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Automatic Gate Operator – An electro-mechanical device that opens and closes the car gate automatically.

Backup Battery – An emergency power source that will allow you to lower the elevator to the next lower level in the event of a power failure.

“Calling the Elevator” or Call Button – Pressing the call button in the hallway will “call the elevator” to you, if the elevator is not in use and/or is located on a different level.

Car – The elevator car transports passengers from one floor to another.

C.O.P. – The Car Operating Panel (C.O.P.) is the control panel inside the elevator that houses the floor buttons, the light switch, the alarm button, the emergency stop switch and optional key lock.

Controller – The controller houses the electrical control circuits of the elevator.

Drive System – The drive system is the power and strength behind lifting the elevator car and its passenger(s).

Electro-mechanical Interlock – Often referred to as EMI, is an electro-mechanical safety lock that prevents the hoistway door (hall door) from opening if the elevator is not at that landing.

Gate – The gate is a door that attaches to the outer edge of the elevator. It prevents objects inside the car from coming into contact with objects outside of the car during travel.

Hall Station – The Hall Station refers to the panel located outside the elevator doorway in the hallway that houses the call button.

Hydraulic (Roped) – This drive system utilizes a hydraulic jack and a wire rope to raise and lower the passenger car.

Jack – The Jack utilizes hydraulic power to lift or lower the passenger car.

Landing – A term used to describe each floor on which the elevator will open.

Machine Room – The machine room is a small adjacent room that houses the drive system and electrical controls.

Machine Room-less – A machine room-less elevator is when the drive system is located on top of the rail in the hoistway. The control box is located nearby but does not require a separate room.

Pit – The pit provides clearance for the support components that are below the floor of the elevator car allowing the elevator floor to level with the lowest landing floor.

Rail – The rail is the steel track that guides the elevator when it travels up and down the hoistway. Depending on the model, there may be one or two rails.

Service Disconnect – Located near the controller in the machine room, the service disconnect is the main power switch to the elevator.

Sheave – Elevator term for a pulley.

Sling – The sling is a L-shaped steel support that holds the elevator car and is attached to the rail system.

Weight Capacity – Is the total amount of weight that can be added to the elevator. For safety purposes, never exceed the elevator cars weight capacity.

Winding Drum Elevator – This drive system utilizes wire ropes that wind onto a rotating drum.

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