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We specialize in elevator modernizations. From partial equipment upgrades to a complete renewal of all major system components.

Reliable and safe elevator operation is vital for any building. Although a stringent maintenance program helps keep the equipment running, there comes a point in time when a modernization is necessary.

Old elevator technology was acceptable at one time, however, modern systems have vastly improved the ride comfort, floor leveling, and door operation. The degree of work required depends on the age and make of the equipment. We would be happy to conduct a survey of your elevators and present a recommendation based on our experience and your requirements.

Successfully executing a modernization in an existing, occupied building requires special skills. We understand the need to minimize disruptions to users and plan the job well in advance in order to ensure a smooth project.

Components of a Modernization

A typical modernization can be broken down into several compents. All of the components combined form a complete modernization, while a partial modernization could be comprised of one or several of the following components:


The following images show before and after pictures from actual modernizations we have done. There are pictures for all of the above items, along with some text explaining more details.

Controller
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The controller is the heart of the system. Old controllers use electro-mechanical relays for all functions including car call logic, door operation, car motion, and hall call dispatching. Modern control systems use solid state microprocessors and software to control the required functions.

Some of the advantages of new control systems include:

We only offer and strongly recommend you only consider non-proprietary controllers for any modernization project. Choosing a non-proprietary product means that any qualified elevator contractor can maintain your equipment in the future. If you are not happy with the level of service you are getting, it gives you the option to shop around. As the owner of the equipment, that should be your right!

Machine
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The main driving machine may be located overhead or in the basement elevator machine room. Steel cables, called ropes, are used to suspend the elevator cab and counterweight. The machine transmits the power from the motor through a gear reduction unit and to the drive sheave. The drive sheave moves the ropes, which in turn move the cab up and down.

In many cases, the existing machine is worn out due to many decades of use, and needs to be replaced. We install only industry proven, high quality machines, that will provide many years of trouble free service.

Door Operator
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Replacing the door operator and related hall equipment is one of the best investments an owner can make in order to improve the reliability of the elevator.

The door operator performs millions of operations in its lifetime. It is also one of the most vital components. Old, worn out door operators and related equipment are the cause of many elevator problems.

The door operator opens and closes the elevator cab door, which in turn is mechanically coupled to the hall door at every floor in the building. Elevators are very safe due to mechanical and electrical devices that prevent the elevator from running unless all of the doors are closed and locked. When these devices are worn out, the elevator may not always run when it is supposed to. This can cause unreliable operation or even entrapments of passengers that are travelling in the elevator.

When replacing the door operator, we also recommend replacing the old mechanically activated safety edge with a new infrared detector. The old safety edges required the cab door to hit the passenger before reversing. Infrared detectors use a multitude of invisible light beams spread across the door opening. If even one of these beams is blocked, the door reverses.

Car Cab Refurbishment
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Tired of looking at the same old cab interior? It may have been okay back in the 60's or 70's, but the time may have come to refurbish it.

We provide custom designed cab interiors. The existing structure is retained and materials such as stainless steel and laminates are applied. All work is done on site and fitted by our talented craftsmen. There are many options, such as halogen lights, handrails, and car exhaust fans.

When refurbishing the cab, it is a good idea to also update the operating fixtures with new LED illuminated buttons, digital position indicators, emergency lighting, and hands free telephones.


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We hope this brief overview has been helpful and possibly even inspired you to improve your elevators!