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An elevator machine room (sometimes known as elevator machinery room or lift motor room) is a room that house elevator drives and controllers.


Typically, entrance to elevator machine rooms are located off a public corridor, usually located on a rooftop penthouse of a building or through a mechanical equipment room. if they are located in a room or space containing other machinery (such as the controllers) and equipment essential to the operation of the building, provided that they are separated from the other machinery or equipment by a substantial metal grille enclosure. In an existing building, locating a machine room in such a location is unavoidable, the enclosure are constructed to restrict sound transmission to the adjacent occupied spaces.

Traction elevator machine rooms are located directly over the hoist way of the elevator served by that equipment. On bottom drive type, machine rooms are usually located next to the elevator bank or bottom of the shaftway. In older installations where space is at a premium; particularly in high-rise buildings, the machine room is often split over two levels in order to house the traction equipment, motor-generator (MG) sets and the relay controllers. Typically, an upgrade to a solid state controller and variable frequency drive (in place of the M-G set) can free up this space for other uses.

Hydraulic elevator machine rooms are almost always located on the ground floor or in the basement, normally close to the elevators.



Inside the Elevator Motor Room - 2005 Schindler Traction Elevators

Inside the Elevator Motor Room - 2005 Schindler Traction Elevators

Elevator machine room of a modernized Schindler elevators (video: SchindlerLift1874).

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Drive systems: Traction • Winding Drum • Hydraulic

Types of elevators: Double DeckDumbwaiterFireman'sFreightIncline • PassengerResidentialWheelchair lift

Concept: CapacityDestination dispatchElevator algorithm • Elevator control systemElevator machine room • Elevator maintenanceElevator modernizationMachine room less elevatorMajor alterationsRated speed

Elevator systems, controllers and equipments: Elevator fixtures • Elevator keys • Elevator special modesElevator doorsDoor camDoor interlocks (Interlock wiring communication system) • Door restrictorElevator Inspection CertificateEmergency stop buttonFloor designatorsGate switch • Old Deadman controls • Overspeed governorMotor-generator set & Silicon-controlled rectifier (for DC-powered elevators) • Insulated-gate bipolar transistor (for AC-VVVF-powered elevators) • SelectorTape headRegenerative converter (for AC-VVVF-powered elevators)

See also: List of elevator fixtures guide • List of elevator and escalator companies • Elevator door sill guide (Non-proprietary elevator component door sill guide) • Floor numbering (Unlucky floor numbers) • Elevator incidents and accidents

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