From the desk of Jesse Pulley – Area Manger – Dallas
Consistent Elevator Maintenance Is Critical to Uninterrupted Operation
Elevators require maintenance and code required testing at regular intervals. Facility Managers and Owners, typically contract with elevator maintenance firms to perform this work. Most of these elevator companies employ qualified individuals who want to provide you with that service. To make sure that that happens, and to ensure that elevators operate reliably and safely, it is the Facility Managers/Owners responsibility to accurately assess the Elevator Maintenance Control Program (MCP) being carried out on their equipment. Consistent and thorough maintenance is the key to reliable operation.
Safety, of course, is the primary consideration. Consistent maintenance also contributes to the reliability and lifespan of the equipment. When an elevator is being properly maintained from day one, typically you experience a minimum number of problems, and the life cycle of that equipment will be maximized. Despite Facility Mangers /Owners desire for quality elevator maintenance, this often can be one area in which they don’t have as much experience as they would like. VDA can help you and your team with achieving that goal. Our team of experienced Consultants, conveniently located from coast to coast, can help you develop a plan that will provide you with the maintenance, performance, and peace of mind that you desire.
Things to Consider
A starting point for any elevator maintenance program is the safety code that’s enforced, at times with modifications, by jurisdictions across the country. This is ASME’s Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators.
Section 184.108.40.206.1 of the code states that “a written Maintenance Control Program (MCP) shall be in place to maintain the equipment.’ The maintenance program must describe the examinations, maintenance, and tests of equipment, required at scheduled intervals. These activities are to be based on equipment age, condition, and accumulated wear, among other factors.
While the code requires a written maintenance program, some contractors keep the documents at their own offices. Often, that can make it difficult for the facility manager to review and access the information, such as checklists showing which tasks that the contractor has completed on each visit.
To minimize the risk of this occurring, the Maintenance Agreement between the Building Owner and Elevator Contractor should require that the maintenance and repair records remain in the elevator machine room, or in another convenient location within that specific facility. As an extra precaution, the building owner should keep its own records as well.
Should you need assistance on deciding what Maintenance Control Program is right for your building, please do not hesitate to give us a call. VDA has over 3,000 Years of Combined Elevator Industry knowledge accumulated from our team of 130 + Elevator Professionals. When you think of Elevators, think of VDA. We will be glad to assist you and your team design the perfect elevator Maintenance Program for your project.