Posts made in August, 2010

2010 NAEC CONVENTION & EXPO REGISTRATION OPEN

NAEC CONVENTION & EXPO REGISTRATION OPEN Monday, Jul 26, 2010 Registration is now open for the 61st Annual National Association of Elevator Contractors (NAEC) Convention and 2010 Expo. The event is scheduled to take place on September 27-30 at the Hilton Netherland & Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati. The show dates are September 29 and 30, when at least 175 companies are expected to exhibit. For more information or to register, contact: Amanda Smith toll free: (888) 847-7530 phone: (770) 760-9660 e-mail: amanda@naec.org or website:...

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ECNY 2010 PICNIC SCHEDULED

ECNY PICNIC SCHEDULED Tuesday, Aug 03, 2010 The Elevator Conference of New York (ECNY) recently announced that it will hold its Seventh Annual Family Picnic Day on August 14 at Platzl Brauhaus in Pomona, New York. Registration for nonmembers is US$85 for adults and US$15 for children, and registration for adult members is $75 – For Members $85 – For non-members $15 – For Children For more information: ECNY c/o Bobby Defrancesco Benfield Electrical Supply 708 East 133rd Street Bronx, New York 10454 Phone: (718) 706-8600 or website:...

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Building Management Machine Room Responsibilities

Machine room: Make sure the machine room is code-compliant and meets all local and national jurisdiction building code requirements.  The machine room must also include an operational fire extinguisher. Check to ensure that the service provider/contractor has installed an industrial parts cabinet, industrial standard fire-rated garbage can, and fire-rated containers for clean and dirty cleaning cloths. Ensure the machine room has adequate cross ventilation with filters on the air intake and a heater for cold climatic conditions.  If necessary, seek advice from a professional HVAC expert. The machine room door must be self-closing and lockable with a specific key to prevent unauthorized entry.  It must also have appropriate signage – Authorized Personnel Only and No Unauthorized Goods to Be Stored. Remember, the elevator machine room is not for storage. Ensure that proper lighting is installed for both the elevator controller and the machinery. Emergency lighting in case of power outages is advisable and an emergency telephone is recommended for all machine rooms. If space is available, consider installing a fire-rated small desk/bench and chair for the technician to spread the schematic drawings out for ease of reading. Appropriate furnishings make the work environment friendly for the mechanic and will go a long way to encourage excellence in the preventative maintenance performance. ElevatorNews.Com The Global Info Centre for Elevators, Escalators, &...

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Building Management Hoistway Responsibilities

Elevator hoistway: The elevator hoistway is truly the forgotten section of any building. More often than not, the elevator hoistways are dirty and forgotten. This section of the building includes the elevator pit, which can include dampness or even water ingress and, of course, dirt, debris, garbage, and personal effects, such as money, credit cards and lost keys. Hoistway maintenance must also include the car top and even the underneath of the elevator car, where, with cable elevators, a key component of the elevator safety mechanism is located. Dirt and debris gathers behind the doors, all hidden and out of sight and out of mind. Consider the elevator operation for one minute. The elevator goes up and down, often nonstop. It sucks the air in from floors and then blows the air out at other floors in both the up and down directions. There was a time when air conditioning systems were proven to affect the health of tenants in commercial buildings, and over time these systems have been upgraded to take these health effects into account. With the constant movement of elevators, the large-scale transfer of air from floor to floor, and the unhygienic conditions of the hoistway and elevator pit, it is no wonder hospitals are vulnerable to infectious disease health scares. Large compact high-rise buildings cannot be far behind. Imagine fumigating hospital corridors and hallways and ignoring the inside of the elevator hoistway. Garbage left in the elevator pit, or fluff and dirt gathered the full length of an elevator hoistway, can also pose a serious fire hazard. Behind the doors, dirt and grime accumulates and is seldom cleaned. For both reasons mentioned, health and fire, the elevator hoistway should be kept meticulously clean.  Building maintenance budgets and the preventative maintenance contracts/agreements for elevators should allow for these costs on top of the fair wear and tear cleaning due to environmental conditions. Keeping dust and dirt down is important for elevator equipment. As mentioned previously, install filters over the ventilation systems in the elevator machine rooms. If renovation work is performed in a building, such as gyprocking / sheetrocking of walls, the transportation of construction materials in the elevator can create a great deal of dust and grim falling down the hoistway.  Make sure building contractors do not overload an elevator, and include a post-renovation cleaning of the elevator installation in the price of the renovation work, as a lot of damage can result from construction residue infiltrating the elevator system. Unfortunately, this requirement is all too frequently missed. ElevatorNews.Com The Global Info Centre for Elevators, Escalators, &...

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