Understanding the 5 Types of Lifts

10th May 2023

Understanding the 5 Types of Lifts

With the increasing demand for accessibility and convenience, businesses are turning to lift services to ensure smooth and reliable operation of their lifts in their commercial or industrial environments. In this article, we will explore the five types of lifts and how Genesis Lifts can provide professional lift services and lift repair solutions.

Each make/brand of lift is different in their own unique way and maintaining/repairing them means that expert knowledge and at times specialist diagnostic equipment is required. We have a wide array of equipment and knowledge accrued from many years of experience in the industry that allows us to work and support lifts manufactured by brands such as Aritco, BKG, Carlos Silva, Carlton, Cibes, Classic Lifts, Concept, Doppler, Electra Vitoria, Evans, Express (Express Evans), IMEM, Kalea, Kleemann, Kone, Liftserv, Motala, MacPuarsa (MP Lifts), Nami (NamiHissar), Northern Lifts, NTD, Orona, Otis, Schindler, Stannah Microlift, Thyssenkrupp (Thyssen/TKElevator), Vimec and many more.

Passenger Lifts

Passenger lifts are the most common type of commercial lifts designed to transport people between different floors of a building. They come in various sizes, capacities and speeds to cater to the specific needs of a facility. Genesis Lifts offers lift maintenance and lift repair services for passenger lifts to ensure safety, efficiency, and compliance with regulatory requirements.

Goods Lifts

Goods lifts, also known as freight elevators, dumbwaiter lifts or industrial lifts are designed to transport both smaller, light loads through to large/heavy loads between floors in commercial or industrial buildings, warehouses and factories. These lifts are built to withstand the weight and stress of heavy cargo and are an essential component of various industries, including manufacturing, retail, and logistics operations.

Service Lifts

Service lifts, often referred to as a dumbwaiter or microlift, are small industrial lifts designed to transport items such as food, laundry or documents between floors in commercial buildings, hotels, restaurants, hospitals and beyond. These lifts help improve efficiency and reduce the physical strain on staff, especially in multi-story facilities.

Platform Lifts

Platform lifts provide a practical solution for improving accessibility, typically in commercial buildings which allow users, especially those with limited mobility or pushchairs/prams, to navigate between floors easily. These lifts are typically installed in offices, shopping centres, schools, and public buildings to ensure compliance with legislation such as The Equality Act and the Disabilities Discrimination Act (DDA) and other accessibility regulations.

Scissor Lifts

Scissor lifts are a type of industrial lift used primarily for moving large/heavy loads in industrial settings such as factories and warehouses. These lifts feature a crisscross (scissor) metal support structure that raises the loading table up or down, typically over a small height/travel ranging from three feet to twenty feet and beyond.


Choosing the right type of commercial lift for your business depends on various factors, including the nature of your operations, the size and layout of your building, and the specific needs of your facility. Genesis Lifts are a leading provider of industrial and commercial lifts, offering a wide range of lift services, including lift maintenance and lift repairs to ensure the safe and efficient operation of your lifts.

By partnering with Genesis Lifts, you can rest assured that your lift system will remain in top condition, providing convenience, accessibility, and productivity for your business. Whether you require passenger lifts, goods lifts, service lifts, platform lifts, or scissor lifts, Genesis Lifts has the expertise and experience to deliver reliable lift services and prompt lift repair solutions tailored to your specific needs, contact us today for further support.