This morning, the new passenger elevator at the PATCO Station location on Ferry Avenue, Camden, New Jersey will be placed into service for riders. The elevator is part of a three-car project for the transit system’s accessibility improvements.
Elevator construction at Ferry Avenue began earlier this year in conjunction with AP Construction (Blackwood, New Jersey). The new elevator meets PATCO’s high-standard for quality, reliable equipment. Hydraulics for the new system were supplied by American Crescent Elevator Manufacturing Corporation (Picayune, Mississippi). The stainless steel and glass cabs were provided by Gunderlin, Ltd., Inc. (Hialeah, Florida). Innovation Industries, Inc. (Russellville, Arkansas) provided signal fixtures and the elevator controls were manufactured by Virginia Controls (Richmond, Virginia). FEDERAL ELEVATOR, INC. would like to thank our vendors for their support throughout this portion of the project. Here is a look at the finished equipment, shortly before Final Inspection.
The current project with PATCO has two cars remaining at the 9th/10th & Locust Street Station in Philadelphia, PA. We’ll provide more updates shortly.
A sneak peak from Friday’s successful Acceptance Test at the Ferry Avenue PATCO Station in Camden, New Jersey. The elevator will be turned over for passenger use on Monday, April 22, 2013.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, FEDERAL ELEVATOR, INC. would like to provide our customers with the following update:
1. 100% of our Commerical and Residential maintenance/repair technicians are able to be dispatched and have resumed service to our customers. While we are pleased to have resumed “normal” operations, please note that as conditions vary throughout the State, our response times may not be normal as additional factor may need to be considered before dispatching.
2. Our Brick, New Jersey office remains without power; however we are fully operational in our Bristol, PA and Durham, NC locations. Thankfully, we have not sustained any damage or loss at this location. Currently our phones are forwarded to Rich, Jr. at Durham, NC location. Currently, both Rich, Sr. and Leslie have limited email access. Any emails regarding immediate attention, should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org . Please continue to make all requests for service as normal, through our main phone number. Should you place a service call not receive a call back within fifteen minutes, we ask that you please call back.
3. Should you have any doubts regarding the safety and functionality of your equipment, please contact our office.
Facilities Net provides building managers and owners cost-saving tips, new and education. In this article, they discuss the importance of quality elevator maintenance.
United Drilling, Inc. is at 9th/10th & Locust Sts. in Philadelphia today drilling the cylinder hole for the first of three passengers elevators we will be installing for PATCO stations.
We will be installing three hydraulic elevators for PATCO at two stations on their service line in the upcoming months. A pair of elevators will be installed at the 9th/10th Street and Locust Station in Philadelphia and at the Ferry Avenue, Camden, New Jersey station. The PATCO projects will be performed with AP Construction (Blackwood, New Jersey) using a variety of elevator equipment manufacturers.
We are excited to get this project underway! Be sure to check back for updates on progress.
The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission has recalled approximately 670 residential elevators due to a fall hazard.
In their September 20, 2012 report, the US CPSC has recalled ThyssenKrupp Access residential elevators due to doors unlocking and opening at a landing with no elevator present. This situation will expose the elevator shaft and poses a fall hazard. The affected models include LEV II, Volant, and Rise systems.
The devices were installed in residences with three or more floors and sold between December 2012 and August 2012. Elevators with “E3″ or “E8″ error codes are advised to stop using the equipment immediately.
While dealers are contacting affected consumers, ThyssenKrupp Access can be contacted at 800-925-3100.
At this time, no injuries have been reported.
FEDERAL ELEVATOR, INC. is pleased to announce the addition of two new major construction projects for the near future in the Philadelphia area. Construction of four elevators, in three locations, will take place in the upcoming months.
Three hydraulic passenger elevators will be installed for PATCO at two stations on their service line. A pair of elevators will be installed at the 9th/10th Street and Locust Station in Philadelphia. This project will provide a new means of handicapped access to the station, easing travel conditions for their passengers. FEDERAL ELEVATOR, INC. will also be installing a third device for PATCO at the Ferry Avenue, Camden, New Jersey station. The PATCO projects will be performed with AP Construction (Blackwood, New Jersey) using a variety of elevator equipment manufacturers.
