How to buy Elevator Service and Maintenance

Finding the right elevator company to service and maintain your elevator system is not a simple process. Therefore, we put together some information from our vantage point that should be helpful in understanding the nuances of what to look for and what to avoid before entering into a contract. This can also be helpful when …

Homearama 2020 Event Held Virtually

Homearama is the premier custom home tour in metro Louisville.  This year’s event was scheduled for July 11-26, 2020 at Norton Commons, the walkable new urbanist community in Prospect.  For the health and safety of those involved in the show, the Building Industry Association of Greater Louisville (BIAGL) announced the event was held virtually this year. …

Elevator Cab Safety Tips and Summary

The recent COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we think about public transportation and all the safety protocols needed to provide safe and healthy vehicles.  This is particularly true of elevator cabs and entry and exit areas.  Therefore, we put together some safety tips from our vantage point in order to help property and facility managers as …

What is an Elevator Maintenance Control Program (MCP)?

The Elevator Maintenance Control Program (MCP) is precisely what it sounds like – a program or plan to ensure that an elevator or escalator is maintained correctly throughout its life. Like automobile maintenance, an elevator MCP is similar to the maintenance schedule a car manufacturer publishes for a vehicle, one that specifies a frequency for …

Elevator Maintenance – Full Service Verses Limited Service

When it comes to elevator maintenance agreements, there are two primary types of agreements: a full-service agreement or a limited-service agreement. In this article, we’ll point out the main differences, as well as the benefits of each one. Full-Service Agreements – Full service involves less risk and tends to work well for those with a …

Machine Room-Less Elevator Versus Machine Room Elevator

A trend we’re seeing amongst building owners, developers, and architects is removing the elevator machine room and using a Machine Room-Less Elevator (MRL) instead.  We certainly understand that space costs money and any space saved could be used for something else, or removed altogether. While it is sometimes appropriate to remove a machine room, there …

What is Your 20-Year Plan for Your Elevator System?

Installing a new elevator or modernizing an existing elevator is a long-term investment.  There are mechanical and electrical components that require maintenance and attention.  Not only is there a financial investment and decisions to make immediately, there are also items to consider in the future.  How long do you want the system to last? Some …

Benefits of Using Non-Proprietary Elevator Equipment

Several manufacturers today are producing proprietary designs and initially charging less for the installations/modernizations.  The catch is special tools/keys are required for maintaining the elevator.  Non-proprietary equipment allows the end-user to have a choice of which maintenance company to use.  As a consumer, I prefer options and not being “stuck” with one provider.  When you …