Principles of Operation
The Vacuum Elevator by PVE combines a smooth vertical cylinder with a coaxial car. It moves up and down through air suction which is one of the principles. The principles of operation of the elevator work on the ascending push. It generates due to the difference between the atmospheric pressure on the top of the car and the atmospheric pressure under the car. The depression (vacuum) to lift the car proceeds by turbines operating as exhaust fans which are at the top of the elevator.
- The piston gear moves almost without friction and lifts the car because of the gas hollow on the upper part.
- A opening that controls how much air gets in controls the pneumatic depression, lets the car go down, and controls how fast it goes.
- The bottom of the shaft is open so that air can get in freely when the pressure is at normal level.
- At each floor or level, air pressure makes the seals on the door’s edges close on their own.
- The car has locks that make it stop at the top and bottom of its range.
- In case of free fall, a safe device (a chute) stops the fall.
Principles of PVE Video
EXTERIOR CYLINDER: The cylinder is a transparent self-supporting tube around a specially designed aluminum structure. The tube walls contain curved polycarbonate sheets. The tube consists of modular sections, which easily can fit into one another. The roof of the tube, made of steel, ensures air-tight closures with suction valves and inlets.
ELEVATOR CAR: The car runs inside the cylinder on rails/columns, which are part of the same self supporting structure of the cylinder. The walls of the car consist of transparent polycarbonate panels. The car also has an an anchoring system that activates on reaching the indicated floor, provides precise but smooth stops, and locks the car mechanically.
SUCTION ASSEMBLY: or “Head Unit” is on the top of the tube/cylinder, where the turbines, the valves, and the controls are present. The control cabinet is a metal box housing with a PVE controller board and other electric devices. The head unit is present on either the same tube that holds the car (standard), or separately (split unit) at distances of up to 30 linear feet (10m) from the lift. The frame of the suction assembly is of either fiber glass or steel depending upon the model.
I thoroughly enjoy riding in my PVE elevator as its extremely comfortable… I would unhesitatingly, recommend it to people who are confined to a wheelchair like myself, to me it’s that good and reliable!
My house was built in 1925 and it was hard to get something to fit in with the décor of my home, but the PVE fit in perfectly. I am thrilled with the design, engineering, and reliability of the vacuum elevator.
Highly recommend. Working with PVE was such an incredible experience! From our very first meeting they were so professional, time efficient & helpful. Couldn’t be happier. Our elevator is heaven sent. Thank you PVE & team.
Residential Elevator Manufacturers
Pneumatic Vacuum Elevators LLC is the designer and manufacturer of the vacuum elevator.
PVE currently manufactures three versions of its air driven residential elevators, ranging from single to a three-passenger, wheelchair-accessible home elevator. All of PVE’s vacuum home lift systems are capable of up to a 50 foot (15m) vertical rise over as many as five stops. The unique design of the vacuum residential elevator is a perfect choice for any retrofit or new construction project and will enhance the value of one’s home without the consuming footprint of a traditional home elevator. The innovative home elevator does not require any pre-construction shaft, pit or machine room and can be installed in as little as two to three days. By using a vacuum pump to generate areas of higher and lower atmospheric pressure within the cylinder hoist way, the unit smoothly moves between floors while using much less energy than other home elevators.
Certifications & Associations
Certified By Liftinstituut
Partner of AIA
Member of NAEC
ASME Certificate of Conformance
Pneumatic Vacuum Elevators
Address: 4151 West 108th Street Suite # 1 Hialeah, FL 33018
Phone: (305) 884-1091
Hours: Monday – Friday | 08:00AM EST – 05:00PM EST