A fourth device will be installed as part of the renovation of Philadelphia’s underground Franklin Court Museum. FEDERAL ELEVATOR, INC. will be teaming with Daniel J. Keating Company (Narbeth, PA) for the project. The installation will take place during major renovation of the museum which will include new exhibits and opening of the new Benjamin Franklin Museum. FEDERAL ELEVATOR, INC. will be constructing a hydraulic passenger elevator manufactured by American Crescent Elevator Manufacturing Corp. (Picayune, Mississippi) for this project.
We will track the progress of all of these installation through our blog. Be sure to come back and check on the progress.
A recent article in the Travel section of http://www.foxnews.com highlights twelve elevators you “need to see to believe”, including three in the United States.
The article can be found here.
FEDERAL ELEVATOR, INC. is pleased to announce that they have gone into contract with Mirage Construction of Fort Lee, New Jersey to install a hydraulic passenger elevator at Mirage’s project in Harrison, New Jersey.
The project will be a sixty unit residential building located adjacent to the Passaic River and will include the installation of a 4,000 pound capacity hydraulic, hospital style elevator manufactured by American Crescent Elevator Manufacturing Corp., based in Picayune, Mississippi.
Be sure to check back for updates and photographs of the project.
Proper function of elevator phones is vital to passenger safety while riding an elevator. Keep in mind these three simple tips to be sure your elevator phone is a functional safety device during an elevator entrapment.
-Be sure your elevator phone is properly programmed.
Elevator phones must be programmed to a phone number which is answered by a live person, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Check with your local municipality or building alarm company for suggestions as to where you can program the phone. 9-1-1 and cell phones are not acceptable programming options.
-Be sure your elevator phone is connected to an active, dedicated line.
As a safety precaution, many elevator phones are designed to properly function on a dedicated phone line. Should your phone be programmed, but not dialing correctly, consult with your phone service provider to be sure the line is still on an active, dedicated line.
-Check the functionality of the phone.
Don’t be afraid to test your phone. When the responder answers, let them know you were testing the device. Always be sure to check the elevator phone after any work is done on the phone lines at your facility.
For any additional information regarding your elevator phone, please contact our office at 732-458-5522.
Unfortunately, riders can become trapped inside an elevator. It is important to remember that although you are trapped, you are still safe. Follow these tips from the National Elevator Industry, Inc. should you ever find yourself trapped inside a device.
1. Push the “Door Open” Button
- If you are near the landing the door will open. You can slowly and carefully step out of the elevator. Be sure to watch your step as the elevator floor may, or may not, be level with the landing.
2. Remain Calm
- If the door does not open, you are still safe. Do not try to exit the elevator. Wait for trained emergency personnel to arrive. Even if the air temperature feels warm, there is plenty of air circulating in the elevator and its shaftway.
3. Press the Alarm or Help Button, and Use Any Available Communication Systems
- Push the alarm button and wait for someone to respond to you.
- In newer elevators, there will be a “PHONE” or “HELP” button instead of an alarm button this will place a call to a party that is trained to take action (i.e. elevator company, alarm company, etc.). It will give the exact location of the building and elevator you are in. Trained emergency personnel will answer the call for service within several minutes.
- Some elevators have a two-way speaker system or telephone that will allow for communication between you and the building or rescue personnel. Do not be alarmed if you cannot be heard or if the phone does not work. Some phones are designed to only receive calls. Trained personnel should call when they arrive at the building.
4. Relax, and DO NOT Try to Extract Yourself from the Elevator
- NEVER try to exit a stalled elevator car. It is extremely dangerous. ALWAYS wait for trained emergency personnel.
- Your best course of action is to relax, get comfortable, and wait for professional assistance.
- You may be inconvenienced but you are SAFE.
The Elevator Escalator Safety Foundation is celebrating Safety Awareness week from November 13 through November 19, 2011.
The Foundation is using the week to promote public safety awareness for the industry’s equipment.
Be sure to check back throughout the week for tips you can utilize at your facility.