LIFTS & ESCALATORS
sophisticated robotic systems which are then linked to the lift operating system. For example, when goods are delivered to a building the robotic systems are programmed to carry the items from a logistics hub to a pre-determined floor where staff can then unload them.
As part of the specification process, consideration must be given to the most appropriate finish for the lifts. We would advise stainless steel for high traffic applications because it is highly durable, and easy to clean and repair.
PRIORITY CONTROL FOR LIFTS Many organisations are increasingly looking at how lifts can enhance security by giving staff the flexibility to take over access in emergency situations, such as major incidents or a security breach. This means moving away from push button operation to more sophisticated destination control technology, which allows faster and more efficient passenger flows, from predictive call entry to touch-less operation. These card-driven systems can adapt the lift to meet the needs of the user. The passenger simply presents a card at the port and a screen will activate use of the lift. Lifts can also now interface with a building’s security systems – an important
advantage for areas of restricted access, and lift use can be limited to personnel carrying a security pass.
NEW INNOVATIONS IN LIFT DESIGN
Lift technology is continually
advancing. Recent developments set new standards in flexibility, space efficiency and reliability. Variable car sizes should be available as standard to suit individual project requirements. Control cabinets can be fitted into the landing door frame and drive systems can be installed in the lift shaft. The less space taken up by components, means more space for passengers.
HOW TO SELECT A LIFT MANUFACTURER
The onus is on the lift supplier to ensure the equipment complies with the European standard – EN 81, which is a statutory requirement. Two new statutory standards are being introduced: •
requirements, calculations, examinations and tests of lift components. This replaces the information mostly found in the annexes of EN 81-1 and EN 81-2. These new standards will have a
three-year transition period. It will therefore be July 2017 before new lifts put into service must comply with EN 81-20 and 50. During the transition period lifts can be installed either to EN81-1, EN81-2 – or EN81-20 and 50. The applicable installation standards, however, must be stated on the Declaration of Conformity provided to the lift owner at the time of hand over.
Make sure the lift supplier has a strong track record in the project sector. Look at what major schemes it has successfully delivered and talk to its customers. And consider how the new lift will be
EN 81-20 sets out the safety rules for the construction and installation of passenger and goods passenger lifts (electric and hydraulic). This will replace both EN 81-1 and EN 81-2 and contains many technical amendments. EN 81-50 sets out the design
maintained. Older lift equipment will have plant rooms but it is now more cost effective to specify machine room-less lifts. Be aware that maintenance may have to be carried out in the lift lobby but these lifts are now the industry standard although they can still be adapted to specific project requirements.
SUSTAINABILITY FEATURES As with all other parts of a building, sustainability now influences lift specification and design, and the equipment can contribute to a scheme’s BREEAM rating. Energy-efficient features can include LED lighting, which has a service life up to 20 times longer than standard bulbs, and standby mode for when the lift is not in use. Traffic simulations will ensure optimum use and speed and that too many lifts are not specified.
An A-rated classification will provide reassurance of energy-efficient performance and clean drive technology can reduce energy consumption by up to 30 per cent. With a sustainable design, a lift system can also be almost 100 per cent recyclable.
A good lift manufacturer will help facilities managers procure the correct lift equipment at the inception of design to deliver a lift that is completely fit for purpose over time. The equipment then has to be maintained and updated according to current requirements and the manufacturer’s guidelines. Compliance is crucial, as is the need to invest in the equipment to maximise up time and most importantly, to ensure passenger safety and a positive user experience.
For further information about Schindler lifts and escalators, call 01932 758100, email email@example.com
or visit www.schindlerlifts.co.uk
PUBLIC SECTOR ESTATES MANAGEMENT • JANUARY 2015
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