Indoor transportation is a major component of the modern, fast-paced world. The advent of elevators and escalators makes it much easier for people to travel within a building. Before these inventions, stairs were the only means of reaching another floor. But as the world continued to grow over the decades, and skyscrapers continued to climb to new heights, stairs became impractical as the only means of transport. Fortunately, elevators and escalators can get people where they need to go quickly and easily. These machines save on wait times, get people to their destinations quickly, and allow them to have more time to spend productively.
The escalator is the means of indoor transportation that applies to a smaller scale. It is meant to take people between floors in buildings of moderate size. It is a simple alternative to the stairs that carries people between floors easily. The escalator can be taken both upwards and downwards. In addition, escalators are usually accompanied by a staircase, so patrons of an establishment may make their own choice about which means of transport to use.
Escalators have a host of benefits. For example, in a shopping mall, people may be carrying bags or items they have purchased. Taking the escalator lets them enter and exit the floors easily cuts down on the risk that they might drop or damage their purchases. They also have a nice appearance within the building. They can be placed in a central location and serve as a landmark to help people get their bearings. Also, if you are riding the escalator, you can gain an new vantage points and perhaps see new areas of the building that you would like to visit.
The escalator is not a new or recent concept. Its history extends back to 1859. The first escalator was conceived in the state of Michigan by Nathan Ames. At that time it was referred to as the Revolving Stairs. Ames patented his invention and it is generally considered to be the world’s first escalator. The design has drastically evolved over time, but its general concept can be traced back to this original idea. Since this creation, escalators have been built and installed in countless locations throughout the world.
History of elevators
The history of elevators extends even further. The first designs of elevators have been discovered to date back to ancient Roman times. Sketches of elevators have been found dating as early as 287 B.C. These primitive sketches were not brought to fruition. However, the general idea of a lifting device has been in human consciousness for thousands of years. The idea of a lifting device was documented repeatedly throughout history. Many people considered this idea and saw the need for such an invention. However, the actual elevator did not come into being until the industrial era.
The Industrial Revolution provided the perfect atmosphere for the invention of the elevator. For one thing, innovation and production were booming during this time period. It was the ideal time for the elevator to come into use and practice. Not only was it needed to transport people, but it was needed to carry raw materials such as coal and wood. These heavy loads were too cumbersome to move through traditional means. With the advent of the elevator, they could be transported to the desired location with much greater efficiency.