News

July 25, 2014

OTIS: RESTRUCTURING WILL RESULT IN RELOCATION
Otis confirmed to ELEVATOR WORLD that bringing its commercial businesses, including Otis elevators, under one umbrella — UTC Building & Industrial Systems — will result in employee relocation. While the Daily Journal reported certain Connecticut gubernatorial candidates claimed 100 Otis jobs were leaving Connecticut for Florida, UTC spokeswoman Ashley Barrie told EW that approximately 25-50 North America-based employees “will relocate to strategic business locations, including Florida, North Carolina and Georgia, among others, during the summer.” Otis is currently based in Farmington, Connecticut.

ARUP CREATES HEAVY-DUTY LIFT FOR LONDON MUSEUM
Led by vertical-transportation specialist Roger Howkins, Arup has custom designed a lorry lift capable of moving 42 mT from street level to basement storage at the British Museum World Conservation and Exhibition Centre. Part of a job that included acoustics, fire, security and lighting for a major museum expansion, the lift is 4.5 m wide, 19 m long and 4.7 m high. Arup notes: “A special control system allows the facility to move the lift up and down from the landings by ‘inching’ to ensure that the bed of the lorry is level with the floor of the basement storage suites, where the museum’s collection of objects will be stored.”

NEW ELEVATORS FOR CALIFORNIA CITY’S PARKING GARAGES
City leaders in Santa Monica, California, are planning to embark on a US$5.2-million replacement of nine elevator systems in three of its parking garages, Santa Monica Daily Press reports. Besides equipment replacement, work will encompass new elevator-shaft roofs, gurney access, new air-conditioning systems and fire alarms. The three garages each have three elevators, which were installed in the 1960s when the garages were built. Due to their age, they are frequently out of service.

July 24, 2014

THYSSENKRUPP ELEVATOR: ACCESSIBILITY CRUCIAL FOR SENIORS

Germany’s aging population will need accessibility solutions, such as stairway chairlifts, platform lifts and home elevators, since more than half of citizens 40 and older said they want to stay in their own homes during their golden years, a survey conducted for ThyssenKrupp Elevator found. Approximately a quarter of those surveyed expect they will have to retrofit their homes with such equipment. The survey found 46% of women view stairway chairlifts as “important” to “very important,” versus 40% of men. Men, however, are willing to spend more on a chairlift: more than US$6,732 (EUR5,000).

LERCH BATES EXPANDS U.S. CONSULTANT STAFF

Lerch Bates Inc. has named Cory Hunter consultant, bringing the number of consultants reporting to the company’s U.S. Pacific Northwest office in Seattle to seven. Based in Portland, Oregon, Hunter has 16 years of industry experience. He previously managed Centric Elevator Corp. in Portland, where his specialties were growth-strategy development, modernization and maintenance. A QEI, Hunter developed a written maintenance control program for use in the Northwest. He holds a BS degree from Oregon State University, a PhD in lift-engineering management and an MBA.

MUMBAI RAILWAY ESCALATOR INSTALLATION SLOW

Installation of more than 40 escalators at Mumbai’s Central and Western Railway (CR and WR) lines is moving at a snail’s pace, mid-day reports. On CR, seven of 22 escalators have materialized, while at WR, nine of 33 units have been installed. The Railway Board has not placed orders for numerous parts required for first-phase work, nor any parts required for the second phase. CR and WR officials have asked for the autonomy to handle the work directly, but the board refused, preferring to issue all orders simultaneously. Rail officials fear by the time the orders are placed, existing units will have begun to show wear and tear.

July 23, 2014

BRUGG ANNOUNCES MANAGEMENT MOVES
Brugg Lifting, with U.S. headquarters in Rome, Georgia, has announced several management changes, including Douglas Ingenthron moving from general manager to vice president of Sales and Marketing for North America. He will be based in Houston. In addition, Brugg’s General Manager of Worldwide Elevator Ropes David Frei, based in Switzerland, will serve remotely as general manager of the U.S. facility. Director of Operations Joseph Thompson is transitioning into the position of interim general manager. Martin Rhiner is remaining as vice president of Engineering and Quality, with Ken Jones reporting to Rhiner as Quality manager of the Rome operations. Brugg states the moves are due to company growth.

EW’S FOCUS ON ELEVATOR GUIDES AND GUIDE RAILS
The October 2014 issue of ELEVATOR WORLD will focus on elevator guides and guide rails. It will also include a Continuing Education article. The deadline for editorial contributions is August 15. To participate or for more information, contact the EW Editorial Department at phone: (251) 479-4514, ext. 30 or email: editorial@elevatorworld.com.

