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The Premier Magazine for the Building Transportation Industry in India

Issue 3, Volume 11

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ON THE COVER 42 Customization Transforms

Vertical Transportation at Collage House in Navi Mumbai. by Amish Mistry photos by Sebastian Zachariah and Ira Gosalia, Photographix








Too Legit to (Never) Quit by Yash Pandya


The World of International Standards by Dr. Gina Barney


Schmersal India Takes a Giant Step by Sheetal Shelar Patil


The Spine of the Building by Hemant Vora


Scripting Tall Tales by Yash Pandya

KEMA organizes inaugural Safety Awareness Campaign for Lifts and Escalators at Bangalore. by Sheetal Shelar Patil


Gateway, the Magic Mirror by Fabio Liberali and Alessandro Cremaschi

More Than Meets the Eye


Meeting the Need for Technicians by Sheetal Shelar Patil

108 Product Spotlight


Going Vertical: Case Studies by Yash Pandya

111 Source Directory


Mixed Messages Demystified by Yash Pandya


Fears of GST Power Misuse Allayed by Yash Pandya

FEATURES 54 Driving the Message Home

3rd Quarter Issue 3, Volume 11

New trends emerge at the 13th WEE Expo in Shanghai. by Peng Jie

Elevcon 2018 Berlin hosts 22nd IAEE congress on elevator technology. by Dr. Lee Gray


Force-Measuring Sensor and App for NG Devices


Editor’s Overview




Inside India News


Regional News

109 Marketplace 112 Advertisers Index





ELEVATOR WORLD India is a quarterly magazine published by E­ levator World, Inc., Mobile, Alabama (U.S.) and Virgo Publications, Bangalore (India). Virgo Publications is a sister organization of Virgo Communications, one of the organizers for IEE – International Elevator & Escalator Expo. Elevator World, Inc. is the premier publisher for the international building transportation industry. Since the inception of ELEVATOR WORLD magazine in 1953, the company has e ­ xpanded core products to include ELEVATOR WORLD India, an ­extensive network of websites, a weekly e-mail newsletter (ElenetŽ) and the SourceŠ, the most inclusive industry directory. Publishers – Anitha Raghunath, Ricia Sturgeon-Hendrick, T. Bruce MacKinnon International Publishing Co. – Elevator World, Inc. Indian Publishing Co. – Virgo Publications Editorial International Managing Editor – Angela C. Baldwin Consulting Editor, India – Vijay Pandya EW Editorial Staff (U.S.) – Lee Freeland, Kaija Wilkinson, Matt Irvin EW India Correspondent - M.J. Mohamed Iqbal Contributors – Sheetal Shelar Patil, Yash Pandya, Amish Mistry, Peng Jie, Dr. Lee Gray, Hemant Vora, Fabio Liberali, Alessandro Cremaschi, Dr. Gina Barney Printing, Distribution and Commercial Operations Commercial Directors – Anitha Raghunath and G. Raghu (India) Advertising Sales and Marketing Anitha Raghunath and G. Raghu (India) – T. Bruce MacKinnon, Lesley K. Hicks, Scott O. Brown, Cleo Brazile (International) Brad O’Guynn, Caleb Givens (Marketing) Susan Crigler (Education Products) Production and Internet EW Staff (U.S.) – Lillie McWilliams, Christen Robinson, Claire Nicholls, Matt Overstreet Administration Anitha Raghunath (India) J. Scott Eastman (U.S.) ELEVATOR WORLDŽ and ELEVATOR WORLD India™ are registered trademarks and all rights reserved. CopyrightŠ 2018. For permission to reprint any portion of this magazine, please write to the publisher at Elevator World, Inc., P. O. Box 6507, Mobile, Alabama 36660, USA or at Virgo Publications, Virgo House, 250 Amarjyoti Layout, Domlur Extension, Bangalore, India 560071. ELEVATOR WORLD India is published in the interest of the members of the elevator industry in India, to improve communication within that industry and to further continuing education of members of that industry. ELEVATOR WORLD India publishes articles by contributing authors as a stimulus to thinking and not directives. ELEVATOR WORLD India publishes this material without accepting responsibility for its absolute accuracy, but with hopes that the vast majority of it will have validity for the field. The ideas expressed therein should be tempered by recognized elevator engineering practices, standards, codes and guidelines. Publication of any article or advertisement should not be deemed as an endorsement by ELEVATOR WORLD India, ELEVATOR WORLD, the publishers at Elevator World, Inc. or Virgo Publications. Printed by Sri Sudhindra Offset Process, No.27-28, 8th Cross, Malleshwaram, Bangalore - 560003, Karnataka, India. ELEVATOR WORLD India will be published quarterly in 2018: February 16, May 16, August 16 and November 16. Advertising and subscription information is available at Send company updates, announcements, press releases, product launches and article contributions to

Editor’s Overview Raising the Bar Higher Than Ever by Vijay Pandya “One rises to meet a challenge!â€? This quote from the James Bond movie GoldenEye reflects the scenario prevailing vis-Ă -vis real-estate development and, consequently, the elevator industry in India. A certain amount of stability is always preferable, if not essential, for vertical transportation, as well as the vertical structures in which they are incorporated. While designers and/or architects do look after this aspect, managing the lack of stability in applicable norms because of multiple announcements and decisions is a different thing altogether. In the last issue of ELEVATOR WORLD India, we analyzed how realty-sector procedures and processes have been transformed in the era following the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act, 2016. This issue marks its first anniversary, along with that of another gamechanger: the Goods and Services Tax. Both milestones and their implications have been presented with experts’ views on what we can expect going forward. Even the affordable-housing category will be needing elevators now, whereas the elite residences will always need them to be faster, driven by innovation and more luxurious. So, there will be greater demand for the entire spectrum of elevators soon. All that is needed now is the right supply. The challenges facing real-estate developers and elevator manufacturers are very real and very different from what they had to deal with earlier. The future will clearly belong to those who can adapt and those who can do so without wasting time complaining about the loss of the status quo. Yes, the new norms require a far greater understanding of micro detailing and assign huge responsibilities, the likes of which were unheard of until now. But, those who make an effort to do the needful will find it worth their while.   đ&#x;Œ?

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2018 September

Symposium on Lift and Escalator Technologies Northampton, U.K. September 19-20 For more information on this annual event, which offers an opportunity for speakers to present peer-reviewed papers on the subject of their research, visit


Global Lift & Escalator Expo 2018 International Convention City, Bashundhara, Dhaka, Bangladesh October 4-6 For more information, email:; raghu@ or visit website: CTBUH 2018 Conference JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai Dubai, U.A.E. & Jeddah, Saudi Arabia October 20-25 For more information on the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat’s (CTBUH) conference, “Polycentric Cities: The Future of Vertical Urbanism,� visit website:


The Global Lift & Escalator Expo 2018 will take place on October 4-6 at International Convention City, Bashundhara, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

sponsored by Liftinstituut Solutions B.V. & Elevator World, Inc., is “Safety and New Technologies.� For more information, or to register, submit a paper or book a booth, email info@ or visit

2019 February 9th International Symposium on Elevator & Escalator Iran Tehran, Iran February 21 For more information or to register, contact organizer at (98) 9126800295, fax: (98) 2144540595 or website:

Tunisia Elevateur Expo March UTICA Headquarters Eurasia AsansĂśr Fair El Khadra, Tunisia CNR Expo November 7-9 For more information or to register, contact CTFEXPO at or visit website:

Istanbul, Turkey March 20-23 For more information, contact organizer CNRExpo at AsansĂśr Istanbul TĂźyap BylikdĂźzĂź Fair and Congress Center Istanbul, Turkey March 21-24 For more information on the 16th iteration of the biannual event, visit website:

April-May IAEC Forum Renaissance Reno Downtown Hotel Reno, NV April 30-May 3 For more information, contact International Association of Elevator Consultants (IAEC) Executive Director Sheila Swett at or visit   đ&#x;Œ?

International Lift Expo, Korea Kintex Seoul, South Korea November 14-16 More information will be at when released. International Elevator & Escalator Symposium Renaissance Polat Istanbul Hotel Yesilyurt/Istanbul, Turkey November 15-16 Istanbul will provide the backdrop for the inaugural International Elevator & Escalator Symposium on The theme for this inaugural expo, November 15-16, sponsored by Liftinstituut Solutions B.V. and Elevator World, Inc.


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Inside India News

Business Optimism prevails as a contract is awarded, and new locations open.

thyssenkrupp Expects Market Share Growth ET Realty reported in June that thyssenkrupp Elevator India expects to increase its market share to 8-10% of the national market from the current single-digit level. Quoting Bharat Vishnani, managing director of the company, its growth “will be scaled to double-up in the next few years.” The source said 60% of the company’s revenue comes from the residential sector, while the rest comes from the commercial, hospitality, infrastructure and industrial segments. Vishnani sees an increase in the residential market, leading to greater elevator needs. “The affordable housing segment may majorly drive demand of elevators in three to four years,” he added.

KONE Providing VT for Mumbai Residential High Rise KONE has been selected to provide the vertical transportation (VT) for Lodha The Park, four residential towers that are approximately 270 m tall, or 81 stories, taking shape in Worli, downtown Mumbai. The order consists of 48 high-rise, 5- to 6-mps MiniSpaceTM and nine machineroom-less

Lodha The Park, designed by WOHA Architects of Singapore and developed by Lodha Developers Pvt. Ltd.


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MonoSpace® elevators, KONE’s destination-dispatch system and the Remote CallTM smartphone elevator-call application. Approximately 3,400 people are expected to use the equipment daily. Developed by Lodha Developers Pvt. Ltd. and designed by WOHA Architects of Singapore, the buildings are slated for completion in September 2019. Executive Vice President for KONE Asia Pacific Axel Berkling called the development “a unique landmark.”

KONE Inaugurates New Office in Panjim KONE India has opened a new, expanded area office in Panjim, Goa, the company announced in April. The office was inaugurated by Goa Revenue, Labour and Employment Minister Rohan Ashok Khaunte; KONE India Managing Director Amit Gossain; and CREDAI-Goa President Dr. Jagannath (Desh) Prabhudessai. KONE said the Panjim office will provide customers “with an excellent experience for all their equipment needs” in all areas of its business, including sales, installation, service, spare parts and modernization. The company noted its easy accessibility from neighboring towns, including Ratnagiri, Sawantbaddi, Vengurla, Kudalo and Chipulan. “We are committed to expanding our reach in India. . .,” Gossain said during the inauguration ceremony. He added that the Goa location “will help us move closer to our customers and build a stronger [connection] with them.”

Bharat Bijlee Opens Plant for PM Machines Bharat Bijlee’s new plant for permanent-magnet (PM) elevator machines at its Airoli campus commenced operations in May. The 950-m2 plant is a green building, for which certification from the Indian Green Building Council is expected soon. The plant has clean-area facilities, line-, type- and reliability-testing capability, and is designed to optimize material flow and handling. The current production capacity of 700 PM machines for elevators per month is scalable for further expansion by the modular design and layout. The company said the plant furthers its strategy for continued domestic and export growth in its GreenStar range of elevator machines and caters to new applications of PM machines going forward. Continued

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Lighthouses to Get Makeovers With Elevators The government plans to transform 78 lighthouses in scenic locations into tourist attractions, with facilities including elevators, watersports facilities and restaurants, The Economic Times reported. Private partners will be enlisted to set up and maintain the tourism facilities, and The Directorate of General Lighthouses and Lightships will install the elevators. Earlier this year, the Ministry of Shipping sought to identify 10 lighthouses with the potential to attract good footfall. Lighthouses on Kanjohi Angre Island near Mumbai and Rameswaram Island between India and Sri Lanka were among those being considered. The lighthouses are part of a larger plan to boost coastal tourism.

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EEST Update


The Elevator and Escalator Safety Trust (EEST) has coordinated programs in educating 271,937 schoolchildren and adults across India on the safe usage of vertical transportation. The first quarter of 2018 saw 4,881 children and 860 adults educated on safe travel on elevators and escalators. EEST acknowledges the backing of elevator companies like Johnson Lifts Ltd., Otis, Schindler and thyssenkrupp. Formed in 2008 with the sole mission of educating children on elevator and escalator safety, the charity has three main objectives: ♦♦ Educate young children on the safe practices of using elevators and escalators ♦♦ Educate adults and senior citizens on the safe practices of using elevators and escalators ♦♦ Promote safety awareness among builders, property owners, developers and managers Marizinha Chitnis is the new trust director. Chitnis is a graduate of Mumbai University with 27 years of experience in sales support, events and administration. EEST welcomes participation from the elevator and escalator industry, other stakeholders and well wishers. For more information, email Chitnis at marizinha. or visit


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Inside India News

Accidents and Upgrades Fatalities occur, and changes called for.

“Negligence” in Elevator-Shaft Death of Navi Mumbai Boy A police investigator called the June 9 death of a 14-year-old Navi Mumbai boy a “case of pure negligence,” observing the elevator shaft into which he fell should have been covered, the Hindustan Times reported. The boy was playing with his sister on the third floor of the apartment building where the family lives when he slipped and fell into the uncovered shaft, which was meant for a lift that was never installed. He was pronounced dead at a local hospital. Investigators had been trying to determine whether the builder or residents were at fault, and said legal action would be taken against responsible parties.

KONE and Schindler. thyssenkrupp holds maintenance contracts for more than 50 of the units, while Johnson and Schindler are responsible for keeping the rest in shape. Almost half of the 30 Otis escalators are more than two decades old.

Escalator Accident Fatal for 10-Month-Old Girl A mall in Sri Ganganagar near the Pakistan border was the scene of a tragedy on May 10 when a 10-month-old girl slipped from her mother’s arms over an escalator handrail and died on the scene, various news outlets, including the Daily Mail, reported. Mother, father and child were traveling on the escalator to the fourth floor when the accident, which was captured on video, occurred. Witnesses said the mother lost her balance while she was taking a picture with her phone. Police investigated but said, “This is a clear-cut case of accident.”

Escalator Mishap Accelerates Upgrade Plans A May 8 incident in which an escalator at the Dum Dum Metro Railway station suddenly reversed, causing several injuries, has prompted Metro officials to accelerate a plan to replace creaking equipment over an 18-month period, The Telegraph India reported in June. Metro Railway has invited bids for four new escalators at Dum Dum station, including the one that had abruptly reversed, and 11 more escalators are to be replaced at Rabindra Sadan, Rabindra Sarobar, Belgachia, Chandni Chowk, Esplanade and Netaji Bhavan stations. “Around 20 escalators will be replaced over the next 18 months,” a senior Metro Railway official said. The 24 stations on the north-south route have 78 escalators, of which at least 25 have exceeded their lifespan of two decades. The list of manufacturers includes thyssenkrupp, Otis, Johnson Lifts,


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This escalator in the Metro Railway Dum Dum station suddenly reversed direction on May 8, throwing several riders off; photo from The Telegraph India.

Apartment Owners in Ghaziabad Push for ARDs in Elevators Automatic rescue devices (ARDs) in elevators are being demanded by The Federation of Apartment Owners Associations (FAOA) in Ghaziabad in light of numerous lift-related accidents, The Times of India reported. FAOA met with the Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) in May, asking that ARDs — which bring the lift cabin to the nearest floor for passengers to exit in case of malfunction — be mandatory before completion certificates are issued. Since 2015, public-interest litigation has been pending in Allahabad High Court to enact a lift act in Uttar Pradesh that would include mandatory ARDs, following the lead of neighboring states Delhi, Haryana, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. FAOA President Alok Kumar said the federation had sought a referendum requiring member housing societies to install ARDs, following the lead of Noida and Greater Noida, but residents did not want to pay for them. A ruling by the GDA would remedy that, he said.

Inside India News

Railways Escalators are the focus at stations across the country.

214 Escalators Planned for CR DNA India reported in April that Central Railways’ (CR) suburban section will soon have fully functional escalators at every station, in accordance with a budget proposed in February. CR has already begun installing the 214 escalators. Thirty-four were already in operation, with 40 more planned to be operational in June under the first phase. Unlike most foot-overbridge (FOB) escalators, these will offer both upward and downward service. All the work is expected to be complete by March 2019. The source added that the equipment is a part of a safety measure CR undertook following the “Elphinstone stampede� at a Mumbai railway station on September 29, 2017, in which at least 23 people were killed, and 39 others were injured (ELEVATOR WORLD India, 4th Quarter 2017). It also said crowds on FOBs from the 7.9 million Mumbai suburban rail daily commuters have lessened. Escalator maintenance, however, will need more attention, as each is used by more than 9,000 people per hour.

Change in Escalator Footfall Criteria Aimed at Saving Money In an effort to save money, Indian Railways (IR) has amended the minimum daily footfall criteria for IR stations that will get escalators from 25,000 to 100,000, various news outlets, including Zee Business, reported. Almost all stations with daily footfall of at least 100,000 already have escalators. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said escalators should only be installed at the busiest

stations. However, Modi, the IR minister, a parliamentary committee or elected official may request escalator installation at a specific station, even if the minimum footfall criteria is not met.

11 New Escalators Planned for Kalupur Station The Ahemdabad division of Western Railways is planning to install 11 new escalators at the Kalupur station by the end of 2018, DNA India reported in April. Before the announcement, Kalupur had only one escalator, in the entry area of the station. Of the new units, three will be placed at the exit and the others at each of the eight platforms. Kalupur station has elevators at each platform, but they are often crowded, and many passengers, particularly senior citizens, have trouble using them. The completion timeline given in April was eight months.

Erode Junction Escalator Work Begins A long-delayed project to install escalators at the Erode Railway Junction in Erode, Tamil Nadu, began in May, The Hindu reported. The junction is among the busiest rail stops in the region, and with platform access limited to a steep stairway, there has been strong demand for escalators from passengers. Railways that use the junction announced the plan to add escalators in January 2015, with completion expected by December 2015. The work was delayed by several factors, but the source said protests by “manyâ€? organizations led to the problems being worked out, with the project “expected to be completed soon.â€?   đ&#x;Œ?

