It’s been said that what goes up inevitably must come down. But when it comes to the ups and downs of a building’s elevators, it’s critical that building owners and property managers keep up with equipment testing to ensure the safety of tenants and prevent costly repairs. The most effective way to accomplish this maintenance component for any high-rise building is through a process known as “elevator commissioning.”
The Commissioning Process Explained
Elevator commissioning is a broad, systematic review of the system to ensure that all mechanisms are performing as designed.
Destination control systems can further optimize system performance with artificial intelligence that is capable of learning and forecasting the traffic flows of a building. When the traffic intensity alters, the control system measures the changed traffic patterns and switches its optimization routines accordingly.
Enhance Tenant Experiences
Any time elevator efficiency increases, customer experience is enhanced; however, the unique benefits of destination control systems increase passenger comfort from floor selection to destination arrival.
The deadline to file 2012 Category 1 Elevator Inspection Reports and Affirmation of Correction Reports has been extended to the end of the year, to December 31, 2013.
Due to the effects of Hurricane Sandy, the DOB had previously extended the 2012 inspection and filing deadlines for elevators and vertical lift devices to March 29, 2013.
Building owners must have a basic test conducted on their devices annually, though these annual tests need not include a load test. Category 1 tests must be performed by an Approved Elevator Inspection Agency and witnessed by an Approved Agency not affiliated with the agency performing the inspection.
Schindler Elevator Corporation now offers architects a “Cutting Edge Elevator Technology: Elevating architecture with destination dispatch controls" course approved for 1 LCU (Learning Credit Units) from the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) Continuing Education System (CES). The course qualifies as HSW (Health, Safety, Wellness). Architects can take the course online at www.architecturalrecord.com.
The Course Learning Objectives include:
Developments in elevator technology, with particular emphasis on controls
New destination-based dispatching technology, and how it is installed and implemented in both new construction and modernization projects
A majority (68 percent) of city dwellers around the world see tall buildings as an essential part of the modern cityscape, according to a recent study. Sixty-three percent think that landmark buildings are important to a city’s image and the same number believe that building upwards is a sustainable way to develop urban areas. Asians and Middle Easterners view high-rises even more positively than Europeans and Americans.
During a season in which weather can be potentially hazardous, it’s important that building and facility managers take the proper precautions to help prevent elevator damage and protect the safety of building occupants. Schindler Elevator offers the following tips to consider before, during and after weather-related events.
In honor of Safety Week, KONE's local branches are presenting the Safe-T Rider program to 12 schools across the United States. The programs teach safe elevator and escalator riding habits to young children.
The program will reach a total of 1,080 children in eight states, including four schools in the Quad Cities of Ill. and Iowa, as well as schools in Atlanta; Chicago; San Francisco; Portland, Ore.; Detroit, Mich.; Sioux Falls, S.D.; and Springfield, Ill.
Lerch Bates, an international consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and materials management, was selected by renowned architecture firm HOK and leading architectural and engineering consultancy firm Omrania & Associates to join the team constructing the prestigious Capital Market Authority (“CMA”) tower in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Capital Market Authority Tower - HOKLerch Bates is providing vertical transportation, façade access and materials management expertise during the construction of the future tallest commercial tower in the Middle East.