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Elevator Service Company, Inc. Receives Approval for Pneumatic Vacuum Elevator in Massachusetts

March 29, 2018 Cambridge, MA— As of 12:00 pm March 29, 2018, in Cambridge, MA, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has fully approved the use of the PVE 30, 37, and 52 models for residential use.
The PVE is an eco-friendly elevator, powered by air. The elevator comes in three models, including a wheelchair-accessible model. PVE has been a manufacturer in the US since 2002 and is approved in 49 states.
“PVE is thrilled with the recent outcome of the first unit inspected and approved in Massachusetts. It has been a long journey to get to this point, but with the team efforts of PVE and Elevator Service Company, we have successfully accomplished out goal. We look forward to operating in Massachusetts without any restrictions moving forward”
-Stephan Gruber, PVE

After working closely with the Board of Elevator Regulations and the Office of Public Safety & Inspections-Division of Professional Licensure, Elevator Service Company was granted exclusive approval to install the first PVE. Elevator Service Company, Inc.’s President, Steven Roth remarked: “Upon the elevator’s successful installation, the PVE is now formally approved, and is available to consumers, by the Massachusetts Board of Elevator Regulators. We look forward to providing the best products and services our industry has to offer.”
Elevator Service Company, Inc. furnishes and installs Pneumatic Vacuum elevator in Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts, and Eastern New York.
For more information on the Pneumatic Vacuum Elevator, please visit www.ElevatorServiceCo.com or www.vacuumelevators.com

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Home Elevator Safety-Are Home Elevators Safe?

Elevators in the home are highly beneficial as well as safe. Residential elevators provide ease of access to other floors in the home, provide a safer route for carrying things from floor to floor, and adds significant value to your house.

Are Home Elevators Safe?

Yes they are. Aside from the best quality and durability of our manufacturers’ products, they’re equipped with features that prevent injury and misuse. Home elevator regulations cover everything from the construction of the elevator shaftway, weight limit, speed, and travel distance.

Safety Features of a Residential Elevator

While each state has different rules and regulations, they all require safety mechanisms and codes to meet in order to pass inspection.

Door Interlocks

Many states including Connecticut require door interlocks at each landing to prevent any door accessing the elevator from being open if the cab is not at that particular landing.

Safety Sensors

There are two main types of safety sensors for home elevators: door sensors and pit sensors.

Door Sensor

Door sensors prevent the elevator doors from closing if an object is detected. They use infrared or LED lighting to create a curtain of sorts, illuminating the entry way to the elevator cab at the landing.

Pit Sensor

Elevator pit sensors detect anything that might be in the pit and if something is detected, the elevator will not operate.

Fire Alarm

Fire alarms are required for operation. They must be installed in the shaftway.

3″ Rule

The 3″ rule as it applies to home elevators refers to the space at the footing between the elevator and the landing. The rule says that the space cannot exceed 3″. This ensures that people and small pets do not fall through and trap them.

Elevator Phone

A landline must be active and connected to the cab phone inside the elevator.

Emergency Backup

An uninterruptible power supply is required for home elevators and is located inside the machine room. In the event of a power failure (power outage or shortage), the battery backup activates and lowers the cab to the first stop so you can exit safely.

 

Applicable Elevator Codes:

The Uniform Building Code (UBC) references the IBC (International Building Code) which references ASME A17.1.

Residential elevators are addressed in Part 5.3 of the ASME A17.1 code.

  • 5.3.1 Private Residence Electric Elevators
  • 5.3.2 Private Residence Hydraulic Elevators

This 2012 edition provides updated cross-references and additional guidelines to coordinate with A17.1-2007.  It also features new guidelines on machine room-less (MRL) configurations.

Local jurisdictions need to be reviewed for additional compliance items and local regulations.

Example : California has its own set of Safety orders for elevators.

  • Division of Occupational Safety and Health – Title 8 regulations
  • Division 1. Department of Industrial Relations
  • Chapter 4. Division of Industrial Safety
  • Subchapter 6. Elevator Safety Orders
  • Group 4
  • Article 41
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The 35th Annual Fall Home Show

The final convention of the year is upon us. The 35th Annual Fall Home Show, presented by Jenks Productions, runs October 24th to the 26th 2014, located at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, CT. With a vendor list of over 350 companies, from Appliances to Windows and Doors, and everything in-between, anything you’re looking for is guaranteed to be there.

With the winter months coming, this is the perfect opportunity to look into energy saving options. On that same front, Elevator Service Company has options to be more energy efficient, while still improving your day to day mobility. Our exclusive Pneumatic Vacuum Elevator, is a “Green Technology” lift. It uses the same amount of energy that an average house hold dryer does to lift the cab, and NO ENERGY for the cab to descend.

Interested in improved safety in the home? During potential winter power outages, all our lifts have safety features that allow the lift to return to the ground floor. Beyond that, our Symmetry Elevators have options to continue running up and down, up to 7 times*.

Do you already have an elevator, lift, or stair chair? Come by and ask us about our preventative maintenance program. Is your lift worn out, or is the manufacturer no more? We have solutions to modernize your lift, or even replace the entire unit. From homes to businesses, we will be on hand, every day, to answer all your question on how we can improve your home mobility.

Come by booth #1703 to see our sales specialists and our wide range of products and services.

[box centered_title=”false” inner_padding=”small” with_bg=”true”]67th Connecticut Home & Remodeling Show

WHEN: October 24th – October 26th
WHERE: Connecticut Convention Center, 100 Columbus Boulevard, Hartford, Connecticut 06103
SHOW HOURS: Friday – 5pm-9pm, Saturday – 10am-6pm, Sunday – 10am-5pm
TICKETS: $10: Adults Admission, $8: Senior, $5 for Children 12 and Under

www.jenksproductions.com/fallpress2014.html
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Let the News Come to You

Normally, when looking for news on a particular subject we would just go to our favorite search engine and type what we might be looking for. The problem with searching say, elevator news, is it can get muddled with news articles involving anything with an elevator. This is where some of the old ways still are the best. The NAEC (National Association of Elevator Contractors) sends a monthly newsletter, Mainline,  that has great information for both consumers and contractors.

To start off, Mainline is a free resource. To view the back catalogue, you do need to be a registered and verified member, but the current newsletter is available to view and download, every month. Each issue has insights on what’s happening industry and nationwide. The current issue of May 2014, focuses on the NAEC Accessibility/Residential Committee – Exhibiting at IBS” in Las Vegas, NV. Also highlighted are some products from the exhibitor showcase. These two in particular caught our interests.

CEDES APS (Absolute Positioning System): What this system can do is essential eliminate the final limit switch, final limit inspection switch, over-speed governor, emergency terminal speed limiting, early door opening, re-leveling with open doors and detection of unintended car movement. At the same time the system “tracks car speed and position with the precision and reliability of a Swiss watch.” It accomplishes this by having twin Infrared cameras mounted on car, reading a continues code tape along the shaft wall, the doors, or anywhere. Think of it like a floor to ceiling barcode.

Solo Project, from Kings III: Essentially the Life Alert(R) for workers who are in the field and running solo. With functionality including: 24/7 support, Man Down detection, SiRF IV GPS and an innovative camera function, this is a great investment for workers in the elevator industry. There is even a verbal abuse capture feature, to help employees facing social risk.

To stay on top of the industry and be able to offer our customers the latest and greatest in elevator technology and trends, we need to be beyond informed. Mainline offers us that information outlet. And its not just Mainline that makes it easier to stay ahead. There are plenty of other resources, some direct from our manufacturers themselves, filled with insights, news and the latest product information.