Elevator Association Seeks Changes to New State Legislation The Association of Elevator Companies is asking the state government of Maharashtra to make renewal of elevator companies’ licenses for 10, rather than three, years and inspection of unlicensed lifts part of the Maharashtra Lift, Escalators and Moving Walkways Act (EW India, 1st Quarter 2018), The Times of India reported. There are 340 registered elevator companies in the association, which has requested that licenses be renewed for all companies in three stages: five years, followed by 10 years, followed by permanent licenses. The association has 26 recommendations, more than twice those in the current act. They include appointing a chief inspector and assistant inspectors and implementing provisions related to overloading and automatic rescue devices.


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Work on installing escalators got underway in May at platforms in Erode Railway Junction; photo by M. Govarthan.

Regional News

Business Big news from Turkey, China, the U.K. and more

thyssenkrupp: Turkey Plant, China Test Tower Open; Website Launched thyssenkrupp has opened its first escalator production plant in Turkey, located in the Dilovasi Organized Industrial Zone in the northern Marmara province of Kocaeli, Daily Sabah reported. Accompanied by a training campus, the EUR200-million (US$237million) facility will produce 1,200 escalators annually, positioning Turkey as an escalator export hub for the Middle East, Europe and other parts of Turkey. Sporting “Made in Turkey” stamps, the equipment will use 50% locally made parts, increasing to more than 90% in coming years. Arda Ermut, president of the Investment Support and Promotion Agency of Turkey (ISPAT), observed thyssenkrupp’s investment is in line with the agency’s commitment to “prioritizing strategic sectors that reduce dependency on imports and boost exports.” thyssenkrupp Elevator Turkey General Manager Turgay Şarli observed the investment underscores the company’s confidence in Turkey and includes a “giant ecosystem” of Turkish suppliers and contractors. At an opening ceremony for its new plant in Zhongshan City, China, in March, the company said a 248-m-tall test tower, one of the tallest in the world, “stole the show.” With 31 stories above ground and 13 shafts, the tower will be used to test high-speed elevators and the ropeless MULTI system. The plant and tower represent a US$128-million investment and point to the company’s continued investment in China, its largest market in Asia. New concepts and pilot products, including an elevator reaching speeds of up to 18 mps, will be tested in the tower, which is approximately the same height as thyssenkrupp’s 246-m-tall tower in Rottweil, Germany. In line with stringent safety requirements, the tower is outfitted with an active mass damper system that significantly reduces sway caused by changes in weather conditions, and mimics extreme conditions such as earthquakes and typhoons. A new thyssenkrupp Elevator website, perspectives.urban-hub. com, will highlight stories about the company’s corporate social responsibility initiatives: specifically, Project SEED, developed in partnership with SOS Children’s Villages International (ELEVATOR WORLD India, 1st Quarter 2018) and initially


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focused on 100 young people in Colombia, Brazil and India. thyssenkrupp Elevator employees volunteer to lead courses and serve as mentors to young people with the goal of helping them find and keep good jobs. The company stated: “Corporate volunteering emphasizes the empowerment of employees to take an active role in making the world a better place by enabling them to contribute outside the workplace within a defined framework of structured assistance, using a little bit of their time and a lot of their passion.”

thyssenkrupp’s Zhongshan, China, test tower is slightly taller than its test tower in Rottweil, Germany.

Elevator World Acquires U.K. Magazine Elevation Elevator World, Inc. has acquired the U.K.-based magazine Elevation. Launched by industry veteran Ish Buckingham as a Continued

quarterly publication in 1994, Elevation specifically targets the British lift industry. Buckingham served as managing director and editor from the publication’s inception until his retirement earlier this year. It is the U.K.’s only lift trade magazine and reaches more than 2,000 readers. Executive Vice President of Elevator World T. Bruce MacKinnon commented: “Elevator World, Inc., saw this as an opportunity to fully represent the U.K. lift industry and build upon Elevation’s 24-year history. As an organization, we are excited to begin working and meeting with the local industry to better understand how we can help their businesses, while providing the relevant and trustworthy news for which Elevator World is known.” David Cooper, EW correspondent, managing director of U.K.-based consultancy LECS (UK) Ltd. and longtime Elevation editorial contributor, will serve as its editor. He is the contact for editorial submissions and inquiries within the U.K. at editorial@ For international editorial submissions and inquiries, email Elevation staff member Suzanne McCoy is the contact for editorial and general inquiries within the U.K. at For advertising inquiries, contact MacKinnon at tbruce@

(l-r) Elevation founder Ish Buckingham and Executive Vice President of Elevator World T. Bruce MacKinnon in the U.K.

Savaria to Acquire Garaventa Savaria Corp. agreed in July to acquire the issued and outstanding shares of Garaventa Lift for a total purchase price of approximately CHF74 million (US$74.27 million), subject to customary closing adjustments prior to the expected closing of the deal in October. It gives Savaria a wider footprint in North America via a 120,000-sq.-ft. manufacturing facility (built in 2017) in Surrey, Canada, and eight additional sales offices. Further sales offices will be acquired in Switzerland, Germany, Italy, the Czech Republic and Poland, as will a 33,000-sq.-ft. manufacturing facility Continued


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Schindler Selected for Vietnam Residential Project Schindler has been selected to provide 25 elevators for the multitower, 1,840-unit South Saigon Residences in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, a development of previous Schindler customer Phu My Hung Development Corp. The order includes S3300 and 5500 elevators, which offer design versatility, “green” technology and travel speed of up to 3 mps. Saigon South Residences is in a “prime location” on Nguyen Huu Tho Avenue and will provide nearly 70 onsite amenities including stores, education centers, a water park, gardens and sports facilities.

Saigon South Residences by Phu My Hung Development Corp. in Ho Chi Minh City

in Milan, Italy. In China, Savaria will gain a sales office and light assembly capabilities in Shanghai. Savaria anticipates synergies of approximately CAD2 million (US$1.51 million) per year in the first full year, and an additional CAD2 million in the second full year after closing, from: ♦♦ Cost savings from combined purchasing and best pricing with suppliers ♦♦ Efficiencies gained through joint marketing, systems integration and product development ♦♦ Global distribution, which creates significant cross-selling opportunities, especially in Europe.

Established in 1978 as the accessibility division of the former Garaventa Holding AG (now the Doppelmayr/Garaventa Group), Garaventa Lift manufactures a wide range of wheelchair lifts, including inclined and vertical platform lifts and portable wheelchair lifts; and a full suite of residential elevators and commercial limited-use, limited-application (LU/LA) elevators. In 2017, Garaventa recorded revenues of CHF82 million (US$82.31 million) and adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization of CHF6.3 million (US$6.32 million). It is headquartered in Goldau, Switzerland, and employs 547 people worldwide.

Tajikistan President Calls for Belarusian Plant in His Country Tajikistan President Emomali Rahmon is interested in Belarusian lift manufacturer Mogilevliftmash setting up an assembly plant in his country, Belarus News reported. Rahmon visited the Belarus National Expo, held in the Tajikistan capital Dushanbe, in May and familiarized himself with the company’s elevators. The next step will be conducting a feasibility study on a potential plant, which would produce at least 500 elevators a year. Rahmon said a Mogilevliftmash facility in Tajikistan would serve not only the capital but the entire country, and create jobs. This map by Savaria of the companies’ combined locations gives an idea of their wide reach.

Developer Plans Tallest Building in Cyprus

A developer is planning to demolish a shopping center to make way for a 197-m-tall luxury apartment tower in Limassol, Cyprus, that would be the nation’s tallest building, the Cyprus Mail reported in June. Limassol Beach & Seaview Properties, a subsidiary of the Shacolas Group’s Woolworth Properties, applied for a town-planning license for the waterfront tower. The Aura, as the building is known, will be designed by architects Foster + Partners. It will have 137 apartments ranging from two to four bedrooms and a five-bedroom penthouse with panoramic views of the Mediterranean. The building is designed to look like it hangs over its landscaped gardens. The tallest building currently under construction in Limassol is the One, at 170 m, scheduled to be completed in 2019. Upon completion it will be the tallest seafront tower in Europe. Trilogy, another high-rise project in Limassol, is being developed by Cybarco. It consists of three towers,


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the tallest of which will stand 161 m high. It is slated for completion in 2023. Interior Minister Constantinos Petrides said the government had issued building permits for 25 high-rise buildings in the first three months of the year, and 60 more, most of them in Limassol, are pending. He noted the advantages of high rises include larger open spaces, and — contrary to common belief — they do not create a “visual wall” along the sea; rather, they offer better visibility than lower, wider structures.

An artist’s rendering of the Aura shows the proposed high rise towering over other seafront properties in Limassol, Cyprus.

280-m-Tall TST Hotel Tower in Taipei Inspired by Bamboo Curved edges, an angled tip and a grooved green façade distinguish Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel’s (ACPV) design for the 280-m-tall Taipei Sky Tower (TST) planned by local developer Riant Capital Ltd. in the Xinyi shopping and financial district, dezeen reported. ACPV will also design interiors for Park Hyatt Taipei, one of two Hyatt hotels that aim to occupy TST by 2020. The other, Taipei Andaz, will have a different designer so the hotels will have distinct identities. There will be 500 rooms, and the developer is optimistic based on surging numbers of tourists, expected to reach 19 million in 2020, and demand from the local wealthy elite.

TST, designed by ACPV, was inspired by bamboo shoots. Taipei 101 is at right.


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Regional News

China Market outlook, new contracts and high-rise plans

Source: China Has Capacity to Supply the World In the 40 years since China opened its economy to the world, global elevator companies have rushed in, transforming the country from a small producer of vertical-transportation (VT) equipment to the most competitive market, Shine observed in a June report. In those four decades, the Chinese VT industry has grown from eight state-owned companies to a manufacturing powerhouse, with an output of 500,000 units per year. Li Shoulin, president of the China Elevator Association (CEA), said that domestic producers have an inventory backlog that would allow them “to supply the whole world” with its annual demand of about 900,000 units. Engineer Chen Liang told the source that when he joined the industry nearly 30 years ago, “an elevator was worth almost two apartments in Xujiahui.” Today, a typical apartment there costs CNY10 million (US$1.6 million), while “an elevator sells [for] only around CNY150,000 (US$23,000),” he said. Intense competition is the reason lifts have become so much more affordable, said Chen, who today works for thyssenkrupp. Worldwide, elevator demand is growing 5-7% annually, but in China, sales surged an average of 20% a year between 2002 and 2015, drawing all of the global industry’s giants into the market. This booming market, Chen said, has transformed elevators from luxury items to everyday devices enjoyed by common people. Another factor is urbanization. In 1978, only about 17.9% of China’s citizens lived in cities, but by the end of last year, that had risen to more than 58%, according to government statistics. This shift to the cities has created massive investment in urban real estate. Further fueling growth is consumer demand for more and better elevators, the source noted, adding that maintenance, repairs and modernizations will spur even more growth in the domestic industry. By the end of 2015, China had around 700 elevator makers, 200 component makers and 10,000 maintenance companies, according to CEA.

Otis Wins Wuxi Metro Contract, Sees Morpheus Atrium Elevators Debut Otis Elevator (China) Co. Ltd. will provide 102 escalators and 24/7 maintenance support to Wuxi Metro Line 3 Phase 1, in the Wuxi business hub near Shanghai. The third main line in the Wuxi network, Line 3’s first phase will have 21 stations and stretch 28.5 km underground when completed in 2020. It will connect the districts of Huishan, Liangxi and Xinwu to serve key industrial areas, main rail and air transportation hubs, and the city center. Otis China will also provide the Otis Metro Maintenance Management System (OM3S®) to support Wuxi Metro. The company calls OM3S “a specialized service system that provides around-the-clock support for metro customers.” Introduced to China in 2013, the system’s network includes dedicated metro service offices staffed by specially trained mechanics. Otis Hong Kong equipment is part of a Macau “Masterpiece” with Zaha Hadid Architects’ (ZHA) 40-story Morpheus hotel, which opened on June 15. Part of the City of Dreams resort, the structure consists of a pair of towers connected at ground and roof levels with a central atrium containing 12 Otis Hong Kong glass elevators that provide views of the hotel’s interior and exterior. Inspired by traditional Chinese jade carving, Morpheus is the world’s first free-form high-rise exoskeleton, according to ZHA. Project Director Viviana Muscettola said its design evolved from unique site conditions. ZHA continued: “Morpheus draws on ZHA’s 40 years of research into the integration of interior and exterior, civic and private, solid and void, Cartesian and Einsteinian. Space is woven within structure to tie disparate programs together and constantly make connections.”

Construction Underway on China’s Future Tallest Construction is underway on the Shimao Shenzhen-Hong Kong International Centre, a 668-m-tall tower for Shenzhen. The height would exceed China’s current tallest building, the 632-m-tall Continued


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Shanghai Tower, which is also the world’s second tallest, dezeen reported. Though several details, such as the architect, are unknown, the building is being developed by the Chinese firm Shiamo Group, which is said to have already invested CNY50 billion (US$6.85 billion) into it. Apartments; offices; a startup incubator; five-star hotels; shopping centers; international schools; and a convention, exhibition and performance center will take up the 321,900 m2 behind a rippling façade. Located in the Longgang district in eastern Shenzhen, the center could be completed as early as 2024, when it may still be in the running for second-tallest building in the world. In Shenzhen, it would overtake the 599-m-high Kohn Pedersen Fox-designed Ping An Finance Centre.

ArchDaily reported in June. The 150,000-m2 structure, designed as three tower blocks attached to a central T-shaped core, seeks to present “an alternative office-tower typology that responds to the subtropical climate in Shenzhen,” the source reported. At ground level, the building footprint is raised to create a public urban landscape beneath, with green and water features dotted across a partially sheltered plaza. Above, a series of seven-story “knolls” display greenery extruding from the towers. Atop each knoll, an open community space is integrated with lush landscape, with further semi-public sky gardens and microclimates cascading down the side of the structure totaling almost 8,000 m2. The three towers vary in height between 217 m and 246 m. A curtain-wall system features extruded vertical mullions that will light up at night, creating an elegant outline of the skyscraper. Completion is expected in the second half of 2019.

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Construction on the 668-m-tall Shimao Shenzhen-Hong Kong International Center could complete in as few as six years; rendering by K.Y. Cheng.

WOHA’s First Office Skyscraper Tops Out

Robot fighting rings, R&D areas and office space are part of the new Shenzhen headquarters (HQ) for DJI, consisting of a striking pair of towers designed by Foster + Partners, various news outlets, including New Atlas, reported. Height and construction timeframe were unavailable as of May, but renderings reveal a “unique workplace” featuring towers with multiple glazed boxes and sky gardens cantilevering out from a central steel framework. The towers will be connected by a skybridge, which is also expected to be used for drone testing. Also set to include a theater and gymnasium, the large, column-free floors will accommodate quadruple-height drone flight-testing labs.

Singapore-based architecture firm WOHA says its first office skyscraper in China, Vanke Yun City in Shenzhen, has topped out,

WOHA’s first office tower in China, Vanke Yun City in Shenzhen, has topped out, the firm reported.


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Foster + Partners designed the new HQ under construction in Shenzhen for drone manufacturer DJI.

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Transitions MULTI project gains a CEO; Garaventa names a growth leader.

thyssenkrupp Elevator Names Cesarz CEO of MULTI


thyssenkrupp Elevator has named Michael Cesarz, an architect with extensive experience in the Middle East, Turkey and Europe, CEO of MULTI, which will now be considered a separate business unit. Cesarz designed structures such as Meydan Mall in Istanbul and The Edge office building in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. In Dubai, Cesarz designed more than 20 subsidiaries of the Majid Al Futtaim shopping-mall chain, of which he was CEO, throughout the Middle East. Prior to this, he oversaw the real-estate business unit and asset management for METRO Group, based in Dusseldorf, Germany. In addition to his architectural expertise, Cesarz is considered a specialist in development, project management and business operations.

Garaventa Taps Donmung for Asia Business Development


Goldau, Switzerland-based Garaventa Lift Group, a global manufacturer and installer of custom lifts, including home and commercial elevators and accessibility solutions, has named Ronny Donmung as business-development manager for Asia. In the April announcement, Garaventa CEO Andreas Stavik praised Donmung as a “strong contributor” to the company’s global reach. “Our objective is to make Garaventa Lift a strong presence worldwide in our industry. We are developing our competitiveness actively, and I believe this appointment will strengthen our progress on our geographical expansion initiatives,” Stavik said. Donmung, with more than 20 years in the accessibility lift business, spent the past seven years as managing director of Garaventa Lift Germany, where he was


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instrumental in increasing the company’s sales of platform lifts, stairlifts and home elevators. Prior to joining Garaventa, he spent 10 years as managing director for thyssenkrupp Accessibility in Germany and Austria. He previously had worked for Lifta Stairlifts. Garaventa is to be acquired by Savaria in October (see this issue’s Regional News “Business” section).

81% of Escalators Installed on Pakistan’s First Metro Line Approximately 81% of the more than 260 escalators serving the Orange Line Metro Train (OLMT) in Lahore, Pakistan’s first metro rail line, have been installed, reflecting progress on a project that promises to spur economic change for “thousands of ordinary citizens,” UrduPoint reported. Spanning more than 27 km, OLMT will be served by 26 stations. Often mentioned as part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, the line, funded by the Government of Punjab, India, is “being recognized internationally as a showcase of Pak-China friendship,” the source said. During an OLMT progress meeting in May, it was revealed that nearly 88% of the civil and 66% of the electrical/mechanical work had been completed.

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KONE to Equip Towers in Kuala Lumpur

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KONE has announced winning an order for 8 Conlay, a luxury mixed-use development located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. The development consists of two branded residence towers called “YOO8 serviced by Kempinski.” These 57- and 62-story blocks are complemented by a 68-story five-star Kempinski Hotel and serviced suites, and retail. KONE will equip the development with 36 MiniSpace™ high-rise elevators, five machine-room-less MonoSpace® elevators, a bespoke 4000-kg-capacity MonoSpace® glass elevator, and 20 TravelMaster™ escalators. Some of these elevators will travel at 7 mps. KONE’s E-Link™ equipmentmonitoring system is also included in the order. The project is expected to be completed in 2021. 

