Following the grey season, green shoots are at last returning outside and even the last mouse is creeping out of its nest! Full of fresh spring energy, we have also met at various events in recent months and swapped news. Following the Heilbronn Lift Days and annual general meetings of the associations, there now come, among other things, the conference on the subject of standards, the Juniors’ Meeting and Schwelm Symposium. Some of you may even run into each other in Asia.
Gulliver – the home lift
Factors like demographic change, the legal requirements for handicappedfriendly accessibility of buildings in the public sector and the desire of individuals for greater convenience – including in their private surroundings – have led to an increased demand for personal conveyance systems in the private and public spheres. Here both lifts according to the Lifts Directive as well as according to the Machinery Directive – so-called home lifts – are in use.
Slim lift doors for more barrier-freedom
A family-managed Munich hotel has won the added approval of its guests with a new lift and gained more space in the lift car thanks to slim lift doors
For many years the Schrödterhaus protected monument eked out a sorry existence. Now the building, consisting of an old and new section, has been thoroughly modernised – the result is that the once almost deserted property has become a jewel in the heart of Leipzig.
Qualified lift maintenance
Many lift operators wonder “Is the maintenance of my lift being done properly? How can I make sure that maintenance is done that guarantees safe, reliable operation of my lift? How can I find a qualified maintenance company?”
New training lift in Roßwein
Participants at the vocational college ‘MFM-Roßwein, Mitteldeutsches Fachzentrum Metall und Technik Roßwein’, have had a practice lift available for education and further training in the field of lift technology since December 2013. As a result, ideal training opportunities and an even better practical connection with the subject exist.
Fire protection product of 2014
As part of the opening ceremony of this year’s FeuerTrutz Trade Fair in the historic Rathaussaal in Nuremberg products and exemplary services of preventive fire protection were honoured for the fourth time.
Turnover record in difficult environment
In 2013 Ziehl-Abegg SE from Künzelsau (Germany) was able to put in a good performance despite a difficult economic situation. Turnover rose by 5% to the record sum of 388 million Euro. Business in Asia was especially good. Investment reached an unprecedented volume of 41.4 million Euro. This was above all due to the new construction of a factory in Hohenlohe (south Germany) for drive technology.
SafeLine‘s aim is to be the leading provider of technology in the field of lift emergency calls. Customers recognise this, the competition reacts correspondingly. There is of course the risk of resting on one’s laurels. Being better than the majority of installed devices is comfortable and dangerous – if the Far Eastern copying industry notices and sets out once again to copy the best.
High performance door system for high conveyance performance and optimal door running comfort
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 users to reach the selected building floor quickly and conveniently. Trouble-free functioning of the lift doors makes an important contribution to the lifts’ permanent availability.
All-round solution for retrofitting EN81 – A3
The EN81 Annex 3 standard introduced in 2012 is now familiar to everyone. Every new lift has to meet this standard. In several countries (e.g. Germany) retrofitting of safety functions according to EN81 - A3 is also required when modernising lifts.
Bright glass in lift cars
Boredom reigns supreme in German lifts. The interior of many cars is dominated by stainless steel. One reason for this is undoubtedly the effective protection against vandalism these surfaces provide. But this does not have to be unattractive. To relieve all this gloom Schindler has now launched a lift that opens up unprecedented design diversity. For the first time the Schindler 5500 has provided glass surfaces with underlying colouring as a standard option. This facilitates high quality, tailor-made design.
Rollers for lift doors are very important components – whether pulley sheaves, driving pulleys or carrier rollers. For cost reasons – in order to remain competitive – door manufacturers have to pay great attention to price when it comes to these parts.
Drive package for cable lifts
In cooperation with the motor manufacturer Lancor Yaskawa has presented a complete drive package for cable lifts: it combines the specific application frequency converter L1000 with a matching lift motor.
Renovations in the hydraulic elevator market
Over 5 million elevators worldwide are waiting for renovation. Renovation includes improving safety of the elevator according to the latest standards and updating the elevator technology for a better energy efficiency and ride comfort. Use of inverters in traction and hydraulic elevators has been regarded as „Energy efficient technology“ for a quite a while and has gradually become popular
Modernisation of the Berlin television tower
New interior features for the Berlin landmark: ThyssenKrupp installed two modern lifts in Germany’s highest building. At a speed of up to 6 m/s visitors reach the panorama floor at a height of 203 m after about 35 seconds.
Unique forum for lifts
The well-established family company Schmitt + Sohn has underlined its international importance at the Nuremberg location by opening a forum for lifts that is unique in the industry.
Oil filtration: affordable, environmentally-friendly and value-preserving
Butz & Neumair, specialist for liftbuilding, has a new service: oil filtration and oil analysis. It not only reduces the susceptibility of lifts and components to malfunctions and preserves blockages, but is in addition cheap and environmentally- friendly. Another advantage: the service can be carried out during ongoing operations.
New head of Kone Group’s Board of Directors
Henrik Ehrrooth will become the new President and Chairman of the Board of Directors (CEO) on 1 April 2014 of the lift and escalator manufacturer with worldwide operations. The Kone Supervisory Board decided on the 44-year old economist as the successor of Matti Alahuhta. The latter had been in charge at Kone since the beginning of January 2005.
New LiftEquip GmbH managing director
On 1 January 2014 Thorsten Elsässer took over the management of LiftEquip GmbH. He can look back on many years of experience in the lift business and was most recently successful as branch manager at ThyssenKrupp abroad.
GS Electronic: new sales staff
Philipp Rösen (24) has been working for GS Electronic Gebr. Schönweitz GmbH since February 2014. He is responsible for the sale of lift emergency call products throughout Germany and the associated services.
New marketing manage ment at DigiPara
Since the end of last year Sandra Eisenbarth has been responsible for marketing at DigiPara GmbH, the leading provider of software solutions for the planning of lifts and escalators. Her task does not just involve carrying on the coherent company and marketing strategy, but above all also in its further development.
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- Spring cleaning
- Gulliver – the home lift
- Slim lift doors for more barrier-freedom
- Big contrasts
- Qualified lift maintenance
- New training lift in Roßwein
- Fire protection product of 2014
- Turnover record in difficult environment
- Thanks China!
- High performance door system for high conveyance performance and optimal door running comfort
- All-round solution for retrofitting EN81 – A3
- Bright glass in lift cars
- Door rollers
- Drive package for cable lifts
- Renovations in the hydraulic elevator market
- Modernisation of the Berlin television tower
- Unique forum for lifts
- Oil filtration: affordable, environmentally-friendly and value-preserving
- New head of Kone Group’s Board of Directors
- New LiftEquip GmbH managing director
- GS Electronic: new sales staff
- New marketing manage ment at DigiPara