Let’s Start Communicating – What’s in a Word II

V Quentin Bates

Thursday 1st October 1998

At Elevcon ’93, I presented a paper discussing the need for words, definitions and common methods for measuring elevator performance. With well defined words, understanding can be simplified when ideas, studies and tests are discussed, and those discussed items can be critiqued by other elevator engineers. This paper updates that presentation, reports on terms published by NEII (National Elevator Industry, Inc.) in the United States and includes the original ‘Performance Terminology Matrix’ from that publication. Review and comment are encouraged, along with the suggestion that IAEE members and friends use these words, definitions and measurements in technical papers and presentations. Let’s start communicating using words that convey common, agreed upon meaning – not DINOSAURS.

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