Pneumatic Vacuum Elevator

SA Vacuum Elevators is the exclusive importer and reseller of Pneumatic Vacuum Elevators in SADC. Our installation and maintenance team members have all been trained in Miami, Florida, USA at the Pneumatic Vacuum Elevator production factory and are the only people that are licensed by S.A.V.E.  and P.V.E. to install and maintain vacuum elevators in South Africa.  The installation companies are also elevator companies that are registered with the Department of Labour and all lift inspectors that are used to certify acceptability of functionality are registered with ECSA (Engineering Council of South Africa).

Contact: Willem van Zyl on or 082-5757-209

Website: SA Vacuum Elevators

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The PVE is internationally certified for use throughout the world and is currently in use in over 30 countries. South Africa uses the PVE model that is European certified (compliant with the relevant EN81 requirements) which is the highest certification clearance achievable and caters for use in all European Community affiliated countries.

Standard elevators require pits and shafts and many other hard structural elements to enable them to function. Maintenance of these elevators often amount to near the cost of the initial acquisition and installation over the lifetime of the elevator.  Not many a client realizes that standard elevators are by law required to be serviced every one or two months irrespective of the amount of usage during this period.  This is to ensure that all the cables/ropes/hydraulics are sound and all the moving parts have been oiled and greased and are functioning correctly.

Everyone has experienced the inconvenience incurred in one’s normal life if you have to have something delivered or rectified at home.. Imagine having the inconvenience of a few hours of maintenance review every month or two on your elevator, let alone the costs to be incurred for these frequent services.

The PVE differs hugely from this.

There are no pulleys, chains, ropes or hydraulics to be inspected and no grease and oil to be used during the services apart from maybe oiling of the door hinges. VERY FEW service disruptions are required.  Servicing of the PVE is only required every 15,000 trips.  In a normal use environment that amounts to a service every 4.5 years. That means about 25 less service interruptions during the same 4.5 years in service period.  Not only that; unlike normal services with other lifts which normally takes a few hours or possibly even days,  the PVE service generally only requires the change of a seal which can be completed in less than an hour. The lift inspector only has to review the PVE every two years and that is to issue a new Annexure 2 document to state that the lift is still safe and functional.

Many of the new elevators are much more energy efficient than their predecessors but none can compete with the PVE which is recognized as being an environment friendly GREEN elevator.  The PVE has virtually no need for oils and grease and does not use power during the descend cycle. Electricity usage is therefore virtually cut in half and oils and grease virtually non-relevant.

When it comes to safety, the PVE stands proud in its performance. Normal elevators have two emergency breaks; the PVE has four. Normal elevators will crush a person positioned in the shaft when the elevator descends and safety precautions have not been enacted. The PVE stops within a few centimeters if pressure is applied from the bottom upwards. The PVE will stop within less than 5 cm if something should happen that results in the sudden loss of vacuum.

Normal elevators get stuck if the electricity is turned off during usage; the PVE descends to the ground floor at half the normal speed where the door is released to enable exit.

Not many elevators can be removed and installed in new premises if you move… with the PVE, you can.