Taking inspiration from the surrounding landscape and architect Mies van der Rohe, architecture firm SPARK created a pair of 50- and 32-story condominium towers in George Town, with a twisting, curving, futuristic look, designboom reported. Developed by Malaysia’s Nusmetro, the towers share a podium that hides parking facilities and contain 460 residences augmented by balconies, terraces and pools. Elliptical extruded floorplates and a subtly rotating brise-soleil heat-reduction system help achieve the buildings’ twisting appearance. The taller tower’s two recreational pods, including one at level 35 with a sky garden, further enhance the space-age look. Together, the towers total 72,000 m2.

8 Conlay involves design group YOO; Malaysian architecture firm Hud Bakar; Bangkok-based landscape-design firm TROP; and the 120-year-old, Geneva-based Kempinski Hotels.


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Dubai New tall-building design debuts; milestone reached at Dubai Marina.

Marked Departure From Standard Architecture A deal has been reached to build a 54-story hotel on Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai that RSG Group of Cos. describes as a “marked departure from standard architectural schemes,” reported. The design features asymmetrical balconies and pointed and tapered sides to create a layered effect. RSG awarded the construction contract for Sabah Rotana to Al Habbai Contracting. Containing a hotel, hotel apartments, restaurants and meeting rooms in the Sufouh Gardens community, Sabah Rotana is scheduled to be complete prior to Expo 2020 Dubai. Construction, which promises to “inspire and challenge” the project team, is expected to take two-and-a- half years.

Sabah Rotana on Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai


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Developer of “Last” Dubai Marina Tower Pleased by Response L-I-V Real Estate Development announced in April sales of units in the 27-story LIV Residence Dubai Marina on the waterfront have successfully completed and that phase two has started, Arabian Business reported. Located on the “last prime plot” of Dubai Marina land, LIV contains studios to penthouses, and residents will enjoy a range of amenities, such as a pool, a gym and gardens. L-I-V CEO Latif Habib said the development has attracted a good mix of investors of all nationalities. Construction is ahead of schedule, and completion is anticipated in the second quarter of 2019.

The Residences at Marina Gate; image from Select Group

First of Three Dubai Marina Towers Complete The Residences at Marina Gate 1, a 51-story tower with 399 residential units and an array of shops and amenities, is complete on Dubai Marina, with developer Select Group handing over properties to the owners in May, Arabian Business reported. The Residences at Marina Gate 1 is one of three towers that, according to Select Group CEO Rahail Aslam, represent “luxury on a grand scale” with their design, varied floor plans and amenities. The 64-story Residences at Marina Gate 2 has topped out, and delivery is scheduled for early 2019. The third tower, Jumeirah Living Marina Gate, is also “at an advanced stage of construction.”

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Mixed-Use High Rise Planned in Cambodia A Taiwanese development company is planning a 40-story, 178-m-tall mixed-use tower on Koh Pich, or Diamond Island, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, the Khmer Times reported in May. The high rise, which will be called Gia Tower, will include a hotel, offices and condominium units, and represents an investment of US$100 million. Touch Samnang, deputy director of developer Overseas Cambodia Investment Corp., said only about 30-40% of available land on Koh Pich has been developed, adding that the area, considered a satellite city of the capital, has the area’s fastest rate of development. Chreck Soknim, CEO of local real-estate firm Century 21 Mekong, said the island is a great location for high-rise development. “The area is surrounded by water and has a nice view,â€? he said. In 2017, the total value of construction projects in Cambodia reached $6.42 billion, which represented an increase of more than 22% over the previous year, the government reported.   đ&#x;Œ?

Industry Dialogue

Too Legit to (Never) Quit RERA and GST have successfully completed their inaugural year.

by Yash Pandya


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true game changers. Here, ELEVATOR WORLD India presents the views of some of the leading real estate industry stakeholders on RERA and the GST.

RERA Shishir Baijal, Chairman and Managing Director, Knight Frank India


“RERA, which became a reality last year, is a pathbreaking law, with immense potential to revive buyers’ confidence and drive momentum in the residential real-estate market. States such as Maharashtra, which implemented the regulation in true letter and spirit, witnessed signs of uptick in residential sales and overall consumer sentiment. While it has been observed that just over one out of 10 state governments showed the political will and gravity in executing the central act, we believe other states will soon follow suit. We have maintained in the past that the resurrection of Indian real estate rests on the long-term benefits of such structural reforms.”

Ramesh Nair, CEO and Country Head, JLL India “While the implementation of RERA has been below target, it has indeed resulted in positive steps forward. The achievements of the past year should be seen in light Nair

The real-estate sector in India has always been a bit difficult for lawmakers to comprehend. Until recently, many of the laws were either out of date or existed on paper but with no implementation mechanism in place. Transparency was a big question mark, since most key documents were stored in dusty files and difficult, if not impossible, to retrieve. Developers were asked to sell on a carpet-area basis, while their project clearances from municipal corporations were on the basis of built-up area. In such a scenario, when the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act, 2016 (RERA) and Goods and Services Tax (GST) were finally implemented, unorganized players tried to play down the significance of what had taken place. After all, they had spent years promising quality in every aspect of their projects, eventually palming off cheap replacements for most things, including the elevators, on unsuspecting buyers. Why would things be any “ States such as Maharashtra, which different tomorrow than implemented the regulation in true they were letter and spirit, witnessed signs of yesterday? However, as it uptick in residential sales and is rightly said, change is the only overall consumer sentiment.” — constant. This Shishir Baijal, chairman and was visible in managing director, Knight Frank certain metros where the state India, on RERA government took active steps to implement the new laws in letter and spirit. As each month progressed, it became evident these were not cosmetic changes, but


“Homebuyers have regained their trust; and there has been a marked increase in demand for affordable housing, especially in Mumbai.” — Amit Ruparel, managing director, Ruparel Realty, on GST Kandivali west, one of Mumbai’s fast-growing western suburbs

Jaxay Shah, President, CREDAI-National


“The implementation of RERA has been nothing short of a game changer for the Indian real-estate sector. The act has not only streamlined all processes and facilitated a transparent ecosystem, it has enhanced homebuyers’ sentiment to a great extent, which is also evident in increased sales in the sector. There has, however, been a clear disparity between different states with regards to the implementation of the act. Regions such as Maharashtra are setting the benchmark in the industry. The lack of infrastructure and non-notification of RERA

rules by some states, however, have led to various delays, leading to a loss of revenue for different stakeholders. The RERA Tribunals have also not been implemented by most states in the country. “We, at the Confederation of Real Estate Developers Associations of India (CREDAI), have consistently urged the government to set up the same across each state in order to address homebuyer grievances in an appropriate and fair manner. This will further decrease the need and participation of the higher courts to facilitate matters between different parties and also provide a quick and low-cost solution to most cases. CREDAI believes that other states should follow the lead of Maharashtra by forming a RERA conciliation panel, for which it is more than happy to partner with concerned authorities and offer its support and expertise to facilitate the same.”

GST Amit Ruparel, Managing Director, Ruparel Realty “Implementation of the GST has brought about a radical change in the real-estate sector and has helped create a lot of transparency. Initially, the market witnessed a sluggish trend with implementation of the GST, but now, it is slowly moving toward recovery. Initially, the issue was that homebuyers were expecting an immediate price drop, which was unattainable due to various factors and estimates. An overnight change cannot be expected. However, market sentiments are more positive now, with various other government initiatives to promote ‘Housing for All by 2022.’ “Homebuyers have regained their trust and there has been a marked increase in demand for affordable housing, especially in Mumbai. From a real-estate developer’s point of view, compliance to file the returns thrice a month is a concern. This makes the filing Ruparel

of the fact that, previously, there were no regulations for the sector. The primary objective of RERA was to ensure that an end user of real estate is better protected by bringing transparency into the sector. Buyers have welcomed RERA as it protects their real-estate purchase by providing “In most cases, RERA has a dedicated tribunal for addressing their been welcomed by concerns. developers, as they see it as “Buyers have also appreciated the sense a straightforward ruling. of empowerment it Adherence has been high.” brings, as information asymmetry is reduced, — Ramesh Nair, CEO and helping buyers make country head, JLL India appropriate decisions. In most cases, RERA has been welcomed by developers, as they see it as a straightforward ruling. Adherence has been high. Further, it has ensured that developers complete the due process as required by the law before launching their projects. Going forward, RERA will create much-needed transparency in the real-estate sector.”



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Anuj Puri, Chairman, ANAROCK Property Consultants


“The GST, a unitary tax compliance system, has simplified the homebuying process. With the passage of the Input Tax Credit (ITC), there may not be a significant additional burden to buying a home. Homebuyers in the affordable housing segment — specifically, homes of up to 60 m2 carpet area in size — have benefited significantly from the reduction of the GST by 4% (from 12% to 8%). However, even almost a year after GST implementation, the only real clarity that exists for property buyers is on the prevailing GST rate of 12% on under-construction projects. There is still confusion about the amount of rebate that a “Shady transactions have prospective homebuyer is entitled to on the back definitely decreased of the pass-over of ITC. considerably, and the “On one hand, ready-to-move cause of bringing more properties that have been transparency and issued completion certificates are out of the accountability into the GST ambit and attract sector is served.” no tax from homebuyers. — Anuj Puri, chairman, On the other hand, under-construction (UC) ANAROCK Property properties attract 12% Consultants, on GST GST with full ITC. This is causing homebuyers to abstain from the UC option, which was previously the more attractive one, due to the cost arbitrage developers offered on them. “While the tax-on-tax has been eliminated with the advent of GST, the overall outflow from homebuyers’ pockets seems to have increased, considering that even after passing on the ITC, they may have to pay 3-4% more than in the earlier service-tax-plus-valueadded-tax regime. However, shady transactions have definitely decreased considerably, and the cause of bringing more transparency and accountability into the sector is served. Additionally, the input tax credit is a boon to developers, as it aids in bringing down the construction cost.”


Samir Jasuja, CEO and Founder, PropEquity


“As anticipated, UC projects have been affected the most, as for these projects, the law came in the middle, and developers could not get the input credits on these projects. Therefore, they could not even pass on the input credit, resulting in increase in costs to the extent of the tax in a market already reeling under an excess-supply scenario, coupled with increased prices. On the other hand, ready stock kept outside the purview of

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Project Spotlight

Customization Transforms Vertical Transportation The Collage House designed by S+PS Architects has an open elevator with mesh enclosure. by Amish Mistry photos by Sebastian Zachariah and Ira Gosalia, Photographix Living in Mumbai, it is impossible to ignore the informal settlements in the city, and, if looked at closely, there are many lessons to be learned in frugality, adaptability, multitasking, resourcefulness and ingenuity. A “visual

language” of the found object emerges: ad-hoc, eclectic, patched and collaged. With Collage House at Parsik Hill, Belapur, Navi Mumbai, an attempt has been made to apply some of these lessons without romanticizing or fetishizing them. The project looks at the ideas of recycling and collage in several ways, from the very physical (materials, energy, etc.) to the intangible (history, space and memories). The front façade sets the tone for what lies within, with a “corner of windows” that recycles old windows and doors from demolished houses in the city. This becomes a major backdrop for the living room, with its exposed concrete faceted ceiling, countered by polished white marble with intricate brass inlay on the floor. Metal pipe leftovers pieced together like bamboo form a “pipe wall” integrating structural columns, rainwater pipes and a sculpture of spouts that, in the monsoon season, are a delight for all the senses. The central courtyard has on one side scrap, rusted metal plates riveted together, colorful kitsch tile samples that retain a planter in the middle, and, on the third side, a wall clad in cut-waste stone slivers taken from the back of stone cutting yards and waste generated on site. Hundred-year-old columns from a dismantled Collage House makes extensive house bring back memories, use of found and and nostalgia is nourished repurposed with a lightweight, steelmaterials to create a and-glass pavilion (with unique residence in Parsik Hill, Belapur, solar panels above) on the Navi Mumbai. terrace level overlooking fabulous views down the Continued


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Fact File Project: Collage House Location: Parsik Hill, Belapur, Navi Mumbai Architect: S+PS Architects Fabrication: Deepak Mhatre, Shafibhai, Imam Stell, Furkan Sheikh Site Area: 350 m2 (3,775 sq. ft.) Project area: 520 m2 (5,600 sq. ft.) Initiation of project: 2006 Completion of project: 2015

Thinking Outside the Box The elevator installed in this private family home in Navi Mumbai connects four levels. Architects often take things for granted, so they seldom ask the question, in a private home, why should you add the claustrophobic, closed box that elevators normally are? This question led us to look at alternate solutions, so that the ride up or down was open to views and the breeze, like we do in most spaces in all of our projects. Why should an elevator be any different? Continued

hillside. This approach is reinforced again in interior materials and elements that play up this contrast between the old and the new, the traditional and the contemporary, the rough and the finished. One finds use of recycled materials, including old textile blocks, flooring created from old Burma teak rafters and purlins, colonial furniture, fabric waste (chindi), along with new ways of using traditional elements and materials, such as carved wooden moldings, beveled mirrors, heritage cement tiles, etc. A language that is both new but strangely familiar emerges, and that makes us rethink notions of beauty that we take for granted around us. To make this mélange more “acceptable,” it is encased in a “garb of modernity,” in the words of Nehru. This concrete frame — in a rough aggregate finish outside and in a smooth form finish inside — wraps and connects all the spaces from back to front and across all three levels. To build on top of a hill is always exciting, until the architects discovered that, here, they were surrounded by neighbors on all sides. This led the designers to look inward and build around the quintessential, albeit slightly modified, Indian courtyard. The courtyard is actually raised a floor above ground level; hidden below is a large rainwater harvesting tank wrapped with rock that was removed from the hillside during excavation. It is the core around which this large, four-generation family is organized and comes together. Collage House features a home elevator with an open-mesh shaft enclosure inspired by similar lifts in older buildings in the Fort area of Mumbai.


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The elevator connects four levels.

We worked with the elevator company to custom design the platform, finishing it in solid-wood flooring and two stainless-steel railings on either side for support. A concealed sensor at the entrance with a shutoff provides safety for travelers. The solid back conceals part of the mechanism, and has the call buttons and a light. We decided to expose and celebrate all the remaining parts, machinery and equipment. The oil-pressure tank and electric panel are kept some distance away in a service space. The shaft is enclosed by an open-mesh installation inspired by similar enclosures in older buildings in the Fort area of Mumbai. The house where this is installed is called Kanha, and the family is steeped in the culture and ethos of Krishna. We wished to somehow combine these two contrasting aspects and asked ourselves how we could turn something so industrial into something Indian. What better place to look at than Mathura — the land of Krishna. We conceptualized a vertical Vrindavan Garden inspired by traditional Sanjhi paper cutting craft from Mathura that climbed three stories. The panels have motifs of Krishna and Radha, along with a group of cows, peacocks and monkeys set amongst trees. The original motifs were adapted and transformed over months of drawing and redrawing in several different software programs to suit the fabrication process and were then completely woven by hand in Bangalore.

The mesh panels have motifs of Krishna and Radha, along with a group of cows, peacocks and monkeys set amongst trees.

Amish Mistry has been a practicing architect for the past 23 years. He has a keen interest in integrating and promoting sustainable technology. He is an instructor at India’s architectural institutes, focusing on the topic of digital design.

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(l-r) Pinkish Shah and Shilpa Gore-Shah, partners in S+PS Architects, designed Collage House.


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Shilpa Gore-Shah and Pinkish Shah are partners and design principals of S+PS Architects, which they jointly founded in 1997. They are engaged in the study, reflection and practice of design, architecture and urbanity. Their design approach is that every project is unique and that the design should evolve through the particular characteristics of each project. They are alumni of the Sir J.J. College of Architecture and have completed their Master of Architecture degrees with distinction from the University of New Mexico, in the U.S. Shah is currently Dean of Academic Affairs at the Kamala Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute for Architecture and Environmental Studies, where both Gore-Shah and he have been teaching since 2002. Gore-Shah also serves on the National Executive Council of the Institute of Indian Interior Designers. Their work is influenced by their interest in history, pedagogy, travel and common sense. Their various national and international awards, publications, lectures and exhibitions are byproducts of their work. đ&#x;Œ?

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Schmersal India Takes a Giant Step Subsidiary inaugurates company’s first global support IT center.

by Sheetal Shelar Patil When Schmersal India Pvt. Ltd. extended an invitation to ELEVATOR WORLD India for the inaugural function of its first global information technology (IT) support center in Pune, I glanced at the email on my laptop screen and recalled the comparative size of the desktop PC I had used in college. This brought back memories of being shown images of the earliest computers and wondering how anyone managed to get any work done with such massive equipment. While commuting to work, after going online to book tickets for the journey from Mumbai to Pune and back, I replied to the emailed invitation from my smartphone. Computers have become more and more compact over the years, but this process has largely been taken for granted, because we use

them every day. Where global IT support centers are concerned, however, we still tend to visualize huge buildings dedicated solely to this purpose. As I made my way to Nucleus Mall at Church Road, Camp, on April 23, I looked again at the top line of the address: Office No. 501 and 502, Level 5. Realization then dawned on me that the global support IT center occupied just two offices in the entire building, which happens to be a popular mall in Pune. Pondering the significance of Schmersal India moving toward being a global support and supplier partner for Schmersal Group, I stepped into the reception area and realized that, as in the case of computers, advances in technology have made data centers quite compact, as well. Having arrived earlier than the scheduled time of 3:30 p.m., I witnessed the staff engrossed in applying finishing touches to decorations. Senior management of Schmersal Group was provided an experience of Indian culture when entering. They were handed ceremonial headgear — Puneri turbans — and asked to break the coconut, an act that marks an auspicious start to the occasion. It was truly an engaging and impressive experience to watch as the ritual was explained and to see the guests grasp its significance. The inauguration was led by Michael Ambros, managing director, K.A. Schmersal GmbH & Co. KG., Germany. The strategically located and easily accessible IT center is spread across an area of 3,305 sq. ft. Continued

(l-r) Norbert von Poblotzki, head of IT, Schmersal Group, and Michael Ambros, managing director of KA Schmersal GmbH & Co. KG, cut the ribbon to inaugurate Schmersal India’s new global IT center.


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Ambros speaks during the inauguration.

Sagar Bhosale, managing director, Schmersal India, addresses the inauguration gathering.

(l-r) von Poblotzki, Ambros and Bhosale take part in the ceremony.


