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A Quick Look at Apta’s Heavy-Duty Escalator Design Guidelines

By Ken Smith | December 1, 2020

Examining the sections in important recommended-practice transit document Some time ago, your author worked for Montgomery Elevator Co. designing escalators and moving walks. Regularly, engineering would receive specifications for escalators used in what we called “transit” applications. These escalators would typically require things standard commercial escalators would not. For example: More corrosion resistance (special paint…

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Step/Skirt Performance Index Testing and Data Analysis

By Ken Smith | December 1, 2019

How to avoid common problems when measuring this important safety parameter, particularly with the PMT IMD-1 tool Value: 1 contact hour (0.1 CEU) This article is approved for Continuing Education by NAEC for CET® and NAESA International for QEI. EW Continuing Education is currently approved in the following states: AL, AR, FL, GA, IL, IN,…

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

By Kaija Wilkinson | December 1, 2019

 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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Escalator Cladding Design

By S. Javad Taleghani Nia | December 1, 2019

An examination and case study of safety-focused escalator enclosure design All mechanically moving parts of the escalator or moving walk should be completely enclosed within imperforate panels or walls. Exempt from this are the accessible steps, accessible pallets, accessible belt and handrail section available to the user. Many escalator manufacturers use stainless-steel sheets as an…

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The Westinghouse Electric Stairway

By Dr. Lee Gray | December 1, 2019

A look back at a time when a new challenger arrived as competition to the original Otis Escalator Between January 1934 and June 1935, several major American newspapers carried stories announcing three important escalator installations with a combined value of US$1.25 million. It would seem reasonable to assume that these announcements, appearing amid the Great…

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By Elevator World | January 1, 2019

Innovative system enhances accessibility, encourages walking tours in coastal city. The city of Santander on the northern coast of Spain established as one of its strategic objectives “the promotion of non-motorized displacements” through four pillars: the Municipal Accessibility Plan, ensuring people with disabilities have the same opportunities as other citizens; the Pedestrian Plan to improve…

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Keeping it Clean

By Matt Irvin | May 1, 2018

Rosemor is a leader in the niche market of escalator-cleaning machines. When Efi Rosen launched U.K.-based Rosemor International Ltd. in 1985, the company was best known for its high-pressure equipment popular with police agencies and the general public for cleaning vehicles. Rosen previously had worked as a production manager for Electrolux, a global manufacturer of…

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The Hidden Heart of Escalators

By Rezarta Rakipi | May 1, 2018

Italian manufacturer Montanari explains its escalator machines, which have braking systems that focus on safety first. by Stefano Bertoni and Rezarta Rakipi Urbanization Scenario Globally, more people live in urban areas than in rural areas. In 2007, for the first time in history, the global urban population exceeded the global rural population, and the world…

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Benefits of VFDs and Line-Regenerative Units for Escalators

By Lindsey Guajardo | May 1, 2018

KEB solutions can improve performance, reduce power consumption. by Tyler Pecha and Lindsey Guajardo Variable-frequency drives (VFDs) paired with line-regenerative units are a great fit for escalator applications. Compared to line-fed escalators, VFDs provide maximum application performance benefits, such as smooth speed profile ramps, adjustable torque limits and drive modes based on user traffic. Thanks…

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The Hocquart Escalator in the Gare d’ Orsay

By Dr. Lee Gray | May 1, 2018

Many details on an early high-profile escalator are uncovered. The June 1908 issue of the French transportation engineering journal Revue Générale des Chemins de Fer et des Tramways included an illustrated article on an escalator recently installed in the Gare d’Orsay, a train station/hotel complex built by Compagnie d’Orléans, one of France’s private railway companies.…

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