ESCO and Government Contracting

Recently Elevator Service Company has become a certified and verified US Federal Contractor. This is represented by the Vendor Verified seal in the lower portion of our website.

What follows is a brief history of what has lead us to this point. In 2012 the CCR or Central Contractor Registration, which was the primary supplier database for the U.S. Federal government, merged its database with the other ten Federal procurement systems. Those systems being: FedReg – Federal Register, ORCA – Online Representations and Certifications Application, EPLS – Excluded Parties List System, CFDA – Catalogue of Federal Domestic Assistance, eSRS – Electronic Subcontracting Reporting System, FBO – Federal Business Opportunities, FPDS-NG – Federal Procurement Data System Next Generation, FPDS – Federal Procurement Data System, FSRS – FFATA Subaward Reporting System, FFATA – Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act, PPIRS – Past Performance Information Retrieval System, WDOL – Wage Determination Online Homepage.

The new integrated procurement system is call SAM, or the System for Award Management. To be SAM certified, company needs to work directly with a SAM case manager to complete their CCR and ORCA filing. Elevator Service Company has done just that.

According to The Georgia Tech Procurement Assistance Center “as many as 20 percent of the over 600,000 firms presently registered in CCR have mistakes in their records.” When a non-certified vendor places a bid and some minute detail in their CCR information is incorrect, that bid can potentially be lost. Being certified gives assurance to our customers that all of our information is correct and compliant. Our certification sets us apart from the competition who might have a rushed or poorly prepared registration to try and bid on contracts.

This again is just another step for Elevator Service Company to be ahead of the game. Weather its us using the most innovative elevator technologies, or simply taking the proper time and measures to be recognized for our service. Our consumers will find quality and assurance with our work.

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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.

Pneumatic Vacuum Elevators: Elevators of the Future

Primitive elevator designs have existed since 287 BC. Since then, of course, elevators have come a long way. The first shaft-based elevator debuted in New York City in 1857, and the first electric elevator showed up in Germany in 1880. Every few years, the elevator industry sees the efficiency and safety of its products improve through innovation and hard work.

But doesn’t it seem like there should be a new solution by now? With all of our modern technology and knowledge, shouldn’t we be able to build a better elevator? Why are we still relying on a hundred-and-fifty-year-old solution to provide vertical mobility to our homes?

The truth is that the future is already here, and it’s pneumatic vacuum elevators.

A New Way of Doing Things

Thanks to major advancements in technology, it’s now possible to replace the old design for residential elevators with that of a vacuum elevator. Vacuum elevators use clever manipulation of air pressure in the shaft to raise and lower the car, which means there is no pit, no clunky weights and no extra space taken up by heavy machinery.
Here are a few advantages to pneumatic vacuum elevators:

• No pit excavation or hoist way construction needed
• Quick installation, usually one to two days
• Minimal space requirements
• Self-supporting structure
• Perfect panoramic views from the car
• Minimal maintenance – service needed every five years or 15,000 lifts

When you look at the way vacuum elevators change the equation, it’s easy to see that the best solution for a home elevator is easily one of pneumatic design. Without the need for major structural work, a big dig in the middle of your home and other complex procedures, pneumatic vacuum elevators provide a safer, more cost-effective and modern option for the savvy consumer. PVE has over 4,500 home elevators installed and hope you will be next!

For more information on our Elevators please visit or contact us at 203-757-5000 with any questions.