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Hard Hats Turn (at Least) 100

By Lee Freeland | March 1, 2019
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Centennial celebration breaks record, promotes an essential, ubiquitous worksite safety item. The patent of the hard hat turns 100 this year. Though protective leather hats had been made since 1898, the “Hard-Boiled Hat” was patented in 1919 by E.W. Bullard, son of Edward Dickinson Bullard, who had founded the E.D. Bullard Co. that sold the…

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Thinking Outside the Box

By Lee Freeland | March 1, 2019
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Traditional Braille applicator SCS has evolved to offer much more. Red Wing, Minnesota-based SCS Elevator Products Inc. manufactures cab and jamb Braille, industry signage, safety barricades, buttons, contact bases and custom orders. It focuses on North America but ships around the world. It also provides part design, toolmaking, diecasting, metal stamping and injection molding services.…

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ASME Holds A17 Code Week in Florida

By Lee Freeland | March 1, 2019
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Reviews are conducted, reports on global standardization work are made, and upcoming publications are detailed. Many members and guests descended upon the Sheraton Sand Key Resort as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) held its A17 Code Week in Clearwater Beach, Florida, on January 7-10. The ASME A17 Standards Committee and associated code committees,…

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Cleaning Systems for Escalator Treads

By Lee Freeland | February 1, 2019
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EscaTEQ offers several new-type cleaning solutions and promises more are on the way. Rotterdam, Netherlands-based EscaTEQ B.V. offers several escalator cleaning devices. Tread-TEQ is a lightweight, one-person operational system designed to clean an escalator in just a few minutes. Since it uses the escalator’s propulsion to generate the cleaning action, no outside power is required,…

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Amos Rex: Futuristically Embracing the Past

By Lee Freeland | November 1, 2018
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New, carefully applied technology blends with the 1930s aesthetics of a Helsinki heritage building A one-of-a-kind building opened in the heart of Helsinki in 1936. Dubbed “Lasipalatsi,” Finnish for “glass palace,” the clean, minimalist structure in the Streamline Moderne style has hosted restaurants, exhibition halls and offices.[1] It has included the 550-seat Bio Rex, a…

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Champion Elevator

By Lee Freeland | September 1, 2018
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Busy, growing NYC contractor thrives on customer service, communication. “The NYC code changes and economy have had a positive impact on the company. The market is very good right now.” This is how 32-year-plus industry veteran Donald Gelestino began to explain the explosive growth of Champion Elevator, which he founded as president in 2015. Champion…

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NAEC Educational Conference 2018

By Lee Freeland | July 1, 2018
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Four days packed with education and news draws elevator people from across North America. The National Association of Elevator Contractors (NAEC) Educational Conference took place in sunny Carlsbad, California, on April 15-18. The Sheraton Carlsbad Resort and Spa welcomed 235 attendees for four days of learning, discussion, networking and, of course, golfing and other fun…

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From Old Parts to Large Systems

By Lee Freeland | July 1, 2018
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Rick Barker, a truly global elevator man, talks about his extensive experience in the industry. Rick Barker (RB) is a principal and cofounder of Barker Mohandas LLC, a vertical-transportation (VT) consulting firm founded in 2000. A 40-year-plus veteran of the industry, Barker has been director of Technical Services worldwide at Otis World HQ, VT department…

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Lift Modernisation Design Guide, 2nd Edition

By Lee Freeland | April 1, 2018
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Systematic approach to lift engineering provides on-the-job instruction and reference for all involved. Roger E. Howkins’ Lift Modernisation Design Guide, 2nd Edition is intended to assist engineers, consultants, mechanics, surveyors and sales teams who are actively involved in lift modernization. The popular reference tool, originally published in 1998, has been through five printings. The new…

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Educational Focus, Volume 3

By Lee Freeland | March 1, 2018
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A new resource for readers interested in new technical knowledge The new Educational Focus, Volume 3 is the latest in a series of compilations of technical articles newly approved for continuing-education credit. A total of 16 hr. of credit is available by passing the exam for each article. They have been approved for credit by…

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