As the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, China has
taken numerous steps to try to contain the spread of the disease. Elevators
have been one focal point in the country’s efforts. For example, the photos
above sent by ELEVATOR WORLD Correspondent Peng Jie show elevator buttons
covered with plastic wrap to protect them from twice-daily spraying of
disinfectant, plus record sheets on the wall to certify the cleaning has been
done. Peng tells us, “We have been affected in work and daily life since January.
Schools and universities remain closed, the same with restaurants and most
shops. People are advised to stay at home and go out as [little] as possible.
Temperatures are measured everywhere.”
China Morning Post reports that people are using objects — such as
lighters, or even toothpicks — to press elevator buttons. The article notes
that some buildings have adopted voice-controlled systems. Giving a nod to
“the most innovative solution so far,” the newspaper relates that
holographic buttons are in use in at least one elevator in the eastern city of
Hefei. Riders simply press the “button” for their floor. The maker of
the system, Easpeed, said it has received more than 100 orders for its
touchless elevator button system, which sells for about US$2,163.
On a promising note, KOYO Elevator posted on its LinkedIn page the photo below along with a note that its factory in Kunshan, China, has resumed production, adding, “The epidemic in China has been effectively controlled,” and that company leadership “attached great importance to the timely shipment of goods.”
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.
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.