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About Schmersal India Schmersal India, a manufacturer of electromechanical safety and lift switchgear and systems, is a subsidiary of the Schmersal Group, Germany, and works under the motto, “Turning Workplaces Into Safer Places.” Launching operations in 2007 as a sales organization to participate in the growing India market for machine safety, Schmersal India invested about EUR8 million (US$9.39 million) in a production factory in Ranjangaon, near Pune, Maharashtra, in 2012. It began production in July 2013, and today has 86 employees. To further strengthen its India presence, the company plans to add more skilled manpower to enhance the local R&D center and Product Management to focus on developing more products for the Indian market. By the end of 2017, the Indian factory manufactured and supplied more than one million safety switches for the Indian market. Current manufacturing capacity is five million safety switches per year.

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and has a workforce of 15 functional and technical consultants. Expressing his views on the new IT center, Ambros said: “This is the first global support activity that has been established outside Germany, and India has been recognized as one of the competence centers, with skilled resources to provide support for SAP implementation and software development to the entire Schmersal Group. This activity has also led to increased employment opportunities for India.” Sagar Bhosale, managing director, Schmersal India, said: “Embracing the ‘Make in India’ initiative, the manufacturing facility at Schmersal India is enhancing its product range by designing and manufacturing customized safety products, as per the needs of the customer-specific application, for the local market, as well as for export to the Schmersal Group from its 100% export-oriented unit, located within the current Indian factory. Also, we have set up a free trade and warehousing zone near Mumbai, which is specifically for global Indian companies allowed to import goods at a special concessional duty.” Sheetal Shelar Patil works with a content solutions agency, overseeing weekend sections, special features, news columns, magazines and theme pages for one of India’s leading Englishlanguage daily newspapers, as well as working with several business-to-business publications. A holder of a diploma course in journalism, Patil previously worked in administrative positions with various real-estate, hospitality and media enterprises.

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KEMA organizes inaugural Safety Awareness Campaign for Lifts and Escalators at Bangalore.

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More than 2,050 motorcyclists participated.

by Sheetal Shelar Patil Karnataka Elevator Manufacturers Association (KEMA) organized its first Safety Awareness Campaign for Lifts and Escalators at Nagarabhavi in Bangalore on June 17 wherein men and women motorcyclists — including doctors, engineers, advocates and academicians, wearing special costumes — spread the message of safety awareness in their local areas. In an effort to obtain recognition for being the largest organized event of its kind in India, KEMA followed detailed guidelines issued by the Asia Book of Records and India Book of Records as per the International Protocol of Records. Here, KEMA Founder and President Shobha Yaduraj (SY) shares her perspectives with ELEVATOR WORLD India (EWI). EWI: What was the rationale behind conceptualizing this event? SY: Elevators and escalators are a part of our day-to-day life, but people do not have enough knowledge about them. Safety is a concerted effort that involves elevator engineers, technicians, building Continued


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KEMA Founder President Shobha Yaduraj

Shobha Yaduraj receiving the IBR and ABR from the adjudicators in presence of Paramapoojya Jagadguru, Dr. Nirmalanandanatha Mahaswamiji-Peetadyaksharu-Shree Aadhi Chunchanagiri Mahasamsthana Mata

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should avoid becoming distracted. Elevator/escalator technocrats and users should do the same.” — KEMA Founder and President Shobha Yaduraj

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owners and equipment users. Although elevators and escalators are among the safest forms of vertical transportation (VT) available, they can also potentially be the most dangerous for passengers and technicians if they are not conscious of their own behavior. Using equipment properly helps ensure a safe and comfortable ride for everyone. The aim of this event was to create awareness on the safe use of elevators and escalators and stress that only legal installations be provided.

“ On the day of the event, we were

overwhelmed to see people from all walks of life — advocates, architects, doctors, students, engineers, homemakers and senior citizens — from all over Karnataka join hands with elevator technocrats who were present.” — KEMA Founder and President Shobha Yaduraj

EWI: Why was it held now? SY: The timing of the event was triggered by the recent spurt of elevator accidents in prime locations (both fatal and nonfatal) due to overloading, low-quality installations, poor maintenance and, above all, installations by unregistered elevator companies. All accidents are preventable if, and only if, building owners make sure they install elevators from registered companies and keep their equipment in safe, working condition. The general public is also ignorant of the Lift Act, rules of the state and the do’s and don’ts of riding elevators and escalators. Therefore, we felt it necessary and part of our social obligation to conduct an event to create safety awareness and encourage proper use of equipment. EWI: Drawing parallels between road safety and elevator safety is a novel concept. How did the idea originate? SY: In today’s world, road transport and elevators/escalators have become an integral part of everyone’s lives. Everybody uses roads and elevators/escalators. While the present transport system has minimized distances, it has, on the other hand, increased life

Shobha Yaduraj addressing and congratulating the record creators in the presence of the dignitaries

Shobha Yaduraj (in yellow saree) along with KEMA team releasing the mascot of the safety awareness program

risk. The man behind the wheel plays an important role in most accidents. Accidents occur either due to carelessness or lack of road safety awareness on the part of the road user. Similarly, in VT, maintenance and safety are linked. A lack of maintenance by technocrats often causes machine malfunction. Also, the carelessness of users could lead to passengers in a faulty elevator becoming injured. Analyzing both scenarios, we can zero in on one common factor: Attitude. Attitude, habits, feelings, emotions and fatigue will always affect a driver’s ability to drive. Every driver needs to possess an attitude suitable for the safe operation of a motor vehicle. When behind the wheel, the driver should avoid becoming distracted. Elevator/escalator technocrats and users should do the same. EWI: What are KEMA’s expectations in terms of increasing awareness as a result of the event? SY: Nothing is instant. We have to continue propagating safety awareness on a regular basis, with strong commitment and determination. Safety awareness is as essential as any other basic survival skill. KEMA is confident this event will create awareness and enhance the initial process of positively changing attitudes and behavior toward elevator safety. EWI: Describe the turnout and response to the inaugural event. SY: We expected support for this important event, the first of its kind in Asia. On the day of the event, we were overwhelmed to see people from all walks of life — advocates, architects, doctors, students, engineers, homemakers and senior citizens — from all over Karnataka join hands with elevator technocrats who were

present. Social media was also abuzz about this activity. Most participants had come voluntarily after learning about the event through word of mouth. The media provided good coverage before and afterwards. This goes a long way toward enhancing safety awareness going forward. We also humbly request our government to initiate proper legal action regarding safety awareness by issuing advertisements in print and electronic media and to enforce penalties for illegal installations. EWI: Why did you decide to seek listings in the Asia Book of Records and India Book of Records for this endeavor? Which procedures did they follow to validate this attempt? SY: The India Book of Records and Asia Book of Records are powerful tools to effect social change. People believe in the power of masses. We felt it would serve as a catalyst to change minds, encourage people to share information and reenergize social movements. The adjudicator from the India Book of Records has to certify the event in several ways to confirm the attempt, like headcount and procedures, with supporting documentation and evidence in the prescribed format. EWI: What were the various procedures that had to be followed for organizing this event? SY: Permission was obtained from competent authorities to conduct the event per the procedures of the concerned department.   đ&#x;Œ?

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Readers Platform

The Spine of the Building With structures going vertical, elevators have made a significant impact on the layout and design of healthcare facilities. by Hemant Vora There is something mesmerizing about elevators in any building, traveling up and down in silent efficiency, doors opening, people and goods embarking and disembarking on various floors. People are alone, in groups or with their families — impatient, anxious, bored, sometimes repeatedly pressing the same button over and over as they wait to reach their destinations. It all started in the 19th century, which saw a breathtaking pace of invention and innovation that included the steam engine, locomotive, telephone, internal combustion engine, elevators and more. The technology of today is standing on the shoulders of the giants of the 19th century. Man covered greater distances in shorter periods of time, reduced the need to travel, mass produced goods and reached greater heights — figuratively and literally. In the midst of the 19th century came the early version of modern elevators that worked on electric power. This changed the way man lived, and proved to be a disruptive technology that changed architecture and urban planning. Man challenged gravity and explored greater heights. Cities’ central business districts became denser, gated communities of multiple towers sprang up, and smaller plots were exploited to

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their maximum potential. Housing was no longer restricted to walk-up apartments limited to four floors. Elevators also changed healthcare and hospital architecture. Le Corbusier, one of history’s greatest architects, once called a house “a machine to live in.” We call hospitals “a machine to heal in.” Incorporating technology into hospital planning and design became a daunting task. Modern elevators stepped in to fulfill the needs, becoming the spine of the building. The word “hospital” comes from the Latin hospitium, originally denoting a shelter for the needy, which transformed into a place where the sick could recuperate. Hospitals were planned by governments on large plots reserved by urbanplanning authorities for that specific purpose. Often, they were planned on sites away from older town centers. This provided more freedom for layout design with the belief that the ill should be kept in leafy, open-air settings. Such areas quickly became part of the everdeveloping, dense urban fabric. The city overpowered and enveloped them. So, when it came to expansion of these facilities, the only way to go was up. Another challenge that arose was establishment of newer hospitals, both charitable and private. All took shape on strategically located plots. Vertical planning became the norm. Planning authorities began granting permission for more built area to cater to growing needs, fueling vertical expansion yet again. The higher the building grew, the greater the need for efficient, mechanized vertical transportation.

General Requirements of Hospital Elevators All hospitals with patient facilities (such as wards, dining rooms, recreation rooms and treatment rooms) or critical services (such as operating, delivery, diagnostic and therapy) located on floors other than the ground-level, entrance floor should have one or more electric traction or electrohydraulic elevators. The following are elevator requirements that depend on the number of beds located on any floor other than the main, ground-level floor.

1-60 Patient Beds At least one hospital-type elevator should be installed.

61-200 Patient Beds At least two hospital-type elevators should be installed in this case or when major, inpatient services are located on a floor other than those containing patient beds.

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Exterior of Gheesibai Memorial Mittal Hospital & Research Centre in Ajmer

The old concept of ramps ferrying patients on stretchers became outdated. The planning model of long corridors with various adjoining rooms was also discarded. This led to a different approach in basic hospital planning. In the new model of planning, hospital layouts have become more compact, which addresses the need for efficient handling of traffic in life-saving, critical moments. Various departments and areas are planned around a bank or banks of elevators to facilitate efficient movement of patients, doctors, medicines and machines. Elevators are a major part of a hospital’s transportation services. They handle four kinds of traffic: patient, visitor, personnel and service. Movement of patients, doctors and nursing staff should be quick and efficient. Patients must be moved across different zones of the hospital; e.g., among outpatient, inpatient, emergency/ investigative, surgical and recuperative facilities. A hospital elevator is designed to accommodate a full stretcher, along with an attendant. It can accommodate wheelchairs and a great number of visitors. The number of elevators in a hospital is determined based on flow of patients, stretcher movements and the need to move equipment. Depending on layout, it is a good idea to have elevators in different locations addressing these different needs. The three types of hospital elevators are: 1) Passenger: doctors, nurses, supporting staff, food carts and visitors 2) Vehicular: beds, stretchers, wheelchairs, portable machines and accompanying personnel

At least three hospital-type lifts should be installed in this case or when the major inpatient services are located on a floor other than those containing patient beds. Car doors should be of the horizontal-opening, power-operated type to facilitate efficient, quiet and smooth door closing. Car sizes should be determined by a traffic study, with a recommendation for the number, type, speed and occupancy requirements of the lifts in the facility, which thereby determines the dimensional requirements. In addition, lifts required for transporting patients on beds and “emergency lifts” should be capable of accepting the largest hospital bed, along with emergency-equipment attachments and attendants. The ideal internal dimensions are 7-ft., 6-in. long, 5-ft., 3-in. wide and 7-ft.,6-in. high. The minimum door clearance should be 4-ft., 3-in. wide and 7-ft. high. All elevators should be equipped with automatic leveling devices, telephones and alarms for emergencies. Sometimes, patient elevators are equipped with two-way, special-services switches to bypass all landing-button calls and stop directly at the desired floor during emergencies. Elevator call buttons and controls should be heat and smoke resistant. Elevators should not be used in case of fire. Normally, hospital elevators are slow, but they can also be of normal speed. In case of power failure, there should be automatic and immediate switching to an alternative source of power. For proper and efficient operation, all elevators should be routinely maintained by skilled elevator mechanics.


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Elevators in Gheesibai Memorial Mittal Hospital & Research Centre

The numbers of elevators a hospital requires depends on a variety of factors.

Lobby with elevators at Gheesibai Memorial Mittal Hospital & Research Centre

3) Service: heavier machines, kitchen supplies and other heavy goods There is also a growing demand for dumbwaiters to transport medicines, food trays and sterile instruments to various points throughout the hospital from the central sterilization and supply department (CSSD). There are two types of dumbwaiters: conventional waist loading and floor loading. For CSSD, twin dumbwaiters are often used — one for delivery of sterile instruments, another to send dirty instruments and supplies from the CSSD. The stairlift is also increasingly used. A rail is mounted to the treads of the stairs. A chair or lifting platform is attached to the rail. A person gets onto the chair or platform and is lifted up or down by the chair, which moves along the rail. This is very handy as a retrofitted device on existing staircases. In hospitals, it can be very useful as backup device in case of elevator failures or a heavy rush of traffic. There are often suggestions of installing moving walks in hospitals, but this is not a good solution, as they must be installed


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in pairs and the area required is not justifiable for the volume of traffic or length of distance to be covered. The next generation of elevator designs is already being developed. We will wait for the elevators of the future, traveling vertically, as well as horizontally. The world of planning will change yet again. Initiated and coordinated by ELEVATOR WORLD India contributor Amish Mistry

Hemant Vora is principal architect at Hemant Vora & Associates. He is a graduate from Sir J.J. College of Architecture — Mumbai University. He has studied hospital design and planning extensively, and designed two multispecialty hospitals in Gujarat and Rajasthan.

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Scripting Tall Tales Elevators, escalators and Bollywood have a long relationship that is only getting stronger.

by Yash Pandya Over the past few decades, real-estate Why did this Houdini act happen? Well, the development in India has scaled new heights in next 20 minutes of the movie are about a more ways than one. The skylines of major free-for-all shootout in which two rival gangs try metros have been transformed by to gun down the hero, who jumps sleek towers with plush interiors They used to say from one escalator to another and and fabulous façades. Step into any that love is like a leaps onto an elevator while luxury building’s lobby and you dodging bullets. Perhaps it was photo negative: would be forgiven for mistaking it easier to get permission for such for that of a five-star hotel. Among it needs darkness an action-filled sequence within its features, the elevators of such to develop. Well, the country, rather than projects have become unique convincing mall operators in selling points that are listed among where Bollywood Australia — probably less other lifestyle amenities. is concerned, just expensive, too. Amazingly, This created a role reversal, of though, Akashay and Katrina exit sorts, where Bollywood was replace darkness the mall and emerge in what seems concerned. From a stage where with an elevator. to be something along the lines of movies requiring a classy Sydney Harbour. Abracadabra in residential or office building reverse. interior were actually shot in locations abroad A year later, the elevator was used to facilitate or, ironically, the business centers of five- star romance in a movie starring Salman Khan, hotels, suddenly “Made in India” buildings and Wanted, where his friends threaten the their amenities became good enough to meet the technician and keep the mall elevator in between elite ambiance and related parameters in terms floors until he tells them to “get it working of overall look and feel. again.” This became particularly visible a decade ago. A decade earlier, the 1998 comedy Dulhe It took one of 2008’s Bollywood blockbusters, Raja highlighted the importance of elevator Singh is Kinng (yes, that’s how they spelled it for maintenance. When Govinda and Raveena numerology reasons), to really drive the message Tandon are stuck in an elevator between two home. With most of the movie set in Australia, floors of a shopping center, they are asked to Akshay Kumar takes Katrina Kaif shopping for climb out, as it would take several hours before her bridal trousseau in what he describes as one it would be functioning again. Eventually, of the best places for that purpose. They are Govinda creates a foothold with his hands to shown at the entrance of one of the top stand on, and the repairman pulls her out. As he Australian malls and — abracadabra — step into starts moving away, Govinda sarcastically asks if the Raghuleela Mall at Kandivali, one of his job profile is restricted to helping females Mumbai’s western suburbs (which seems to be a emerge from such “stuck-in-an-elevatorpreferred venue, since it has been used in many Bollywood movie sequences set in malls). between-floors” situations!


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Elevators in Raghuleela Mall

Escalators in Raghuleela Mall

They used to say that love is like a photo negative: it needs darkness to develop. Well, where Bollywood is concerned, just replace darkness with an elevator. The song “Mereâ€? by Jeevan Saathi in the 1981 hit Ek Duuje Ke Liye had Kamal Hassan wooing Rati Agnihotri in an elevator with lyrics that were just movie titles pieced together and set to music (in lieu of the Hindi poetry class that she missed being stuck in the elevator with him). Being a Bollywood film, it actually worked! The type of elevator scenes in Bollywood movies range from kissing (Bachna Ae Haseeno), serenading (Pyar Hi Pyar), horror (Naina), comedy (Yaarana), silent adoration (Darr), con jobs (Bluffmaster!), a heroine dropping an ornament in a way that allows the hero to find and return it to her (Force) and, finally, which actor is faster — the one running up using the stairs or the one using the elevator (Dil Maange More). Finally, an immensely popular music video with the lyrics “Lift Kara Deâ€? (featuring Adnan Sami, whose voice features in many Bollywood numbers) is rumored to be the theme song for those queued up for an elevator in office buildings during peak hours. Need I say more?   đ&#x;Œ? • Issue 3, Volume 11 •


Product Spotlight

Gateway, the Magic Mirror IoT application for lift cars

by Fabio Liberali and Alessandro Cremaschi Gateway is an Internet of Things (IoT) technology applied to glass mirrors in lift cars. It transforms common lift-car mirrors into interactive touchscreen displays managed remotely via the internet. Unlike traditional cars’ video screens, Gateway has many different purposes: ♦♦ Interactive touchscreen display ♦♦ Digital signage and communication ♦♦ Emergency connection to 24-hr. servicing (through an additional micro camera) ♦♦ Maintenance support (direct video/audio connection between headquarters and onsite maintenance personnel) The system is extremely light and thin, with no impact on car weight and space. Gateway is a tailormade product that can be adapted to both new cars and modernizations.

