Industry News for May 7, 2014

TURNER TO LEAD LERCH BATES’ GREAT LAKES REGION
Jim Turner has been named project manager, Elevator Consulting Group, for Lerch Bates, Inc.’s Great Lakes Region. Focusing on Chicago, Turner will perform due diligence and provide vertical-transportation consulting for new-installation, maintenance and modernization projects. Turner has more than 22 years of experience, most recently serving as national project developer at KJWW Engineering Consultants. He spent his entire elevator/escalator career with Montgomery Elevator Co. (later KONE). As KONE’s vice president of Modernization, he oversaw new product rollout, sales, engineering and installation.

SCHINDLER LAUNCHES 6400 NA
Schindler has announced the launch of its 6400 NA model in the U.S. The modernization package is specifically designed to enable mid-rise buildings to upgrade their existing elevators. Focusing on reliability, efficiency and sustainability with minimal downtime and shortened lead times, the package features an integrated family of products to streamline the modernization process. Components such as Schindler Miconic TX controllers, optional PORT technology, the FMM 200 modular gearless machine, Power Factor 1 regenerative drives, Suspension Traction Media, Varidor 50A door operators and Remote Monitoring are included.

HONG KONG EXTENDS VERTICAL LIFTING PLATFORM TRAVEL
Intended to address increasing demand from the disabled and elderly for more useful vertical lifting platforms and promote barrier-free access in Hong Kong, the Code of Practice on the Design and Construction of Lifts and Escalators (2012 Edition) has been modified. In it, the limit of travel height of the powered vertical lifting platforms has been extended from 4 to 7 m. This height is the equivalent to two upper-floor stops. Additionally, cross-references for barrier-free access have been updated in the code to align with the development.

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