Running the Gamut
New technology, customization feature across several industry segments.
Custom Lifting Clamps
Advance Welding Service, Inc., which serves Greater Chicago, offers its Omega Rail Lifting Clamps to replace non-rated wooden clamps and metal wrenches. Advance’s rated and patented clamps are intended for lifting, landing, loosening and tightening cylinder/piston assemblies. Features include:
- Increased working area in hoistway
- Nonslip grip
- 3-T. rating
- 4-T. clevis shackles
- Removable inserts with safety retainer pins
- All-steel construction with grade-8 hardware
- Copper-riveted leather insert contact surface to eliminate scratches
- Removable handles and attachments
- Optional strikeface impact and protective condom pulley attachments
“Silent” Gearless MRL Lift
IMEM Lifts’ Silens Pro Top is a machine-room-less (MRL) lift with gearless drive system, designed and built for residential buildings, offices, hotels, commercial premises or other areas with normal to heavy passenger traffic. It incorporates a silent gearless motor, which the company says is environmentally friendly, compact and light, designed to occupy the smallest possible space. It was designed for low energy consumption and easy installation and maintenance, and meets EN 81-20 and -50. Specifications are:
- Load: 300-630 kg
- Rated speed: 1 mps
- Openings: single/simple double access, 0-180°
- Control system: Altamira II
- Cars available: IMEM Líneas 210, 310, 350, 550 and 710
- Car and landing doors available: 600, 700, 800 and 900 mm
- Maximum travel: 60 m
Direct-Display Tension Meter
Straightpoint’s Clamp On Line Tensionmeter (COLT) can measure wire-rope tension up to 11,000 lbf (5,000 kgf) at up to a 1-in. (25-mm) diameter. U.K.-based wire-rope service Tensology used the COLT on eight 19-mm-diameter ropes that lift a 50-mT-capacity elevator at a major U.K. steel facility to verify each rope was under the same tension. As any variance would have created a safety issue when the elevator was returned to work, the COLT was used to directly display the tension. A Bluetooth load-monitoring app with wire-rope library is included. Other features are:
- Rope tension measurement and logging within a few seconds
- Quick-adjustment mechanism for differing rope diameters
- Computer-numerical-control machined aluminum construction with high-precision roller bearing pivot, high-leverage tensioning arm and IP 67/NEMA 6 waterproofing rating
Universal Intelligent Monitoring
Adams Elevator Equipment Co.’s Safe-T-Lock™ Monitoring System can bring intelligent monitoring to any make of elevator, providing complete protection against automatic car operation due to faulty or shorted door contact circuits, divergent car gate switches and hoistway door lock signals. It includes a terminal-block system to easily interface and increase the overall safety of existing installations. It was designed to be versatile and is compatible with most equipment. Fault codes are provided by the programmable logic controller, making it easy to determine the cause of the issue.
The product can assist building owners and service providers with satisfying the New York City (NYC) Building Code 3.10.12 Appendix K. As of January 1, 2020, all existing elevators in NYC with automatic coupled doors, including those opposite a manual swing panel, must be equipped with a system that monitors the door contact circuits and prevents automatic operation when the circuits fail or there is a conflict in the condition of the contacts adamselevator.com/safe-t-lock
Protocol Added to VPN Router
KEB America has added the MQTT publish-subscribe-based messaging protocol to its C6 VPN Industrial Router. Historically, KEB’s virtual private network (VPN) router has been used to provide secure remote access with data-logging capabilities. Now, it can also be used as an Industrial Internet of Things gateway.
MQTT works on top of the TCP/IP protocol. For Quality of Service (QoS), it recognizes three levels: QoS 0, QoS 1 and QoS 2. It can guarantee the delivery of a message and possibly resend it in high-latency networks. The protocol is meant to be used in situations where a small code footprint is required and network capabilities are limited, like in small devices or automation systems with widely distributed components.
KEB says the protocol is easy for new personnel to learn due to simplicity of operation, installation and maintenance. Its limited overhead and minimized data packets enable the central processing unit’s resources to be used on other functions. Additionally, it allows developers to use cloud-based platforms to build their MQTT applications. Logged data can be pushed to services such as Amazon Web Services or Microsoft Azure, from where machine builders and systems integrators can perform analytics, create dashboards and measure key performance indicators.