This month’s Interlift is a showcase for many new components and systems.
Hydraulic Cylinder Jack App
Texacone has developed Texacone On-Site, a free app to help identify hydraulic cylinder jacks. Choose the cylinder head from a library of pictures by interactively selecting features, then match the plunger size for the correct packing set. Equipment modernizations typically include the power units and controllers, leaving the existing hydraulic jack in place. Once the app is downloaded, no Wi-Fi connection is needed to use it. It is available for both Android and iPhones from the Google Play and App Store, respectively.
New Escalator Series
Hitachi has announced that it is pursuing “a universal design from various perspectives” with its VX Series escalator. Features include an ergonomically recognized superimposed curve escort line, making the handrail shaped so it can be held naturally. It also incorporates a sensor that detects the walking speed of the user and automatically reduces the operation speed. The variable-speed drive system can situationally set the operation speed to an easy-to-board speed.
The four sides of the step tread are colorized by yellow fluorescence, and the combplate’s gentle slope supports smooth entry and exit. Additionally, an electroluminescent device guides exit and entry. A flashing LED combplate signal alerts users of the entry and exit positions.
Australian-Made Commercial Lifts
Aussie Lifts has announced the Orion C350, a new range of commercial lifts. The company invested considerable R&D over a period of 18 months to develop it after observing a gap in the Australian market for a locally made sliding-door elevator. Its chain-over oil hydraulic drive system requires no overhead space or structural support and is rated for 350 kg (approximately three people).
As Aussie’s largest lift, the Orion C350 has a travel of up to 7.5 m (four levels) and comes with its own lightweight self-supporting lift shaft, sliding landing doors and machine cabinet. It is recommended for installation in schools, factories and other buildings that require disability access on their premises. It is built to Australian Standard 1735 Part 16, is BCA E3.6 compliant and addresses the disabled access regulations for commercial buildings in new or existing structures.
Pluggable Terminal Blocks
Dinkle International has announced pluggable terminal blocks, a series of products with a patented push-in design for connecting wires to terminal blocks. Each is composed of a plug and mating socket, the latter of which is usually attached to a printed circuit board by pins. The plug fits into the socket, and the wires connect to the socket via the push-in design. The company says the design improves upon traditional screw terminals in terms of efficiency, ease of use and space savings.
Sizes and ratings include pitch variance (2.54-6.35 mm), wire sizes (30-16 to 24-12 AWG), current (5-8 A at 150 VAC, 8-16 A at 300 VAC and 20 amps at 600 VAC) and connection methods (unpatented V-type spring or patented S-Cage single, double and rail type). Customization services include label printing, and color combinations. An LED at each connection point is on when current is flowing through the wire, with LED light pipes integral to the terminal-block assemblies to ensure each is clearly visible. This indication provides quick visual confirmation of active connections and can aid troubleshooting.
Schmersal Böhnke + Partner is to showcase its first-ever cloud solution at Interlift, taking place this month. It enables the company’s lift control units to transfer data and status information for lift systems via a gateway into the cloud using nonproprietary software. Real-time data is displayed on a standard browser and made accessible to the user via a secure virtual private network connection. The company states it enables errors to be rectified and emergency services to be deployed quicker.
Furthermore, the Industry 4.0 solution allows lift operators to receive location-independent access to all lift systems over the Internet using an interface designed especially for the lift application. Data include door status, and information on unscheduled stops and faults. It also provides access to a range of statistical data, including a trip counter, total operating hours and temperature. These data are intended to be used for preventive maintenance and offer increased flexibility when planning the mobile deployment of service teams.
Components Meeting EN 81-20/-50
Wieland Electric’s products meet EN 81-20/-50, making them suitable for new constructions as well as for lift modernizations. Its podis® LED emergency light, for example, is designed to be easy to install and require little maintenance, and facilitates safety in emergencies and during power failures. The compact customizable luminaire is intended for both passenger and freight elevators, as well as service lifts.
The company also offers certified safety components tested to EN 81-20/-50. The samos® PRO safety control and safe RELAY offer safety functions such as zone monitoring of the lift car, door monitoring and unintended-car-movement control. The portfolio also comprises electronic components, such as power supplies or preassembled terminal blocks.
New Feature: Shaft Information and Control System
ELGO Electronic of Rielasingen, Germany, has announced a new feature of its LIMAX33 CP magnetic tape-based shaft information and control system (ELEVATOR WORLD, October 2015). Safety parameters can now be programmed directly at the elevator system, making logistics simpler. The company states that, as wrong parametrization of an electronic sensor can greatly impact the installation, this process helps in case of replacement or modernization to avoid the installation of a sensor with parameters not fitting to the elevator installation.
ELGO delivers native sensors without parametrization. The customer then uses the company’s software to produce the label with the safety parameters of the specific installation. The label is then to be placed somewhere in the controller cabinet. During setup of the elevator installation, the technician will then program the safety parameters into the sensor. Next, the technician will type in the password from the label to activate the safety parameters. This process can be done only once in a sensor’s lifetime. In the case of replacing a sensor, the safety parameters exist with the installation, as the label is still inside the controller cabinet.
Manual Swing Door Monitoring Device
Rolls Elevator has released a new version of the Fail Safe Safety Guard (FSSG), the FSSG.sw. Intended for manual swing doors, it can detect a bypass of landing doors’ contact circuits at the controller terminal. Any attempt to bypass or short the door contact circuit will result in elevator shutdown by switching it to inspection mode. This feature is in addition to existing FSSG capability to detect any bypass placed on any door lock or car gate switch at any floor.