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The Danger of Competitive Pressure

By Elevator World | November 1, 2018

This Readers Platform makes the case that rolling the dice on repair quality is a risky bet. It is widely acknowledged in the elevator industry that competitive pressures are squeezing service companies’ profit margins — especially on fully comprehensive contracts. The failure of a major component, such as a drive, manifests these cost pressures and…

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Functional Safety and STO in Elevator Drives

By Elevator World | November 1, 2018

Latest codes allow SIL 3-rated devices to replace motor contactors. What is safety? Merriam-Webster puts it this way: “Safety is the condition of being safe from undergoing or causing hurt, injury or loss.” In the elevator industry, safety concerns everyone. It is the driving force behind the code that defines how elevators are built and…

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Door Safety Function for Elevators Using Video Analysis

By Kentaro Yokoi, Hiroshi Sukegawa, Teh KoK Long and Sayumi Kimura | 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). by Shuhei Noda, Kentaro Yokoi, Hiroshi Sukegawa, Teh KoK Long and Sayumi Kimura We…

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Something Has to Give

By Elevator World | September 1, 2016

This introspective Readers Platform addresses the critical topics of maintenance contracts and route overloads in the U.S. This article is written from my perspective as an International Union of Elevator Constructors maintenance mechanic. I began working in the elevator business in the early 1980s, initially alongside my father in construction. My father had been in…

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Why PESSRAL Is Not PESS

By Elevator World | September 1, 2016

Important safety ramifications in European standards applications 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 of Elevator Engineers  (website: www.elevcon.com). The lift industry is quite old…

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Speeding Up Elevator Inspections and Reporting

By Elevator World | September 1, 2016

Introducing a timesaving mobile app years in the making Improving operations is an evergreen topic. Several years ago, UpVate.com proposed a common electronic-data management platform (ELEVATOR WORLD, September 2012). The idea was to modernize operations, while ensuring code compliance. Since the industry still struggles with slow inspections and late reports, UpVate Anywhere, a web-based mobile app,…

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Breakthrough in Safe and Cost-Effective Elevator Hoistway Control

By Elevator World | September 1, 2016

Together, APS and iDiscovery provide an array of benefits. 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 of Elevator Engineers  (website: www.elevcon.com). The century-old elevator hoistway…

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Best Bureaucrat

By Elevator World | September 1, 2016

Miami-Dade County has a chief elevator inspector it won’t want to lose in Michael A. Chavez. In 2006, an elderly Miami couple in their 80s were stranded in their apartment. The lady was battling cancer and could not get to her doctor, because the elevator in their building was broken. The shaft was on the…

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Elevators for Fire Service Access and Occupant Evacuation

By Elevator World | November 1, 2014

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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On the Development of Occupant Evacuation Elevators

By Dr. Albert So | November 1, 2014

An examination of concepts to use elevators in high-rise emergencies, including history centered on 9/11 The Concept Pre 9/11 The sign, “In case of fire, do not use elevators, use stairs,” or in similar wordings, could be commonly found at any typical elevator lobby across the U.S. In Hong Kong, according to Clause 3.10.3 of…

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