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Issue 05/2012

Issue 05/2012

High tech and perfect aesthetics in historic environment – part 1

Grama Blend lightweight components in modernising lifts
High tech and historic building structure are not contradictious they rather complement each other ideally. Kasper Aufzüge and Grama Blend gave an impressive proof of that fact of the lifts in the “Alte Oper” opera house in Frankfurt.

Expanded product range thanks to strategic partnership

Stingl is an established name as supplier with more than 30 years of experience in the field of shaft equipment, attachment and installation technology as well as components both in the lift industry in Germany and beyond its borders.

Giovenzana International B.V. - Automation, Lift, Handling System

A company presents itself
COMPANY The philosophy Giovenzana’s philosophy is based upon the basic principles of business management, dynamism and the continuous research for the operator’s needs in the field of man-machine interaction. These principles, thanks to the experience and professionalism of its staff, guarantees Giovenzana’s development and growth.

EHC Signs Licensee Agreement with Elevator Engineering Enterprises (EEE)

EHC is pleased to announce that they have signed an agreement with Elevator Engineering Enterprises LLC (EEE) as a Licensee. EEE will distribute and field splice EHC handrails in United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Palestine, and Egypt.

Energy efficiency for escalators

Most escalators move at normal speed even when they are not being used. TLS 500 from Cedes recognises people approaching thanks to intelligent approach monitoring.

High performance doors for passenger lifts with high conveying capacity

Lifts in high-rise buildings with a lot of floors have to meet especially high demands in terms of conveying capacity and smooth running to enable the lift passengers to reach the selected building floor quickly and conveniently. The trouble-free functioning of the lift doors makes an important contribution to the lifts’ permanent availability.

Reliable replacement lifts for all occasions

Reco Aufzug Vermietung has been an expert in the field of temporary vertical transport in the widest meaning of the word for over 60 years. The company provides a wide range of lifts and lifting apparatus for the vertical transport of goods and passengers. All equipment meets the applicable regulations on safety and labour protection.

Emergency call control centres

Emergency call and service control centres monitor lift emergency call systems and in emergency supply fast support for people in need of help in the right locations.

Safety with Pessral control

The SMC-24-A3 is a Pessral control, certified as part of the protective equipment for the car when travelling upwards against overspeed and unintended car movement when at rest.

Rehacare: high comfort with maximum mobility

In keeping with the fair focus on “Building and living”, “Everyday aids” and “Mobility” the Liftkomplett Vertriebsund Service GmbH will be presenting high quality, customised lift solutions at the international trade fair Rehacare in Dusseldorf (10 to 13 October).

Specialist lift companies certified according to DIN EN 13015

Three members of the “Gemeinschaft Aufzugs-Technik eG – GAT” have once again been able to document their qualified services for maintaining lifts with certificates from TÜV Süd – Industrie Service. A total of 18 members of GAT now hold this quality badge for their specialist companies.

Is a stopped lift a safe lift?

We have always reacted on any deficits or doubts concerning the lift’s safety by immediately stopping the lift. But stopping the lift, means the risk of trapping people inside, which opens to a possibly higher risk.

Otis opens biggest German branch in Berlin-Reinickendorf

Otis GmbH & Co. OHG, a subsidiary of Otis Elevator Company and United Technologies Corp. (UTC), has opened its biggest German sales branch in Berlin-Reinickendorf, Otisstraße 39 with over 100 employees.

Newsflash: Emergency call technology in the German chancellery

Fifteen Tepper lifts have been accommodated in the chancellery, equipped with the latest technology and individual architecture. The highlights include the round cabins with Porsche green painted walls.

Newsflash: CANopen-Lift profile updated

CiA (CAN in Automation) has released version 2.1 of the CiA 417 CANopen application profile for lift control systems. The fourpart specification provides some functional extensions. Besides some additional error codes, the power-measuring unit has been added. Another enhancement is the standardized boot-up and program download procedure. The specifications have been reviewed, some minor editorial failures have been corrected, and some editorial improvements have been introduced.


Klaus Baier (46) has been the new sales director for central Germany for Wittur GmbH since 1 July 2012. In this position he is in charge of selling the entire Wittur product range of components and vendor parts, corresponding system solutions and the associated services for the lift industry. ...

Newsflash: Improved lift planning between lift companies and architects

DigiPara presents an expanded version of the DigiPara Liftdesigner software with BIM Exchange for Autodesk Revit. With immediate effect 3D lift models can also be saved as so-called LD BIM models with DigiPara Liftdesigner and imported into the architectural programme Autodesk Revit.

