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Your Safety Manager Is on Your Side

By Robert Pitney | February 1, 2019

In this Readers Platform, your authors explain why this sometimes thankless job is so important. By Ray Downs and Robert Pitney Did you ever wonder what it takes to be a safety manager in today’s elevator industry? Well, we can tell you it’s a position that frequently doesn’t get the level of respect it deserves.…

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PESSRA in Lifts and Escalators – An Overview

By Teck Eng Ng | February 1, 2019

Basic information intended as a quick guide for lift and escalator field professionals on these important electronic systems that are becoming commonplace By Lakshmanan Raja and Teck Eng Ng Electronics are making great headway into the lift and escalator industry, which is now on par with their development in other industries. In our industry, what…

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A New Approach Necessary to Keep All New Lifts Safe and Reliable

By Elevator World | February 1, 2019

History and insight into the development and state of ISO standards and what must be supplied to owners when a new lift is handed over This article was first presented at the 2018 International Elevator &Escalator Symposium in Istanbul. For more information on November 2019’s event in Las Vegas and to participate, visit www.elevatorsymposium.org. For…

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Give Me a Brake

By Elevator World | February 1, 2019

The purpose, solutions, servicing and design considerations of the safety brake The elevator safety brake has come a long way since the mid 19th century when Elisha Graves Otis first demonstrated his safety brake that would revolutionize the industry. It is fair to say the elevator didn’t gain popularity until the safety brake was developed.…

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Elevator Accidents 1870-1920 Statistics

By Dr. Lee Gray | February 1, 2019

The first of this two-part History series examines early elevator datasets. This is the first of two articles that will examine elevator safety in the U.S. between 1870 and 1920. This month’s focus is on accident reporting and statistics; next month’s article will address accident causes. The impetus for this investigation was the recent acquisition…

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Electronic Safety Actuator

By Peter Herkel, Dr. Pascal Rebillard and Rubén Sánchez Muñoz | February 1, 2019

This Product Spotlight details the development of and perceived need for Otis’ replacement of the centrifugal overspeed-governor subsystem and safety actuation module. This article was first presented at the 2018 International Elevator & Escalator Symposium in Istanbul. For more information on November 2019’s event in Las Vegas and to participate,visit www.elevatorsymposium.org. By Randy Dube, Peter…

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Weathering the Storm

By Elevator World | November 1, 2018

An overview of the advancements in elevator technology and North American codes targeting harsh weather and natural disasters Anearlierversionofthis article appeared in BUILDINGS. As the world’s population migrates to urban centers, mobility is integral to the efficient operation of these densely populated areas. People, materials and products not only need to get from one part…

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A Synthesis of Technology and Culture

By Elevator World | November 1, 2018

In this Readers Platform, an Otis executive describes how the company is integrating proprietary apps to promote mechanic safety. At Otis, safety has always been at the heart of who we are. Although the elevator has been around for centuries, it only became a safe, reliable means of transportation in 1852 — the year Elisha…

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Raising the Bar

By Kaija Wilkinson | November 1, 2018

In this Industry Dialogue, ATIS Field Operations Director Charlie Slater discusses the state of the elevator-inspection industry. Growing up in Tampa, Charlie Slater envisioned himself becoming an astrophysicist. The son of an elevator-industry man who ran installation, service, panel-shop and, finally, inspection company A-1, Slater came into the business at a very young age, working…

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Safety in 2028: Predicting the Safety Level of Future Standards

By Elevator World | November 1, 2018

This paper was presented at  Berlin 2018, the International Congress on Vertical Transportation Technologies, and first published in IAEE book Elevator Technology 22, edited by A. Lustig. It is a reprint with permission from the International Association of Elevator Engineers  (www.elevcon.com). Standards evolve all the time: for example, there are major differences between the first…

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