What People May Expect from Modern Lifts

From a very modest beginning, when taking a lift took almost as long as taking the stairs, lifts have evolved into the most modern machines that can travel at a vertical velocity exceeding 1000 meters per minute.

Being fail-proof and absolutely safe are things people take for granted from lifts. A jamming door or stuck lift car may give a very bad impression to a building and its management and may even lead to a law suit from a perturbed passenger. Vibrations, noise and oscillations can also make the passengers uncomfortable and insecure, prompting them to take the stairs next time. Malfunctioning controls, unresponsive buttons, faulty displays or a rickety cabin are things of the past as modern lifts are not expected to have any of these problems, provided they are properly maintained.

Residential Lifts: Expectations from residential and commercial lifts may differ. Residential lifts are supposed to blend into the interiors and should not make your home look like an office or a shopping mall. Speed is not the primary concern for home lifts, but comfort and smoothness are, as is safety. Interior and exterior cabin finishing becomes all the more important for residential lifts, as a high level of customization may be required. Homeowners sometimes require wood or synthetic paneling to go with their interior color scheme and theme. Leather or fabric interior may look good in certain classical settings. Residential lifts should also be incredibly quiet and virtually maintenance free. They should have reliable backup systems in case of any kind of failure. Most of the residential lifts are hydraulically operated and slowly descend to the lowest floor in case of power or hydraulic failure. Modern residential lifts also come with customizable chimes, LED lights, internal controls and call buttons.

Commercial Lifts: For commercial lifts, speed is definitely an important factor, along with very high reliability and the resilience to take the beating of intense everyday operation. Passenger lifts have been revolutionized by new technologies and computerization. Today, we have programmable lifts in multi lift operation, which automatically regulate themselves through software that directs the closest lift to the calling floor. The software also ensures that movement of passengers and lifts is economized and accelerated. It directs all passengers going to a particular floor to one car, if it has capacity. As the people enter a building, they are supposed to key in their respective floors into a computer consol generally placed in the lifts lobby. They are then informed by the computer which car they should ride.

Latest Developments: Programmable lifts are opening up new possibilities in the use of lifts and how people look at them. Passengers today are already seeing lifts with no controls inside the cabin. Instead, there are LED screens showing CCTV or advertisements in many of the commercial lifts being built and installed these days. Lifts are also being used to bolster security in buildings. Residents or visitors are issued digital ID passes which they swipe at the lifts’ central consol. The system assigns them a lift only after verifying their identity. The lift only takes them to their own floor and the system tracks the movement, assisted by CCTV cameras.

There were times when lifts were driven by slaves or cattle. No one in those days could have imagined that lifts would become a mode of vertical transport for billions of people and will open doors to vertical extension in human dwellings. Lifts have come a long way and we are looking at lifts that are self driven, lightening fast and super safe. As progress goes on, it is hard for us to imagine even today, where lifts would be after a 100 years!

TAG Commercial Lifts: Safer than Anything

The technologies we use at TAG make commercial lifts the safest mode of conveyance in the world. Lifts are much safer than stairs and infinitely safer than cars, statistics reveal.

As a company built on two centuries of strenuous experience, TAG knows everything about modern day commercial lifts safety. TAG is the authorized Australian supplier of ORONA commercial lifts, a brand built on 40 years of spotless reputation in high rise lift industry. Our commercial lifts are driven by frictionless, soundless and sturdy DC motors, with adequate back up to safely take the passengers to the nearest floor in case of a power failure. TAG uses machine woven steel cable ropes that can lift more than 8 times the weight of the fully loaded car. The specifications of the steel cable, the wheel sheave and other components are dictated by factors such as dimensions, load, trip height and frequency. Being the experts, we suggest only the best combination of components for your project, so that your commercial lift runs with absolute safety for the longest time.

Cabin fall protection and lift speed control are very sensitive issues for any elevator that has to carry people in large numbers at high speeds. TAG Commercial lifts use hydraulic devices installed along the guide rails. These devices, called governors, sense the speed of the elevator car and regulate it. As a backup system, elevator brakes can stop the car in case it exceeds a certain speed limit or free falls, like in the unthinkable eventuality of a cable breakage.