Euro-Lift: 2nd International Lifts Exhibition in Kielce, Poland

Date of next exhibition: 24-26 October, 2012
The Euro-Lift exhibition is the only event of this kind held in Central and Eastern Europe. Moreover, the lift business sector, in spite of its significant potential, has not been properly recognised in this region before. Thus Targi Kielce has identified and made use of this market niche. Euro-Lift provides the opportunity to present market’s best-selling products and to organize unveilings of new material handling equipment. On top of that Euro-Lift was one of Targi Kielce’s best trade fair debuts of 2010.

European Lift Congress Heilbronn 2012

The Technische Akademie Heilbronn has issued an invitation to all lift industry experts and interested parties to Heilbronn to the 5th European Lift Congress on 9 and 10 October 2012. Following the success of the four previous events since the premiere in 2005, the European Lift Congress has found a firm place as a meeting point for the European lift industry, side by side with other national and international events in the lift sector and is acknowledged by experts as an important information platform.

Update VFA Software EnergyLabel Version 2

The draft of the guideline VDI 4707 part 2 “Lifts – Energy Efficiency – Components” was published on June 1, 2012. Amongst other things, VFA-Interlift was actively involved in the project by sending volunteers from member companies into the guideline committee. VFA also provides assistance for the practical implementation of the VDI-guideline. Queries from customers of VFA members with regard to energy demand, energy consumption and energy cost including the components can be answered and made visible with the VFA EnergyLabel Version 2 software. Update Version 2 is available in the first quarter of 2013.


Ms Kolb takes the lift

Manufacturers, operators, users – all of these groups’ points of view differ in part when they consider the lift. After about two-and-a-half years in this industry I have become almost blind to its faults, but recently I tried to be just a “lift user.”

Modernisation of a goods lift

In 2011 and 2012 the company Aufzugund Fördertechnik Niggemeier & Leurs GmbH from Bottrop modernised a goods lift with a load-bearing capacity of 10,000 kg (year built 1968) in a large steel work in Duisburg.

Choosing the right emergency telephone

We all like to be advised, but we want to make our own decisions. Advice should be independent and not guided by sales interests. We like to get advice from experts, but do not want to be told what to do. It would be child’s play to describe why SafeLine emergency call systems are a good choice. But let us just ask the questions that come up when making a decision. EN 81-28 is the guideline here.

Headless building: no problem

After redesign a shaft head of just 2600 mm can be realised
Of course no one builds “headless” – instead they use their heads, but increasingly without lift shaft roof structure. The Pluto construction kit of the Swiss hydraulic expert Bucher Hydraulics AG has been revised and apart from a more favourable price now has the following feature: the shaft head (distance from the floor of the highest storey to the highest part of the construction kit) is now just 2600 mm high.

Efficiency also under rough environmental conditions

Hydraulic lifting systems can be found in all kinds of environments, which often also pose special demands on the technology used. Yaskawa has expanded its frequency converter series A1000 with IP54-compatible models for efficient and safe operation under rough environmental conditions. As a result, the characteristic advantages – such as longer maintenance intervals and material-conserving operation – can also be used where the use of frequency converters previously was not possible.

“2014 will be the end of the world“ or “What can I do?“

If the Mayans were right, the world will come to an end in 2012 and the subject of the conversion of the “analogue” telephone connections of German Telekom to package-oriented transmission (key words “VoIP”, “Internet telephony” or “NGN”) need not detain us. But if we regard the future with optimism, we will experience this change.

Operation of emergency call systems

A lift emergency call is seldom needed, usually only after years of trouble-free lift operation – but then it must work reliably, since normally it is the only way to initiate organised rescue of those trapped.

GSM Nano – the simple and secure emergency call solution

“Make things as simple as possible, but not simpler!” True to the motto of the Nobel Prize winner Albert Einstein, Leitronic aG has been developing and producing innovations in Switzerland for over 40 years: the emergency call devices EasyAlarm and Exicall, the access control system HandyDoorMate, the baby telephone bébétel and many more.

Maximum energy saving in lift cabin doors with locks

Meiller lift cabin doors with no-maintenance d.c. drives and the AT 40 Siemens door control can now for the first time – also with the lift cabin door lock TA 7.1V – be supplied with the energy saving system Ecodrive or Ecodrive plus.

System building block for the “electrification” of lift doors

The new solenoid just presented by K.A. Schmersal GmbH offers lift manufacturers an option for electric actuation of door locks. Thanks to modern lift concepts like home lifts or applications in the area of handicapped lifts, there were repeatedly calls for an option for direct electric actuation of door locks.

