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A Long Time Coming

By Kaija Wilkinson | March 1, 2020
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The Elevator Safety Act will mean changes for the industry but, ideally, yield a safer elevator world. By Kaija Wilkinson After eight years of negotiation and a mind-boggling number of iterations (five from December 2019-January 2020, for example), New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo approved the Elevator Safety Act (New York State Assembly Bill S7306) on…

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Big Apple Business Boom

By Kaija Wilkinson | March 1, 2020
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Across the boroughs, NYC continues to redefine itself with record-breaking development, and there is more than enough VT work to go around. by Kaija Wilkinson Merriam-Webster defines “boomtown” as “a town enjoying a business and population boom.” Dictionary.com, meanwhile, describes a “boom town” as a “a town that has grown very rapidly as a result…

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IIoT and How It Applies to VT

By Kaija Wilkinson | February 1, 2020
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Relayr executive talks about how his employer is making inroads in the industry. by Kaija Wilkinson A native of India who is based in Austin, Texas, Guneet Bedi (GB) is chief revenue officer/general manager at relayr, a company you may have noticed at recent vertical- transportation (VT) industry tradeshows. Founded in Berlin in 2013 by…

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“A Spectacular Ride”

By Kaija Wilkinson | February 1, 2020
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Mitsubishi Electric spiral escalator, the first in the U.S. Midwest, helps distinguish the largest Starbucks in the world on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile. by Kaija Wilkinsonphotos courtesy of Starbucks Mitsubishi Electric’s Inazawa Works factory in Japan manufactured the components of the 15-ft, 4-in.-tall spiral escalator serving the largest Starbucks retail store in the world — the…

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At the VeryTop

By Kaija Wilkinson | January 1, 2020
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Marja-Liisa Siikonen, one of Finland’s most notable female inventors, has earned industrywide respect. by Kaija Wilkinson Among Finland’s top women inventors, with more than 200 international patents to her name, Marja-Liisa Siikonen (MLS) has come a long way since growing up as a farmer’s daughter in Seinäjoki, Finland, a village approximately 400 km north of…

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VT a Key Part of Airports’ “Science of Arrivals”

By Kaija Wilkinson | December 1, 2019
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 thyssenkrupp experts  discuss escalators,  moving walks and more at Munich trade fair. by Kaija Wilkinsonphotos courtesy of thyssenkrupp Airports: They’re the scenes of tearful goodbyes, panicked departures, joyful arrivals and, in many cases, provide a traveler his or her first impression of a new city or country. That’s why navigating them should be as hassle-free, safe…

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Making it “Grand”

By Kaija Wilkinson | December 1, 2019
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NAEC 70th Annual Convention & 2019 Exposition is a memorable one thanks in part to the enchanting Midwest location. by Kaija Wilkinson Low humidity, balmy weather and a dazzling sunset over the Grand River seemed custom-ordered for the National Association of Elevator Contractors (NAEC) 70th Annual Convention & 2019 Exposition annual Dregs Party, held on…

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Orona’s Aspirations

By Kaija Wilkinson | November 1, 2019
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Spain-based global player has achieved its goals and set its sights even higher. One out of every 10 lifts installed in Europe is by Orona, which exports to more than 100 countries, is present in 11 countries and has more than 5,000 employees. What was founded by a handful of cement plant workers in the…

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Cities and the People Who Inhabit Them

By Kaija Wilkinson | October 1, 2019
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Photo Contest 2019 submissions inspire with dazzling interplay of light, materials and a human component. Escalators that provide access to Leifeng Pagoda, a structure built in 975 and rebuilt in 2002 in Hangzhou, China, are flanked by stone steps interspersed with planters holding bright red and yellow flowers and cradled in the lush greenery of…

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Above And Beyond

By Kaija Wilkinson | October 1, 2019
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Delaware Elevator leads a team in modernizing a VT system that has served the Washington Monument since the 1950s. With more people than the population of the city of Seattle (800,000-plus) visiting the Washington Monument each year, the elevator serving it is a workhorse that makes more than a dozen round trips each day. Visitors…

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