By: D&D Elevator
Overall, elevators are a safe and reliable mode of transportation for your tenants and their visitors. But, as with all mechanical systems, major problems can develop. Possibilities include expensive emergency repairs, excessive downtimes, unhappy tenants, code violations, fines and legal liability. Such problems can be avoided with some understanding, thought and strategic planning, and it is literally good business to do so.
Here are some common things to watch for and actions to take:
And two “common sense” reminders:
The dollar costs of a regular elevator maintenance program are typically significantly lower than those associated with financing a poorly-maintained, deteriorating system that becomes increasing likely to fail.
If D&D is already your elevator maintenance partner, we can review your current plan to make sure it is up-to-date and best meeting your current needs. Consider having D&D come in for a free, no-obligation evaluation and quotation.
By: D&D Elevator
At D&D, our primary operating principle is to function as a supportive resource for our family of customers: the region’s building owners and managers. Our objective is to keep you always up-to-date with the latest code requirements, along with practical, cost-efficient solutions to help avoid elevator problems, violations, costly fines, and possible legal liabilities. The ultimate goal is to promote the best possible experience for the public that rides the elevators and the technicians who service them.
Several years ago, the New York City Department of Buildings (NYC DOB) announced 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," meaning the installation of a Door Lock Monitoring system.
While that deadline has long since passed, and many properties have been upgraded accordingly, there remain numerous buildings that still must be brought into compliance. Maybe it was just overlooked, maybe it was “put off” because there was too much else going on, or perhaps it was a budgetary issue. Whatever the reason, remaining out of compliance can have serious and even dangerous consequences. D&D will work with you, including regarding financial issues, to help make the necessary changes, bring the building into compliance while improving passenger safety. During these discussions, some issues that may need to be considered are:
All modifications and/or software changes to the controller will require filing with the NYC Department of Buildings, with inspection and testing upon completion, with which D&D can also assist.
If yours is a traction based elevator system using hoist ropes, and it has a single plunger machine brake, it will need to be upgraded. By 2027 it will be mandated by code to equip the system with a Rope Gripper, a device designed to safeguard passengers by stopping the elevator in the event of a mechanical and/or electrical failure. It can additionally detect an emergency situation when a car leaves a floor with an open door, over-speed and other unintended car movement, and failure of the brake, control or drive.
More specifically, Rope Grippers will be required by NYC Building Code 2.19.2 and 184.108.40.206 Appendix K, and elevators without them will be considered non-compliant. While the deadline of 2027 may be several years in the future, it would be best practice to think ahead and do the upgrade before then. Not only would this make for a safer elevator system sooner rather than later, the work can be done on a planned, phased schedule, with an eye on annual budgets, and, above all, to avoid a costly last-minute rush job in an environment of sudden high demand.
In the interest of being proactive, D&D is identifying the properties requiring support with either or both of these issues and will be reaching out to the owners and managers of those that do. We will work with you to plan accordingly, especially if you were financially impacted by recent events. We’re here for you – to discuss, devise and execute a custom plan that’s best for your situation! In the meanwhile, call our friendly team at (914) 347-4344 with any questions or thoughts you’d like to discuss.
By: D&D Elevator
About one year ago, we all encountered an extraordinary moment in time when Covid-19 caused life as we knew it to suddenly shut down. We at D&D took this as a challenge: to do all we could to ensure that your elevators would not.
We were determined to continue fulfilling D&D’s purpose and mission: to provide our family of customers with the highest degree of safety, reliability, service and peace-of-mind with regard to their elevators, even in this most difficult of environments. And now, together, we’ve made it through the year and Spring is upon us. The communal mood is improving and the future is appearing a good deal brighter. So, after a quick look back, here is an optimistic look forward at a number of important ways you can prepare for the future as we begin to evolve into the post-Covid world.
During the past year, without interruption, we remained open for business without any change to our hours of operation. Our responsiveness to emergencies continued as usual, with our mechanics strictly following safety guidelines and wearing protective gear as prescribed by the Center for Disease Control and N.Y. State. And, now, we reaffirm our strong commitment to these standards as we work our way toward the eventual wind-down of the pandemic, with the wellbeing of you, your property, your tenants, their visitors and the mechanics always front-and-center in whatever we do.
We miss you and eagerly look forward to the day when we’ll once again be able to see each other face-to-face: at conventions, outings and social occasions, over a meal or cocktail, and visits at your place of business. In the meanwhile…
Chat with our friendly team about how we can assist you in being properly prepared for the times to come. Call (914) 347-4344 for a free, no-obligation review!
|and the D&D Team|