Safety First - Reliable Brakes For Latest Elevator Designs

Dipl. -Ing. (FH) Habs Eberle

Sunday 1st July 2001

When it comes down to passenger safety and reliability, there is hardly a more important component in elevators than brakes. However, in advanced elevator designs, with gear-less drive technology and no machine room, the traditional, proven drum brake design can hardly suffice all the new requirements. Innovative disk brake designs have been introduced to the market and are rapidly being accepted as the preferred choice for new and traditional designs. This paper introduces the new designs, explains the benefits and points out important details of alternative designs. After all, if there would be only one component that deserves your full attention for reliable quality, it must be the brakes.

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