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Update on Emergency Use of Elevators

By David McColl | June 1, 2020

Clarifying OEO requirements in the recently released A17.1-2019/B44:19 by David McColl The use of elevators during building emergencies continues to be a topic of interest and debate. Code requirements are evolving as the number of buildings using elevators for occupant evacuation increases, and building designers, authorities, elevator manufacturers and life safety system providers gain experience.…

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Rethinking “Rescue”

By Michael J. Ryan | June 1, 2020

In this Readers’ Platform, your author makes the case for abolishing the term. by Michael J. Ryan I have long been troubled by the general public’s attitude about a stalled elevator. A stall happens infrequently, yet there’s a rush to escape the car. Just look at recent media headlines about those being assisted in a…

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Rationale for Developing a Brake Tester

By Dr. Albert So, Dr. K.H. Lam and Chung To “Andy” Kong | June 1, 2020

How addressing an accident and preventing future similar ones resulted in a generic brake monitor. In May 2018, a fatal accident related to the failure of an elevator brake occurred in Hong Kong. The victim waited at the seventh floor for the elevator, which was traveling upward from the ground floor. Owing to various causes,…

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MRLs in Emergencies

By TAK Mathews | June 1, 2020

The space-saving design must meet vital criteria for use as firefighter and emergency-evacuation elevators. by TAK MathewsThis article was first presented at the 2019 International Elevator & Escalator Symposium in Las Vegas. For more information on December 7-8, 2020’s event in Amsterdam and to participate, visit www.elevatorsymposium.org. The requirement for firefighter elevators has been recognized…

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Clearly Protected

By Gene Kennedy | June 1, 2020

This Product Spotlight details how Flood Glass can be the answer for lessons learned from Hurricane Sandy. by Gene Kennedy One of the enduring images of Hurricane Sandy, which hit the NYC area with winds and storm surge in October 2012, is that of water cascading down the stairways leading to the city’s subway stations.…

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Emergency Communications Are Often Overlooked

By Elevator World | November 1, 2017

Readers Platform outlines cost-effective ways to improve vital safety system. Over the summer, we were all shocked by the headline, “Elderly man found dead in elevator after he called for help and no one came” (CNN, August 11, 2017). This was shocking not only because of the tragic ending, but even more so because it…

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Emergency Power Operation with Regenerative Drives

By Elevator World | November 1, 2017

Line regenerative systems, like the KEB R6 regenerative drive (Figure 1), have become popular options in elevator applications over recent years. The increased use of efficient permanent-magnet gearless motors in high-rise buildings and the potential for energy savings makes line regenerative units an attractive option. This is especially true for elevator applications, because the motor…

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Evaluation of the Escalator Truss Subjected to Forced Displacement for Seismic Design

By by Kentaro Sekiguchi, Noritaka Horie and Hirobumi Utsunomiya | November 1, 2017

An accurate method of analysis for seismic design is detailed. by Kentaro Sekiguchi, Noritaka Horie and Hirobumi Utsunomiya This paper was presented at  Madrid 2016, the International Congress on Vertical Transportation Technologies, and first published in IAEE book Elevator Technology 21, edited by A. Lustig. It is a reprint with permission from the International Association…

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Stairwells Are Not for Wheelchairs

By Kaija Wilkinson | November 1, 2017

In this Industry Dialogue, Garaventa’s Trevor de Jaray discusses Evacu-Trac products and how they fit in to a “kinder and gentler” world. With the U.S. federal government and companies such as Microsoft leading the way, we have become a much “kinder and gentler” world in making workplaces accessible for those with mobility issues, says Trevor…

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Exploring the Concept of Using Lifts to Assist the Evacuation of Very Tall Buildings

By Elevator World | November 1, 2017

Existing buildings’ procedures are examined, and suggestions for future evacuation plans are made. This article was first presented at the Sixth Symposium on Lift & Escalator Technologies, www.liftsymposium.org. Evacuation times for very tall buildings, whether for planned evacuation, fire or non-fire emergencies, can be extreme. This article explores the concept of using lifts to assist…

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