Classroom on demand

Welcome to Classroom on demand, your source for educational materials related to the vertical transportation industry. This site represents the knowledge and expertise of the best engineers and mechanics in the elevator industry, and will help those new to the elevator industry learn about the basic workings of elevator systems, and also will serve as a reference for people with more experience.


The space enclosed by fireproof walls and hoistway doors in which the elevator travels, extending from the pit floor to the roof. (Hoistway is sometimes called "hatchway" or "hatch".)

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