In today’s world, we take the technology and engineering that we use every day for granted. Constructing vertically, rather than across, has been at the crux of city growth and urban development for the past 100 years. This crucial development in the way cities are built would not have been plausible without the invention of the lift. Here we delve back into the past for the origins of the lift and through to types that are more recognisable today.
Lifts in The Ancient World
The concept of lifts has been around for thousands of years, starting with humble pulley systems in the ancient world. The very earliest evidence of lifts dates all the way back to circa 230 BC and the classical engineer Archimedes. Later on, in Egypt, safety lifts were utilised circa 500 AD to transport monks and religious leaders up and down walls during times of war to protect them.
The Industrial Era Lifts
During the Industrial Revolution, the need for commercial lifts increased as coal and timber became ever-more crucial sources of fuel. These lifts began life in mines and were generated by steam power, which helped to further propel the economy through increased efficiency in the mines.
The Otis Elevator
In 1852, the American industrialist Elisha Otis developed the safety elevator which improved the security of lifts by preventing the lift from falling if the cable breaks. These elevators were even used during the American Civil War to help move military equipment. After the war, the lifts were then bought by a number of organisations across the US in a commercial capacity.
Euro Lifts: The Number One Lift Company in The South West
For the past 25 years, Euro Lifts have become one of the most reputable lift companies in the South West. If you’re looking for a specialist lift solution for your business, then look no further than Euro Lifts. We have a fleet of service vehicles and a huge stock of spare parts, so we can be on hand to help with any emergencies on a 24 hour basis.
To find out more, contact us today. You can find us at Euro House – Head Office, Unit2, 43 Sisna, Park Road, Estover, Plymouth, Devon, PL6 7AE, call us on 01752 559000 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.