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Some Like it Hot. But Elevators Donít!

By: D&D Elevator

ThermometerPrepare your elevators for Summer!

With the warm weather season now upon us, there are a number of important items requiring attention, to ensure that your systems are properly prepared for the Summer heat.

Of vital importance is to check the ambient temperature of elevator machinery spaces in your building. Current code regulations require proper ventilation of machinery spaces and temperature control within a range as specified by equipment manufacturers.

According to a National Institute of Standards and Technology report titled “High Temperature Operation of Elevators,” systems operate best when their machine rooms are maintained between 60 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Machine room air temperatures outside this range can lead to equipment failure.

Steps to prevent costly downtime and unhappy tenants

  • Make sure that your motor room air conditioning and exhaust fans are in proper working order and that thermostat controls are properly maintaining ambient temperature
  • Make sure that ventilation ducts, wall and motor room door vents are working normally and that there are no obstructions limiting the flow of air
  • Make sure your elevator interior exhaust fan is working and that it is running during hotter Summer days

Air conditionerBrownouts & Blackouts

During heat waves, there is vastly increased demand for electricity, which can cause momentary power loss, a reduction in voltage and longer-term power outages. In such event, best practice is to remove the elevator from service and immediately notify your elevator company.

  • Top priority: During a power outage make sure that persons using the elevators in your building are not trapped or in need of assistance  
  • Momentary loss of power can cause the elevator to stop, the doors to malfunction, or the system to attempt to reset by skipping floors and moving to the terminal landings
  • A reduction or fluctuation in voltage can cause intermittent failures of components, which will momentarily stop the elevator or doors from operating. Such “ghost calls” can be problematic since, by the time technicians arrive on site, the voltage may have returned to proper levels and they cannot see the problem in progress. It is important to report these intermittent failures to the technicians to avoid any inconvenience to the riding public.
  • Brownouts are a normal recurring issue during the hot summer season. If you are experiencing a brown out, you must check the elevator equipment to ensure it is working properly. Brownouts can cause major damage to motors and motor control equipment. “Single Phasing” of 3 phase electrical equipment will cause motors to burn out and contactors to weld closed.

D&D Can Help!

The experts at D&D Elevator stand ready to evaluate your particular needs, assist you with preventative maintenance and respond to you immediately in the event of emergency. In the meanwhile, stay cool!

IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUIRED: Significant Code Changes that will SOON Affect Your Elevators

By: D&D Elevator

Elevator Door Lock Monitoring Deadline Rapidly Approaching!

Example of Door Lock MonitorThe New York City Department of Buildings has mandated that – by January 1, 2020 – all "automatic passenger and freight elevators must provide a system to monitor and prevent automatic operation with faulty door contact circuits.”

For reasons of safety and code compliance – and to avoid potentially costly liability for injuries resulting from failure to comply – it is imperative for this deadline be met, for the system to be installed, tested and inspected.

Waiting until the last minute should be avoided, especially since the “last minute” is just about here. Due to the increasing demand, manufacturers are quoting longer and longer lead times for supplying the equipment, and the New York City Department of Buildings is becoming increasingly backed up on the issuance of permits.

The code is a requirement of Appendix K3, Rule 3.10.2, stating that the car doors must be monitored to prevent the following two issues:

  1. To prevent operation of the car if the car door is not closed, regardless of whether the car-door contact and interlock contact circuits are open or closed (excluding the access switch operation and inspection operation)

  2. To prevent power closing of the doors if the door is open and the car door contact circuit is closed or bypassed, or if the interlock circuit is closed (excluding during Firefighters' Service Phase II). Primarily, this determines if jumpers or other means of bypassing normal operation are being used Elevators installed or modernized prior to July 1, 2009 will require a software and possibly a hardware update. Controllers installed or modernized after July 1, 2009 may already be partially compliant and may require installation of additional hardware or software – this will need to be confirmed by the elevator contractor.

Elevators installed or modernized after January 2, 2015 can be made fully compliant but may need hardware or software installed. This also should be confirmed by the elevator contractor. If the controller cannot be adapted with the hardware or software upgrades, a modernization may be required. All modifications and/or software changes to the controller will require filing with the New York City Department of Buildings, and inspection and testing upon completion.

