Lift Modernisation the Lost Art of Engineering

Roger Howkins and Kate Hibner

Wednesday 24th September 2014

This paper investigates the techniques and tools available to the lift modernisation engineer and uses case studies of lift forensic engineering, codes used for imported lifts, reliability impact testing of door systems and ride quality that is achievable. The experienced lift modernisation engineer needs to understand the limitations and design characteristics of the aging lift equipment being considered and how it can be blended in with new engineering components and systems and the original and current code requirements. Also the structural limitations of the building have to be considered for lift equipment removal, routes possibly across floor slabs and the suitability of lift shaft walls for new fixings.

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