Preparing Your Elevator for a Hurricane

It’s hurricane season again, so we’re keeping this checklist up at the top of our blog. Let’s all make sure to stay safe, and if you need us, we’re here for you.

So, on to the hurricane preparedness list…

BEFORE THE HURRICANE

  • Check all sump pumps, float switches and alarms in elevator pits.
  • Close up all vents and openings in top of hoistway and machine room to prevent water from entering.
  • If elevators open to the outside, place sandbags along the bottom of hoistway doors. Since this makes the elevator unusable, do this just before shutting down the elevator.

DURING THE HURRICANE

  • Run elevators to the top floor of hoistway and pull the main breaker in the elevator machine room (not in the building’s main breaker room).
  • Park elevators with doors closed.
  • Do not operate elevators during the hurricane.

AFTER THE HURRICANE

  • Inspect the elevator pit, cab and machine room for any water. Do not energize main line breaker if water is found.
  • If water is found, call your elevator service provider immediately!
  • Do not attempt to start elevator if power is out – call your electric company

Even with the proper preparations, hurricanes often cause power outages and surges that can stop elevators between floors and entrap passengers, and worse, knock out the emergency communication system. Be aware that people may be trapped in elevators with no way to call for help. We can’t state this strongly enough: never try to exit, or attempt to help others exit, a stalled elevator without trained professional rescue workers on hand.

NAEC 2019 WAS “GRAND”!

It was wonderful seeing all our old and new friends in Grand Rapids last week. For those of you who couldn’t make it, here is a recap of events and the excellent products showcased! We had some new things to share, some great giveaways, and had tons of fun.

Here’s a sample of the visitors at our booth. Many were old friends, but there were some new faces. Are YOU in one of these photos?

(Make sure to check out the video at the bottom!)

Among the products featured was was our total upgrade for Montgomery HR Escalators, including a new microprocessor controller.

Also featured was our new ensemble of escalator upgrades that we call our Engineered Escalator Solutions.

More information is available on the website about the Static Discharge Roller Assembly, the Step Chain Sprocket Evaluation Kit, the Bright Brush, the new Yellow Avert Brush, and the Slimline Power Stop. More information coming soon…

Another exciting introduction is a custom upgrade board that will allow endless customizable options for the KONE Signalization System:

Besides the show, we hosted a Peddle Pub Cruiser Industry Networking Event. Lots of good conversations, good times, and FUN. We’re seriously thinking of doing it again next year at NAEC 2020 in Houston. Interested? Let us know!

HONORED TO HAVE AGAIN WON 1ST PLACE

Last year at this time we were thrilled to announce that were the 1st Place Winner for Best Supplier – Other in Elevator World’s inaugural Ellies Awards.

This year we’re even more thrilled to announce that we again the 1st Place Winner for Best Supplier – Other in Elevator World’s 2nd Annual Ellies Awards.

We want to thank everyone who voted for us! Once again we’d like to say are honored to be among the ranks of such fine North American elevator and escalator industry businesses who go above and beyond for their customers, employees, communities, and the industry as a whole.

KONE SPARES NOMINATED FOR ELLIES AWARD – Voting Ends Saturday

We are excited to have been nominated for Elevator World’s second annual Ellies Award program in the category of “Best Supplier – Other,” and are honored to be among the ranks of such fine North American elevator and escalator industry businesses who go above and beyond for their customers, employees, communities, and the industry as a whole.

Voting ends Saturday, August 31, so if you’d like to vote for us please click or tap the link below, then look for KONE Spares under “Best Supplier – Other.“ You can vote more than once, but only once a day.

Thank you for your support!

NAEC 2019: What’s In Grand Rapids?

While we’re all looking forward to a great convention, seeing old friends, and making new ones … another fun part of going to these events is exploring the surrounding area.

