Benefits of consistent maintenance for elevators.
We use elevators every day several times and most of us don’t even think about how safe they are. But we continue using it because we know, also we are sure that someone is dealing with security issues and elevators are safer than motor vehicles. So what ensures elevator safety? There are some important factors that make them safe.
Elevator safety depends on two main issues;
- Building/constructing a perfect elevator,
- A consistent maintenance schedule.
The building or construction of a flawless, perfect elevator system is the first step of safety. As we know that elevators are complete systems that require a perfect design. This design should include all the necessary calculations, define all the needs, all the sub-systems and parts of the elevator should meet the international standards, and finally, the installation of the elevator should be perfect that leave no space to mistake. This way we will have an impeccable elevator system that provides the first step of safety.
Then the second step which is a long-term one will begin. Consistent maintenance. Today our topic will be about this step; maintenance. First, we will discuss the responsibility of elevator maintenance.
The Responsibility of Elevator Maintenance
The design and construction of an elevator system are very important and competent companies can achieve these. ISF Elevator Company, for example, is one of the best elevator design company with so many years of experience. But when the system is installed and handed to the users as operational, the maintenance process begins. But who will be responsible? Who will keep them operative and safe? This is complicated most of the time.
In most cases, and also according to the regulations, all the buildings have managements that direct the buildings. They are responsible for all kinds of systems in a building. There are competent and experienced companies that give regular maintenance services. The management of the buildings have a contract with them and arrange a schedule of maintenance.
When we come to this topic, the maintenance of the elevators should be pro-active. Just like keeping a car or vehicle operational, there is a regular maintenance process, elevators should have also these kinds of processes in order to keep them operative. As you change old tires and oil of your car, old consumable materials like oil should also be replaced regularly. And the building managers or managements are responsible to follow and provide for the consistent maintenance.
The Long-Term Work of Maintenance
As we mentioned before, there are some strict regulations about the consistent maintenance of the elevators. “EN 81-80 Safety rules for the construction and installation of lifts. Existing lifts. Rules for the Improvement of Safety of Existing Passenger and Goods Lifts” is the main ruler document of the elevator maintenance. The frequency of maintenance of the elevators is affected by the factors of:
- Age of the elevator,
- The type of the elevator,
- The purpose and details of the usage,
- Operational zone,
- The effects of weather conditions,
- The average daily load of the elevator,
and so many other factors.
The benefit of consistent maintenance comes from it’s nature. When technical personnel regularly inspect the elevator system, equipment, and components, they can detect the problems before they occur and take the required actions. Examining, lubricating, cleaning, and adjusting the equipment are pro-active measures that provide the system to work safely. This system is named the preventive maintenance of the lifts. This system may seem more expensive because you don’t wait for a failure to occur, but in the long term, you happen to prevent more serious problems and save more when compared to big repair costs.
How to Maintain Elevators Effectively
At this point, the situation is about the quality of maintenance. Who will make the maintenance? Most of the time, the management of the buildings sign a yearly (or maybe 5 years of period) contract with maintenance companies. And these companies regularly perform the maintenance work. But the management rarely knows about the technical issues of maintenance. And if the managers try to make the work done as cheap as possible, the companies may deceive them by taking money but not having the necessary actions. So, the managers should be careful and find a competent and expert company to do the job.
The company should prepare an effective Maintenance Control Plan (MCP) for the elevator systems. Most of the time these MCP’s are general and hard to follow. The managers should provide the firms to prepare a detailed MCP and follow the actions according to it. The MCP should determine the frequency and detailed works of the maintenance. The MCP should also consider the plans and maintenance advice of the manufacturing company.
In the end, we can say that the owners or the managers of the buildings are the owners of elevator systems. They should follow the necessary actions, closely monitor the maintenance and modernization, if necessary, plans and provide the systems’ safety. The best way to achieve this is to find an expert and competent company to do this.
ISF Elevator Company is an experienced and competent company that designs perfect complete elevator systems. You can always reach us for any questions and assistance. Our experienced personnel is always ready and eager to guide you about your needs.