Fighting Coronavirus

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.”

The South 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.”

Back at work at KOYO Elevator’s factory

Photographic Memory Should Serve Future Elevator Engineer Well

Listing Fujitec, Toshiba and Mitsubishi Electric among his favorite elevator brands, 12-year-old Aaryan Sachin Kashyap of Bengaluru, India, has a photographic memory, especially when it comes to vertical-transportation equipment, according to The Times of India. He remembers elevator specifications from more than 5,000 sites he’s visited, recalling the details within 5 seconds, according to the source. Aaryn’s parents noticed his fascination with elevators when he was only 2 1/2, and have supported his love for the equipment since. Shimoga and Smitha Sachin have documented nearly 1,100 elevators around the world that Aaryan remembers — including 654 in Bengaluru alone! Whenever he’s at a mall, Aaryan says he doesn’t think about shopping — rather, it’s all about elevators. “I love their buttons, their cleanliness and the way they go up and down,” he says. Aaryan already holds a world record for correctly memorizing nearly 100 volumes of Indian children’s books, and has a newfound passion for cooking. However, he says he wants to be an elevator engineer when he grows up, and his passion for detail should certainly serve him well there!