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Thanks to their mechanics, rack and pinion elevators can be used to lift heavy loads up to several tons. 

In addition, they are able to reach considerable heights, up to hundreds of meters. 

They are therefore particularly suitable for use in skyscrapers or buildings of important heights, as well as in industrial environments.

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Operation of rack and pinion lifts and their use

Rack and pinion lifts consist of two essential components: the rack and pinion. The rack is a toothed steel rod, while the pinion is a cylinder-shaped gear that fits the rack. 

When the pinion moves by turning, powered by an electric motor, its teeth fit into the rack and make it rise or fall, thus allowing the movement of the cabin.

This type of elevator stands out for its efficiency and practicality, their use in extreme climatic conditions, their great versatility in the industrial sector.

In fact, they require less energy to operate than other types of elevators, and are particularly reliable.

Thanks to their robust construction, these elevators can last decades with the right maintenance.

They are also equipped with different safety systems, such as emergency brakes and speed limiters, so as to prevent any type of accident, and have emergency doors that open only when the elevator is stopped at a certain floor.

There are several types of rack elevators, each designed for specific purposes. One of the most common is the one inserted in multi-storey commercial buildings, to transport both goods and people. 

Other types of rack and pinion lifts include lifts for transporting vehicles and heavy loads, and those operating in the construction of high-rise buildings, the installation of wind turbines, and the maintenance of bridges and dams.

They are also used in industrial applications, such as manufacturing, mining, and oil and gas industry.

Choosing and installing a rack and pinion lift: factors to consider and costs

Before choosing a rack lift, there are several elements to analyze. 

There is to consider the amount of weight that the elevator will have to support, or its capacity. Therefore, the maximum height of the lift must be evaluated, i.e. the maximum height it can reach, the required speed, the size of the cab and the availability of customized options.

The installation of a rack elevator requires the experience of experienced professionals, to have maximum guarantee that the allocation is done correctly and safely.

After installation, you should schedule regular maintenance of the elevator to ensure that it is functioning properly and safely. In this way, the presence of faults is avoided as much as possible and the life of the lift is extended. 

At the same time, safety measures such as staff training, the use of devices such as seat belts and helmets, and the implementation of a communication system to maintain contact with ground personnel must be taken.

The cost of a rack lift depends on several factors, including capacity, maximum height, and custom options. However, rack and pinion lifts can be cheaper than other types of lifts, such as hydraulic lifts. 

For example, they do not require an elevator shaft and require less maintenance than other models, which can help reduce costs in the long run.

For a personalized quote and to have any clarification on our projects of rack lifts and other types, you can contact Maspero at the following form.

You will receive a quick and detailed response, which will best meet the needs expressed.