Elevator

  What Makes an Industrial Commercial Elevator Different?

Most people only encounter one type of elevator: the type found in office buildings and high-rise apartments. While this is the most common type, it actually isn't the only one. The other popular type is the freight elevator, or industrial commercial elevator. While it can be used for transporting people, that is not its main purpose. In fact, people usually only ride on one when they are moving some sort of heavy materials.


Because of its different focus, an industrial commercial elevator replaces some of the features of a public-facing variety with ones meant to improve its capabilities for dealing with heavy loads. It won't have the polished rails inside that people can lean on, and it typically does away with the highly-finished interior walls and floors. This gives it a plain, industrial look. In exchange, it may have a gate instead of a doorway inside, metal walls and flooring, and doors that open wider than the usual ones. These changes make it very hard to damage, and eliminate worries about the walls getting banged up or cares about the floor getting scuffed.


One of the biggest differences between an industrial commercial elevator and one meant for people is invisible most of the time. The motor of the industrial type is meant to handle repeated loads that are heavier than even an elevator-full of people. Several tons of merchandise or equipment can be moved up and down several times per day without wearing out the mechanism. The maximum weight capacity is higher than a standard elevator of the same size, as well.


Commercial elevator installation of this variety is most often done in the backs of multi-story stores, inside factories, and in other places where the public is generally not allowed. This is mostly because the public has no real need to ride on a freight elevator except in highly unusual circumstances. It also helps keep regular people out of potentially-dangerous materials handling areas. Finally, back rooms and factories are where these types of elevators are most needed.


Some companies may be concerned about the small commercial elevator cost. It's true that any sort of elevator is an investment unlikely to be undertaken on a whim, but this must be balanced against the savings brought about by having a mechanical lift. Without an elevator, workers would have to heft heavy items up and down flights of stairs by hand. This is a slow and arduous process even when everything goes well. It is also prone to causing injury. Therefore, the small commercial elevator cost is typically well worth it for companies that frequently move such items around.

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