In-Building Guidance System

Mitsubishi Electric now offers an in-building guidance system that uses illuminated projections to provide building visitors with directions and detailed elevator status information. The system guides visitors to elevators, restrooms and other building facilities via large illuminations projected onto floors and walls. For each elevator, the current floor location and level of congestion are displayed on the outer doors. A wheelchair-passenger indicator alerts people waiting outside the elevator to begin making room so the passenger can exit easily. The product’s standardization is in accordance with Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology.

New High-Range Gearbox

Alberto Sassi Spain has introduced its S48, its most modern gearbox and the evolution of the MF48. This upper-range gearbox meets the annex to EN 81-1/2 Amendment 3 and offers more than 90% efficiency. With up to a 3400-kg static load, the product is equipped with a constant-heat-dissipation electrical motor, advanced materials and the last-generation brake disposal on the main shaft.

Servogearless Traction Machine Range

The Wittur Group has announced the global launch of its new range of servogearless traction machines: WSG-SF. EN 81-20/-50 certified, the new series is replacing Wittur’s S0.x and WSG-S1.x, intended for the low-rise segment, and available in four versions, according to different rated loads:

  • WSG-SF.1: up to 375 kg
  • WSG-SF.2: up to 500 kg
  • WSG-SF.3: up to 750 kg
  • WSG-SF.4: up to 1250 kg

The WSG-SF solid design includes a nodular-graphite cast-iron housing, free-flying traction sheave and sealed bearings that allow a 26-kN shaft load over the whole range. Other features are:

  • Synchronous 16-pole motor with high-efficiency permanent magnets
  • Various electrical options regarding speed, voltage and feedback system
  • Electromagnetic dual-circuit safety brakes with optional manual brake release
  • Optical absolute encoder
  • Various available traction sheave options and drive package with specific inverter
  • Can also be used as a solution for unintended car movement

New Generation of Position Switches

Schmersal Group has launched its PS product range, a new generation of position switches that offers varied applications thanks to modular design. All the switches can be used both as complete devices, and as modular units. Their modular design with consistent components across all models reduces the number of variants, reduces storage costs and increases availability, said the company. All the position switches in the PS116, PS2xx and PS3xx ranges can be chosen both as complete switches with actuating elements, or as basic switches. Depending on the application, the basic switches can be combined with the necessary actuating element, which can be selected from a range of possible versions. All actuating elements can be rotated in 45° increments, allowing adjustment to the defined direction of motion at any time.The connection terminals are also rotated 45°, which can make connection and installation easier.Switching elements with up to three contacts guarantee a redundant shutdown with an additional signal contact.

Cloud-Connected Controller

Schmersal Böhnke + Partner has introduced its first-ever cloud solution. It enables the company’s lift control units to transfer data and status information for lift systems via a gateway into the cloud using nonproprietary software. Real-time data is displayed on a standard browser and made accessible to the user via a secure virtual private network connection. The company states it enables errors to be rectified and emergency services to be deployed quicker. Furthermore, the Industry 4.0 solution allows lift operators to receive location - independent access to all lift systems over the Internet using an interface designed especially for the lift application.Data include door status, and information on unscheduled stops and faults.It also provides access to a range of statistical data, including a trip counter, total operating hours and temperature.These data are intended to be used for preventive maintenance and offer increased flexibility when planning the mobile deployment of service teams.

Pluggable Terminal Blocks

Dinkle International has announced pluggable terminal blocks, a series of products with a patented push-in design for connecting wires to terminal blocks. Each is composed of a plug and mating socket, the latter of which is usually attached to a printed circuit board by pins. The plug fits into the socket, and the wires connect to the socket via the push-in design. The company says the design improves upon traditional screw terminals in terms of efficiency, ease of use and space savings. Sizes and ratings include pitch variance(2.54 - 6.35 mm), wire sizes(30 - 16 to 24 - 12 AWG), current(5 - 8 A at 150 VAC, 8 - 16 A at 300 VAC and 20 amps at 600 VAC) and connection methods(unpatented V - type spring or patented S - Cage single, double and rail type).Customization services include label printing, and color combinations.An LED at each connection point is on when current is flowing through the wire, with LED light pipes integral to the terminal - block assemblies to ensure each is clearly visible.This indication provides quick visual confirmation of active connections and can aid troubleshooting.

New Escalator Series

Hitachi has announced that it is pursuing “a universal design from various perspectives” with its VX Series escalator. Features include an ergonomically recognized superimposed curve escort line, making the handrail shaped so it can be held naturally. It also incorporates a sensor that detects the walking speed of the user and automatically reduces the operation speed. The variable-speed drive system can situationally set the operation speed to an easy-to-board speed. The four sides of the step tread are colorized by yellow fluorescence, and the combplate’s gentle slope supports smooth entry and exit.Additionally, an electroluminescent device guides exit and entry.A flashing LED combplate signal alerts users of the entry and exit positions.

Manual Swing Door Monitoring Device

Rolls Elevator has released a new version of the Fail Safe Safety Guard (FSSG), the FSSG.sw. Intended for manual swing doors, it can detect a bypass of landing doors’ contact circuits at the controller terminal. Any attempt to bypass or short the door contact circuit will result in elevator shutdown by switching it to inspection mode. This feature is in addition to existing FSSG capability to detect any bypass placed on any door lock or car gate switch at any floor.