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What is a simple elevator design?

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Some of the simplest elevator designs began as chain or rope hoists that operated by a traction system. This consisted of a platform that was pulled or pushed up through mechanical means.

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In the past, elevator driving mechanisms were largely powered by water and steam hydraulic pistons. Sometimes they were operated by hand as well, where cars were pulled up by a means of steel ropes and a pulley system. The elevator's cab or car space was balanced with the use of a counterweight, and sometimes two elevators would move in opposite directions at the same time, acting as each other's counterweight.

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