ESCALATORS & WALKWAYS
Escalators are designed for safe transfer of the people. They are not suitable for carrying loads.
Although escalators seem to be broadly used in shopping centers, they can be used in any storied architectural structure. Unlike elevators, they do not require a closed pit. In buildings with intense traffic, they cost less than the elevators. Their transfer time is shorter as well.
Compared to elevators, escalators occupy less space, have more user reliability, provide more efficient service to the buildings with intense traffic and contribute to aesthetics of the building, so escalators are more advantageous. At this point, the choice is completely left to the user. It does not mean that only escalator is used in architecture. The escalators should be supported with the elevators that follow the standards for disabled people, particularly pursuant to regulations on disability people in institutions open to public service.
Moving walkways are generally used in the facilities which prioritize freight transport. They meet any of the requirement met by the escalators. Besides, they provide several conveniences which escalators cannot offer. For example, carrying loads such as baby carriage, shopping trolley and luggage on escalators is insecure and forbidden for the health of users. Moreover, you can see the barriers put to avoid this, in front of many escalators. On the other sides, the use of moving walkways with the above aims is legal and safe, since they are designed with the priority to carry such loads.
Design of moving walkways require the use of pallets named step in an escalator on the step points. These pallets are guided under the foot thereby raising the safety of the users. Besides, pallets are directly chained, so they are hardly worn out and it offers a long-lasting and silent lifetime.