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D & D Going into the Fall and Winter of 2016 with new projects.

By: Judy Uliano

Fall Projects Booked at D & D Elevator


A duplex modernization has been booked for an affordable housing community in the Westchester Area. The Traction cars will be 9 stops, 2500 pounds each, 200 FPM .


A prominent up and coming Senior assisted living facility, in Rockland County, has many amenities to assist their tenants.  They have elected to conduct a total modernization on their elevators.  The modernization will be on two holed hydraulic units that will be 2500 pounds, 125 FPM, with 4 stops.


A national hotel chain, located in Westchester, has chosen D & D Elevator to assist in the construction of their new hotel.  We will install two (2) Hydraulic Units, at 3500 pounds, 150 FPM with 4 stops.


An upscale Soho location that supports the high end fashion district has awarded D & D Elevator the job of installing a new elevator.  The new unit will be a 3 stop, twin post telescopic, hydraulic unit.


A traditional Westchester medical & business location is updating their building for the future has awarded D & D Elevator the project of modernizing the two elevators. The new modernized elevators will be geared traction machines that will be 2500 pounds running at 150 FPM and has 5 stops.


A classical Bronx Residential location awarded us the modernization of the elevator units, to not only be brought up to code, have a smoother ride but also they will be aesthetically pleasing for their tenants.  The new traction units will be 2500 pounds, with an increased speed of 150 FPM23, with 7 openings.


An already luxurious office building, located in the Garment District of New York, chose D & D Elevator to upgrade their elevators.  The process would include making the two units into a duplex system for the geared traction units.  These units will be 3000 pounds, 300 FPM, with 11 stops.


This unusual 19th century, cast iron building that now has retail and residential business, chose D & D to modernize both their passenger and freight elevators.  The passenger elevator with overhead traction (3,000 pounds), was a 7 stop but is being converted to a 6 stop with front and rear openings and the freight elevator is an existing basement drum machine (2,500 pounds) that is being converted to an overhead gearless elevator with 7 stops along with front and side openings.


An expanding Yonkers Residential location awarded D & D Elevator the seven (7) car modernization for the tenants of these buildings.  The three (3) duplex units and 1 simplex unit will be upgraded using the latest technology.  This will enable the tenants to have smoother, ADA compliant and upgraded cabs for their use.



Single Speed AC (SSAC) Elevators

By: Judy Uliano

To:  All D & D Elevator Customers


SUBJ:  Single Speed AC (SSAC) Elevators


In an effort to better inform and protect our customers, we would like to update you of the potential leveling problem with the Single Speed AC Elevators. 


Single speed AC passenger elevators are a slow speed, low-capacity passenger unit and were created early in the 1960’s.  At the time, these elevators were competitively priced and where mostly used in residential buildings.  


These elevators are now obsolete and are no longer being made or installed.  The current New York State code requires that elevators, when arriving at a floor, the elevator must stop accurately and consistently within a finite limit of only one half inch above or below floor level.  This is reflected in the following excerpt from the current edition of The American Harmonized Elevator code the CSA B44/ASME A17.1.


Elevators with the potential of not leveling probably will be a tripping hazard to everyone, particularly the elderly and those with disabilities.


Today’s elevator does not even use the brakes to stop the car, as was done in the past and with new technology, the control systems will consistently stop the elevator at floor level (+-1/4 inch).


To avoid any possible liability due to levelling and/or Single Speed AC problems, we a recommend modernization be performed on this type of elevator.  Please contact us today for our recommendations and pricing.


Elevator Safety Tips

By: Judy Uliano

Here at D & D Elevator, we are constantly striving to keep the public and the riding personnel included in the need for safety when travelling in elevators and on escalators.  We would like to share some of these recommendations with you.

When approaching elevators:

  • Know your destination. Push the elevator call button once for the direction you want to go.
  • Stand aside for existing passengers.
  • If the arriving elevator is full, wait for the next car.
  • Don’t try to stop closing doors. Wait for the next elevator.
  • Take the stairs if there is a fire or other situation that could lead to a disruption in electrical service.

When entering and exiting elevators:

  • Enter and exit carefully.
  • Once on board, quickly press the button for your floor, and move to the back of the car to make room for other passengers.
  • Hold children and pets firmly.
  • Stand clear of the doors – keep clothes and carry-ons away from the opening.
  • Push and hold the DOOR OPEN button if doors need to be held open, or ask someone to push the button for you.
  • Passengers nearest the doors should move first.

When riding elevators:

  • Stand next to the elevator wall.
  • If available, hold the handrail.
  • Pay attention to the floor indications and be prepared to exit at your destination.
  • If the doors do not open when the elevator stops, first push the DOOR OPEN button. If doors still don’t open, ring the ALARM BUTTON, and/or use the telephone or intercom.  Wait until qualified people can assist you.

Elevator Rules:

  • Watch your step.
  • Leave closing doors alone.
  • If doors don’t open, ring alarm button and wait.
  • Never try to leave a stalled car.
  • If there is a fire in the building, use the stairs.