Project of the Hessian Labour Protection Administration in 2010 and 2011

Audit of passenger lifts regarding implementation of operator obligations after being put into operation
Since 1 July 1999 passenger lifts have been put into operation according to the directive 95/16/ EC and as systems in need of monitoring sine 1 January 2003 according to the Operational Safety Ordinance.

Investment in customer security

Security is one of the basic requirements for handling sensitive customer data. As a result, GS electronic Gebr. Schönewitz GmbH from Rheine (Germany) decided to take the step of erecting another computer centre to secure data and guarantee smooth business operations.

The run has begun

The three top benchmarks, which were achieved by the interlift in 2011, are first-class indicators of dynamic growth of the interlift 2013: Last October 499 exhibitors presented their novelty products and trends to 18,781 visitors on 45,000 m² of exhibition area – the perfect framework for the jubilee event on the occasion of the 10th interlift in Augsburg.

Frequency transformers and residual current devices (RCD)

BGV A3, basic protection, fault protection and fire protection
Recently there have been an increased number of defects during the acceptance inspection of new or modernised lifts with frequency transformers. The lack of demonstrated protective measures against shock currents “after the transformer” is criticised or included as reference in the test report. The installation of an alternating current-direct current RCD is recommended.

Lift emergency call for Saudi Arabia

The CMA Tower in the Saudi Arabian capital Riad, which is to be 385 m high, has been equipped with the emergency call technology of Telegärtner Elektronik. The order of the state Capital Market Authority (CMA) for passenger transport went to ThyssenKrupp Elevator and covered almost their entire product range.

New door contact series

Pizzato Elettrica recently launched the new DS C door contact series with input contacts in orthogonal position vis-à-vis the attachment area. The new series, which was developed with the aim of providing the customer with a universal product that covers all functionalities demanded by the market, is available in two versions: with front input of the actuator (DS CH) and with back input of the actuator (DS CN).

Going up the easy way

DualLift and die Stingl GmbH are jointly opening up the national and international lift market to assembly concepts for the increasingly important frameless lift assembly.

The main themes at BAU 2013

BAU 2013, the leading world fair for architecture, materials and systems will take place from 14 to 19 January 2013 on the grounds of the Neue Messe Munich.000 exhibitors from over 40 countries and 240,000 visitors from around the world are expected. The BAU will present architecture, materials and systems for industrial and residential construction and interior decorating in new and existing properties on 180,000 m².

Three companies – one goal: system certification of the UCM protective installation

BODE, Cobianchi and Schlosser together with TÜV Rheinland have subjected their individual components, which had already been certified individually as certified safety components, to a voluntary system prototype test according to EN 81-1:1998+A3:2009.

10th Schwelmer Symposium

On 18 and 19 June 2012 about 130 participants attended the anniversary event of the Schwelmer Symposium. As usual Klaus-Peter Kapp, member of the Board of Directors of the VFA-Interlift e.V. and managing partner of Janzhoff Aufzüge GmbH took the chair during the discussions.

5th GAT Supplier Day

GAT (Joint Lift Technology Association) held its 5th Supplier Day and 14th General Meeting on 8 and 9 May 2012. The SME contact exchange market took place for the first time in Bad Kissingen.

International D+H Partner Conference 2012

With about 100 participants – including 41 representatives from 30 foreign D+H partner companies - this year’s international Partner Conference of the company based in Ammersbek (Germany) from 10 to 12 May in Salzburg once again provided an international exchange of experience regarding smoke and heat extraction and ventilation technology.

VmA general meeting in Cologne

On 22 March 2012 the Association of Medium-Sized Lift Companies (VmA) held its general meeting in the Best Western Hotel in Cologne. On the previous evening the members met informally in the brewery “Sünner Keller.”


Additional valuable living area thanks to narrow lift doors

A new generation of lift doors with a lower door package width is establishing itself on the market. The advantages and new design are increasingly winning over building owners and architects.

Heavy boat lifting for the Big Splash Park in New Zealand

A very unusual request was addressed to Bucher Hydraulics in April 2011: A customer required 2 boat lifts for a water ride called Big Splash in a new adventure theme park in New Zealand.

MEILLER ScooterGuard

Twice the Safety – for lift passengers with mobility scooters and for lift operators
Mobility scooters are increasingly popular among elder people and others with restricted movement ability. As the average age of the population in Europe increases, so does the demand for electric mobility vehicles such as these. They are extremely agile, and very good at entering and exiting lifts in retirement homes, etc.


