Wind Turbine Elevator Committee Meeting
Progress made on new global standard at Elevator World.
photos by Lee Freeland
The ASME A17 Wind Turbine Elevator (WTE) Committee met at the Mobile, Alabama, headquarters of Elevator World, Inc. on May 5-6. Members were given a tour of the facilities. Most had never seen how a magazine is created and the talent required, but all were impressed with the staff, facilities and hospitality afforded us.
The committee agenda was full of comments returned on a letter ballot on converting ASME A17.1-2013/CSA B44-13 Section 5.11 into a new A17.8 standard. The purpose is to ensure a design, maintenance and inspection document for the global marketplace of WTEs. Currently, there is no related standard, except in the aforementioned section. Global manufacturers would have to purchase that large code, of which the vast majority would not apply. Thus, they asked for a global document dedicated to WTEs. When the question was raised to the A17 Standards Committee, the action was to move forward with the new standard, charging the WTE Committee with its development.
Members of the committee include WTE manufacturers, such as Avanti Wind Systems, Power Climber Wind, Tractel, Goracon, Hailo, Goian and Skyman. On the elevator side, we are rich in elevator-industry talent. Your author encourages anyone in the industry to join the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) National Interest Review Group. As an industry member, your expertise is vital when making codes. Members receive all the ballots of code changes and can provide commentary back to the A17 committee for consideration, all electronically.
Committee work is rewarding and never done; we will meet again and put safety to paper where we can. Hopefully, there will be another meeting in Mobile at Elevator World, where a dinner at Felix’s Fish Camp will again await.