By: D&D Elevator
The New York City Department of Buildings has announced that, by January 1, 2020, all automatic passenger, service and freight elevators must provide a system to monitor and prevent automatic operation with faulty door contact circuits. All controller modifications performed to meet this mandate will require an Elevator Application under an EBN (Elevator Buildings Notice) and all modifications must be approved by a Registered Professional Engineer, Registered Architect and the controller manufacturer. The requirement is to prevent the elevator from operating under any circumstance with the hoistway or cab doors open; this is to eliminate the possibility of passengers becoming entrapped between the doors and injured if the elevator moves away from the landing floor. Passenger or service elevators with manually operated doors and gates are by definition exempt.
Depending on the age of the elevator, the equipment may require modifications to the existing controller system or upgrade/replacement. Controllers meeting the A17.1-2000 Code almost certainly have the door lock monitoring provisions built in, but, depending on the controller manufacturer, it is best to check to make absolutely sure. Most probably controllers that were installed prior to having met 1996 requirements, or microprocessor controlled systems older than 18 years, will need a full modernization of the equipment. Owners of buildings with relatively recent elevator installations may be able to comply with this code requirement simply by adding certain software/hardware to the existing relay logic/microprocessor controller; in most cases, the microprocessor and relay controllers will require the addition and wiring in of a panel with solid state boards and relays.
After January 1, 2020, non-compliant systems may be subject to violations, clearly a situation to avoid. It is best to start planning now or at the least very soon, since, in the case of multiple elevators, it could take up to two years or more to specify, complete and obtain approval of a full modernization. In no case should this work be scheduled later than in 2018, especially since there will be widespread demand for this service, and more limited ability to provide it, as the 2020 deadline approaches.
The experts at D&D Elevator stand ready to help you to evaluate your particular needs, sort smoothly through the complexities of this code requirement – achieve safety and code-compliance – and boost your peace-of-mind!
By: D&D Elevator
When people are riding an elevator, and it lurches to a stop between floors, often the initial gut response is to panic – especially among those who are claustrophobic – and what to do to most quickly to get out. Publicly-available accounts and data show that escape attempts can result in severe injury, sometimes fatal; for example, during a recent year, New York City’s Department of Buildings reported that 51 people were injured and five died when trapped riders tried to save themselves.
Municipal governments are undertaking campaigns to educate the riding public to the proper procedures during entrapment, such as New York City’s “Stay Safe - Stay Put” public awareness campaign – using broadcast ads, print ads, bus shelter messages and a public service video – to encourage riders to remain in stalled cars and wait for help,
As a service to building owners and managers, and other D&D Elevator Maintenance customers, D&D has prepared a comprehensive Safety Guide for Entrapped Passengers, which may be viewed online here and printed as a hard copy for provision to superintendents, co-op/condo boards, etc., for their review and appropriate distribution to tenants.
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By: Judy Uliano
Warm weather means additional jobs are blooming for D & D!
A Westchester luxury, gated condo/cooperative, located in the Village hamlet of Tuckahoe, has awarded D & D the modernization of their elevator equipment. This high end location was built in 1974 and with the elevator equipment 40+ years old it was time for an upgrade. The four (4) units will be totally “moded” with new controllers, brakes, fixtures, etc. These are hydro units with 5 stops, 5 openings, 1500 pounds, 100 FPM.
This regal residential complex, located in Westchester County, made a decision to modernize the 50 + year old elevator equipment and has given D & D the job. We will be upgrading the original two (2) overhead traction units with new controllers, machines, cabs, bronze fixtures, and many added ADA necessities. They are 7 stops, 7 openings, 2000 pound units.
This fashionable, private balcony residential building located near Van Cortlandt Park neighborhood was in need of upgrading their original 30+ year old overhead traction elevator. With this modernization of the elevator it will continue to attract the fashionable residents that are looking to relocate. This complete modernization of the controller, machine, fixtures, etc. will include a new cab interior and fixtures. This traction elevator is 7 stops, 7 openings, 2000 pounds, 100 FPM.
D & D was awarded this construction job for a new public facility in Rockland. The architect, who designed the new building, spec’d out a new a holeless hydraulic elevator which fit the buildings needs and will consist of 4 stops, 4 openings, 2000 pounds and run at 100 FPM.
A combination business/private residential building with plenty of sun and balconies needed a modernization on their 35+ year old elevator equipment. The building is not only modernizing the controller, machine, motor, and fixtures, etc. and we will install a new cab interior for their private residents. This is an overhead traction elevator is 2000 pounds, 100 FPM, 7 stops, with 7 openings.
An old retail space, located in the New York county area, was in desperate need of modernizing their 50+year old copper relay freight elevator and awarded it to D & D Elevator. We will be putting in a new controller, machine, fixtures, doors/entrances and will renovate the cab interior, all of this will attract new retail business to this location. The overhead traction elevator will continue to have 5 stops, 5 openings, 2500 pounds and run at 150 FPM.
Two large private, luxurious, residential complexes need to modernize their six elevators and awarded D & D Elevator the job. These two buildings are located in the Bronx area and were originally installed in 1999. D & D will be replacing the overhead traction elevators with new controllers, machines, fixtures and revamping the cab interiors for a more update look. These units are 22 stops, 2500 pounds each, and run at 300 FPM.