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A Dumbwaiter Can Help You Move Items in Your Home or Business

dumbwaiterIf you frequently need to move heavy or large items from one floor to another in your home or business, climbing the stairs can be a challenge. Make transporting items easier and avoid accidents by installing a residential or commercial dumbwaiter.

A dumbwaiter is an ideal solution for transporting items in a multi-story home. A dumbwaiter can connect your basement to the upper floors of your home, making it easier to transport a laundry basket to and from the basement or to carry groceries to the kitchen. With a dumbwaiter, you will no longer have to navigate flights of stairs carrying heavy, bulky items, thus preventing you from accidentally falling or dropping something.

Installing a dumbwaiter can also help your business operate more smoothly. Dumbwaiters are ideal for transporting dishes in restaurants, boxes of documents in offices, or heavy, bulky equipment in other types of businesses. They can help your employees move items quickly and safely, reducing the risk of accidents and making your business operate more efficiently.

A dumbwaiter from Nationwide Lifts is easy to use. Simply load the items you wish to transport, close the roll-up gate, and press a button to move the items from floor to floor. A dumbwaiter can be configured to operate between two or more floors in your home or business.

Dumbwaiters operate on a rail system and are equipped with standard safety features, including a slack cable, final limit, trolley brake, and locking door. Dumbwaiters come in a variety of sizes and can carry up to 500 pounds.

If you routinely have to carry large or heavy items up and down the stairs in your home or business, consider installing a dumbwaiter from Nationwide Lifts. You can avoid falling or dropping items and minimize the time needed to transport objects from one floor to another, making your business run more efficiently or giving you more free time at home.

The Future of Dumbwaiters?


New Dumbwaiters

Many hotels, restaurants, and bakeries use dumbwaiters to easily and efficiently move food between floors. As an aid to servers, dumbwaiters are used to make things easier. In China they are giving up the dumbwaiter in exchange for robots.

At Robot Restaurant in downtown Harbin, China, you will get a dining experience like no other. Servers at this restaurant rely on high tech version of the dumbwaiter. When you enter the restaurant, you are Robot Restaurantgreeted by the host who says, “Greetings Earth Person! Welcome to Robot Restaurant!” The robot host welcomes you with open arms and is your first, but not last, meeting with a mechanical employee. Once you sit down, your robot server will come and take your party’s order. When your food is ready, your robot server will drop off the meal to your table. All of the robots have different names and personalities. The “Singing Robot” may come to your table and sing a song while you eat. There is even a mechanical dog that can sit at the tables and entertain children. All of the robots move across a track on the floor and run on electricity.

Food can be delivered at Robot Restaurant by the mechanical servers or by a conveyor belt that is suspended in the air. Similar to the conveyor system used at Yo! Sushi in Japan, Robot Restaurant sets the bar a little higher with their conveyor belt. Suspended in the air, the conveyor belt can get the food to the correct table and then mechanized arms set the food onto the table.

DumbwaiterThe robots are given breaks after the busy hours to recharge their batteries. They can work for up to 5 hours before they need a break, which is longer than some humans! However, each robot costs around $40,000 dollars, which is more than double what the average human server would make in a year. The Robot Restaurant offers a large menu of over 30 dishes. With a bright and inviting décor, the Robot Restaurant is definitely a fun place to eat.

The idea for the restaurant came from the success of a restaurant called Dalu Rebot Restaurant in Jinan. Dalu Rebot Restaurant opened in 2010 and has robots that resemble Star Wars androids that wander around.

The restaurant’s next endeavor is to have robots developed that can help with kitchen chores such as washing the dishes. They also hope to up upgrade their current server robots to be able to refill people’s drinks. Fortunately, even with all the robot workers, the food is still prepared by good old fashioned humans!

About the Jeeves Dumbwaiter

Dumbwaiters are designed for commercial and residential uses, and the standard Jeeves dumbwaiter is designed for the latter. Dumbwaiters are ideal for moving items between floors – although not people – and Jeeves dumbwaiters come in three sizes to meet your needs. All Jeeves dumbwaiters come in three different sizes: 75 pounds, 125 pounds, and 250 pounds, with customized sizes available in this range. Other features for this dumbwaiter are:

• A motorized operation, with minimal installation and maintenance needed.
• An LCD display that shows the current operation and allows for troubleshooting.
• A pre-wired design to make installation quicker and easier.
• UL certification. Jeeves dumbwaiters are the only models in the United States that have this certification.
• A finished birch cab with dovetail joints and steel call buttons.
• A commercial-grade rail system to move between floors.
• Ability to move at 30 feet per minute, with 35 feet and four stops being the maximum distance the dumbwaiter can travel.
• 115 volt operation.
• Multiple safety devices, such as a slack cable, final limit, trolley brake, and interlock door.
• A roll-up door on the cab.

Adding an electric dumbwaiter to your home increases its value, if you plan on selling your current home one day. Common uses for the dumbwaiters includes moving foor, drinks, laundry, groceries, firewood, books, and more.

Uses for Dumbwaiters

A dumbwaiter is often used to transport materials from one floor to another in a home or commercial building. In fact, products like Jeeves have specific home and commercial dumbwaiter models. Commercial models, in particular, are common in multistory restaurants as a way to get dishes and food from floor to floor. Typically, dumbwaiters range in support capabilities from 75 to 500 pounds, with the latter being the largest type of commercial model on the market. If you’re looking for a dumbwaiter to add to your home or commercial building, here are some qualities to look for:

• A motorized design. Many use a winding drum or machine traction drive mechanism like an elevator.
• An LCD display that indicates its current operation.
• UL certification. At the moment, Jeeves’ models are the only ones on the market with this type of certification.
• A rail or trolley system with slack cable safety brakes.
• A cab that is already wired and setup to reduce installation time.
• Shelves inside for a food service dumbwaiter.

Most dumbwaiters are made from steel or wood. Dumbwaiter cabs used for food service must be made of stainless steel. The cabs should be able to move at 30 feet per minute and be powered by 115 volts. Larger models may need more power, however. Additionally, most dumbwaiters have some safety mechanisms, such as a slack cable, a final limit, a trolley brake, and an interlock door.

Commercial dumbwaiters vary between capacities of 125 and 500 pounds. Some are designed for traveling 70 feet total and to go seven stops. Those specifically for food service typically have shelves inside for support food and dishes. In all cases, however, a dumbwaiter is only used for objects – no person should ever attempt using one as an elevator.

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