Article 6- Escalator Installation Arrangement
Different types of escalator arrangement in the building
In this article, we intend to describe in detail, the different types of escalator arrangements in buildings.
Due to the fact that escalators are considered as the main element for even distribution of passengers among the floors of any building, the suitable arrangement of them in the space of the building is of utmost importance. The different types of installation arrangements are as follows and can be chosen based on customer requirements:
Single Escalator Arrangement (One-way Traffic Flow)
Single escalator arrangement is used in small buildings and commercial centers where there is insufficient space to install two escalators beside each other to provide two-way movement or where travel in one direction is intended. In this arrangement, if the escalator is located in the center, the outside cladding would be required on both sides. However, if the escalator is installed against a wall, the outside cladding will only be needed for one side.
Parallel/Interrupted Arrangement (Two-way Traffic Flow)
Using parallel arrangement is a bit difficult for the passengers because they have to take a rather long distance on foot in order to reach the next escalator to continue their travel to the other floors; and such a condition is called “Interrupted Arrangement”. In this arrangement, the passengers have to take a distance and pass strategic locations, which would in turn increase the number of visits to the mentioned locations. With this type of arrangement, two escalators at the same level can be operated in the same direction during traffic peak times.
Scissor arrangement is used in spaces where there is more available width. Also, passenger flow is continuous and it causes reduced crowding at landings. The scissor arrangement is modern and attractive with a high level of efficiency.
Crisscross arrangement has a unique advantage so that by adjusting the escalator’s direction of movement, it is possible to operate the escalator whether in a continuous or interrupted arrangement. The disadvantage of such an arrangement, especially in commercial centers, is that it blocks the view on the other side of the void.