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.
For anyone who’s ever been annoyed or bewildered by the security-check process at airports — a demographic that includes virtually everyone who flies — inventors Charles Bombardier and Ashish Thulkar have a solution that will guide travelers through the process quickly, easily and without a second thought. They call it the Aerochk, a security scanning system mounted on an escalator that checks person, passport and carry-on simultaneously.
The system, featured in online magazine Yanko Design, allows travelers to ride up to the gate concourse next to their luggage and passports, which ride on separate conveyors. All reach the top at the same time, squared away and ready to board. Now, if these guys would only turn their attention to the Department of Motor Vehicles and supermarket checkouts …