Introduction Traditional Cars The push button in the traditional car has the drawback of limiting communication between the user and operational center to merely an audio system. Furthermore, warnings, messages and information are traditionally displayed in the car by means of posting paper notices or using closed-circuit screens exclusively devoted to this function. The main object of Gateway is to provide a car in which, unlike traditional equipment of this type, communication is not limited to audio signals, but also includes video signals and internet to provide features allowing the user to interact with the outside world and vice versa. Another object is to provide a car having, within a single system of communication, the function


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of displaying notices and general information messages, both useful for the user and commercially relevant, the dimensions of which do not affect the interior design or are undesirable in the smallest cars. This feature is particularly relevant, as it provides the lift owner the possibility to sell commercial communication/advertising in the car.

The IoT Revolution The IoT is the network of physical devices, vehicles, home appliances and other items embedded with electronics, software, sensors, actuators and connectivity that enable these objects to connect and exchange data. Each thing is uniquely identifiable through its embedded computing system but is able to interoperate within the existing internet infrastructure.[1-3] Experts estimate the IoT will consist of about 30 billion objects by 2020.[4] It is also estimated that the global market value of IoT will reach US$7.1 trillion by 2020.[5] A growing portion of IoT devices is created for consumer use. Examples of consumer applications include connected car, entertainment, home automation, wearable technology, quantified self, connected health, and appliances such as washers/dryers, robotic vacuums, air purifiers, ovens and refrigerators/ freezers that use Wi-Fi for remote monitoring.[6] Gateway applies such technology to lift cars.

Connect the Car to the Outside World In traditional lift systems, cars are passive; i.e., they lack means suitable for communication, the ability to provide the user with audio and

video signals, etc. If present, the auxiliary communication means (traditional TV screen, touchpad, etc.) affects the appearance and design of the space inside the car. Such devices have a limited quality in terms of design opportunities, video dimensions and brightness, and custom solutions. Moreover, TV screens and touchpads are exposed to various risks (e.g., vandalism and robbery).

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Gateway provides new solutions. It hides the whole hardware behind a mirror, avoiding the above-mentioned risks. It provides architects and designers a new opportunity to create elegant lift cars. The “wow effect” is also added, deriving from the new communication and digital signage system. It also opens the door to multiple and real-time management of communication on every car from a single remote point. Its enhanced communication and interactive features are in accordance with Lift Directive 2014/33/ EU and Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC.

Video With Touchscreen Technology Gateway applies IoT to car mirrors, making a normal mirror a completely new multimedia tool connected to the internet. If switched off, it serves as a traditional car mirror. Optionally, it can become a full-video interactive touchscreen. This feature allows maintenance operators to read operational parameters directly on site and opens the door to many other options and services that need interaction between the system and user.

The mirror is a tailor-made product with a frame made of special aluminum profiles that support the whole structure and affix to the wall of the car. The frame holds the tempered mirror and digital display. The affixing system, which can be personalized, has affixing points at the top and bottom transoms with screws that can be easily hidden. The frame provides a gap between the hardware and the wall for all heat to evacuate. The structure is lightweight and slim, and has negligible impact on rated load or car area. Mirror thickness is 35-40 mm.

Glass The mirror glass is tough and reliable. It is based on the LU-VE Group/TGD technology used in doors for refrigerated cabinets in shops and supermarkets (heavy duty and impact resistant). The glass is tempered according to EN 12150 with thermally toughened soda lime silicate safety glass. Its tensile strength is 150 N/mm2, which is about five times that of normal glass. Moreover, in case of breakage, the glass shatters into small, blunt-edged fragments to help prevent damage and injuries. Finally, it has a reflective treatment providing a mirror-like effect when the screen is dark (turned off ), while it is transparent when the screen is lit (turned on).

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Screen Size Panel Technology Aspect Ratio Native Resolution Brightness Contrast Ratio Viewing Angle (H x V) Response Time

Surface Treatment Life time (Typ.) Operation Hours Orientation Input CONNECTIVITY External Control Output Bezel Color Bezel Width Monitor Dimension (W x H x D) PHYSICAL Weight (Head) SPECIFICATION Monitor with Optional Stand Dimension (W x H x D) Weight (Head+Stand) VESATM Standard Mount Interface ENVIRONMENTAL Operating Temperature CONDITION Operating Humidity Power Supply Power Type POWER Power Consumption Typ. Pow. Cons. Smart Energy Saving Safety STANDARD EMC (CERTIFICATION) ErP / Energy Star MEDIA PLAYER OPS Type Compatible COMPATIBILITY External Media player Attachable SOFTWARE SuperSign W/Lite COMPATIBILITY SuperSign C


Basic Optional


55" 49" 42" 54.64 inches (1387.80mm) diagonal 48.50 inches (1232.00mm) diagonal 41.92 inches (1064.67mm) diagonal IPS IPS IPS 16:09 16:09 16:09 1,920 x 1,080 (FHD) 1,920 x 1,080 (FHD) 1,920 x 1,080 (FHD) 700cd/m2 700cd/m2 700cd/m2 1,300:1 1,300:1 1,300:1 178 x 178 178 x 178 178 x 178 1ms (G to G), 8ms (MPRT) 8ms (G to G BW) typ. 8ms (G to G BW) typ. Hard coating (3H), Anti-glare treatment Hard coating (3H), Anti-glare treatment Hard coating (3H), Anti-glare treatment of the front polarizer (Haze 10%) of the front polarizer (Haze 10%) of the front polarizer (Haze 10%) 50,000 Hrs min. 50,000 Hrs min. 50,000 Hrs min. 24 Hrs / 7 Days 24 Hrs / 7 Days 24 Hrs / 7 Days Portrait & Landscape Portrait & Landscape Portrait & Landscape HDMI (2), DP, DVI-D, Audio in, OPS RS232C in/out, RJ45, IR / Light sensor, Pixel sensor, USB 3.0 DP, External Speaker out Black Black Black 7.4 mm (T/L/R/B even) 7.4 mm (T/L/R/B even) 7.4 mm (T/L/R/B even) 1,230 x 714 x 32 mm 1,095 x 637 x 32 mm 949 x 555 x 32 mm 20.7 kg 15.6 kg 12.5kg

1,230 x 776 x 298 mm

1,095 x 700 x 298 mm

949 x 618 x 298 mm

22.1 kg 17.0 kg 13.9 kg 400 x 400 mm 400 x 400 mm 400 x 400 mm 0°C to 40°C 0°C to 40°C 0°C to 40°C 10% to 80% 10% to 80% 10% to 80% 100-240V~, 50/60Hz 100-240V~, 50/60Hz 100-240V~, 50/60Hz Built-In Power Built-In Power Built-In Power 140 W (TBD) 125 W (TBD) 110 W (TBD) 100 W (TBD) 90 W (TBD) 80 W (TBD) UL / cUL / CB / TUV / KC UL / cUL / CB / TUV / KC UL / cUL / CB / TUV / KC FCC Class "A" / CE / KCC FCC Class "A" / CE / KCC FCC Class "A" / CE / KCC NA / Yes (Energy Star 7.0) NA / Yes (Energy Star 7.0) NA / NA Yes Yes Yes Yes (MP500/MP700) Yes (MP500/MP700) Yes (MP500/MP700) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Remote controller (2ea batteries included), Power cord, IR/Light sensor receiver, QSG, Regular book (depend on regional standard), HDMI cable Optional SP-2100 (External speaker), ST-200T, LSW440S, AN-WF500 (Wi-Fi USB dongle), KT-OPSA (OPS kits), KT-SP0 (Pixel sensor) Temperature sensor, Auto brightness sensor, Tile Mode, DPM select, DPM wake up, Energy saving, Smart energy saving, File play with USB, PIP/PBP(2), Internal memory 16GB (System 4GB + Available 12GB), Wi-Fi dongle ready (802.11n) , USB

Table 2: Gateway technical specifications

Table 3: Frame and mirror structure for 49-in. model (dimensions: 1,100 X 2,150 mm)

Table 4: Mirror car integration for 42-in. model (dimensions: 820 x 2,137 mm)



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Figure 3: First Gateway delivered; photo courtesy of the Wittur Group

becomes a real interface that displays a variety of content that can be managed on three different levels.

Entry Level Once connected, the system runs a basic software with a certain number of templates that can be customized through a remote PC connected to the same network. Once the contents are completed, the system asks for the scheduling time and duration, and transfers the contents to the display. It is possible to schedule a variety of content at different times and personalize (only existing) templates with pictures and videos (no connection to an RSS feed).

Pro Level This level has all the features of the entry level but with a wider range of templates. It also provides the opportunity to create new content layouts and connect to an RSS feed. It still operates on a local network, but the system can manage a group of displays logged on the same network. The user can manage content distribution for all the connected devices from a single PC, including giving different scheduling and layout to each device.

Figure 4: Alessandro Cremaschi and Gateway at Interlift 2017

for the display of text, animated or video messages for advertising, information, entertainment and merchandising to targeted audiences.”[8] They can be found in public spaces, transportation systems, museums, stadiums, retail stores, hotels, restaurants, corporate buildings, etc., to provide wayfinding, exhibitions, marketing and outdoor advertising.[9] In this case, the Gateway becomes a communication and digital-signage device, opening the car to the outside world. It can transmit information, photos, videos, websites, advertising and more, and remotely change the content in real time. The user can also ask and receive customized information, limited only by the services provided by the manager.

Emergency Mode Calm passengers are safe passengers. In the event of an alarm, the new system might improve the safety of users, becoming a new bidirectional communication channel between the passenger and outside world. A micro webcam enables audio/visual communication between the safety/assistance service and passenger. The safety operator might see what’s going on inside the car: health emergency, special needs (i.e., writing messages on the screen for hearing-impaired passengers), presence of children, etc. On the passenger side, the possibility to see a human face (rather


Advanced Level This level has all the features of the pro level, adding the opportunity to manage a network of devices connected to different local networks, regardless of physical location. It uses dedicated hardware and software to connect all the devices through the internet. This level is mandatory when the system integrates a TV camera or any other interface system controlled from a remote place.

Applications and Functions Communication and Digital Signage Digital signage is a subsegment of electronic signage defined as a “remotely managed digital display typically tied in with sales, advertising and marketing”[7] or as “a network of electronic displays that are centrally managed and individually addressable


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Figure 5: Communication examples

Authorised distributor


♦♦ Safety information (emergency exit, building map, passenger behavior guidelines, etc.) ♦♦ Maintenance (user-friendly and easy-to-access technical information during service operation, remote file access, diagrams, functions display, etc.) ♦♦ Passenger tracking (gender, age group, boarding modes, etc.) ♦♦ Ask and receive customized information/service focused on the user’s needs (e.g., turning the touchscreen into a very large push button for people with impaired view)


Figure 6: Touchscreen feature

than just have an audio conversation) might reduce panic and fear, and better understand communication from the safety/assistance service.

Maintenance Support Given the possibility to transform the mirror into the touchscreen of a remote computer (i.e., servicing headquarters, control room, etc.), Gateway can support maintenance personnel onsite. Maintenance staff can connect to the service center and access such files as manuals, instructions, documents, etc. It might also provide technical information regarding the lift system on its touchscreen. Due to its interactivity, Gateway might also become a powerful device to support programmed- and predictive-maintenance service, displaying useful information/tools (graphics, video recordings, working parameters, etc.) to the onsite technician.

Conclusions Gateway applies IoT technology to car mirrors, transforming them into new, powerful, revolutionary devices. The system can be installed not only inside the car, but also in the lift lobby to provide: ♦♦ Digital signage (product information, advertising and promotion, brand building, etc.) ♦♦ Audience measurement systems (number, gender and age group of passengers; opening/closing cycles; etc.) ♦♦ User activity (gaming, marketing, interaction activated by proximity sensors, mobile social engagement, etc.) Some, if not all, of these features might be applied to lift cars to improve information, safety and maintenance. Lifts might provide real-time, user-friendly: ♦♦ Public and internal information (news, weather forecast, building directory and map, corporate messages, etc.) ♦♦ Local advertising ♦♦ Interactive video, which might reduce perceived wait time, both in cars and the lift lobby


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The authors would like to thank Emanuele Eusebio and Luca Pasqualotto of LU-VE Group for their support and help in preparing this paper. Also, thanks to Wittur for providing us the images of the first Gateway in service. Thanks to Language Services professor Kenneth John Allan for his long-term support and brilliant ideas. Finally, special thanks to Dr. Gina Barney of Gina Barney Associates in the U.K. for her wise advice and help, but most of all for her friendship.

References [1] Brown, Eric. “Who Needs the Internet of Things?” (September 13, 2016, retrieved October 23, 2016). [2] Brown, Eric. “21 Open Source Projects for IoT,” (September 20, 2016, retrieved October 23, 2016). [3] “Internet of Things Global Standards Initiative,” ITU (Retrieved June 26, 2015). [4] Nordrum, Amy. “Popular Internet of Things Forecast of 50 Billion Devices by 2020 Is Outdated,” (August 18, 2016). [5] Hsu, Chin-Lung and Lin, Judy Chuan-Chuan. “An empirical examination of consumer adoption of Internet of Things services: Network externalities and concern for information privacy perspectives.” [6] “How IoT’s are Changing the Fundamentals of ‘Retailing,’” Indian Business of Tech, Mobile & Startups. ( August 30, 2016, retrieved June 2, 2017). [7] Schaeffler, J. “Digital Signage: Software, Networks, Advertising and Displays: A Primer for Understanding the Business,” NAB Executive Technology Briefings, 1st Edition, Focal Press (2013), p. 1. [8] Schaeffler, J., Digital Signage: Software, Networks, Advertising and Displays: A Primer for Understanding the Business, Focal Press (2013), p. 3-4. [9] Wikipedia. “Digital Signage” (

Fabio Liberali is co-owner, member of the board of directors and head of the Communication and Public Relations Department at LU-VE Group (an international heating, ventilation and air-conditioning company). He was the editorial manager of Elevatori for some 22 years and is an honorary member of its Technical Committee. He was the team leader of the Italia Magnifica at Interlift 2013. He has been a consultant for several communication departments, trade associations, tradeshow organizers, companies and others. Alessandro Cremaschi is cofounder at TGD SpA (a member company of LU-VE Group). He is member of the TGD Board of Directors and head of new business development. He is a civil engineer and an inventor, having registered seven European patents regarding the improvement of glass doors for refrigeration, including LED technologies for product illumination, branding and advertising. He has 25 years of experience in the use of glass and aluminum.

New trends emerge at the 13th WEE Expo in Shanghai. by Peng Jie

he Chinese economy is transitioning from high growth to high-quality development powered by nation-encouraged innovation and improved efficiency in national and enterprise administration. This means the country contributes to the global economy in a more stabilized and sustainable way, in addition to consolidating its national economy. Development of the elevator industry in China seems to have followed this transitional line closely. However, the lowered growth rate still holds up an enormous market, considering the steady processes of urbanization and the increasing number of modernization jobs to upgrade the aged installations across the land. According to a study by CTBUH, 40% of all elevators and escalators in the world will be in China by 2020. It sounds amazing and inviting. The 13th World Elevator & Escalator (WEE) Expo was held at the National Exhibition and Convention Center in Shanghai on May 8-11. Exhibitors came from more than 20 countries and regions. Statistics from 2016 showed that 780,000 units were manufactured in China, with a growth rate of 5%, and up to 5 million units in use, with a growth rate of 17.6% in 2016; by the end of 2017, the nationwide operational units grew to 5.627 million. Industry workers, businesspeople and professionals met AI models and virtual-reality display screens or headsets are beginning to have widespread application.


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Elevators with AI controls were showcased in several halls.

here again to exchange technology and innovation, renew On day two, EW was invited to a seminar by Suzhou Rhine Lift, friendships, rejoice together and explore changes in this wella pioneer in the niche of inclined elevators in China. It has won an known modernized metropolis. EW Project of the Year Award several times, most recently for the Your reporter has attended all 13 WEE Expos, beginning with Taipa Houses-Museum Pedestrian System in Macao (EW, January the show’s debut in August 1996, and covered all of them for 2018). Jiang Liming and his engineering team continue to work ELEVATOR WORLD since 1998. Carrying on the EW mission with potential customers in need of inclined systems as the over two decades enabled me to witness significant changes in demand on these installations rises. booths over the years that are telling for successful companies in Over the decades, the stands of elevator and component China. In November 1998, I met Zhu Xiaodi, a founder of Shanghai manufacturers have seen noticeable changes, and full-height BST, for the first time at his small booth in Beijing. It was a hoistway settings and massive machines on show have become rectangular one with eyecatching blue letters on yellow walls. scarce. Instead, artificial-intelligence (AI) models and virtualSince, Shanghai BST has developed into a global brand loved reality display screens or headsets see widespread application. by roughly 300 customers from 79 countries and regions around These enable visitors and guests to experience a rider’s changing the world. views as an elevator car travels all the way up and down a glass On day one, Hans Eberle, managing director of mayr, invited hoistway or to enjoy bird’s-eye views by means of a flying drone. Continued me for a chat in his booth. He expressed great concerns about elevator safety. I share his worries, as the industry seems to get more commercialized at the cost of safety, especially when acute price competitions take place between companies. I think this trend may result in great harm to both elevator manufacturers and users. Previous accidents can remain good lessons for manufacturers and building owners, reminding them that safety is the permanent theme of the entire elevator industry. With nationwide efforts in 2017, the number of elevator-related accidents decreased significantly to as few as 56, of which 50% were field related, and 12.5% were due to failure or malfunction of safety devices on the equipment. There is obviously room to improve — safety should be regarded as the initial and primary goal of the whole elevator industry. Shanghai at night • Issue 3, Volume 11 •


The 12-m2 EW booth attracted an unexpected number of visitors from all over the world, as well as from other parts of China. Visitors showed deep interest in varied EW publications and in EW media products covering the major elevator markets of the globe. The 500 red-covered April 2018 issues proved popular, as did the newly published EW CHINA 2018 issue.


