Standards for elevators need update

In Europe and in many other countries outside Europe the EN 81-20 standard is applicable.  Many existing standards related to EN 81-20 still refer to the EN 81-1 and the EN 81-2. Those existing standards must be aligned with the new EN 81-20 and EN 81-50 and also need the Annex ZA update. Part of that job is ready. Six aligned standards are published today.

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Report on Liftinstituut Solutions Symposium

Together with Elevator World Inc., Liftinstituut Solutions B.V. organized the International Elevator & Escalator Symposium (IEES) 2018 in Istanbul on November 15 and 16, 2018. Professionals from the elevator and escalator industry, architects, developers, and owners followed a program covering all topics of safety and new technologies in vertical transportation.

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Revision of EN 81-20 expected

The first revision of the EN 81-20 will be the incorporation of a new Annex ZA. This is in the final stages of preparation for publication. Annex ZA will be reviewed further, along with comments from three countries regarding Annex ZA at the next full revision of EN 81-20.

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SISE China delegation visits Liftinstituut

On December 6 2018, Amsterdam-based Liftinstituut hosted a delegation of the Chinese test laboratory Shenzhen Institute of Special Equipment Inspection and Test. Liftinstituut has a cooperation agreement with SISE.

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Using elevators in a fire

On November 7, more than 400 Dutch building owners, advisers, health care professionals, and firefighters came together at the National Congress organized by Liftinstituut to discuss the use of elevators in a fire. One of the conclusions was: "The statement ‘in case of fire, do not use the elevator’ merits reconsideration."

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Updated Questions & Answers EN 81-20 / EN 81-50 now available

Today EN 81-20 / EN 81-50 is used more and more which leads to questions and interpretation requests. As it is not possible to update the standard at short notice but useful to have these interpretations available, working group 1 (CEN TC10 WG1) formulated answers in a Q&A document.

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New record number of visitors during Interlift 2017

Interlift 2017 in Augsburg (Germany) was the most successful Interlift in its history, which began in 1991. The trade fair set new records again, with 574 exhibitors and 21,260 visitors. In addition, the trade fair has become more of an international event, with participants from 48 countries and visitors from 97 countries. 92% of the exhibitors rated the fair as ‘satisfactory’ to ‘very good’. It met the expectations of 98% of the visitors.

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Publication of new EN 81-70 can still take place in 2018

Elevators that comply with NEN-EN 81-70 guarantee accessibility for everyone. Also for people with disabilities. The standard determines the cabin dimensions and interior accessories that facilitate access for people with disabilities. Now that there is a compromise on the contrast indications on the operating panel, publication is expected in the spring of 2018.

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Our PESS talk at Interlift 2017

It wasn’t just the trade fair, but also the VFA Forum that attracted more visitors during Interlift 2017. Liftinstituut was represented on the exhibition floor and also gave a talk during the VFA Forum. Tijmen Molema gave a talk about developments in the field of programmable electronic safety, as well as the advantages and pitfalls. Read the summary of the talk by Tijmen Molema.

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