EW PROJECT OF THE YEAR DEADLINE APPROACHING
Think one or more of your projects has what it takes to be a winner in ELEVATOR WORLD’s 17th Annual Project of the Year Awards? If so, send us your submission(s) by August 31, and your successful project could be recognized and highlighted in the January issue of EW. Click here to download an entry form. Questions? Email editorial@elevatorworld.com.

July 22, 2014

HYUNDAI ELEVATOR TO SUPPLY 238 UNITS TO ISTANBUL SUBWAY

Hyundai Elevator Co. of South Korea has struck a deal with Doğuş construction to supply 189 escalators and 49 elevators to Istanbul subway stations, Yonhap News Agency reports. The deal is worth US$13.1 million and will involve 16 stations along a 20-km-long route. Hyundai Elevator also says it hopes to supply elevators, escalators and additional products, such as platform screen doors, to the 250 subway stations planned in Istanbul by 2024.

MORE ON NEII’S 100TH

The National Elevator Industry, Inc. (NEII®) is commemorating the 100th anniversary of the first recorded meeting of the Elevator Manufactures’ Association (EMA), which later became NEII. The trade organization was initially established in response to changing urban environments and the need for codes to safeguard the riding public in elevators. The organization developed the first model elevator safety code, which served as the basis for today’s ASME A17.1 safety codes. More of the organization’s work includes Elevator Layout Standards, which later became Building Transportation Standards and Guidelines, NEII-1; development and distribution of Safety Regulations for Field Employees in conjunction with the International Union of Elevator Constructors; and the 2006 launch of the CodeFinder database. A detailed history of NEII can be found on its website.

20 NEW ESCALATORS APPROVED FOR INDIA’S CR

India’s Central Railway (CR) board has approved 20 new escalators that promise to ease comfort and speed travel from platforms and stations for train commuters, The Times of India reports. The first unit was set to be installed at Vikhroli the week of July 21. In addition, there are: four escalators each planned at Dadar, LTT and Thane stations; two each at Kalyan, Ghatkopar and Lonavla; and one at Bhandup. The improvements will bring the total number of escalators within the CR to 27.

REPORT: ELEVATOR/ESCALATOR MARKET IN MIDDLE EAST

TechNavio has announced the availability of Elevator and Escalator Market in the GCC 2014-2018, focusing on trends, drivers, challenges and opportunities for the elevator/escalator industry in Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries over the next four years. GCC countries are Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the U.A.E., Qatar, Bahrain and Oman. Due in large part to continued construction of skyscrapers in the region, the report forecasts the industry to grow at a compound annual rate of 5.39%. The publication includes discussion of key industry players’ strengths and weaknesses.

July 21, 2014

NEW US$1-BILLION AIRPORT FOR SALT LAKE CITY

Energy-efficient moving walks, escalators and elevators will be part of a new US$1-billion Salt Lake City International Airport, a long-term project embarked on in July, Deseret News reports. The project, which will replace the current airport, includes a three-story terminal designed by San Francisco-based HOK that will have floor-to-ceiling windows to highlight Utah’s beauty, a large meeting area for arriving and departing Mormon missionaries and easily available WiFi. Energy-efficient horizontal and vertical transportation units are among features airport officials hope will result in a 30% reduction in energy bills. The project is scheduled for completion in 2022.

WR JOINS MRVC IN INDIA TRESPASS-PREVENTION EFFORT

India’s Western Railway (WR) is joining Mumbai Railway Vikas Corp. (MRVC) in an effort to curb trespassing across tracks that often result in accidents,The Free Press Journal reports. While MRVC installed escalators and foot overbridges (FOBs) at 12 stations earlier this year to encourage use of FOBs, WR plans to implement a pilot project at one of the 12 stations in which it will install escalators leading to a common FOB at all platforms. This, WR hopes, will result in optimum utilization of the FOB.

DEVELOPER EYES SEATTLE FOR RESIDENTIAL TOWER

Wilshire Capital Partners of Beverly Hills, California, is seeking Seattle’s permission to build a 26-story residential tower across the street from the new Amazon.com office building on Ninth Avenue North, the Puget Sound Business Journal reports. The area is seeing significant activity, including additional office buildings, and a 240-ft.-tall residential tower has been proposed. The building proposed by Wilshire would include 244 residential units, a podium, parking and retail.

