You have learned about the history of lifts and elevators from the Iron Age to the Information Age on our elevator page. This page is dedicated to the lift and its various applications.
The main difference between a lift and an elevator lies in the way they operate: Once the user presses the control button of an elevator, it performs automatically. The lift works slightly different: The user needs to maintain constant pressure on the lift controls to maintain the operation.
The primary purpose of a lift is to provide vertical transportation to an individual with or without accessibility needs, an individual that needs to transport a payload or a small group of passengers.
In public spaces and institutions, as well as in the educational and residential environment, we more and more find the need for accessibility for people with disabilities. Due to changing regulations and an aging population, awareness of the ADA requirements and compliance with them has become a focus in building construction and modernization.
At DC Elevator, for decades we have contributed to the transformation of numerous existing public places to allow for accessibility. With a wide array of lift types, we accommodate the needs and requirements of ASME A18.1.
We notice an upward trend in residential accessibility. As “Aging in Place” and “Universal Design” have become familiar terms for architects and designers of new homes, so has the use of Vertical Platform Lifts, Inclined Platform Lifts, and Stair Lifts.
The requirements for passenger elevators are defined under A17.1. To learn more about elevators, please visit our elevators page.