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Elevators vs Stairs Infographic

How Long Does it Take to Reach the Top of These Famous Structures Taking the stairs is healthier, they say, but what about when you've got to go up 50 floors? In that case, you'll be grateful for your elevator! Let's compare how long it would take to climb vs take the elevator up some [...]

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The 9 Layers of Elevator Heck Infographic

Elevators are wonderful - it's the people that ride on them that can be a pain! When you're in an elevator with one of these 9 types of people, every floor feels like an eternity. Drunk people, people who stand too close, people who bring too much onto the elevator with them...these are just a [...]

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Japanese Campaign Tries to Change Escalator Etiquette

Many people are unsure about escalator etiquette. Some think people should stand on one side so that others can walk past, while others think no one should ever walk up an escalator. People who believe riders should stand on one side disagree on which side that should be.   Officials in Japan have recently begun [...]

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Venture Capital Firm Creates Elevator Pitch Room

An elevator pitch is a short description of a company’s products, goals, and mission that can be delivered to someone during a brief elevator ride. Venture capital firm General Catalyst took the idea literally and decided to create a room specifically dedicated to pitching ideas in an elevator.   The house where the Palo Alto, [...]

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Germans Fight to Keep Paternoster Elevators

Legislation in Germany that would have banned the use of traditional paternoster elevators was defeated after a public outcry. The new workplace safety regulations said that paternosters could only be used by employees who had received training in how to use them safely.   A paternoster is a doorless elevator that consists of two side-by-side [...]

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Company Gets Patent for Space Elevator

The idea of creating an elevator to transport people and vehicles to space was proposed by Konstantin Tsiolkovsky in 1895. Rockets are difficult to launch off the surface of the Earth due to gravity and air resistance. The space elevator idea would attach a vehicle to a tether so it could climb into space. It [...]

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The Americans with Disabilities Act Has Improved Accessibility for All

The Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law by President George H.W. Bush on July 26, 1990. The law prohibited discrimination in employment based on disability and mandated access to government services and public accommodations for people with disabilities. It also required that public transportation be made accessible to wheelchair users.   In the [...]

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IGV Opens Showroom in Miami

Italian elevator maker IGV, which created the DomusLift, a high-end home elevator, opened a new showroom in Miami, Florida in December, its first in the United States. DomusLifts are well known for their quality Italian craftsmanship.   Over 30,000 luxury DomusLift elevators have already been installed in houses, apartments, villas, and penthouses around the world. [...]

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What Is Destination Dispatch?

Destination dispatch is a way of optimizing elevator travel to reduce wait and travel times. Passengers are grouped by their destinations so that people traveling to the same floor ride in the same elevator. This reduces the number of stops the elevator needs to make, which lowers the amount of time people spend riding and [...]

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Freight Elevator Classes

Every elevator is assigned a classification related to its weight capacity and the type of loading method that can be used. The loading classification must match the elevator’s intended use for it to operate safely.   Most passenger elevators and standard freight elevators are assigned to Class A, or “General Freight Loading.” The weight of [...]

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