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Successful companies feature teamwork, as people are key to the development of the global verticaltransportation industry, as well as to an organization. Researchers, CEOs, engineers, inspectors and field employees all work alike toward the shared goals of our industry. An employee to a business is what a roller, a sensor or a governor is to an elevator that travels safely and reliably, only when every part and component on it works properly with the others. Good teamwork depends on well-minded people who pull together as one for a company, an organization or the whole industry. The virtue of teamwork is a treasure to any business or tasks. EW extends its sincere thanks to these friends who have posed for pictures taken during the WEE Expo for this photo essay.

Canny Elevator’s team

Ningbo Xinda’s team

An international team visits Canny’s new testing tower: Bülent Yılmaz and G. Raghu were among those who showed great interest in the new Canny Elevator testing tower near Shanghai. They pointed to it on the light-blue cover of the 2018 EW China issue and asked to visit it. Fortunately, the Chinese host didn’t let them down. Both got the invitation from Canny to join a factory tour consisting of honored guests and industry VIPs for a ride to the top floor of the amazing tower. SJEC’s team

Torin Drive’s team


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Jiang Liming and his engineering team of Suzhou Rhine Elevator Manufacture Co., Ltd.

Otis debuted Otis ONE and Signature Service (EW, July 2018) at the expo. It also demonstrated elevator voice integration capability featuring Amazon’s Alexa and Microsoft’s Cortana.

Today’s approach to expo activity handling involves efforts toward sustainable development. It is good to see that more attention is being paid to save resources with green solutions, which is in line with the hosting nation’s present international advocation of building an intimate community of shared destiny. As Samantha Cristoforetti, an Italian astronaut, put it when looking down at Earth from space, “. . .we really have to stick together as a human family to make sure we are a permanent presence on this planet and not just this blink of an eye.” Indeed, we all live in a challenging planet with varied cultures, multiple ethnic groups, different skin colors, religions and social systems. However, people of different countries have, in fact, become members of an intimate community, closely linked to and relying on one another. To meet the

challenge of how the global elevator industry can balance earth’s ecological health and human needs more effectively, some China-based elevator manufacturers, together with project contractors in other trades (e.g., construction), have started playing a necessary role in city construction. They provide vertical-transportation equipment for new buildings, either in bustling cities like Jakarta, Indonesia, and Bangkok; help locals rebuild their homes in conflict-ruined Asian countries; and build infrastructure systems in developing countries in Africa and South America, always with an eye toward more sustainable and ecologically friendly solutions. Home lifts have found a good market prospect in China, as more people begin to own houses. Some exhibitors oriented their booths as specialized vertical-transportation-equipment and service Continued

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An Indian visitor’s perspective at the worldwide showcase by Sheetal Shelar Patil

Namit Kedia, Managing Director, Torin Drive India Pvt. Ltd. “Torin Drive is a global brand, and we participate in all the exhibitions all over the world. I personally visited the expo because there are lots of Torin customers there to see new products. Considering participation in terms of the number of people traveling over there, visiting to understand and educate themselves with respect to products, it’s a good opportunity, as this expo is one of the biggest elevator exhibitions in the entire world. This is the fourth time I visited this expo, and every time, it gets bigger and better. We saw many of our existing, as well as new customers, also, as Torin is supplying a complete elevator, as well as an escalator kit to the elevator companies; that is, again, a big thing for us. “Customers who are not using Torin Drive machines get an opportunity to compare our products with other Chinese brands and see how global our presence is, as we have customers all over the world. Customers from different countries visit our stalls; also, there is an opportunity to be part of the discussions with some American or European companies. It is just a learning experience that customers get during such visits. The response to our brand at the expo was good. For Torin, it’s officially been seven years in India. Many of our customers visited as, based on past performance, they also wanted to see newer products that we launch. We had two different booths: one in hall 4 and another in hall 5. In hall 4, we had a machine, and in hall 5, we had the complete elevator kit. It was very good for us, as customers were able to get a firsthand experience of both the things.”


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B.S. Kumaraswamy, Director, Monteferro India Guiderails and Elevator Parts Pvt. Ltd. “We exhibit in the expo every time, as it is well organized. The expo draws a good crowd and is the most effective way to connect with industry-specific professionals. Indian manufacturing companies are becoming more competitive, with respect to their product designs, manufacturing and testing facilities, coupled with adequate workforces and robust supply chains. Showcasing the product line ‘Made in India’ in such exhibitions will be a successful stage to Indian manufacturing companies giving much impetus to India’s Make-in-India program. A good number of Indian companies participating in such events is beneficial. The expo creates an avenue for showcasing, connecting and collaborating for Indian manufacturers. This will also help in promoting industry and academic linkages for joint research and product development. The more Indian micro, small and medium enterprises participate, the greater the possibility of getting subsidies from the Government of India toward space rented and airfare paid. “Having representatives from all sectors of the supply chain of elevator components in one place, sharing information, was extremely beneficial. It provided a chance to connect with key contacts within the industry, which fosters stronger relationships. Considering the cost and the attendance, we would like to suggest the organizers to shorten the expo to three days. We were able to meet people whose paths would have never crossed with ours otherwise. Most of the visitors came with clear intent and purpose. It helped us to see their needs and to set the goal for next steps. We also had an opportunity to explore business tie ups for additional products complementing our existing product line. “We increased the visibility of our product line — guide rails and wire ropes. People from all over the world visited us. As a Kumaraswamy

WEE Expo 2018 witnessed the presence of several Indian company heads, who shared their experiences of this year’s event with your author. They gave their views on why they decided to be present at the expo and their feedback on this year’s event, along with the business and networking opportunities explored.

vendor, it was a great opportunity to see most of our customers at one event and meet companies/people face to face, renewing our business relationship.”

V.M. Thomas, Joint Managing Director, Johnson Lifts Pvt. Ltd.


“I visited the expo primarily to see the new technological advancement, if any; new trends in the industry; and to get a feel of the global market. We have been sourcing materials from China for more than 15 years. So, I was also there to look around for new sources and to interact with the existing suppliers. It is also a melting pot for ideas, work culture and ethics — there is lot to learn. Being in the industry close to 40 years, it is also a meeting point to catch up with old friends. It’s serious, fun and rewarding.”

Jayesh Patel, Owner, Esquire Engineering Co.


“Our experience is always good for this elevator expo. There are good products and participants, and we get product updates, so that way, it was good. We get to know new products, new companies and new elevator components. Sourcing and networking also happens at a good scale.”

Ramesh Patel, Proprietor, Pooja Engineers “My experience at the expo was very good. I tied up with five to six companies to buy products from them. I went again after the expo, as well. Basically, I visited the expo for our elevators’ gearless machines.”

Hakim A. Lakdawala, Partner, Marconi Elevator Co. “My experience was fine; I have visited all these fairs mostly; it was just interaction with people over there, getting to know technology.”

Ashvin Trambadia, Managing Director, Teknix Elevators Pvt. Ltd.


“It was as usual. Every year, it’s the same, nothing new. I always visit expos or fairs in China to discover new suppliers for different products.”

providers for homes and villas. They looked confident and experienced, showed visitors models of installations monitored (or even operated) with the aid of the Internet of Things. When I paused to wonder at a couple of car operating panels fixed on the door panel, a young exhibitor explained, “It’s not practicable in real installation, but only a makeshift one here for show.” Similar business lies in modernization projects, including attachment of external-hoistway elevators to existing residential buildings. Some elevator companies, big or small, have launched this kind of business with a view to facilitating urban life. Small elevator contractors may be more flexible to win the bid. For example, a contractor can install elevators into an old residential building in which senior citizens live, taking a small down payment from the local government with the remaining portion and maintenance costs to be paid via users’ rent, while the contactor remains owner of the equipment. Unlike at previous WEE shows, many automated processing lines and machines with AI controls were showcased in several halls. With fast-advancing AI technologies, welding, sheetmetal processing equipment or robots can tailor materials to particular customer needs. I was surprised to catch sight of a carefully worked-out elevator parts catalog for users with detailed specifications and a colored picture about each part at the booth of a Ningbo, China-based elevator parts supplier. It was almost as good as a HAUER (German spare-parts supplier) book. From the confident faces of these young people behind the booth counter and the way they work, your reporter envisages a promising future for our industry in China, as well as the world. William C. Sturgeon, founder of EW, used to say, “Pictures speak more than words.” So, let the pictures taken in and outside the show halls speak. The next WEE Expo will be held in Shanghai on May 6-9, 2020. Visit for updates. Peng Jie has been an ELEVATOR WORLD correspondent based in China since the 1990s. He started his career in the elevator industry in 1982, working as translator, fieldmanager assistant, lift-specification engineer, project manager, field manager and regional manager for prominent European elevator companies operating in China. He has gained experience regarding jobsite safety, field operation and management.

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Industry Dialogue

Meeting the Need for Technicians LMTI’s R.V. Joshi talks with EWI about laboratory setup for Lift and Escalator Mechanic course.

by Sheetal Shelar Patil The Lalji Mehrotra Technical Institute (LMTI) recently inaugurated a laboratory setup for its one-year Lift and Escalator Mechanic course. R.V. Joshi is Head of Department-Lift and Escalator at LMTI, which is located at Jogeshwari East, Mumbai. A Bachelor of Engineering degree holder from Mumbai University, Joshi has worked in technical design and major projects with KONE Elevators and Bharat Bijlee, Ltd. (Olympus Elevators). Admissions for LMTI’s Lift and Escalator Mechanic course for academic year 2018-2019 have started; some 15 students have applied so far. Joshi recently sat down and shared insights with ELEVATOR WORLD India (EWI). EWI: What is the importance of regular elevator and escalator maintenance and trained personnel in India?

LMTI recently inaugurated a new laboratory for its one-year Lift and Escalator Mechanic course.


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RVJ: India is the second-largest market for elevators and escalators in the world, after China. Urbanization, investment in infrastructure and commercial projects, increased focus on developing, expanding and modernizing airports, development of metro rail projects and redevelopment of railway stations offer opportunities in the infrastructure segment in the long run. The demand is expected to grow from approximately 60,000 units annually to more than 80,000 in the next three years. The leading manufacturers of elevators and escalators in India are pumping in money to expand their manufacturing capabilities, indicating a big spurt in future demand. Many multinational companies, which account for a lion’s share in the INR99.6-billion (US$1.45billion) elevators and escalators market in India, are all pumping in estimated INR7 billion-INR8

R.V. Joshi addresses his students.

billion (US$101.7 million-US$116.2 million) to expand their respective manufacturing capabilities. Regulatory changes, population shifts and government investment in housing and infrastructure are among factors driving OEMs to expand capacity to keep up with increased demand in India. With the housing sector getting organized and professional, there is pressure on elevator companies to complete projects within a shorter period of time. Also, with increased use of elevators and escalators at public places, there is higher demand on trouble-free and safe operation, with minimum downtime. The increasing demand for lifts and escalators, and the presence of so many lift companies in India, increase demand for trained lift technicians day by day. There is a shortage of trained lift technicians in the industry. The subject of lifts and escalators is not included as a recognized course in India. Students completing the LMTI one-year, government-approved certificate course will certainly be an asset to the lift industry. EWI: What was the motivation and process behind setting up the course? RVJ: Finding trained lift technicians at the entry level has always been a problem for lift companies in India. Having worked in the elevator industry for more than 35 years, I had firsthand experience of difficulties in getting trained lift technicians at the entry level. With no institute offering a government-certified course for lift technicians, taking the initiative to start such a course was the only available option to overcome this problem. The task of getting necessary sanctions from concerned authorities to start the course was handled by LMTI Director G.D. Bhutange and Principal P.S. Wagh. The tasks of establishing an in-house laboratory setup and tie-ups with installation contractors for students’ field training, and teaching the theoretical and in-house practical part of lifts and escalators are being handled by me. The other subject, on basic electrical and electronics, is handled by our regular industrial training institute (ITI) faculties at LMTI. That’s how we at LMTI started the one-year, Maharashtra governmentcertified course for academic year 2017-2018. S.M. Hajela, managing director, Lift Systems India, Pvt. Ltd; Mukesh Kanodra, managing director, Sagar Construction Lifts;

Guests take part in the inauguration of the lab’s controller.

and the senior management of Bharat Bijlee all voluntarily came forward to help us establish the in-house laboratory setup. EWI: What does the syllabus cover, and how was it planned? RVJ: The syllabus for the one-year certificate course covers Trade Theory and Trade Practical for two subjects: Basic Electrical and Electronics; and Lift and Escalator Operation, Installation and Maintenance. The syllabus is based on the Craftsman Training Scheme for Lift and Escalator Mechanic course and covers theoretical, as well as practical, aspects of installation, operation and maintenance. A great deal of emphasis is also placed on safety, which is so crucial in this field. EWI: Have you been interacting with any elevator companies for aspects like input or practical job training? RVJ: For the practical training, we have made tie-ups with installation contractors. They undertake lift installation contracts from many multinationals. Our students undergo on-the-job training (OJT) at installation sites and get experience in actual lift installation work. We have gotten support from some well-known industry houses to conduct soft-skills training. We are also looking forward to getting support from well-known lift companies and industry experts to upgrade our course syllabus to make it more relevant to the industry. We are particularly looking for industry help in providing practical training on escalator installation, and maintenance procedures for lifts and escalators. EWI: Starting a course is one thing, but how do you plan on sustaining it and keeping it industry relevant? RVJ: Beginning in academic year 2018-2019, we will increase field training for students by more than double of that stipulated in the syllabus. As we are giving OJT at actual lift installations, students get to learn about working in the onsite environment. By providing regular safety training, including use of personal protection equipment, our OJT is very much industry relevant. Beginning this academic year, we will be giving preference to ITI-passed students through minimum entry-level qualification as per the Maharashtra State Board of Vocational Education and the Staff Selection Commission. This has been done keeping in mind the minimum educational qualifications requirement of the lift Continued

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S.M. Hajela, managing director of Lift Systems India, cuts the cake during the inauguration ceremony for LMTI’s new laboratory. The LMTI campus in Mumbai

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Joshi speaks during the inauguration ceremony.

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industry. At the same time, we are very much aware that to keep the course content relevant to the industry, educational institutes cannot work in isolation, more so because there are continuous technological advancements and installation practices in the field. We are seeking active support from the lift industry as well as industry experts, to keep it relevant. The laboratory setup was formally inaugurated by S.M. Hajela on May 5. The function was graced by many industry experts and guests from KONE Elevator India, Pvt. Ltd.; thyssenkrupp Elevator India, Pvt. Ltd.; Lift Systems India, Pvt. Ltd.; Bharat Bijlee; Sagar Construction Lifts; Judo Mechatricals, Pvt. Ltd.; and Schmersal India, Pvt. Ltd.   đ&#x;Œ?

Project Spotlight

Going Vertical: Case Studies SSG Director Mahesh Kumar Khaitan shares insights on the significance of VT in his projects.

by Yash Pandya In an era where real-estate development across India is increasingly going vertical, elevators’ importance in overall project planning — and as a feature that combines utility with aesthetics — is what sets a project apart. Exemplifying this focused mindset is developer Salarpuria Sattva Group (SSG), which has a broad spectrum of projects across the country.

SSG Director Mahesh Kumar Khaitan calls elevators the “lifeline of buildings” and considers them a vital building feature. For that reason, SSG makes sure proper traffic studies are done before it finalizes the number and type of elevators (and escalators) for a project. The elevator mix can include passenger; service; and, in the case of information-technology (IT)

Greenage in Bangalore


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Knowledge City has plenty of amenities.

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parks, shuttle elevators. “The various features provided are synonymous with the latest state-of-the-art technologies addressing lifestyle amenities,” Khaitan observes. Vertical development — building tall — is the future in India, he states. Rising land cost, shortage of land/space and people taking pride in owning property in high-rise buildings are among factors that have driven the need for buildings to be higher. This trend will continue. Khaitan states: “As buildings go higher, a scientific approach to the elevator system is inevitable to fulfill the desired parameters in terms of waiting time, handling capacity and, in the case of emergencies, fire elevators. All this would largely govern the selection of elevators for a building. With the implementation of the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act, 2016, a five-year

warranty of the product is compulsory from the developer’s end. Hence, elevator companies need to support RERA, which is good for everybody and results in delivery of a quality product.” Khaitan shared details of two of his projects — the residential Salarpuria Sattva Greenage and commercial Knowledge City — with ELEVATOR WORLD India, explaining the role elevators play in them. For the projects’ vertical-transportation (VT) systems, the following factors were considered: ♦♦ Class of building ♦♦ Number of habitable and parking-level floors ♦♦ Floor heights and total heights ♦♦ Number of cars in each level of the parking structure ♦♦ Population or occupancy on every floor ♦♦ Acceptable waiting time during high peak hours Continued

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Meet SSG Director Mahesh Kumar Khaitan SSG Director Mahesh Kumar Khaitan is a

well-recognized pillar of the real-estate business. With three decades of experience, he has executed more than 120 projects across the country. He is an expert in every aspect of the project process, including planning, design, construction, coordination, execution and administration. He strives to deliver the ideal

living or working space to every residential and corporate customer. He has crafted the group’s foray into Hyderabad with more than 18 million sq. ft. of commercial development, setting up information-technology parks that meet global standards. Knowledge City, a flagship project of the group, is a testimony to his keen engineering and development skills. Khaitan is well-versed in legal matters and sanctions, and keeps abreast of the latest technologies and innovations. A people person, his relationships with customers and civic agencies have won him a loyal base of admirers who vouch for his professionalism and humane qualities. A committed family man, he enjoys crunching cricket numbers and studying strategy while off the construction pitch.