I hope you enjoyed the summer break, had a good holiday and are now embarking on the second half of the year fully recuperated. For my part, I have no complaints – my journey was above all sunny and otherwise very pleasant too – if one ignores the fact we were robbed of our freedom for a few hours. Nothing serious, but it gets one thinking. Different countries, different customs - how lucky we are at home after all.

Autonomous monitoring unit identifying unwanted cabin movements

With the UCM-01 Module, RST Elektronik GmbH adds another innovative component to its product range.

Simply the best

cegard/Mini represents outstanding value for money in the field of lift light grilles. No other light grille can be so easily installed, is as sturdy and reliable as the best seller from CEDES.

Drive technology for door drives: state of the art

Apart from the general requirements for products in this day and age like price, reliability, service life, size, energy efficiency, etc., there are still other criteria, which are important for doors in particular. After all, a door is expected to move as quickly as possible, but at the same quietly and in an attractive manner and subject to observance of safetyrelated requirements for closing force and energy. Different drive technologies have developed over the course of time through the interaction of the particular state of the art of the technology of the motors and their controls.

lift technology in the new 1WTC in New York City

Elgo Electronics from Rielasingen on Lake Constance is a leading manufacturer of magnetically-based length measurement systems, which are used both in modern mechanical engineering as well as in the lift sector.

Component integration on model scale

The interlinking of lift components with CANOpen is the next big thing. The open communication protocol offers liberties with regard to components, suppliers and service selection. New services, such as that of the system integrator or remote monitoring of lifts can be created.

Digital shaft copying for digital displays

The digital shaft copying DSK1 for Kronenberg floor position displays, first presented at interlift 2011, has already been put to repeated practical use by our customers. The reaction has been thoroughly positive. The fast installation, reliable function and favourable price have been praised.

Innovative shaft ventilation and smoke extraction

Incl. general building standards approval (AbZ) and vdS system check
Recent press reports in relation to the legal security of smoke and heat extraction systems have produced alarm and concern among lift planners, fitting companies and operators in Germany. Consequently, in future they will decide on systems with a general building standards permit issued by the German Institute for Building Technology (DiBt) as well as a current system check by the German institute for fire safety systems inspection (VdS) to avoid any risk of deciding on the wrong system – with far-reaching consequences.

The affordable everywhere lift

Herkules Hebetechnik from Kassel (Germany) offers very flexible assistance for the handicapped in the form of the Lift MB. It makes overcoming stairs and terraces fast and easy. Installation of the lift is unproblematic.

United in Atlantic City 2012

educational topics have been set for the United Convention and exposition in Atlantic City, New Jersey, September 10-13, 2012. Built on the foundation of an exceptional trade show and unsurpassed educational programs, this event will benefit the entire industry.

25 percent more generated

LAMILUX Heinrich Strunz GmbH, one of the best established manufacturers of daylight systems and europe’s biggest producer of fibre-reinforced plastics, has concluded the 2011 financial year with the highest sales in its company history.


Jörg Behr - Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Jan König - Britta und Dennis Schönweitz

VDMA general meeting 2012 in Hamburg

This time the general meeting of the VDMA Association Lifts and Escalators did not take place as usual in Frankfurt a.M., but instead in Hamburg. On 22 and 23 March 2012 about 90 participants met for this purpose in the Mövenpick Hotel in Sternschanzenpark.

What actually happens after the beep?

Event on the eve of the Heilbronn Lift Days
To get to the bottom of this question in the area of lift emergency calls, Bosch Sicherheitssysteme in cooperation with SafeLine issued an invitation at the beginning of this year‘s Heilbronn Lift Days.

Here we go again

After the record interlift 2011 the preparations for interlift 2013 have started
Although we are only sending out the documentation for the interlift at the beginning of March 2012, the first inquiries have already reached the Project Management. For example from India, where the worldwide promotion tour for the interlift 2013 was launched at the International Elevator and Escalator Expo in Mumbai.

5. AlGI Open Day

Motto: “Advances in hydraulic lifts”
On 20 and 21 March more than 85 people – including lift companies, operators and planning firms – accepted the invitation of ALGI and Henning to find out more about energy-saving and low-noise hydraulic drives without machine-rooms from ALGI.

29. Heilbronn lift Days

This year the record number of participants of 2011 was even surpassed: about 320 people attended the Lift Days on 6 and 7 March 2012 in Heilbronn. About 40 companies presented themselves in the accompanying trade exhibition - more than ever before.


25 years VFA-interlift

General Assembly 2012 in Lucerne/Switzerland
For the 25th anniversary of the VFAInterlift this year’s general assembly took place in a special atmosphere: About 150 people travelled to Lucerne in Switzerland from 19 to 20 April 2012.

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