Continuing our week of highlighting safety, today we want to shine our spotlight on our Escalator Comb Plate Impact Fixture Test Kit.
The adjustment of the combplate impact switches on all escalators is important in order to ensure safe and reliable operation of the equipment. This tool has been designed to make the adjustment and calibration process easier, and accurate.
This leads directly to greater safety for the riding public.
Every year claims are filed due to improperly barricaded escalators and walks.
People are getting hurt, some badly, and it’s usually out of a simple misconception that escalators can be turned off and used as a stationary stairway.
These incidents, injuries, and subsequent medical claims — and associated costs — can be prevented by simply barricading the ends of any unit you take out of service.
There are times when a customer will specifically request to take an escalator out of service and leave it unbarricaded to be used as stairs. We strongly recommend you take this opportunity to educate them on the dangers and liability involved, and also to let them know it is a code requirement that all units taken out of service must be barricaded. Escalators were not designed to be used as stationary stairways. Any property which turns off an escalator and leaves it unbarricaded for the public to use as a stairway is putting that public in danger.
We can’t stress this enough: Please make sure that you never leave a job site unless you’re sure all out of service units are properly and safely barricaded.
If you’re in need of a heavy duty, extra large safety barricade, we’ve got what we consider the best (and safest) in the industry:
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.
KONE Spares has a simple but important tool for determining wear on a step chain sprocket, an important step to complete before you install a new chain. Our own Meghan Ludin explains more in this video:
Continuing our week of highlighting safety, today we want to introduce you to something we designed for ourselves, and now provide to the industry.
This is our Lift Aide system, which we developed to prevent strains or injury when lifting heavy escalator controllers in or out of escalator pits. The Lift Aide is certified with a lift capacity of 200 pounds, providing an easier means of removing heavy controllers for escalator servicing.
How does it work? A support bracket is permanently installed inside the escalator pit. The Lift-Aide easily slides into this support bracket, providing a safe and almost effortless means of lifting the controller out for service.
Extra brackets and hardware are available, so you can install them into all of the difficult units you have in service. That way only one Lift Aide is needed, as it can easily be moved from unit to unit.
A product we introduced for safety, we highly recommend using one of these maximum load determinators to test any unrated or questionable hoist points to make sure it will handle the load you intend to lift.
What is so special about splitting flat elevator cable?
The need for safety.
When the elevator industry began to use flat traveling cables, the task of stripping the PVC cable jacket introduced the need for customized tools.
In the interest of safety, KONE Spares engineers designed a special cable splitter for flat cables that both increased safety and made it much easier to cut the jacket and get to undamaged wires inside.
For added safety, always wear cut-resistant gloves when using any cable splitting device.