SSG Director Mahesh Kumar Khaitan

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Acceptable handling capacity Mechanism Safety Deep cars able to accommodate stretchers or wheelchairs Children and elderly friendliness Khaitan said: “Specific to residential development, our elevators are chosen to be user friendly. Children, elderly people and visitors can conveniently use these elevators thanks to custom, easy features like hall buttons at children-friendly heights, prominent displays and automatic rescue devices for safety. Wider door openings are incorporated for easy entry and exit. Disabled-friendly features are also incorporated in our elevators.” Almost like a small city, the gated community Salarpuria Sattva Greenage consists of 10 residential towers on 21 lush, green acres. There are 1,676 apartments and more than 100 amenities, including two gyms, a supermarket, a pharmacy and three swimming pools. The development is on Hosur Road next to Oxford College in Bangalore. Total number of elevators, different types, capacity and placement within the project are: Continued


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Knowledge City in Hyderabad

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2 12 2 Commercial projects call for a different set of considerations thatfor are no less important. City Commercial projects call a different set Knowledge of considerations in Hyderabad is a 7-million-sq.-ft. IT park with seven PARCEL-3 that are no less important. Knowledge City in Hyderabad is a 7towers ranging from eight to 16 stories. It is an 1 8 3 1 million-sq.-ft. IT park friendly, with seven towers eight to environmentally Indian Greenranging Building from Council 2 8 1 Platinum-rated development planned to allow occupants 16 stories. It is an environmentally friendly, Indian Green to “seamlessly embrace work and leisure,â€? Khaitan states, 3 8 1 Building Council Platinum-rated development planned to allow continuing: “Knowledge City is a happening for youth, occupants to "seamlessly embrace work andspace leisure," Khaitan PARCEL-4 children and adults. A lakh sq. ft. of standalone amenity states, continuing: MAGMA 20 4 2 8 space is a unique feature of the entire development. It has a covered amphitheater with a 500-person seating OCTAVE 1&2 16 2 "Knowledge City isa ahuge happening space forbadminton, youth, children capacity with video wall. Futsal, 6 OCTAVE 3 12 1 squash and lawn-tennis courts; fine-dining and adults. A lakh square feet of standalone amenity space ELIXIR 3 1 4 establishments; a library; a climbing wall; a spa and is a unique feature of the entire development. It has a Total 121 10 17 14 sauna; yoga and aerobics; Zen garden; and an Olympiccoveredsize amphitheater withpool.â€? a 500-person seating capacity terrace swimming garden; and an Olympic-size terrace swimming pool. 5 No matter the type of project, elevators are user friendly and In addition, the development has retail, a cafeteria, efficient, Khaitan says. SSG understands peak rush hours and the food courts, banks, ATMs, a crèche and a supermarket for In addition, the development has retail, a cafeteria, food comfort level expected by building occupants. In commercial the 50,000-60,000 who work there. “They need not go elevators generally wide cabins to offsite for anything during the day,â€? Khaitan says. Key courts, properties, banks, ATMs, a crèche and ahave supermarket forand thedoors 50,000accommodate more people and facilitate quick entry and exit. features include a lightweight, self-cleaning, fire-resistant 60,000 who work there. "They need not go offsite for anything Khaitan says, “Current technology of destination control systems foil-membrane roof and landscaping that help make during the day," Khaitan says. Key features include a of elevators facilitates hassle-free, quick service without much Knowledge City comfortable. The entire development lightweight, self-cleaning, fire-resistant foil-membrane roof đ&#x;Œ? confusion or waiting.â€?    boasts high-speed, destination-control elevators.


and landscaping that help make Knowledge City comfortable. The

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entire development boasts high-speed, destination-control elevators.

Real Estate

Mixed Messages Demystified New policy announcements are presented and discussed.

by Yash Pandya


Khushru Jijina, managing director, Piramal Finance & Piramal Housing Finance, opined: “The RBI’s evaluation and outlook for Indian economic growth is encouraging and looks positive for the economy. Consistently improving manufacturing data, recovery in private capacity utilization and The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 resolutions indicate an imminent revival in private investment activity. Among the reforms announced, an important announcement was made regarding home loans up to INR3.5 million (US$50,900) being considered as priority-sector lending (PSL). This would give a boost to the affordablehousing real-estate sector and help in economic growth.” NAREDCO officials pointed out the RBI announced a policy decision, revising housingloan limits for PSL eligibility, from the existing INR2.8 million (US$40,700) to INR3.5 million (US$50,900) in metros, and from INR2 million (US$29,100) to INR2.5 million (US$36,400) in other locations. Given that loans under PSL are less expensive than those provided by the banks in ordinary course, this has been seen as an “encouragement” to boost buyer sentiment. The recent announcement made by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs about carpet-area standard operating procedures for houses eligible for interest subsidy under the Credit Linked Subsidy Scheme (CLSS) for the middle income group (MIG) beneficiaries under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) will Jijina

There were several new policy announcements impacting real estate and, indirectly, the elevator industry during the last quarter. With the real-estate sector becoming increasingly organized and regulated (or, is it the other way around?), the implications of policy announcements on the pace and quantum of new developments and, consequently, the demand for new elevators, need to be carefully analyzed. The Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) monetary policy announcements are marked on the calendars of most stakeholders. Expectations range from positive to negative to even neutral or “status quo.” This time, there were positive and negative inferences. Anshul Jain, managing director, Cushman & Wakefield India, shared: “The RBI increased the repo rate by 25 basis points for the first time since January 2014 amidst high inflation concerns in the economy. At the same time, some commercial banks have already raised their marginal-cost-of-fundsbased lending rate recently, which might lead to higher home-loan interest over the next few months. We foresee an increase in home-loan rates not to have a significant impact on sales velocity in the residential market. Serious buyers, especially in an end-user-driven market, will continue to scout the market for properties, as the change in actual equated monthly installments will not be significant, post an upward revision in home-loan rates.”



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Implications of the IND-AS 115 Accounting Standard for Real Estate The new standard began on April 1 and replaces the existing revenue recognition standard IndAS11 (Construction Contracts) and IndAS18 (Revenue) and the revised guidance note of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India on Accounting for Real Estate Transactions 2016. Per Colliers International India’s Research, the fundamental principle of the new accounting standard is that the revenue should be recognized only when an entity transfers the control of goods or services to a customer. What it implies for the listed real-estate companies is that they have to switch to the projectcompletion method from the percentage-completion method to recognize revenues. Companies used to declare the turnover considering the payment from customers for under-construction flats. Net income generated from such projects was also treated as profits. But, now, the proceeds of the ongoing projects will be treated as advances or loans, not as income from sales.

Colliers believes this change will not only impact revenue recognition, but also alter the net profits and net worth of the real-estate companies. However, it believes it will be beneficial to both developers and investors in the long run, as the adoption of the new IFRS-based accounting rule will enable them to look at sustainable earnings based on actual deliveries, rather than excessively relying on presales and accounting margins. It believes that to adopt the new accounting rule, most developers will need to reverse the unrecognized profits in their balance sheets, which may be detrimental for book values in the short term. However, they should get compensated on higher earnings from projects where revenues/profits will again get recognized. Thus, the overall impact should get normalized in one to two years.

Residential towers are increasingly becoming the preferred format for developers and occupants alike.

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Mumbai’s evolving skyline features high rises that dwarf the mountains in the background.


augment the construction activities and lead to enhanced demand, with similar intent as the RBI move on PSL. These decisions will boost real estate and enable more MIG home buyers to qualify for subsidy and avail benefits provided under the ambitious flagship mission of PMAY (Urban). The progressive impact of this move will be felt in peripheral areas of metro cities, such as the National Capital Region, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region and Bengaluru, and in tier 2 and 3 cities. Dr. Niranjan Hiranandani, national president, NAREDCO, opined: “The RBI’s announcement of a hike in the repo rate on home loans by 0.25 basis points, making the home-loan interest rate at 6.25% against the advantage to the home seeker in terms of the CLSS benefits in the form of interest subvention, will be largely availed for a longer span of time of 20 years, in comparison to the marginal interest rate hike of 0.25 to 1 basis points on home loans. Effectively, this will foster sales by discerning home buyers making the decision to buy their dream home.�


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PMAY is a flagship scheme through which the Indian government aims to provide “Housing for All by 2022.â€? The announcement about an increase in the carpet area of houses eligible for interest subsidy under CLSS for MIG beneficiaries effectively creates a 33% increase in carpet area eligible for subsidy. The larger apartment (up to 2,100 sq. ft.) will be covered under the announced interest subsidy scheme for the MIG section. This announcement aims at the multiplier effect of increasing construction activity, reviving demand (majorly in the peripheral areas of metro cities), and in tier 2 and 3 cities. It also intends to push home sales, with an enhanced positive sentiment among homebuyers. The announcement will give much-required thrust to MIG home buyers, which is the largest group among the residential real-estate segment. Terming this as a decision that can also give a boost to rental housing, Hiranandani concluded by pointing out that buyers of second homes, if also brought under the scheme, would be positively impacted; the end result would be creation of enhanced rental housing stock to meet the objective of supplying basic needs of citizens, or, “Housing for All.â€?   đ&#x;Œ?

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by Dr. Lee Gray photos by Bülent Yılmaz

Berlin hosts 22nd IAEE congress on elevator technology.

Several companies exhibited in an intimate expo.


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The 22nd biennial congress of the International Association of Elevator Engineers (IAEE) took place in Berlin on May 22-24. The congress steering committee was composed of IAEE President and Elevcon 2018 Chairman Ami Lustig (Eng. S. Lustig, Consulting Engineers Ltd., Israel), President Emeritus John Inglis (OAM, Australia), John Antona (Vertical Transport Technology Corp., U.S.), Robert Nicholson (Architectural Elevator Consulting, U.S.), Dr. Albert So (IAEE Hong Kong-China Branch), IAEE Administrative Board Chairman Joseph Stier (Belgium), and Sefa Targit (president of the Turkish Elevator and Escalator Industry Association). The program featured 31 paper presentations and one workshop; the papers were published in Elevator Technology 22: Proceedings of Elevcon 2018. The congress had 138 registrants from 25 countries representing approximately 90 different companies and organizations from North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. The companies and organizations included elevator system manufacturers, component manufacturers, consultants, trade organizations, media, standards associations, research groups and universities. Elevcon exhibiters included Elevator World, Inc.; Elevatori; Lift-Report; ELFIN GmbH; Giovenzana International B.V.; Langer & Laumann Ing.-Büro GmbH; Magnetek; Chr. Mayr GmbH + Co. KG; NeXt group e.V.; Pizzato Elettrica S.r.l.; Schwartz GmbH Technical Plastics; SICOR S.P.A.; and Warner Electric Europe. The congress opened with three welcoming addresses: one from Lustig and two from representatives of Germany. Gunther Adler, state secretary at the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community, welcomed congress attendees to Germany and Berlin, and Thomas Pfaff, chairman of the German Committee for Lifts, offered an industry welcome. Lustig’s welcoming remarks included a brief overview of the challenges represented by the industry’s increasing reliance on web-based products and

systems. His comments focused on the dangers of computer hacking and the need to balance innovation with appropriate safety measures. The topics identified by Lustig included digital technologies, innovation and safety. Perhaps not surprisingly, these also served as the focus of many of the papers later presented. Digital topics addressed included predictive maintenance, custom elevator manufacturing, door sensor systems, car/ passenger communications systems and traffic analysis. Ana Gómez (Control and Monitoring Area, IK4-Ikerlan, Spain) was the lead author on “A Virtual Sensing Approach for Predictive Maintenance in Elevators.” Her coauthors were Oscar Salgado (IK4-Ikerlan), Ekaitz Estaben (Mechanical and Industrial Production Department, Mondragón University, Spain), and Inge Isasa and Xabier Hernández (Mechanical Engineering Department, Orona EIC S. Coop., Spain). The paper described the use of “virtual sensors” to detect electrical and mechanical faults and the validation of this methodology through a lab-scaled elevator test bench designed to simulate the operational characteristics of a 1:1 traction elevator. Gómez’s paper was selected as the recipient of the Elevatori High Tech Award. Two other papers also addressed this topic: Rami Aro (Weidmüller Schweiz AG, Switzerland) and Carlos Paiz Gatica (Weidmüller

Interface GmbH & Co. KG, Germany)’s “Predictive Maintenance — Smart Services Enabled by Industrial Analytics” and Krishna Mohan Mishra, Tomi R. Krogerus and Kalevi J. Huhtala (Tampere University of Technology, Finland)’s “Fault Detection of Elevator Systems Using Automated Feature Extraction and Classification.” Ali Baygur (Geta Asansör San. Tic. A.Ş.) discussed the manufacture of elevator systems utilizing parametric design software accessed via a web interface. This approach was described as particularly useful in fabricating systems in a timely manner for nonstandard settings. Baygur’s paper, in many ways, described a 21st-century version of a 19th-century process. In the 1800s, many elevator catalogs included a template and list of the basic information required to build an elevator for a given installation (shaft size, floor-to-floor heights, length of run, etc.). Prospective customers would send the requested data via mail, and the manufacturer would provide a quote in return mail. The use of a web interface to submit a client’s data both updates – and improves on – this older process, as well as linking it to modern computerized manufacturing techniques. Two papers addressed the replacement of traditional elevator door light curtains with digital solutions. Shuhei Noda (Toshiba)

Ana Gómez receives the Elevatori High Tech Award from Guido Bruschi

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Louis Bialy asks a question from the floor.


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display system for use in elevator cars. The mirrored surface acts as a touchscreen that allows a wide range of functions, from providing general information to facilitating real-time emergency support for passengers. Digital technologies (both hardware and software) have been critical aspects of traffic-analysis strategies throughout the 21st century, and papers on traffic analysis have been a normative component of past Elevcon congresses. However, somewhat surprisingly, only two papers presented in Berlin (compared to a typical average of six to seven papers) addressed this topic. Janna Sorsa (KONE) presented “Fulfilling the Potential of Double-Deck Destination Control System,” and Takahiro Hatori



of time between the emission of a signal from a sensor, the signal striking an object and its reflection back to the sensor. Thöny described the “TOFgard” sensor, which extends the sensor field across the entire door front and provides improved entrance monitoring and passenger counting, while preventing unintended car movement. Fabio Liberali (LU-VE Group) coauthored a paper with Alessandro Cremaschi (TGD s.p.a.) titled “Gateway, the Magic Mirror: IoT Application for Lift Cars.” The authors’ reference to the Internet of Things (IoT) was one of several made during the congress to this important contemporary intellectual concept and digital reality. Liberali and Cremaschi presented a web-linked interactive-mirror




was the lead author on “Door Safety Function for Elevators Using Video Analysis,” which was coauthored with Kentaro Yokoi, Hiroshi Sukegawa, Teh Kok Long and Sayumi Kimura (Toshiba). Noda, et al. proposed a door safety system that employs a camera-based photoelectric sensor utilizing video-analysis technology to detect movement and prevent door closure (SMART DOOR™). The system features included a wider detection area and precise movement detection. Christian-Erik Thöny (CEDES) offered a different solution in his paper “Historic Change in Elevator Door Sensors — Light Curtains Are Set to Become History, Replaced by Intelligent TOF Technology.” Time-of-flight (TOF) refers to the length

(Building Systems Business Unit, Hitachi, Ltd.) presented “Development of People Flow Simulator for Smooth Movement of People in a Building,” coauthored with Fujiwara Masayasu (R&D Group, Hitachi) and Toriyabe Satoru (Building Systems Business Unit, Hitachi). The latter paper addressed the application of Hitachi’s people-flow simulator to both traditional hall-call and destination-floor reservation systems. Papers on the development of safety standards and codes have also been a mainstay of past Elevcon congresses, and, in this case, Berlin was no exception. Four papers address this topic. Louis Bialy (Louis Bialy and Associates) presented “Towards Greater Uniformity of Worldwide Elevator Standards,” which addressed increased participation in International Organization for Standardization activities by industry members from the Asia-Pacific Area (APA). Tijmen M.J. Molema (Liftinstituut) presented “Safety in 2028, Predicting the Safety Level of Future Standards.” His paper included a call for more thorough and comprehensive accident data collection. Ada Y.S. Fung (Construction Industry Council of Hong Kong) discussed the development of safety standards in Hong Kong between 2010 and 2016. The result of this initiative was the publication of a four-volume work titled Guidelines on Safety of Lift Shaft Works. The volumes

offer an interesting safety standard model and are available as PDF downloads. They are titled as followed: 1) During Construction Stage and Before Handing Over to Lift Installation Contractor 2) During Lift Installation Stage until Issue of Occupation 3) Throughout the Occupation Stage of Building 4) Builders’ Lift Within Lift Shaft The congress also featured papers and a workshop that highlighted topics that may, perhaps, be considered under the heading “everything old is new again.” The first of these was a session on hydraulic elevators, which included two papers and a workshop/panel discussion. Thomas Birnbaum (MQuattrolifts GmbH) presented “The Comeback of the Hydraulic Lift,” which discussed the results of a study conducted by the European Lift and Lift Component Association (ELCA) and the Technological Institute of Aragon. The study examined the lifecycle energy costs and environmental impact of hydraulic elevators. The goal was to dispel myths about these systems that, according to Birnbaum, had resulted in a dramatic decline in the use of hydraulic elevators in Europe. Kjell Johansson (Hydroware AB) and Magnus Landberg (SAAB AB) expanded on this topic in “HILA – A New Compact MRL Hydraulic Lift for Mid-Rise Buildings.” Their paper described a new

approach to hydraulic elevator design using a “hydraulic infinite linear actuator” (HILA). The operation of this system was depicted in a video available at bit. ly/2JNp5Os. Johansson and Landberg were runners-up for the Elevatori High Tech Award. The session concluded with a workshop/panel discussion: “The Return of the Hydraulic Lift” chaired by Luc Rivet (ELCA) that included Johansson, Birnbaum and Ferhat Çelik (Blain Hydraulics GmbH). Wolfram Vogel (publicly certified expert for elevator, rope, and lifting technologies) and Klaus Sautter (Sautter Lift Components GmbH & Co. KG) coauthored the second paper on “old” technology. Titled “Innovative Drum Elevators — Minimal Drum Dimensions — Small Ropes,” the paper discussed the potential return of drum elevator machines. The new machines, designed to be lightweight, energy efficient and occupy minimal shaft space, could easily be placed in buildings that might not accommodate a typical machine-room-less (MRL) system. This proposed utility echoes the rationale behind the initial development of the electric drum machine in the 1890s. These machines were designed for use in older buildings that did not have sufficient space to accommodate late 19th-century hydraulic machines. Continued

Attendees at the Reichstag Building

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In contrast to these “old” technologies, the congress included a paper that presented a “new” vision for vertical transportation. Lars Hesselgren (PLP/Architecture) was the lead author of “The Future of Integrated Transport in the Digital Age,” coauthored with Doguscan Aladag (PLP/Architecture) and Rubert Cruise (Linear Motion Technologies Ltd.). The proposed design employed linear motors to drive “SkyPods” along a “digitally controlled transportation system.” The operational metaphor was an urban transportation system, with the Skypods moving in both directions along straight and curving tracks. This idea was also the subject of a paper presented in 2014 at Elevcon 20 (“The Articulated Funiculator”). And, it should be noted, it represents the revisioning of an over-100-year-old industry goal — the development of a continuous elevator system that flows seamlessly through a building. There were, of course, many other papers and presentations worthy of comment; however, it is not possible in a brief article to touch on all of the highlights of Elevcon 22. It is, however, important to note that the congress successfully fulfilled, as it has in the past, the critical goal of providing an excellent venue for conversations, networking and renewing old and making new friendships. Among the activities that facilitated these interactions were various social events, which included a late afternoon bus tour of Berlin, followed by dinner featuring excellent German food and, of course, good beer. Be sure to check www. for details on Elevcon 2020.


