John W. Koshak

John W. Koshak is head and founder of Elevator Safety Solutions, Inc., and a member of Elevator World, Inc.’s Board of Directors and Technical Advisory Group. He is also current president of the International Association of Elevator Consultants. Directly prior to reactivating his company in September 2008, Koshak served as director of Codes and Standards for North America for thyssenkrupp Elevator. He was formerly in research at thyssenkrupp Research, Innovation and Design. Koshak got his start in the industry in 1980 at Westinghouse Elevator Co. and has worked for Dover Elevator, Amtech Elevator and Adams Elevator Equipment Co., where he was vice president of Technical Support. He was a National Elevator Industry Educational Program instructor from 1982 to 1991, designed the LifeJacket hydraulic-elevator safety and holds several patents for elevator-component designs. Koshak is a member of the ASME A17 Standards Committee and a past chairman of the Elevator Escalator Safety Foundation.

Vertical Equipment Maintenance : A Critical Safety Task

by John W. Koshak Abstract The Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators in the U.S. and Canada, ASME A17.1/CSA B44, includes Section 8.6, the Maintenance, Repair, Replacement and Testing section....

A Discussion About Preventive-Maintenance Practices

Observations from a consultant Since 2008, your author has investigated elevator, escalator, VRC (vertical reciprocating conveyor), A10.4 personnel hoist, and even home-built elevator injury incidents, observing the conditions and causes...

Here, Experienced and Ready for Business

IAEC attends BOMA expo in Nashville, Tennessee. The International Association of Elevator Consultants (IAEC), formerly known as the National Association of Vertical Transportation Professionals, for the first time exhibited at...

SARS-CoV-2 Mitigations in Elevators

Identifying the characteristics of the coronavirus and elevator enclosure and examining the technical solutions for sanitizing the elevator  The discovery of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, in 2019, changed...

Traction Sheave Maintenance

How to identify and prevent traction sheave damage due to unequal rope tension Value: 1 contact hour (0.1 CEU) This article is approved for Continuing Education by NAEC for CET®...

3D Hoistway Door Protection

An examination of new requirements to A17.1/B44 for door protection and how the new mandatory devices work Improving the safety of elevators and escalators has been the primary goal of...

Traction for Field Personnel, Part Two

Conclusion of series examines components used in electric elevator systems that provide safe traction. In Part 1 (ELEVATOR WORLD, August 2017), we learned the design basics of traction, starting with...

Traction for Field Personnel, Part One

Unintended loss of traction, resulting from component deterioration, for example, is very hazardous and can allow an elevator to move uncontrolled. Four factors determine and control traction: The traction ratio...

Maintenance Control Program Changes

Learn about the MCP and updates made to it since 2010. In the world of elevators, manufacturers design newer components to require less maintenance. Replacing an older elevator controller, full...

Elevator Door Force

Maladjustment of elevator door controllers can cause injury to persons if impacted by a closing door with a high speed. Persons can also be entrapped or crushed by a door...

WELL-BEING WORKSHOP FOR SMALL ORGANIZATIONS TO BE HOSTED IN CARDIFF

Well-Being Workshop for Small Organizations To Be Hosted in Cardiff

PFLOW TO SHOWCASE VRCs AT SUPPLY-CHAIN TRADESHOW

PFlow To Showcase VCRs at Supply-Chain Tradeshow

VT INDUSTRY VETERANS LAUNCH WASHINGTON STATE-BASED CONSULTANCY

VT Industry Veterans Launch Washington State-Based Consultancy

Wittur for Morpheus Hotel in Macao, China; image courtesy of Wittur/JAGGAER

WITTUR Unveils International Supplier Management Platform

Elevator at Lowe Mills Arts & Entertainment; image courtesy of Huntsville.org blog

Alabama Elevator Set for Repair After Months of Delay