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Standard and Customized Safety Fixtures

By Elevator World | August 1, 2015

Metropolitan transit authority’s needs illustrate what PTL does for its clients. Among products offered by PTL Equipment are customized escalator safety fixtures. In 2015, a metropolitan transit authority contacted PTL in search of a customized version of its ES1 Emergency Stop Station for escalators. A number of the client’s escalators are located outdoors and operate…

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Weatherproofing

By Elevator World | August 1, 2015

Having recently performed a survey of escalators exposed to the weather, a continually discussed question was on the functionality of weatherproofing provisions. The shopping center where the survey was performed had escalators installed during the 1980s without weather provisions and escalators installed or modernized from 2006-2013 with weatherproofing provisions. Code requirements for covers and safety…

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Kone Escalator Installation for WMATA

By Elevator World | August 1, 2015

Strategic planning was key to meeting unique challenges posed by project. Washington, D.C.’s public transit organization, Washington Metro Area Transit Authority (WMATA), recently began making sweeping investments in its stations, including upgrading its vertical-transportation system with new escalators from KONE. WMATA’s station in Bethesda, Maryland, posed a particular challenge. The station’s escalators are the second…

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Bigger Escalator Step for More Capacity

By Elevator World | August 1, 2015

How a little increase in step depth has a significant impact on increasing transportation capacity. Transporting passengers from one level to another is the prime objective in escalator design and operation. There has been very scarce information and studies on the dynamics of passengers around escalators. This lack of knowledge extends to the unknown understanding…

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Hallé’s Moving Way for Transporting Persons and Goods

By Dr. Lee Gray | August 1, 2015

French engineer Jacques Hallé and his invention that established him as a father of the modern escalator The origins of the modern escalator are often discussed solely in terms of the contributions of three American inventors: Jesse Wilford Reno (ELEVATOR WORLD, December 2003), George A. Wheeler (EW, July 2008) and Charles D. Seeberger (EW, April…

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An Instrument for Testing the Handrail Speed-Monitoring Device of Escalators and Moving Walks

By Elevator World | October 1, 2013

by Xueming Chen, Jianfeng Sun, Wei Hong and Yihui Ruan The stairs and handrails of escalators are designed to operate at the same speed and are driven by the same electric motor. The motor connects to a drive gear that moves the steps, and from there, a belt turns a wheel that drives the handrail.…

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Review: Spiral Escalators Configuration Design

By Elevator World | October 1, 2013

by H.Y. Tian and Li Yuxiang Escalators are a common form of public transportation, and as time goes by, their aesthetic demands increase with their popularization. As the basic function of an escalator is to transport passengers between different space levels, an alternative is the design of a spiral escalator with less room required and…

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Which Materials Will Be Used in the Escalators of the Future?

By Elevator World | October 1, 2013

Millions of people use escalators every day. I wonder how many of them have questioned the type of material used to manufacture escalators and components. Looking at a car from the outside, one can see the body is made from metal(s). The tires are rubber, the windows are glass, etc. While riding them, one may…

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Escalator Installations in Europe

By Elevator World | October 1, 2013

The History Less than 20 years ago, Europe was the continent with the most escalators produced and installed in the world. All major OEMs had at least one escalator assembly facility in Europe, and certainly, all expertise around escalators was based in Europe. This all seems long ago. Although today, most escalators in the world…

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Turning Escalators into Profit Centers while Enhancing Safety

By Elevator World | October 1, 2013

ADRailUSA has licensed a product that creates revenue for escalator maintenance companies and their customers. That’s because the company frequently hires escalator maintenance agencies to adjust the escalators, and often hires them to install ADRail film on escalator handrails at venues such as O’Hare International Airport in Chicago and Boston Logan International Airport. ADRailUSA contends…

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