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Ultimate Guide to Elevator Buttons

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Ultimate Guide to Elevator Buttons

Elevator buttons are a panel of numbered switches found inside an elevator, allowing passengers to select their desired floor. They may also include special buttons for opening/closing doors, emergency alarms, and accessing service modes.

History of elevator development

Elevators have become an essential part of our daily lives, both at home and in the workplace. According to experts, the elevator industry is expected to reach $100 billion in 2030, how much do you know about the key buttons in the elevator? Here we will give you an introduction to the design and function of the elevator button.

History of elevator development
History of elevator buttons

History of elevator buttons

Elevators had such a concept thousands of years ago, until the mid-19th century, elevator buttons were used in elevators to solve the problem of elevator operators manually controlling the elevator’s floor selection and elevator door opening and closing. With the development of the construction industry more skyscrapers rise one by one, and the requirements of elevator control are more and more requirements.

In 1945, in New York 15,000 years of elevator operators held a strike parade, resulting in many buildings of the elevator in a paralyzed state, so the elevator control can only be made by the importance of the elevator buttons and control systems have a new turning point.

With the first elevator buttons used in the elevator, more elevator operators also lost the post, but to reduce the elevator management labor costs, at the same time the user of the elevator switch requirements is also raised to another level.

Source material

Elevator in our daily life has been inseparable, so the service life of the elevator button is more strict, the material and waterproof grade IP67 and IP68 has also been upgraded by a level.

Elevator buttons every day there are different people contact press, so the button will leave a lot of details of viruses, which developed close sensor button, and infrared detection technology, does not need to make physical contact with the hand to touch the button, which greatly reduces the spread of viruses.

Raw materials for switches
Intuitive interface

Intuitive interface

With the development of elevators, the interface of elevator buttons is becoming more and more concise and rich, from the previous floor buttons alone, increased emergency buttons, switch buttons doorbell buttons, and so on.

Elevator Buttons Symbols

Elevator buttons are not only floor numbers but also different appearances, at the same time, to help the blind, the elevator buttons are added to the international common Braille, to help blind friends can also find the corresponding floor.

Elevator buttons Main types

MAIN ENTRY FLOOR
OPEN DOORS
CLOSE DOORS
EMERG. ALARM
VARIOUS KEY SWITCHES
EMERGENCY STOP

Elevator-Buttons-Symbols
Signal feedback

Signal feedback

The elevator button will give direct feedback when the button is pressed. Pressing the staccato feeling, vibration, or making a slight sound, while some elevator buttons also have LED, as long as you press down, it will emit people’s favorite color. This kind of can be better to let people intuitively and get the information feedback.

The working principle of the elevator

The working principle of the elevator is triggered by the elevator button signal to the control system, the system controls the lift motor to control the up and down movement of the elevator, and at the same time to reach the established floor trigger stop, and ultimately to reach the designated floor, to achieve the control function.

At the same time, there are two buttons at the door of the elevator (in addition to the bottom of the floor only a button, because the floor is only up not down), one is the up elevator button, one is the down elevator button, waiting at the door you just trigger you want to go up or down, press the corresponding button on it, so that when mentioning the next down the floor up will not stop opening the door, which greatly accelerates the efficiency of the elevator operation. This greatly accelerates the efficiency of elevator operation.

The working principle of the elevator
The working principle of the elevator

At the same time, there is a commercial elevator, a floor with more than one elevator, the door of the button can simultaneously control multiple elevators, at the same time the elevator corresponds to the door there will be two large lights that can inform the user ah specifically which elevator first over, when the elevator arrives at the floor, it will emit a clear sound to inform the user that the elevator has arrived.

Especially in today’s era, because the user will be waiting for the elevator when brushing down the cell phone’s short video screen, ignoring the arrival of the elevator, all the prompt sound in the elevator is very necessary.

