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…
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.
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!
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.
We’re taking Labor Day off, and hope you are as well. Have a safe, happy, and fun Labor Day weekend!
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!
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:
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:
|Brewery||Yelp Rating||Walking Distance from Event|
|Atwater Grand||3.5||5 minutes or 0.3 miles|
|B.O.B.’s Brewery||4||6 minutes or 0.3 miles|
|Grand Rapids Brewing Co||3.5||8 minutes or 0.4 miles|
|HopCat Grand Rapids||4||9 minutes or 0.4 miles|
|New Holland The Knickerbocker||3.5||12 minutes or 0.6 miles|
|Fountain Hill Brewery||NA||12 minutes or 0.7 miles|
|Jolly Pumpkin Pizzeria & Brewery||4||13 minutes or 0.6 miles|
|Founders Brewing Co.||4||14 minutes or 0.7 miles|
|City Built Brewing||4||15 minutes or 0.8 miles|
|Harmony Hall||4||17 minutes or 0.8 miles|
|The Mitten Brewing Co.||4.5||34 minutes or 1.7 miles|
|Elk Brewing – Grand Rapids||3.5||35 minutes or 1.6 miles|
|Creston Brewery||4||37 minutes or 1.8 miles|
40 Pearl St NW #110
Mention NAEC for a complimentary appetizer of either Smoked Whitefish Dip or Truffle Fries.
House of Wine
53 Monroe Center St NW
Show NAEC credentials for 15% off your bill.
122 Monroe Center St NW
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!
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.
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:
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:
How about a specially designed oiler to make lubrication fast and easy? We have you covered there, too:
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.