Emergency lighting, alarm and stop buttons are some of the features that come with every commercial lift we supply.  People at TAG lifts listen to your specific requirements about safety and standards before sitting down to plan your project.

TAG lifts exceed Standards Australia and OSHA criteria for safety of passenger lifts in different buildings.  All installations and repairs are performed in strict adherence to The Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 and the AS-NZ 1470-1986 Section 2, which means that TAG guarantees safety at all times.

Lift Safety Tips

TAG commercial lifts are docile machines; however, even the safest equipment can be hazardous if mishandled. Here are a few things you can do to avoid accidents in and around commercial lifts.

  1. Weight limit of a lift is clearly displayed in the car. Exceeding the weight limit puts excessive burden on the wheel sheave and cable, and can cause them to vibrate, shriek or even fail over time.
  2. Avoid rushing through an opening or closing lift door. Lift doors have multiple sensors and a mechanism to prevent accidental door closing or opening. In case of an obstruction before a closing door, the mechanism automatically reopens the door. TAG lifts use only the most reliable and tested components; however, long term use may cause the fatigued mechanical parts to break causing the lift doors to jam.
  3. Never linger around a jammed or malfunctioning elevator. Standing in the doorway of a lift stuck a few feet below or above a floor is definitely not recommended.
  4. Don’t be impatient and press the ‘door close’ button each time the lift stops to get passengers; the door will close in its own time. The door close button is always disconnected and is only enabled by mechanics during emergencies and maintenance. But go ahead; try your luck.

Lastly, on a rather serious note, never be careless about the inspection and maintenance schedules of the lifts in your building. Even the most modern lifts need regular service and maintenance to keep operating perfectly. Forming a long term partnership with a well reputed commercial lift maintenance company will prolong the life and enhance the safety of the lifts in your building.

A Lift to Lift Your Spirits

There are several reasons to add a lift to your residence. Being hip is becoming one of them.

Lifts are the latest trend in home improvement. Adding a vertical dimension to your residence augments its utility and comfort, while modernizing its looks. Research says the value of your property increases by 10% if you put a lift in there.

Choosing the right solution for vertical transportation at home depends upon what your particular needs are. From wheelchair lifts, stair lifts and dumb waiters to residential elevators for apartment buildings, TAG is there to assist you whatever the scale of your residential lift project.

The Joys of having a Lift at Home

Having a modern, noiseless, well-integrated lift at home means you don’t have to use the stairs every time you move between floors. A lift can make your house incredibly snugger for everyone, including the elderly or the disabled. They also make moving things like furniture up and down a couple of floors or more. Lifts can add a unique ambiance to your home, allowing you to exploit the vertical dimension for applying innovative interior décor ideas. Lifts can obviate the need for a landing or stairs altogether, allowing you to utilize space more efficiently and aesthetically.

Enter Residential Lift Specialists!

As an original Australian company, TAG has always focused on the domestic residential lifts market. Specialization has unbeatable advantages; over two centuries, we have worked with countless property owners, contractors and architects to consistently exceed their expectations and retain our position as the market leaders in residential lifts. We have a long trail of immaculately completed residential lift projects still running perfectly after over a century! During our interaction with our customers, we have come across the widest variety of customization parameters, and have always delivered on projects of all sizes and shapes.

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The Technology that goes into Residential TAG Lifts

TAG residential lifts feature back-up systems to operate the lift in case of power failure. Being hydraulically driven, they are as safe as the couch in your living room. You can even operate some of these lifts manually to easily resolve the situation in case of power failure. TAG residential lifts can be open platform type or encapsulated. They can have manual or automatic doors. They come with proximity sensors that stop the lift in case there is an obstruction beneath (a dog, for instance). TAG lifts can be fitted with emergency and regular lights and have simple and elegant user controls tailored for the residential sector. If you are in Australia and want a lift for your residence, you can contact TAG experts and unlock holistic new possibilities for exploiting the third dimension. Depending upon your needs and budget, the design can be as simple or as innovative as it gets. On the outside, TAG lifts can be as rugged as a platform for raising rum barrels, as elegant as leather or wood lined salon cars or as stylish as a chrome lined Plexiglas capsules gliding up a glass wall in your atrium.

After getting your approval of the detailed design containing elaborate feature description and drawings, we put two centuries of experience behind our efforts to execute your project to perfection.