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How safe are elevators?

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Have you ever wondered how safe lifts actually are?

Almost every time we enter a lift, we ask ourselves this question.

The thought of entering an elevator does cause apprehension in a lot of people, but are these worries justified?

Certainly, no one enjoys the idea of maybe falling into darkness or even being trapped inside the cabin, especially those who are claustrophobic.

But how likely is it that this will occur? VERY FEW is the response.

The ROPE, which support the cabin, are calculated with very high safety factors, it is important to note.

In the extremely unlikely event that they were to malfunction, the lift would be stopped by a so-called parachute that could do so in a matter of seconds.

If you’re still not convinced, we present some data below.

In contrast to the 1,600 incidents involving stairs, the Center for Health Statistics notes that there are 27 deaths per year in the US connected to elevators.

According to study done by the insurance company C.A. Broker during the years 2010 to 2015, only 8 catastrophic or fatal accidents occurred in Italy out of a sample that included 13% of all lift vehicles nationwide.

The same source also states that 22.7% of accidents involved hitting the automated door when shutting it, and 45.3% of accidents involved tripping due to stairs generated between the car threshold and the landing on the ground.

Modern vehicle dynamics control systems have eliminated the bumping issues that existed with stationary lifts.

Similar to this, all contemporary elevators have photocell barriers in the doors that instantly stop movement when a passenger enters.

Through focused modernization, these systems can be easily integrated into current systems if required.

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“CANopen”: Our new language

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Liftern Italy has adopted the CANopen open standard data protocol as of Interlift 2022.

Lift components can communicate with one another using this plug-and-play protocol as if they were speaking the same language.

By providing unique solutions, CANopen is a customized system that can satisfy all market requirements.

It was introduced in 2003 and has since gained popularity in more than 27 countries around the world, giving more than 50 providers a platform to market products and services that are CANopen compliant.

By using this protocol, it is feasible to assemble the system from different manufacturers rather than relying on a single source of a full range of services.

Finally, there are numerous advantages:

  • Energy efficiency
  • heightened operational readiness
  • Flexible and simple upgrades
  • low expenses for design and implementation
  • Self-diagnostics and automatic error detection
  • Simple to configure and modify
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Berna, Svizzera

Swiss lift installation concepts that are necessary

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Business Pills

In order to prevent unanticipated issues, it is crucial to consider a number of factors while thinking about installing a lift in Switzerland, a country that is not a part of the EU.

The most significant of these concerns to the marketing of a lift in Switzerland, which can only be done if the corporation makes an announcement within 30 days after putting the lift on the market.

Berna, Svizzera
Bern, Switzerland

According to the Ordinance on Lift Safety (OAsc, SR 930.112) of 25 November 2015, Article 7, the following details must be declared:

a. the company placing the lifts on the market;

b. the address of the place of assembly;

c. the date of placing on the market

d. depending on the type of lift

  1. the area of use (in the company or outside the company),
  2. the type of traction (electric or hydraulic; with or without machine room),
  3. the maximum travel, the number of stops and the rated load.
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Burj Khalifa, Dubai

Faster, higher and more impressive lifts

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Curiosities around the world

The first lift dedicated to transporting people was built by Elisha Otis in 1857 in New York. It was built on five floors and its speed was 12 metres per minute.

Today, 165 years later, the fastest lift in the world travels at 72 km/h, or 20 metres per second, and it is the Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre in China. The latter has 111 floors, reaches a height of 530 metres and is considered a rocket lift with a magnet motor. 

When it comes to the world’s tallest lifts with a height of 830 metres, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai takes first place and takes only 1 minute and 24 seconds to reach the top floor.

It took six years and $1.5 billion to build this skyscraper; it was inaugurated in 2010 and has achieved multiple firsts including being the world’s tallest building with 163 floors.

With 128 floors and a height of 632 metres, the Shanghai Tower takes second place. It is considered the tallest building in China and reaches a speed of 69 km/h.

In third place, the Taipei 101 made by Toshiba is considered one of the world’s tallest lifts with a height of 508 metres and taking about 30 seconds to reach the top.

When it comes to spectacular lifts, among the first ones not to be missed are the Bailong lift in China and the AquaDom in Berlin.

The former, also known as the Hundred Dragons Elevator, is located in Zhangjiajie National Forest Park in Hunan, China.

It is famous for being the world’s tallest outdoor lift, reaching 326 metres, made of glass and built on a cliff. The Bailong offers a breathtaking view of China’s famous natural park.

Last but not least, the second lift that stands out is located inside the AquaDom, Berlin‘s cylindrical aquarium. This glass-fronted lift allows visitors to take a closer look at the aquarium’s fauna, moving even into the deepest areas.

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Space lifts: the future approaches

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Curiosities around the world

Although a space elevator may seem like an improbable dream, some scientists are working on a strategy for this near-impossible task.

A space lift is a concept that was first proposed in 1895 to make space travel easier.

The forward-thinking experts assert that the materials needed to build thousands of kilometers of rope with flexibility and great strength are currently unavailable for use in the construction of such lifts.

"Museo del Futuro", Dubai.
“Museo del Futuro”, Dubai.

Although this idea is currently impractical, the brand-new Dubai Future Museum has a lift that, by mimicking the cabin of a spacecraft, alludes to the transportation of guests from Dubai to space.

Dubai’s “Museum of the Future” debuted on February 22, 2022, and it resembles an eye-shaped structure with seven storeys, 77 meters in height, and no scaffolding.

This structure serves as an illustration of how technological progress is enabling the creation of distinctive buildings that make use of robotics and give particular attention to sustainability.


“The future belongs to those who can imagine it, plan it and realise it. It is not something you wait for, but something you create”

This Arabic proverb emphasizes the value of progress and innovation and is one of the decorations on the architectural work known as the “Museum of the Future.” 

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  1. Elisha Otis‘ invention of safety parachutes on March 23, 1857, transformed a service elevator into a mode of public transportation, giving rise to the first lift. The initial models used furniture and chandeliers to replicate real spaces. At a speed of 12 meters per minute, comfort became essential. In the early systems, the lift was moved by a human “driver” or manoeuvreman, who was signaled with a simple whistle.
  2. They provided access to the higher floors for the nobility, who let the servants use of the stairs. Noble families started to favor the top floors once they were born because they liked the view from above, which is how penthouses got their name.
  3. Some lifts, like the one at Taipei 101, may travel up to 60.6 km/h even though the usual speed is 1 m/s. The 89 floors of Taiwan’s skyscrapers may be reached in 40 seconds. To keep passengers’ ears from becoming uncomfortable at such high speeds, an interior air pressure adjustment system, similar to that of an aircraft, has been installed.
  4. Unfortunately, many people who have fears like claustrophobia still find it to be a terrifying place. Potential passengers start to feel uneasy and start to sweat when they think of being cooped up in a small space with strangers or, worse, by themselves.
  5. It’s shocking, but true, the elevator can turn into a private space for intercourse once the cabin doors are closed. As long as the cabin remains unglazed, this has been recognized by the Court of Cassation in principle (Cass. 10060/2001).
  6. Generally speaking, being in a small place can lead to an awkward silence that is typically broken by the so-called “elevator pitch” or lift speech. This corporate term is used to describe brief but impactful presentations that convey one’s thoughts throughout the brief duration of a lift trip.
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