What is Elevator Modernization?
Elevator modernization is the process of upgrading the critical parts of the elevator in order for it to be able to handle new technology, have better performance, improve safety, and even give the aesthetics an up-to-date appeal. Typically, a modernization will affect the controller equipment (the part of the elevator that controls the movement of the elevator through the floors), the hoist machines and motors (the part of the elevator that does the heavy lifting), electrical wiring and buttons of the cab (controlling the lights, destination floors, etc.,) even the tracks of the doors are sometimes modified and changed, all to keep the elevator up-to-date. And to the aesthetics conscious, paneling, electronics, and additional style changes can also be done in the interior of the cabs. But not all parts of the elevator are changed. It is very rare, if at all, to have some of the heavier, more cumbersome parts changed, which means that while elevators can be pushed to their very limits by modernization, eventually these old components will keep the elevator in check, and when the time comes, a complete overhaul will have to do.
How is Elevator Modernization Done?
For starters, an elevator modernization plan will have to be created. This is done usually with the help of an elevator service company which can also do modernization. This process will determine which parts of the elevator will have to be modernized, the scope of the procedure, and most importantly, making sure that code compliance is met. Once this is done, preventive maintenance will have to be done until the elevator is removed from service. Yes, during this time, the elevator will be out of service, so building owners will have to compensate for this. This includes proper diversion of building’s traffic, creating contingency plans, and so on.
This is needed because depending on the amount of modernization done, the number of elevators, and the size of the building, the whole process may take anywhere from a few months, to a whole year. However, the best elevator modernization company can perform modernization in around 5 weeks or so!
Once an elevator modernization starts, it is HIGHLY recommended that it be done as a whole, in one go. Piece meal (that is, part by part in an expanded amount of time) is NEVER suggest for high-rise elevators, ONLY for LOW-RISE elevators (2 to 4 stories).
Cab upgrades are done in order to bring your elevator up to code compliance and to give the interior a fresh, modern look. Upgrading the elevator cab is a cost effective method for maintaining tenant satisfaction. When it comes to keeping your building competitive, elevator cabs can be an afterthought, and can also paint a picture of disrepair throughout the rest of your facility if they’re out of date. As the professionals at HKA Elevator Consulting, Laguna Hills, CA, put it: “If your elevator cabs look unsightly, are outdated, or [have an] odor, you’re working your way toward a Class-B building.”