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China’s First Elevator/Special Equipment Safety Law

By Yihui Ruan, Ning Li, and Jianhua Ye | September 1, 2015

Aims and requirements of the code  by Yihui Ruan, Ning Li, and Jianhua Ye Chinese elevator law is divided into seven parts. Its aims are to safeguard life, limb, property and public welfare by establishing requirements. As partially explained in “China Versus U.S.” (ELEVATOR WORLD, July 2015), parts of this law are quite different from…

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Changes in the 2015 Elevator Industry Field Employees’ Safety Handbook

By Ricia Sturgeon-Hendrick | August 1, 2015

At its fall 2014 meeting, The National Elevator Industry, Inc. (NEII®) Field Safety Committee reviewed the 2010 Elevator Industry Field Employees’ Safety Handbook. A number of important changes were made at that meeting, in a February 2015 teleconference and at a June 16 meeting. The old green-colored handbooks are now phased out with new blue-colored…

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Occupant Evacuation Elevators

By Elevator World | July 1, 2015

A detailed examination of how codes and standards guide emergency procedures and equipment The International Building Code (IBC) defines occupant evacuation elevators (OEE) as elevators used by occupants for self evacuation during fires. ASME A17.1/CSA B44 elevator code does not define OEEs but has a definition for occupant evacuation operation (OEO). It is more specific…

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China Versus U.S.

By Bin Zhao, Yuandong Jiang, Jianfeng Sun, Wei Cui and Yihui Ruan | July 1, 2015

A comparative study on Chinese and American elevator law by Bin Zhao, Yuandong Jiang, Jianfeng Sun, Wei Cui and Yihui Ruan Research Background China’s economy has developed rapidly since the country adopted political reform with an opening-up policy in late 1978. Its installation of special equipment, especially elevators, grew significantly. By the end of 2012,…

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EN 81-20’s Impact on Elevator Door Detectors

By Elevator World | June 1, 2015

In August 2014, two new standards covering elevator design (EN 81-20:2014) and installation requirements (EN 81-50:2014) were released in Europe. These replace EN 81-1:1998+A3:2009 and EN 81-2:1998+A3:2009, which were 15 years old and needed upgrading to comply with modern safety requirements. It is expected the new standards will also be adopted in China, South America…

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Impact of EN 81-20 and EN 81-50 Standards

By Elevator World | May 1, 2015

This paper was presented at  Paris 2014, the International Congress on Vertical Transportation Technologies, and first published in IAEE book Elevator Technology 20, edited by A. Lustig. It is a reprint with permission from the International Association of Elevator Engineers  (website: www.elevcon.com). This paper is an exact reprint and has not been edited by ELEVATOR…

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The Global Relevance of Performance-Based Codes

By Louis Bialy | April 1, 2015

This paper was presented at  Paris 2014, the International Congress on Vertical Transportation Technologies, and first published in IAEE book Elevator Technology 20, edited by A. Lustig. It is a reprint with permission from the International Association of Elevator Engineers  (website: www.elevcon.com). This paper is an exact reprint and has not been edited by ELEVATOR…

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The Evolving Concept of Elevators for Fire-Service Access

By Elevator World | April 1, 2015

Follow-up article details recent elevator evacuation developments. Since your author presented “Elevators for Fire Service Access and Occupant Evacuation” (ELEVATOR WORLD, November 2014) at Elevcon Paris in July 2014, the subjects of fire service access elevators (FSAEs) and occupant evacuation elevators (OEEs) have continued to evolve as code writers from the mechanical, electrical, fire, life-safety…

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New Requirements for NYC Elevator Systems

By Elevator World | March 1, 2015

A summary of how the elevator codes affect NYC units and a rundown of the major compliance mandates on the horizon by James Marinelli, Electrodyn Systems Ltd. New York City (NYC) has always been a unique place to live and work. From its stone canyons, comprised of some of the world’s most famous skyscrapers, to…

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Why Adopt a Model Code without Amendments?

By Elevator World | February 1, 2015

The case for AHJ adoption of the newest model code in its pure form is made. © National Elevator Industry, Inc. (NEII®) To answer the question posed in this article’s title, some simple explanation is in order. A model code — whether it addresses elevator safety, building construction, energy efficiency or access for persons with…

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