COMB PLATE IMPACT AND ESCALATOR SAFETY

Is it comb plate or combplate? It seems the industry can’t make up its mind on this term. You’ll find it listed both ways across the industry, and even listed both ways in the same document!

Regardless, the comb plate impact device is a very important safety feature of an escalator, and has been required per ASME A17.1 Safety Code since the early 1990’s. Detection of either vertical or horizontal movement in a comb plate is vital for the safety of the riding public.

KONE Spares has two different upgrades for this device, and a tool to make sure this feature is adjusted properly — no matter what brand or model escalator you’re working on.

For older Montgomery HR Series escalators which don’t have the comb plate impact safety feature, we have a kit to add it to the escalator: Comb Plate Impact Device Upgrade for Montgomery HR Series Escalators

For Montgomery HR Series escalators which do have the comb plate impact device feature, we have a reliability upgrade: Escalator Comb Plate Impact Device Spring Reliability Upgrade

And if you’re working on any escalator with a comb plate impact safety device feature, we have this tool to help you adjust it to proper spec: Escalator Comb Plate Impact Fixture Test Kit

We can’t stress enough the importance of a working, properly adjusted comb plate impact safety system on an escalator. The health and well-being of the riding public depends on it.

HOLIDAY NEWSLETTERS 2019

Click the pictures below to see each person’s holiday newsletter for 2019.

Meghan Ludin
Sales Rep and Team Lead
Natalie Twigg
Senior Sales Rep
Angie Boynton
Sales Rep
Jessica Gross
Senior Sales Rep
Laura Hotle
Sales Rep
Kelly O’Neill
Sales Rep
Kelly Oberhardt
Sales Manager, Americas
Jerry Davis
Digital Marketing Manager
Holly Nomura
Sales Coordinator

ER-1225 and ER-825 Permanent Magnet Spline Brake Upgrades for Montgomery HR Series Escalators

All maintenance providers that service Montgomery HR Series escalators are encouraged to replace existing ER-1225 and ER-825 pin drive brakes with the recently developed spline brake replacements.

  • More Robust
  • More Reliable
  • Longer Lasting
  • Vibration Resistant 
  • Interchangeable in Form, Fit, and Function
  • Available With or Without Sensors

The permanent magnet spline brake is designed to gradually stop the escalator and hold it stationary under full load. This brake includes a closed-loop brake circuit within a solid state and/or microprocessor controller and is designed to meet current ASME – A17.1 Code deceleration rate requirements, and operates in conjunction with a velocity feedback encoder and/or tachometer.


The component parts of the spline and pin armatures are considered interchangeable in form, fit and function; therefore the existing tachometer and/or encoder and brake control system may be reused. The brake voltage must be adjusted per the installation instruction to achieve the proper armature setting.


Both the ER-1225 12″ Spline Brake and the ER-825 8″ Spline Brake are available with or without sensors.

KONE SPARES PRESENTS AT CHICAGO ELEVATOR ASSOCIATION

Our very own Mario Jones and Jessica Gross recently had the pleasure of presenting at the October 3rd meeting of the Chicago Elevator Association (CEA) in Oak Brook, IL. The CEA was founded in 1911, and is the industry’s longest running elevator association.

As a participant of CEA, KONE Spares has the opportunity to network with Chicagoland service companies and other suppliers. The CEA’s monthly meetings provide the opportunity to hear informative industry news and listen to guest speakers from all over the industry.

At the October 3rd meeting Mario Jones gave a presentation on Life Cycle Management, and the KONE Spares process for supporting products even after components have become obsoleted. The highlight of the presentation was a discussion of Miprom 21 upgrades and the new Safety Upgrade solution that the LCM team has developed for KONE Spares, and how the KONE Spares sales team plans to support these initiatives. Mario was also able to assure the group that Miprom 21 will continue to be supported for some time.

KONE SPARES LED DEMARCATION LIGHTS

These Made in USA escalator step demarcation lights are CSA-Certified for compliance with CSA-B44.1 / ASME-A17.5 codes. Note: a UL rating alone is not code compliant. These demarcation lights are fully compliant.

For more information, you can download literature on this product from this page: KONE Spares LED Demarcation Lights

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!