In the past, Grand Rapids was primarily known for being “America’s Furniture Capital.” Some of the best and most popular home and office furniture shipped from this area. But now it is becoming known for something entirely different:

BEER

There are so many world class breweries in Grand Rapids that in just a two mile radius around the NAEC Convention there are 13 of them. And for your brew sampling enjoyment we’re going to list them all here:

BreweryYelp RatingWalking Distance from Event
Atwater Grand 3.55 minutes or 0.3 miles
B.O.B.’s Brewery46 minutes or 0.3 miles
Grand Rapids Brewing Co3.58 minutes or 0.4 miles
HopCat Grand Rapids49 minutes or 0.4 miles
New Holland The Knickerbocker3.512 minutes or 0.6 miles
Fountain Hill BreweryNA12 minutes or 0.7 miles
Jolly Pumpkin Pizzeria & Brewery413 minutes or 0.6 miles
Founders Brewing Co.414 minutes or 0.7 miles
City Built Brewing415 minutes or 0.8 miles
Harmony Hall417 minutes or 0.8 miles
The Mitten Brewing Co.4.534 minutes or 1.7 miles
Elk Brewing – Grand Rapids3.535 minutes or 1.6 miles
Creston Brewery437 minutes or 1.8 miles

Of course there is more to Grand Rapids than beer. There are fantastic world-class museums, art galleries, and food. And when it comes to food, we have you covered:

Forty Pearl
40 Pearl St NW #110
(616) 608-7741

Mention NAEC for a complimentary appetizer of either Smoked Whitefish Dip or Truffle Fries.

House of Wine
53 Monroe Center St NW
(616) 443-1758

Show NAEC credentials for 15% off your bill.

Uccello’s Ristorante
122 Monroe Center St NW
(616) 773-1687

Mention KONE Spares and receive a free order of Pizza Puffs with a purchase. (Limit one per guest, purchase required). 

Before you go exploring Grand Rapids, make sure you stop by Booth 515 and and pick up one of our bouncy beer pints so that even if you spill your brew you won’t break your glass.

Hope to see you there! Cheers!

LAST CALL – FREE REGISTRATION ENDS TODAY, Friday August 23 2019

Click the image to register.

Today is the last day you can use our link to get free registration to NAEC 2019. So even if you are only contemplating going to this event, register now while it’s free.

Don’t wait! NAEC free registration offer expires in:

Is it time to clean down that escalator?

Yes. It’s time to start scheduling escalator cleandowns.

Escalators, moving walks, and their components should be cleaned periodically to prevent accumulations of dirt, grit, lubricants, and all the candy wrappers, lollipop sticks, bottle caps, and other weird stuff that somehow makes its way into the inner workings of the machine.

Sure, it’s a dirty job, but you know what they say: Someone’s got to do it. The good news is we do what we can to make it quicker and easier.

First of all, remember the barricade. Keep yourself and the public safe. If your current ones are falling apart, which they oft seem to do, give ours a try. They’re going to be some of the best built, sturdiest, and long lasting barricades you can get:

· KONE Spares Maintenance Barrier »

Cleaners, wax, pit pads, rags … we have you covered. These are the basics you can’t do without:

· US63043 Concentrated Cleaner, Case (4 gal) »
· USP23307 Handrail Cleaner, “Q”, Case (12 qt) »
· USP23277 Handrail Wax, Case (12 qt) »
· US514660 Pit Pads to absorb oil, Qty 100 »
· US500000010 Rags, 10lb Bag »

You know what else comes in handy? An Escalator Cleandown Vacuum:

· KM50030715H01 Portable Handheld Vacuum »

How about a specially designed oiler to make lubrication fast and easy? We have you covered there, too:

· US521157 OIL-EE Chain Oiler »

We’ve had great feedback from the field on the OIL-EE. It allows oiling of step chains from outside the escalator pit – saving time and messy clean-up. Features include:

· Heavy duty 2 gallon polyethylene sprayer
· 45″ long heavy duty brass wand with replaceable oil brush
· Heavy duty trigger handle with lock
· Oil flow regulator valve
· 56″ heavy duty fuel line hose
· Retractable, sealed PVC brush cover with cap to limit oil dripping after use

Remember, scheduled escalator clean downs will, in the long run, save time and money, and also give an opportunity to discover problems that can be addressed before they become safety issues — or an even bigger problem.