More only can the scheduling chip in the elevator industry, greatly reduce the passenger waiting time, but the future of the elevator can be communicated through the language, and the customer will be sent to the designated floor.

Maintenance and safety precautions for elevator buttons

The elevator is special equipment, and maintenance and maintenance work needs to be done by professionals to implement, so when you first find a problem to find a professional elevator maintenance personnel to repair, at the same time the elevator on regular maintenance records, every month or a fixed time, maintenance personnel will be regular maintenance, if you see no regular maintenance update records, you also need to contact the elevator at the first time! administrator so that they can contact the maintenance staff in time.

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Maintenance and safety precautions for elevator buttons
Touchless Elevator Button

Touchless Elevator Button

A touchless elevator button is a contact-free interface designed for elevators that allows users to select floors or call the elevator without physically pressing any buttons, typically using infrared sensors or gesture recognition to prevent the spread of germs.

The infuriating truth behind elevator buttons

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The infuriating truth behind elevator buttons

Layout and position of elevator buttons

Multi-mode layout
Multi-mode layout

Elevator button layout should first be clear symbols, button symbols are very intuitive, corresponding to the height of the requirements for different heights of the user ah, including the disabled chapter users, especially residential elevators and skyscrapers elevators, children and special populations need to have more requirements for the layout, so that the user ah experience to better sense of the elevator’s added value is better reflected, the following we introduce the following types of conventional elevator Button layout mode

Vertical layout
1. Vertical layout

Vertical layout is a very common layout, according to the relationship between the floor of the total 1 to 9 sorting, there are single rows of double rows, from the bottom upwards incremental, so that more intuitive for the user to find the corresponding floor, to determine what he wants to the floor symbols in which position, at the same time the commercial elevator will be made in the elevator next to the symbol of some of the small acrylic panels, prompting the user from the floor of the name or use, so that the user as much as he can See the floor he wants to go to.

Horizontal Layout
2. Horizontal Layout

Horizontal layout is usually commercial buildings, office buildings, especially high-floor hotels, because their floors are relatively high vertical layout height is too high, it is not convenient to touch, so they are horizontal layout.

3. Multi-mode layout

Elevators with a relatively large flow of people, they will use both vertical layout and horizontal layout, The vertical layout of the elevator buttons in the elevator door on both sides of the left and right sides of the horizontal layout will be in the elevator interior walls at the same time the height will drop a lot of people do not need to call for help close to the elevator buttons to let the help press the elevator, especially in the shopping malls and people do not know each other. This reduces unnecessary embarrassment and enhances the user experience.

4. Other layout

If you have a better layout model you can contact our customer service to inform us, we will optimize their articles, and share them with more people in need.

The elevator button function and symbol

Floor button
Floor button

Floor buttons are the most used buttons, the shape of the button is square or round, and the center is on a floor of the Arabic numerals. So that the user can find the corresponding floor button.

Open and Close Buttons
Open and Close Buttons

Open and close buttons are buttons that every elevator has, they are respectively controlling the opening and closing of the elevator door. According to EN8-70 regulations, the Americans with Disabilities Act, or other national regulations to protect the safety requirements of the disabled, the elevator door has a delay function, so when you are more urgent, you can press the door close button in advance, also in the process of the elevator is closed if someone comes over, inside the person can press the door open button to help people outside the door to terminate the closure, re-open the elevator door, or in the personnel into the elevator mouth when the infrared anti-pinch function does not work. When the infrared anti-trap function is not triggered, just press the open button so that the elevator door will remain open, which can better ensure the safety of personnel.

Alarm button
Alarm button

The elevator is an iron shell closed space when the elevator malfunctions, if the communication signal is not covered when the cell phone is no signal, so you can through the alarm button, press the time will notify the maintenance and repair personnel to come over the first time to repair.

Emergency stop button
Emergency stop button

The emergency stop button is in special circumstances, you just press the economic stop button the elevator will stop.

