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Elevator Controls

What are Elevator Controls?

Elevator controls are the electro-mechanical systems that give the elevator its commands on how to operate. Each elevator model may utilize certain common operations, but may have a unique control panel. The most common function among elevator controls is that of the call buttons, which allow the rider to select a desired destination floor. They may also cancel the selection of a floor by double clicking its respective button. Complex software and/or firmware programs determine the heuristic algorithms by which elevators process requests inputted by passengers into the hardware elevator controls.

What are the applications of Elevator Controls?

Today, access control functionality, which makes it possible for building owners to make certain floors only available to specific pre-determined personnel, can be integrated into elevator controls. Access can be restricted by a number of methods, such as a code keypad, key switches, hotel room cards, or RFID.

A stop switch may also be included which halts the elevator while in motion, and also provides a way to keep an elevator open during the loading of freight. Stop switches can be programmed to trigger an alarm when the elevator is stopped for an extended period of time. A similar type of elevator controls is an alarm button or switch that allows passengers to signal if they are trapped in the elevator.

What are the benefits of Elevator Controls?

Many elevator controls facilitate a more user-friendly and safe experience for passengers. Some functions are intended to make the elevator more secure and simple to administrate by owners and building management.

Time can be saved in the event of an emergency, due to the alarm systems and elevator controls  that allow users to quickly alert building staff if something malfunctions on the elevator.

An independent service/exclusive mode can be part of elevator controls which, when engaged, will prevent the elevator car from stopping at floors on the way to the destination floor. Technicians may make use of elevator controls to run diagnostics during service calls, while in inspection mode. These include manual up and down controls.