D&D Can Help!

Running out of time to get this done is just around the corner. The experts at D&D Elevator stand ready to evaluate your particular needs and help you cost-efficiently meet this important deadline.

 

 

D&D Receives Yonkers Proclamation for Opening of Elevator Learning Center

By: D&D Elevator

Bob Schaeffer demonstrating distance learning at the Elevator Learning Center, advanced communications technology that allows students anywhere to visually interact online with instructors, using high-definition video streamed with high-fidelity audio.

Bob Schaeffer demonstrating distance learning at the Elevator Learning Center, advanced communications technology that allows students anywhere to visually interact online with instructors, using high-definition video streamed with high-fidelity audio.

In a series of events this past Fall, D&D Elevator of Elmsford, NY opened its new Elevator Learning Center at 200 Corporate Boulevard in Yonkers, NY, just a few minutes north of New York City. In addition to classroom space, the 2,500-square-foot facility includes workshop areas where actual, real-life elevator mechanical equipment – donated by various companies throughout the elevator industry – is set up for use in hands-on training sessions. The setup also includes advanced communications technology that allows students anywhere to visually interact online with instructors, using high-definition video streamed with high-fidelity audio. 

At the October 3rd ribbon cutting event, D&D CEO and President Bobby Schaeffer demonstrated how the distance learning program will work, and spoke about how this would open opportunity and education to young people regardless of their location. “We’re working to develop new talent,” said Schaffer. “While most kids today are continuing to opt for pursuing college degrees, we’re looking to develop a viable opportunity for young people who prefer to pursue a different path. We believe it’s vital to make available this kind of education, to give young people incentive to join this trade, the elevator industry.”

“The reality is that college isn’t for everyone,” said Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano at an October 17th media conference as he welcomed the Elevator Learning Center to the city. “It is so exciting that D&D is enabling a solid middle-class living for kids and young people who would prefer working at a trade to an academic pursuit.” The Elevator Learning Center is in talks with the Yonkers school system about creating programming for its Trades and Technical High School, to create a feeder program for later entry into an apprenticeship program at the Center. 

Left to right: Kevin Cacace (President of the Yonkers Chamber of Commerce and Yonkers School Board trustee), Dr. Edwin Quezada (Superintendent of Yonkers Schools), Reverend Steve Lopez (President of the Yonkers School Board), Mike Breen (Yonkers City Council - District 5), Susan S. Naber (Principal, Vive/Yonkers Pathway To Success School), Chuck Lesnick (representing the N.Y. State Governor's office), Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano (with Proclamation), Bob Schaeffer, Michael Bonardi and Nunzio Meccariello of D&D.

Left to right: Kevin Cacace (President of the Yonkers Chamber of Commerce and Yonkers School Board trustee), Dr. Edwin Quezada (Superintendent of Yonkers Schools), Reverend Steve Lopez (President of the Yonkers School Board), Mike Breen (Yonkers City Council - District 5), Susan S. Naber (Principal, Vive/Yonkers Pathway To Success School), Chuck Lesnick (representing the N.Y. State Governor's office), Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano (with Proclamation), Bob Schaeffer, Michael Bonardi and Nunzio Meccariello of D&D.

At the media conference, Mayor Spano, accompanied by numerous Yonkers community leaders, presented D&D with a proclamation for its contribution to the Yonkers community. Schaeffer, alongside D&D partners Michael Bonardi and Nunzio Meccariello, stated that for him the formal opening of the Center was bringing great personal satisfaction. “For me it’s very exciting. I was involved early on in the actual process to create the Certified Elevator Technician (CET) program and the accreditation process. We have an accreditation from ISO (International Organization for Standardization) and ANSI (American National Standards Institute),” he said.

Schaeffer noted that since its founding in 1981, safety has been D&D’s number one concern, not only for the public that rides the elevators serviced by the company, but equally for the technicians who install them and keep them maintained.

“Safety is the number one important issue for us, and a leading factor in what we are teaching here now,” he emphasized. “Travel by elevator traditionally has been among the very safest forms of transportation and D&D is committed to doing what it can to keep it that way.”