Alarm button
Doorbell Button

The doorbell button is when you press the alarm button after not in time to come to the rescue of the case you can long the doorbell button, will send out the sound of the alarm, in the vicinity of the people can be the first time to hear, they will come over to help the trapped personnel.

Elevator up and down buttons
Elevator up and down buttons

Elevator up and down buttons are controls typically located outside and inside an elevator. They allow passengers to summon an elevator to their floor (outside) and select the desired floor to travel to (inside). The up button calls the elevator for ascending trips, while the down button is for descending trips.

Elevator Call Button
Elevator Call Button

An elevator call button is a device located on each floor of a building that, when pressed, signals an elevator to come to that floor to pick up passengers. It typically consists of up and down buttons to indicate the desired direction of travel.

Other buttons
Other buttons

According to the use of the elevator, demand can be customized with some special buttons to meet special requirements. If you need to contact our customer service staff now, we will be first time to give you customized samples and quotes.

Customized elevator buttons
Customized elevator buttons

Customized elevator buttons are specially designed control buttons for an elevator, tailored to match specific aesthetic preferences or functional requirements, such as braille for the visually impaired, large print, or unique color schemes for easy identification.

Elevator Buttons FAQ

Elevator buttons, a fundamental component of modern elevators, facilitate user interaction for selecting desired floors or activating specific elevator functions. Below is an FAQ addressing common inquiries about elevator buttons:

How do elevator buttons work?

Elevator buttons work by sending a signal to the elevator’s control system indicating the user’s desired floor or command (e.g., opening or closing doors). Once pressed, the button activates a circuit that communicates with the elevator’s controller, which then processes the request and directs the elevator to the selected floor or performs the commanded action.

What do the symbols on elevator buttons mean?
  • Numbers: Represent floors. Pressing these buttons selects the corresponding floor the elevator will travel to.
  • Arrow Up/Down: Indicates direction. In some elevators, you must press these buttons to call the elevator to your floor and indicate which direction you want to go.
  • Door Open (>|<): Opens the elevator doors. Useful for holding the doors open for someone rushing to the elevator.
  • Door Close (><): Closes the elevator doors more quickly than waiting for them to close automatically.
  • Alarm or Bell: Used in emergencies to alert building security or maintenance to a problem inside the elevator.
  • Star or ADA symbol: Often indicates the main entry floor or a floor that meets ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) accessibility requirements.
  • Key Symbols: Indicate floors or functions that require a key or special permission to access, such as VIP areas or service floors.
Can pressing the button multiple times make the elevator come faster or close the doors more quickly?

Generally, pressing the button multiple times does not affect the speed at which the elevator arrives or the doors close. Elevator controls are designed to respond to the first press; subsequent presses are usually ignored. The perception that pressing multiple times makes a difference is psychological.

Are elevator buttons a hygiene concern?

Yes, elevator buttons can harbor germs and bacteria because they are touched by numerous people throughout the day. It’s advisable to use a tissue, elbow, or knuckle to press buttons when possible, and to practice good hand hygiene by washing hands or using hand sanitizer after touching elevator buttons.

What happens if I press all the buttons on an elevator?

Pressing all the buttons on an elevator will cause it to stop at every floor selected. This can be annoying to other passengers and slow down the elevator service. In some modern elevators, certain key combinations can cancel all selected floors, but this feature is not universally available.

How are elevator buttons powered and maintained?

Elevator buttons are typically powered by the building’s electricity and are connected to the elevator’s control system. Maintenance involves regular cleaning, checking for wear and tear, ensuring the lighting behind the buttons works (for illuminated buttons), and ensuring the buttons function correctly without sticking or failing to register presses. Maintenance is usually performed by specialized elevator technicians.

What to do if an elevator button does not work?

If an elevator button does not work, try pressing another button to see if the elevator is operational. If no buttons work, use a different elevator if available, and report the issue to building maintenance or management so they can arrange for repairs.

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