Changes in Fuji Elevator Maintenance

Date:2016-08-26

One of the most important changes in Fuji Lift maintenance during the past 20 or 30 years is the concern for safety, which means that apprenticeship training for journeymen elevator repairers and maintainers.

Journeymen now go through a four-year, state-certified apprenticeship program. Before, there was education but there wasn’t a certified apprenticeship program. But now, responsible contractors only hire mechanics who go through this apprenticeship program.

Then, another far-reaching change in the elevator industry, as in all industries, has been computerization. Generally, elevators reach 40 years or more were either controlled by relays or by an older type of solid-state controls, but they are almost all computerized nowadays.

Most elevators of any age are not obsolete. You can modernize systems, modernize old relay systems with a computer. Many elevators are being modernized on a regular basis. There’s no reason any elevator should be obsolete.

Many of the most recent design improvements in elevator design are also safety-based, particularly in newer computerized systems. One example is a device called a rope gripper. If an elevator should move on its own (because of an error), the rope gripper will sense this and grip the cable, preventing it from moving further. And in general, in newer solid-state elevators, the car won’t move unless all the circuits are operating and all the doors are closed.

As a rule, it’s basically the responsibility of the building owner or manager to keep up with safety codes, new developments, and inspections. Typically, the building owner will spell out that he’s expecting the elevator contractor to tell him about these issues. It’s typically written into the contract.

What’s a good elevator maintenance inspection schedule—both as mandated by law and as recommended by industry experts?

Apart from scheduled inspections, there are also additional inspections every three to five years, depending on the device. The tests must be performed by an approved elevator inspection agency and witnessed by a second approved agency not affiliated with the one performing the inspection.

What’s more, a good schedule would also include monthly maintenance as well as annual inspections. Speaking about the different types of elevator tests, there are annual tests and five-year tests. Annual tests don’t do a full load, but every five years, you do a test with a full load. In addition, hydraulic elevators are subject to tests every three years.

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