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Article 8- Escalators and Moving Walks Types Based on Utilization

Different Types of Escalator and Moving Walk Considering Their Utilization

In this article, we intend to introduce the different types of escalators and moving walks based on utilization which is useful and practical information.

Escalators and moving walks can be installed in different buildings and locations with various usages, and are divided into two general categories:

Commercial Escalators and Moving Walks

As can be understood from the name, this type of escalators and moving walks are installed in commercial buildings, such as small and large shopping malls. This type of escalators and moving walks are often installed in indoor environments where there is usually normal passenger traffic. Typically, glass balustrades are selected for commercial escalators and moving walks. This type of balustrade is the most favorite amongst architects and interior designers. It is made of a 10-millimeter-thick tempered glass with a thin handrail, giving it a light and modern look. Aesthetics and attractiveness in the exterior covering, which is called “Outside Cladding”, is highly important in this type of escalators and moving walks. Different types of materials such as glass, mirror, stainless steel, etc. can be used for this purpose. To give the commercial escalators a more elegant look, they are equipped with illumination based on the taste of the escalator owner. The illumination can be installed under the handrails called “Balustrade illumination”, and on skirt panels called “Skirt illumination” etc.

Infrastructure Escalators and Moving Walks

This type of escalator and moving walk is suitable for high-traffic environments such as subway or train stations, airports, footbridges, etc. They must carry a heavy passenger load in traffic peak hours. Based on the standard, this type of escalators and moving walks have their own set of options and specifications, which enables them to operate under heavy workloads and that’s why they are called “heavy-duty”. The balustrade used for this type of escalator is usually stainless steel, which provides higher durability and makes them more suitable for high-traffic situations. Based on customer choice, they can order the inner part of the balustrade in a vertical or inclined orientation and the exterior covering must be according to standard EN 115. In infrastructure escalators, when the escalators are installed in a parallel form, the balustrades are placed adjacently and create a smooth surface. Some balustrade safety devices must be installed to prevent people from sliding on this area.

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