News

Closure of Northern Elevator

ThyssenKrupp North America has announced that their Canadian factory, where they produced "Northern" elevator systems, will be closed by the summer of 2016.  We presume that this will be the end of the Northern product line, including Normic 3200 elevator controls...

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OHSA Elevator Guarding Issue Rears its Ugly Head Again

Court Bulletin Property Company Fined $50,000 After Worker Suffers Injuries to Hands June 5, 2015 3:40 PM Ministry of Labour TORONTO, ON - Oxford Properties Group Inc., a large owner of properties with holdings throughout Canada, has pleaded guilty to violating...

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Some Contractors Are Doing Just Great!

From an email received today from a customer regarding an independent (not a multinational) elevator contractor: I am writing to let you know how great the elevator company is. They were friendly, respectful, professional, and very industrious. I can’t give enough...

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Elevator Modernizations and Existing Contracts for Maintenance

Below is our message to a client describing a situation we encounter often - the incumbent maintenance contractor insists on the balance of contract term, even though modernization is planned.   Dear [client], With regard to our conversation today about [incumbent...

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MCP – Maintenance Control Plan – Confusion!

In Ontario, the elevator safety authority (TSSA) has implemented new rules requiring all elevator installations to have an associated maintenance control plan (MCP).  The essence of their intent is that detailed requirements for safe maintenance of elevators should be...

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Elevators and Proprietary Systems

It has come to our attention recently that one major manufacturer of elevator control systems is offering "software updates" to installations that have been lost to competing maintenance contractors. Elevator owners should decline this offer, as the software update in...

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