Updated Testing Material
Manual and handbook provide quick reference for mechanic and inspector in testing and more.
The Field Employees’ Elevator Testing Manual was designed to provide a guide to technicians assigned the task of performing various tests on electric and hydraulic passenger and freight elevators in the presence of a certified elevator inspector. This publication from the National Association of Elevator Contractors can help in understanding what is being tested and a safe means to demonstrate the function. The 128-page notebook-style handbook relates to ASME A17.1-2007/CSA B44-07, A17.1a-2008/B44a-08 and A17.1-2013/B44-13. Methods described are taken from the A17.2-2014 Guide for Inspection of Elevators, Escalators and Moving Walks. In its fourth edition, reviewed in 2017 by James Runyan and Zack McCain, it focuses on personal safety, test tags and documentation, periodic tests, and acceptance testing.
The 2016 edition (sixth edition) of the Elevator Industry Inspection Handbook is a complete revision that references code changes through ASME A17.1 2013 and A17.3 2015. A field reference for the experienced elevator inspector in assuring compliance with ASME QEI-1, it can help locate code rules/requirements in the applicable edition. Full of tables featuring the effective date of code changes for elevators, escalators and moving walks, it now includes several drawings and charts to help field technicians. Sized to fit inside a briefcase or toolbox, its spiral-bound 144 pages are color coded in reference of electric elevators, hydraulic elevators, escalators/moving walks, and the expanded Appendix.
The handbook is written by McCain, a registered Professional Engineer in Oklahoma. He is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), as well as a member of the QEI-1. He received the ASME Safety Codes and Standards Medal in 1995 and was named a fellow of ASME the same year. McCain is also a QEI and has served as course director and instructor on numerous courses for ASME. Some of his other books include Elevators 101, the Elevator Maintenance Manual, the Maintenance Field Handbook and several Certified Elevator Technician (CET®) course books. He holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas.
Both publications are available at elevatorbooks.com.