When a shopping mall elevator in Abbotsford, Canada, got a shout-out on Vancity Elevators, a YouTube channel focused on vertical transportation, it caught the attention of the local media. The Abbotsford News website recently posted a story under the headline: “VIDEO: Abbotsford elevator praised on YouTube,” complete with link to the Vancity Elevators upload, which you can watch by clicking on the image above. The article says the elevator, a Montgomery hydraulic unit, was installed in 1975, nearly 45 years ago. It goes on to note that the Vancity Elevators post titles the video as “EPIC MOTOR!!,” with the article’s author surmising the “classic purr” was “pleasing to the user.” While Montgomery Elevator Co. may no longer be around, it’s nice to know that its elevators are still hard at work and appreciated by the riding public.
The 166-year-old Otis has seen a lot of changes along with its vivacious growth since being acquired by United Technologies Corp. (UTC) as a wholly owned subsidiary in 1976. We’ve covered the slow burn to its spinoff from UTC for a while now and spotlighted products that, as with other major OEMs, move it into the realm of high technology with an emphasis on remote monitoring and predictive maintenance. As can be seen in this Fortune interview, Otis CEO Judy Marks explains that the company plans to be “the future of urban mobility; basically, the future of moving people safely.”
Look to April 2020 for the completion of the spinoff, which will put Otis back on the New York Stock Exchange. See the interview above for Marks’ explanation of Otis’ plans, a little on the recently completed Empire State Building elevator modernization (to tide you over until reading our Project of the Year-winning feature on it in our January 2020 issue) and much more.
Jared Owens uses computer-generated animation (CGI) to show how things work. Escalators are one of his latest topics, and the video he narrates is clear and informative — ideal for children and even adult professionals who want to brush up on their vertical-transportation knowledge. In the video, he provides a brief history of escalators and how the technology evolved, and describes different equipment configurations and the reasons for them. Check it out and get an inside, up-close look at components like step chains, track systems, gears, roller chains and handrails, and they all fit together like a puzzle to enhance efficiency and promote safety. More of Owens’ work can be found on his YouTube channel.