NEW TITAN ELEVATOR VIDEO

Titan Machine Corp. has released a video entitled “How to Properly Measure for a Sheave Replacement.” The topic is a critical step in the accurate identification and reproduction of a replacement part. The video focuses on one of the most common types of sheaves, the flange-mounted geared traction machine sheave.

July 18, 2014

DiPAOLOS LAUNCH INDEPENDENCE ELEVATOR IN NEW JERSEY

The wife and husband team of Amy and Pete DiPaolo have launched Independence Elevator Co. in Bridgewater, New Jersey, an International Union of Elevator Constructors shop that will perform service, repair, modernization and new installation. Most recently vice president of Hudson Elevator Group in Staten Island, New York, Amy DiPaolo has 24 years of management, sales and leadership experience. She is majority owner in the new company. An agreement between the DiPaolos and Hudson owners Brian Farley and Tom Lionetti transfers Hudson’s New Jersey accounts to Independence, allowing Hudson to focus on its core New York market.

THYSSENKRUPP ELEVATOR’S NEW, CLOUD-BASED SERVICE SYSTEM

In partnership with Microsoft and CGI, ThyssenKrupp Elevator is developing a cloud-based elevator monitoring system designed to diagnose and prevent problems, in turn improving reliability and safety. Expected to be rolled out early next year, the solution is based on Microsoft’s cloud architecture, the Internet of Things. CGI securely connects ThyssenKrupp Elevator’s “things” — the thousands of elevator sensors that monitor shaft alignment, cab speed and door function; the data gathered by those sensors; and the computers and mobile devices used by elevator technicians — to the cloud. The solution promises to result in shorter travel times, better efficiency and reduced costs.

MAN-D-TEC EXPANDS PURCHASING DEPARTMENT

Man-D-Tec, Inc., based in Scottsdale, Arizona, has added Suzanne Mandy to its purchasing team. Mandy has experience in multiple industries. Her duties at Man-D-Tec include coordinating inventory, streamlining the ordering process and integrating a new barcode system.

SCHINDLER ELEVATOR CORP. HONORED FOR “GREEN” FACTORY

Schindler Elevator Corp., the North American arm of Schindler, and its general contractor, Conewago Enterprises, Inc., were honored by Associated Builders & Contractors for achieving Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for a new manufacturing facility in Hanover, Pennsylvania. Opened in February, the 150,000-sq.-ft. building has sustainability elements that include a 665-kW, 2,176 solar-panel installation; a zero-discharge water system; and two electrical charging stations for vehicles. Schindler reports this is the first elevator manufacturing plant in North America to receive LEED Gold certification.

July 17, 2014

PTL EQUIPMENT ROLLS OUT NEW WEBSITE

PTL Equipment has launched a redesigned website. The revamped site allows customers to flip through and download PTL’s product catalog and submit requests for quotes online. It provides an in-depth overview of the company’s mission, history and products, in addition to an elevator news section. PTL CEO Jon Heffer stated: “We wanted to provide our customers with a state-of-the-art web experience, and that is what we’ve done here. Everything has been streamlined to help visitors move effortlessly to the information they’re after.”

NEW LERCH BATES MANAGING DIRECTOR IN ASIA

Lerch Bates Inc. recently promoted Keenan Potter to managing director of Lerch Bates Asia Pacific Ltd., Hong Kong and Lerch Bates (China) Ltd. Based in Shanghai, Potter will have the role of managing the firm’s growing presence in Asia. With more than 20 years of specialized expertise in the façade-access industry, he previously served as general manager of Lerch Bates (China), following successful careers as a façade-access equipment manufacturing sales and engineering group leader and an Asia Pacific division general manager of a technology company. During his tenure with Lerch Bates, he developed and managed a façade-access consulting division and spearheaded the development and opening of the firm’s first office in the Asia Pacific region with Lerch Bates (China).

30 PARIS METRO ESCALATORS TOO WIDE, MUST BE REPLACED

Thirty escalators installed in the Paris Metro in 2006 and 2007 are 10 cm too wide and need to be replaced, The Connexion reports. Intended to increase capacity, the 1-m-long units on three lines are often out of service and require expensive repairs. By next year, the Régie Autonome des Transports Parisiens (RATP) plans to replace the units at a cost of at least US$8 million. RATP has alleged design flaws are to blame for the problems, and contends the manufacturer should pay for replacement. A French court is set to decide which entity will fund the project.