Lifts & Escalators Modernization – Investing in the Right Technologies

Lifts and escalators had been around for a while, starting in the late 1800s. It’s invention paved the way to other various structural innovations, as well as greatly improving the convenience of people’s lives in general.

No high-rise building in the modern era exists without lifts, and engineers constantly aim to improve existing designs and technologies to further maximize the safety and efficiency of lifts, which highlights the importance of modernisation for all existing elevator and lift systems.

Sometimes, there will be cases when maintenance and repairs for existing elevator systems become much more expensive to the point that it no longer makes sense to keep on replacing and servicing the same parts or components every year or as operational problems become more frequent. Some parts can even get obsolete as years pass, leading to more difficulties during the maintenance process. One more thing to look out for and consider is the age of the elevator systems and how long they have been in service.

Hydraulic elevators would usually have a lifespan of 20 years while overhead traction elevators can last up to 30 years. As these elevator systems near the end of their lifespans, components begin to wear and are expected to happen more frequently. These problems can pose serious danger to both properties and people using the lifts and should not be taken lightly; the extent of damages could be significant and may lead to death or debilitating accidents, even if we are to exclude the damages to properties in question.

As responsible landlords or business owners, these risks should never be neglected and underestimated, aside from the government regulations associated with the installation and use of these lifts. With that in mind, modernisation of elevator systems is a necessity.


Elevator modernisation becomes a more efficient investment as elevator systems get older since a total replacement or entirely new installation can be drastically more expensive. Not only does modernisation efforts breathe new life to aesthetic aspects of existing lifts, they also bring about a number of beneficial operational and economic factors which we will outline below.

  • Safety codes and legislation compliance – Queensland government regulations require all types of elevator and lifts systems, including their installation, modernisation and maintenance processes to comply with a specific set of HRWL requirements. Compliance ensures that risks from substandard quality materials and operation are avoided. And by doing so, landlords and building managers avoid steep fines.

  • Safety, above all – As mentioned earlier, the safety of everyone using the lifts are of utmost priority. Modernisation of older and outdated elevator systems greatly mitigates any potential risk such as accidents associated with the failure of mechanisms when using these lifts. Outdated technologies can cause uneven platform landings, unresponsive door functionality, exhaust and ventilation problems – All which are clear health hazards. And with the COVID-19 Pandemic still ongoing, new technologies to sanitize closed spaces such as lift cars are important.

  • Improved technology and efficiency – Modernisation efforts opens up access to updated technologies which improves the overall performance of elevator systems which also means improved energy utilisation, better control, reliability. These significant technological upgrades are long-term investments that can save you a lot of resources and time on maintenance efforts since updated components tend to become more accessible and cost-efficient.

  • Renewed, and pleasing aesthetics – Presentable aesthetics greatly improves user experience and this is backed by proven psychology; People feel more comfortable and secured when entering and using lifts that look sturdy, modern, and have that state-of-the-art feel. Improved lighting greatly contributes to this criteria as well.

  • Better security – Modernisation can improve an existing elevator system’s security as this allows for installation of newer security add-ons such as surveillance cameras, alarms and sensors, which are mostly incompatible and inaccessible for outdated lifts. The reduced and improved electromagnetic noise, which can be harmful to modern devices and gadgets, contributes to the passenger’s security as well, knowing that their belongings are safe with them as they use these lifts.

  • Customised solutions – One of the best things the modernisation process can offer is access to customised solutions. By partnering with competent and accredited companies for your elevator needs, they can offer various customisations specifically tailored for your requirements for a more bespoke design and experience fitting of your establishments.

After knowing how wonderful and important elevator modernisation is, we should still keep in mind that only certified experts and companies qualified by QBCC regulations should work with elevator systems. We cannot risk compromising this sensitive and crucial process just because we outsourced or employed unqualified, inexperienced and the wrong people or groups. As such, you can be confident that Advance Global Elevators not only passes these strict government accreditation and legislations, but has experienced professionals that will work closely with you during the entire project. Our 24-hour hotline and e-mail are always open for all of your inquiries regarding this matter so we encourage you to schedule an appointment with us today.

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