uniform safety standards
The adoption of the ASME A17.7/CSA B44.7 Performance-based safety code for elevators and escalators is one way a jurisdiction can ensure that new technology is introduced while maintaining safety for the riding public and elevator personnel.
forward thinking regulation
As new, more sustainable technologies continue to be introduced for our growing urban centers, laws and regulations are continuously updated to keep pace with building requirements. NEII promotes consistent and fair implementation that creates a strong business environment.
better products benefit everyone
Sophisticated innovation in the building industry means better products for both builders and the riding public. As technology improves, so does safety. As such, better products benefit all stakeholders.
Dennis VAN milligen
NEII VP OF CODES & SAFETY
- DESTINATION DISPATCH
- MACHINE ROOM-LESS ELEVATORS
- REGENERATIVE DRIVES
Elevator manufacturers have innovated efficient and intelligent solutions for getting people where they need to go with less energy and time. In general, destination dispatching systems load elevator passengers according to their destination, which moves people faster, reduces energy consumption, and improves a building’s security and function for tenants. This developing innovation enhances a rider’s experience by offering intuitive controls that users of modern mobile technology have come to expect while reducing average travel times by about 30%.
machine room-less elevators
Introduced in the U.S. market in the 1990’s, Machine Room-Less (MRL) elevators are the result of a reduction in the size of components, such as permanent magnet motors, which allows the machine to be located in the elevator hoist way. By eliminating the need for a machine room, buildings can be designed with greater flexibility and more leasable space. Additional benefits include energy savings, superior performance and ride quality. MRLs are now considered the industry-standard for low and mid-rise buildings serving up to 20 floors.
The building transportation industry has introduced energy efficient dispatch systems, modern suspension means, high efficiency motors and regenerative drives, the building transportation industry is implementing sustainable design into the elevator and escalator technology that moves billions of people every day.
Regenerative drives represent one of the most significant innovations in the latest generation of energy-efficient elevator technology. With a regenerative drive, the power that isn’t used when an elevator goes up with a light load and down with a heavy load is captured and the generated heat is converted into reusable energy for the building. Similarly, when power flows into the elevator motor, it creates a lifting torque on the shaft and elevator sheave, lifting the cab. When the cab travels down, the motor acts as a generator, transforming mechanical power into electrical power and pumping current back into the facility's electrical grid where it can be reused by another elevator or to power other electrical loads. Over time these small amounts of power generated during the deceleration of each elevator add up to noticeable savings.