Apps, Systems and Equipment
Time-saving solutions for both passengers and mechanics are among new offerings.
Shutoff Ball Valve for Residential, LU/LA Elevators
Maxton Manufacturing Co. offers a new ASME A17.1/CSA B44-compliant shutoff ball valve for residential and limited-use/limited-application (LU/LA) elevator applications. The Maxton 3/4-in. NPT Hydraulic Elevator Shut off Ball Valve (BV3-4) female NPT inline valve was first incorporated into Maxton’s RV100 Conversion Kit. The product has been tested to a 5:1 safety factor for hydraulic-elevator use and rated for 1,000 psi maximum operating pressure to match Maxton’s other residential products.
Wall-Panel Clipping System
G&R Elevator has expanded its interior elevator products offering with the EPIC Solution, a patent-pending wall-panel clipping system and process that reduces time by minimizing the number of steps previously required during an installation. Wall panels can be oriented vertically or horizontally, which G&R states is not often available in modular elevator-interior products. The system is intended for elevator contractors looking for a higher-quality fast installation of an elevator interior, while incorporating a wide variety of panel designs and alleviating extraneous labor costs.
App for PORT
Schindler’s Transit Management Group has developed the myPORT smartphone app, intended to offer building owners substantially higher security standards than those previously available, while offering building occupants greater freedom. An occupant who has installed the app only needs to unlock his or her smartphone and show it to the myPORT reader. The system uses a combination of timing, building topology and multiple data channels to ensure the smartphone user is authorized to access the building. After this screening, occupants can use the app not only to open doors, but also to order preprogrammed elevators.
The system can grant visitors access even if they have not installed the myPORT app. It can generate and send a text message to the visitor, who can click on the link embedded in the message to receive a video code that can be shown to the entry PORT to gain admission. This Schindler-developed video code does not require the smartphone to be kept still, pointed in a particular direction or held a certain distance from the PORT reader for admission to be granted.
Dry Motor Changer
Minnesota Elevator, Inc. (MEI) now offers a Dry Pully Bully. In addition to the features of the company’s original Pully Bully (ELEVATOR WORLD, June 2007), which is intended for submersible motors, the dry version is intended to provide a safe and streamlined method of changing a dry power-unit motor. The company also claims it reduces labor hours and is easy to transport. Setup involves rolling the product into the machine room, attaching the winch hook on the top edge of the tank wall and winching the frame into position. Once the hoisting-frame legs are set for the ideal lifting position, the winch can be used to lift the motor and trolley out onto the floor.
Mitsubishi Electric has released new products in its Destination Oriented Allocation System (DOAS) line. A new car allocation method reduces average waiting time by approximately 10% during congested hours and lowers the possibility of long waits lasting 60 s. or more during off-peak hours by approximately 20%. DOAS hall panels feature upgraded design and ease of use with instructions in Japanese, English or Chinese, and optional audible guidance.