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Pneumatic Vacuum Elevator


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* Vacuum Elevators require only 9 sq. ft. per floor, compared to 23 for other residential elevators!


* Signature has a working model on display in our Rockville, MD showroom.


* We can install a Pneumatic Vacuum Elevator in just one week!


* The PVE is nearly maintenance-free and one of the most dependable elevators on the market.

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Pneumatic Vacuum Elevators for the Home

Quite simply the coolest and most advanced elevator on the market, the Pneumatic Vacuum Elevator will be the talk of all your friends and neighbors. Signature Elevators & Accessible Design can build you a pneumatic vacuum elevator to carry you from floor to floor without a single cable, pulley or piston! This self-supporting residential elevator can travel up to 35 ft. (or 4 stops) and requires no excavation work. The fact that a hoist way and pit don't have to be built means that the pneumatic vacuum elevator can be installed much more quickly than its counterparts.

The pneumatic vacuum elevator's tubes are made of polycarbonate and supported by high-strength aluminum. The steel cabin floor includes brakes and other safety mechanisms, and the ceiling holds lights and a circulation fan.

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How Does the Pneumatic Vacuum Elevator Work?

The PVE has five 220 vac turbines that dramatically reduce the air pressure above the cabin, causing it to ascend. To descend gently, a control valve regulates the inflow of air above the cabin relative to cabin speed. Don't worry, the cabin itself never gains or loses pressure.

Advantages of the Pneumatic Vacuum Elevator

The pneumatic vacuum elevator is as environmentally-friendly as a residential elevator can be since it uses no energy during descent. And unlike more traditional residential elevators, even if the power goes out it is impossible to get stuck between floors. Furthermore, the Vacuum Elevator has locking devices built in to the shaft to stop ascent or descent at the upper & lower points of travel.

Another great benefit to the pneumatic vacuum elevator is low maintenance relative to the conventional residential elevator. There are no rails to grease, no ropes to check no fluid level to top off, or controller panel to check for burnt out LED etc. The system is based upon the air. Granted air brings lots of dust & dirt and as a result filters and turbines and even the cab should be cleaned regularly. Polycarbonate is an extremely soft plastic which scratches easily. So the biggest maintenance issue with the PVE is cleanliness.


A sleek contemporary fixture with 360 degree views, the pneumatic vacuum elevator is a dramatic addition for large open family rooms or foyers, and looks fantastic with a stair case wrapped around it. To take a ride in a pneumatic vacuum elevator and try it for yourself, just come to our Rockville, MD showroom where we have a working model on display. For directions and our phone number, click here

Technical Specifications and Features of the Pneumatic Elevator:

Platform Sizes: Diameters of 30", 37" & 53"
Power: 220vac, single phase, 30amp
Total Weight: 660 lbs 2 stops; 990 lbs. 3 stops;
Speed: 30 ft. per minute
Lights: Halogen
Safety Pressure Switch: The upper chamber has a pressurization switch that immediately sets the safety brakes.
Lift Capacity: 450 lbs.

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