Main advantages of elevators without machine room compared to hydraulic elevators

Main advantages of elevators without machine room compared to hydraulic elevators

Hydraulic drives and rope traction drives are two different technologies used to drive lifts. Each of these systems has its advantages and disadvantages, but in recent years the trend has shifted towards technologies that are more economical, more environmentally friendly and provide better user comfort. Let's take a closer look at the differences between the two systems, focusing on energy savings, longer lifetime and better user comfort.


Main benefits of a machine room-less passenger elevator as a lift for your home:

  • Energy efficiency: The higher energy efficiency, consuming less power compared to traditional hydraulic elevators and the absence of hydraulic oil make these systems more environmentally friendly. The use of regenerative technologies allows the energy generated by braking the car to be fed back into the electrical grid.
  • Cost efficiency: Longer life and lower maintenance: gearless motors and reduced mechanical stress mean longer life and lower maintenance costs.
  • Better user comfort: machine-less lifts provide a smoother and quieter ride, improving user comfort.
  • Space efficiency: Machine room-less elevators do not require a separate machine room, allowing for more flexibility in building design and potentially saving valuable space.
  • Modern technology: Machine room-less elevators often come equipped with advanced technology, such as regenerative drives and LED lighting, enhancing their performance and sustainability.
  • Lower installation costs: Due to their compact design and simplified installation process, machine room-less elevators can be more cost-effective to install.

Disadvantages of hydraulic elevators:

  • Energy consumption: Hydraulic elevators typically consume more energy compared to machine room-less elevators, leading to higher operating costs and a larger carbon footprint.
  • Maintenance requirements: Hydraulic elevators may require more frequent maintenance due to the complexity of their hydraulic systems, leading to potential downtime and increased maintenance costs.
  • Limited travel height: Hydraulic elevators are generally not suitable for buildings with very high travel heights, as they may struggle to provide efficient and smooth operation in such cases.
  • Limited speed of elevators cabin: Speed of all hydraulic elevators is limited by 0.63 m/s while speed of gearless elevators starts from 1 m/s
  • High operative costs for maintenance: Hydraulic elevators require regular exchange of oil, this increase operative costs and lead to dirty in machine room

While hydraulic elevators have been a reliable choice for many years as an elevator for family houses, machine room-less elevators nowadays offer several advantages as a elevators for private buildings in terms of space efficiency, energy savings and modern technology.

KONE EcoDisc is a gearless traction elevator system known for its innovative design and energy efficiency.

At the heart of all machine-room-less passenger elevators, the KONE MonoSpace DX features an energy- and space-efficient, innovative gearless traction system known as KONE EcodiscTM.

Some of the key benefits of the KONE EcoDiscTM hoisting machine as a best choice for high building or like home lift:

  • Energy efficiency: The KONE EcoDiscTM is designed to be highly energy-efficient, consuming less power compared to traditional elevator systems. This can lead to cost savings and reduced environmental impact.
  • Space-saving design: The gearless traction technology of the KONE EcoDiscTM allows for a more compact and space-saving elevator system, making it ideal for buildings with limited space or architectural constraints
  • Smooth and quiet operation: The gearless traction technology of the KONE EcoDiscTM ensures a smooth and quiet ride for passengers, enhancing the overall user experience and comfort.
  • Reliability and durability: KONE EcoDiscTM is known for its reliability and durability, with a long lifespan and minimal maintenance requirements. This can result in reduced downtime and operational costs for building owners.
  • Sustainable design: The KONE EcoDiscTM is designed with sustainability in mind, incorporating eco-friendly materials and features to minimize its environmental impact throughout its lifecycle.
  • No need in Oil for operation: more clean shaft and less operational costs

Main benefits of KONE EcoDisc compared to hydraulic drives

  • Energy saving - low consumption
  • Longer lifetime
  • Improved user comfort
  • No need for machine room space at the top of the shaft
  • Higher speed ≥1m/s
  • Higher travel ≥ 18 m (ca 6 floors)
  • Quiet - anti-vibration operation
  • No need in Oil

Read more about our KONE DX class elevators

Main advantages of elevators without machine room compared to hydraulic elevators

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