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An attractive installation on the streets of Berlin

Dr. Lee Gray is associate dean for the College of Architecture at the University of North CarolinaCharlotte with a specialty in architectural history. He is also curator of, created by ELEVATOR WORLD and an ELEVATOR WORLD correspondent.

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Fears of GST Power Misuse Allayed The NAA has dismissed a complaint against Schindler India.

by Yash Pandya When India’s Goods and Services Tax (GST) was implemented, the resulting situation could be described in one word: chaos. The ambiguity regarding norms and their applicability raised concerns that perhaps the implementation had been done in haste and that the deadline should have been extended by a few months, at least. With each passing day, the business community tried to find common ground, but each party would invariably have a different interpretation of the applicable rules. To provide consumers some peace of mind, the National Anti-Profiteering Authority (NAA) was conceptualized and initiated to ensure that certain members of the industry do not take undue advantage of the lack of clarity. Industry representatives, on the other hand, raised concerns that a pro-consumer mindset could be manipulated to unnecessarily harass them. As new complaints were filed, the question uppermost in everyone’s minds was, “Which way would the wind blow?” A year down the line, GST norms are much simpler and the NAA has ruled in favor of the industry, dismissing a complaint against Schindler India and thus allaying fears of power misuse. Here, we present perspectives on the ruling and its implications.


Parag Mehta, Partner, Accounting Firm N.A Shah Associates LLP


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“In a recent case, the complainant had filed a complaint against Schindler India. It was

alleged that they were charged tax twice, as Schindler charged the GST on the base price, plus an excise duty on the lift supplied to them. There was a bit of confusion, as material was dispatched on March 29, 2017 (pre GST), on payment of excise and installed on July 25, 2017 (post GST). The complainant was of the view that invoices raised after GST was introduced should be net of excise duty, and, hence, filed the application with the NAA on September 20, 2017. Subsequently, there was due clarity that if the lift had been dispatched on or after July 1, the benefit of excise duty would have been given to the complainant. On receiving clarification of the law, the complainant requested withdrawal of their application on March 28. “Per due process, however, the complaint was examined by the Standing Committee and subsequently referred to the director general of safeguards (DGSG). After proper investigation, the DGSG recommended the closure of proceedings to NAA. “NAA considered the DGSG report. The DGSG had passed a ruling that ‘since elevators were delivered to the firm before July 1, Schindler was liable to charge GST in respect of invoices dated July 2017 at the prevalent GST rate, as the installation was completed after July 2017.’ As GST had been correctly charged on value including excise, NAA ordered dropping of the proceedings, finding there was no violation of any law by Schindler. “Some of the recent rulings by NAA have helped set aside fears of misuse of power by the authority, as unbiased rulings have been given after understanding the business and legal position. The functioning of the NAA has been very systematic and without any undue

Arun Aggarwal, Managing Director, Apex Elevators Pvt. Ltd.


“This ruling by the NAA was fair, because Schindler India followed the norms applicable at that stage. The complainant seems to be unclear on the applicability of norms, and this reflects the scenario during the initial months, when confusion reigned. “Compared to the scenario that was prevailing then, today, the norms are much clearer, and ambiguities have been sorted out, to a large extent. GST and the NAA are no longer feared by the industry.”

Abhishek A. Rastogi, Partner, Law Firm Khaitan & Co.


“The power of the NAA is restricted to determining whether a supplier has extended the commensurate reduction in prices because of two factors, namely reduction in the rate of tax on supply and benefit on the input tax credits. Recent decisions from the NAA seem to indicate that, while these two factors may be relevant, they are not exclusive in ruling on anti-profiteering investigations. From the series of antiprofiteering decisions that have come out recently, it is evident that the NAA is inclined to take a pragmatic approach to investigations. “One needs to dive deeply into the basis of the conclusions drawn in the orders passed by the NAA. Anti-profiteering

authorities are required to statutorily restrict themselves to reduction in rates or benefits of input tax credits. In cases where factors other than these two were considered for giving a decision in favor of the respondents, such decisions may be subjected to a challenge before the appellate authority, as it can be argued that the decision is not strictly based on the two parameters prescribed under the law.”

Vishal Raheja, Deputy General Manager GST, Taxmann “In the case at hand, the applicant had entered into a contract for installation of an elevator before implementation of the GST and paid an advance sum to the contractor. The goods were delivered to the applicant before implementation of the GST, but installation work was completed after July 1, 2017. As the advance amount was received under the previous regime, the contractor raised the service-tax invoice. The contractor raised the final invoice for the differential sum after levying the GST. “The applicant was of the view that the contractor was in default, as it levied dual taxes and didn’t pass benefit after implementation of the GST under the anti-profiteering clause. Therefore, it filed an application before the NAA, which was subsequently withdrawn. “The applicant cited his incomplete understanding of the GST as reason for withdrawal of the application filed before the DGSG and NAA. NAA dropped the proceedings on the grounds that there was no substance in the claims made by the applicant in the earlier application.” Raheja

harassment to the industry. There is a general belief that NAA will also increase the confidence of consumers.”

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Codes & Standards

The World of International Standards A glimpse at the near future of vertical-transportation standards

by Dr. Gina Barney This list gives a glimpse of the future of elevator standards, which must surely be with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). While the U.S. is wedded to ASME A17, ISO is the future — if not for logical reasons, then for commercial reasons. Eventually, the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) standards will be absorbed by ISO. A17 has many good features, and that is why ISO 8100-3 is important, as this includes the A17/EN 81 differences. It is hoped that the best will emerge in 2023. The ISO 8100-8105 series of standards is continually changing and will replace most CEN standards after 2020. In the table (up to date as of this writing), some existing European Norms (EN) and ISO standards map across. Others are not yet decided. Thus, the last column is subject to change. Numbers not shown are kept free. “[?]” means “likely to be based on.” This PDF can be downloaded as a handy booklet here:

System of the ISO 8100-8105 Series of Standards Family of ISO 8100 Series of Standards 8100-1 8100-1

Safety requirements for passenger and goods passenger lifts

EN 81-20

8100-2 8100-2

Design rules, calculations, examinations and tests of lift components

EN 81-50

8100-3 8100-3

Regional differences (North America & Japan) for passenger and goods passenger lifts (elevators)

New Draft published

8100-4 8100-4

Firefighters lifts

Future [EN 81-72?]

8100-5 8100-5

New lifts in existing buildings

Future [EN 81-21?]

8100-6 8100-6

Future [EN 81-28?]

8100-7 8100-7

Control devices, signals and additional fittings

ISO 4190-5:2006 [Using EN 81-70]

8100-8 8100-8

Specific requirements for lifts in ships

ISO 8383?

8100-10 8100-10

System of ISO 8100-8105 series of standards

New Draft published

8100-11 8100-11

New (aka EN 81-11)

8100-20 8100-20

Global essential safety requirements (GESRs)

ISO/TS 22559-1:2014

8100-21 8100-21

Global safety parameters (GSPs) meeting the GESRs

ISO/TS 22559-2:2010

8100-22 8100-22

Prerequisites for certification of conformity of lift systems, lift components and lift functions within global conformity assessment procedures (GCAPs)

ISO/TS 22559-3:2011

8100-23 8100-23

Certification and accreditation requirements within GCAPs

ISO/TS 22559-4:2011

8100-24 8100-24

Convergence of safety requirements for lifts

ISO/TR 22559-5?

Remote alarm for passengers and goods passenger lifts

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8100-30 8100-30

Class I, II, III and VI lifts installation

Draft published [ISO 4190-1:2010]

Family of ISO 8104 SeriesFamily of Standardsof

8100-31 8100-31

Class IV lifts installation

ISO 4190-2:2001

8104-1 8104-1

Passengers and goods passenger lifts

Future [EN 81-80?]

8100-32 8100-32

Planning and selection of passenger lifts to be installed in residential buildings

Draft published [ISO 4190-6:1984]

8104-2 8104-2

Improvement of accessibility on existing passengers and goods passenger lifts

Future [EN 81-82?]

8100-33 8100-33

T-type guide rails for lift cars and counterweights

ISO 7465:2005

8100-34 8100-34

Measurement of lift ride quality

ISO 18738-1:2012

8104-3 8104-3

Improvement of vandal resistance on existing passengers and goods passenger lifts

Future [EN 81-83?]

8104-10 8104-10

Escalators & moving walks

Future [EN 115-2?]

8104-11 8104-11

Interpretations related to ISO 8104 series of standards


Family of ISO 8101 SeriesFamily of Standardsof

8101-1 8101-1

ISO 8101 Series of Standards

Requirements for lifts used to assist in building evacuation

ISO 8104 Series of Standards

ISO/TS 18870:2014

8101-10 8101-10

Comparison of worldwide safety standards on lifts for firefighters

ISO/TR 16765:2003

8101-11 8101-11

Interpretations related to ISO 8101 series of standards


8105-1 8105-1

Powered vertical lifting platforms for persons with impaired mobility

8101-12 8101-12

Study of the methods used for fire testing lift landing doors

ISO/TR 25742?

8105-2 8105-2

Powered stair lifts and inclined lifting platforms intended ISO 9386-2:2000 [EN 81-40?] for persons with impaired mobility

Study into the use of lifts for evacuation during an emergency


ISO/TR 25743:2010

8105-3 8105-3

Lifting appliances in wind turbines


8105-4 8105-4

Service lifts (Dumbwaiter)

Future [EN 81-3?]

8105-5 8105-5

Goods only lifts (Freight elevators)

Future [EN 81-31?]

8105-10 8105-10

Service lifts Class V installation



Interpretations related to ISO 8105 series of standards



Family of ISO 8102 SeriesFamily of Standards of

Family of ISO 8105 SeriesFamily of standardsof

ISO 8102 Series of Standards

8102-1 8102-1

Electromagnetic compatibility with regard to emission

Draft published [ISO 22199:2009]

8102-2 8102-2

Electromagnetic compatibility with regard to immunity

Draft published [ISO 22200:2009]

8102-5 8102-5

Programmable electronic systems in safety related applications on lifts (PESSRAL)

ISO 22201-1:2017

8102-6 8102-6

Programmable electronic systems in safety related applications on escalators and moving walks (PESSRAE)

ISO 22201-2:2013

8102-7 8102-7

Life cycle guideline for PESSRAL and PESSRAE

ISO 22201-3:2016

8102-11 8102-11

Interpretations related to ISO 8102 series of standards



Family of ISO 8103 Series of Standards

Family of ISO 8103 Series of Standards 8103-1 8103-1

Safety requirement

EN 115-1

8103-5 8103-5


ISO/TS 25740-1:2011

8103-6 8103-6

Safety parameters meeting the GESRs

ISO/TS 25740-2?

8103-8 8103-8

Building Dimensions for escalators

ISO 9589:1994

8103-9 8103-9

8103-11 8103-11


Measurement of ride quality

Interpretations related to ISO 8103 series of standards

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ISO 18738-2:2012


ISO 8105 Series of Standards ISO 9386-1:2000 [EN 81-41?]

Dr. Gina Barney leads Gina Barney Associates (, an independent U.K.-based vertical-transportation consultancy, and has served the industry for more than 50 years. She has been a member of British Standards Institution lift committees since 1992 and is a member of TC 178/WG 10, the international committee responsible for writing standards for the energy efficiency of lifts, and TC 178/WG 6/SG 5, responsible for lift planning. She is also technical editor of CIBSE Guide D and honorary English editor of Elevatori.

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Force-Measuring Sensor and App for NG Devices Dinacell Electrónica S.L., headquartered in Madrid, is introducing force-measurement tools designed to work with new-generation (NG) devices. The company began in 1994 with several load-cell products with applications in industries, including vertical transportation, cranes, silos, automotive manufacturing and cargo handling. Its products meet ESD and IPCŽ requirements. At Interlift, Dinacell showcased its terminal fixed-point sensor PF, which consists of a force transducer that works on compression from a fixed point on a cable tensioner. PF measures force in elevator traction cables, belts and ropes. It is available in three models: K300, K500 and K1000, corresponding to the recommended weight at which to use a force transducer. PF products are designed to work with NG, Wi-Fi connected mobile devices and laptops. These devices need Dinacell’s WRCT dongle to use an app (available in the Apple Store, Play Store or from to check measurements and enable the devices to

The PF model of devices was designed with accuracy and long product life in mind.


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Omega NG is most representative of Dinacell’s NG products.

calibrate and configure the control unit. The Wi-Fi dongle, a remote weight-monitoring and wire-rope tension equalization wizard for tablets, smartphones and laptops, is connected via USB. The device measures and monitors load in elevators, and up to 12 individual ropes can be connected. This enables one to view the unequal tension of the ropes, which can then be adjusted to the desired tension in just a few minutes. The most representative product of Dinacell’s NG series is Omega NG, a rope-tensioner kit that also provides information about the car weight and counterweight. Omega’s features vary by model. Dinacell observes: “Our products are versatile with high resistance and are available at very competitive prices. They are engineered with maximum accuracy, long life and load-device control unit compatibility via USB or wire connection. We are continuously collaborating with our business partners to improve quality and deliver maximum customer satisfaction.â€?   đ&#x;Œ?



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Product Spotlight

Systems, Services and Components Otis launches several products; Wittur concentrates on India.

Otis Launches Advanced Service Solutions, High-Rise Gen2 MRL and Escalator ❮

Otis launched two service-related products in May. First is its Otis ONE™ Internet of Things (IoT)-enabled intelligent service platform. The “connected elevator solution” is designed to personalize the service experience through real-time, transparent information sharing, proactive communication tools and predictive-maintenance insights. Otis explains its “insights” leverage data from more than 300,000 connected units to offer a more proactive service solution for customers. The combination of remote monitoring, cloud technology, machine learning and IoT also aims to provide customers, passengers and service teams with an entirely new, connected experience to offer real-time equipment health information. Otis President Judy Marks remarked: “Otis ONE digital tools provide real-time insights and integration with our customers’ systems so we can predict issues before they happen and minimize downtime. It’s about putting the latest technology and predictive equipment insights in the hands of our service professionals to enhance proactive service and strengthen our customer relationships. And it’s about building a service platform that’s sustainable and flexible enough to grow with the future of technology.”   Otis also debuted Signature Service®, its new service offering, which includes its efforts of equipping most of its 33,000 technicians with iPhones and a suite of service apps. Plans are to “continue until there’s a smartphone in each technician’s hands,” the company says. The program incorporates new digital technologies to “reimagine the customer-service experience.” Tony Black, Otis Service president, added, “It is powered by the investments we continue to make to ensure Otis is a seamless part of our customers’ daily journeys and digital touchpoints.” By combining the strengths of commitment and connectivity, the enhanced suite offers instant updates for customers to ensure their buildings are operating at peak efficiency. The company also launched its first high-rise Gen2® MRL elevator. The high-speed unit is intended for the global tallbuilding market. The new, faster machine-room-less (MRL) system


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is designed for buildings with a rise up to 150 m, or 50 floors. Its maximum speed of 3.5 mps makes it the fastest Gen2 model and uses the same steel-coated, flat-belt technology (designed to save space and energy) as the others in the series, which has sold more than 700,000 units. The new model will be offered with the Otis Ambiance package of aesthetic options, which combine to offer more than 400,000 possible combinations of textures, colors, lighting and materials. It will also be available with Otis eView™, eCall™ and CompassPlus® connected technologies, in addition to the smaller, energy-efficient ReGen™ drive. Finally, Otis introduced an enhanced global escalator product, the Link™ commercial escalator that offers upgrades on quality, safety and reliability. As “the result of multidiscipline teams of product experts, engineers and operations leads from around the globe working together,” the escalators are designed to complement customers’ unique requirements in any commercial space, whether retail or office, with a compact footprint, elegant aesthetics and sustainable design elements. Also sporting ReGen drives, Link escalators use 60% less energy compared to escalators without regenerative drives and consume 98% less oil compared to manual lubrication systems. Also, 90% of the materials used to make them can be recycled. A new diagnostic tool, Otis’ proprietary Dr. Step™, allows mechanics to quickly diagnose escalator deterioration and assess their performance and quality during a routine service visit. Lastly, an advanced electronic safety system activates brakes quickly and consistently when it detects an issue.

Otis ONE also has a “Campus View,” enabling instant viewing of a customer’s entire connected Otis portfolio.

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The Wittur Group has released CORE, a new elevator door intended for the Indian elevator market and its fast growth, which it attributes to the government’s push to increase the supply of apartments for the rising middle class. Suitable for residential and office elevators installed in low-rise buildings, CORE was designed with a global approach in mind, incorporating technologies for maximum safety, quality and reliability, combined with attention to local requirements and needs. Its panels can be rapidly adjusted on three directional axes. The new door and its subcomponents are certified according to international standards, including EN 81-20/-50 and available in fire-rated execution. It will be available in two-panel, center-opening configuration in 800 X 2,100 mm, 900 X 2,100 mm and 1,000 X 2,100 mm. Already sold in Eurasia, the product is now available across India and is manufactured in Wittur’s Tamil Nadu plant. Wittur’s plans are that, by the end of the year, the CORE MD (Mid-Duty) door series will complement it. The CORE MD is intended for goods and mid-duty elevators in low-rise buildings. The products’ similarities make them interchangeable and interconnectable, to the point they can be installed in the same shaft.   đ&#x;Œ?

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