Building Management Hawaii - August/September 2012 - (Page 10)
At The Forum Shops at Caesars, Mitsubishi Electric & Electronics USA unveiled Las Vegas’ first spiral escalator. This installation is one of only two sites in the U.S. with spiral escalators.
Modernization of elevators and escalators is a major focus for many of Hawaii’s aging buildings.
By Bert Yorita
onveying systems such as elevators and escalators are an integral part of a building and essential to successful daily operations. Regardless of the type of facility, it is expected that the elevators and escalators will be a reliable and safe source of vertical transportation, without fail. Like any electrical-mechanical system, preventive maintenance is required regardless of the age of the equipment. The old adage, “if ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” is totally inaccurate. Neglecting to properly maintain your equipment can lead to major corrective repairs, resulting in higher costs and extended equipment down time. Unplanned equipment shutdowns create an inconvenience for the users or tenants, and put negative attention on building management. Although it is virtually impossible to eliminate all unplanned shutdowns, providing comprehensive preventive maintenance can help to reduce the occurrences.
When preventive maintenance is performed in conjunction with the elevator contractor’s routine maintenance schedule, there is a reduction in the frequency of callbacks, typically known as trouble calls. Callbacks can result in very unhappy tenants … and possibly an unplanned and unwelcome billable charge from the service provider. Given the growing age of many buildings in Hawaii, elevator equipment replacement (aka modernization), will continue to be a major focus for many building owners. Upon the completion of a modernization project, it is also often a misconception that because the equipment has been upgraded or replaced, preventive maintenance is no longer needed or should be reduced to a bare minimum. Again, this is inaccurate. It is essential that an elevator or escalator continue to receive comprehensive preventive maintenance on a routine and ongoing basis. This will assure
longevity of the electrical and mechanical components of the system, while keeping callbacks to a minimal. Elevator and escalator preventive maintenance and repair services are one of the higher recurring expenses for any building. However, comprehensive preventative maintenance of a vertical transportation system is essential to properly ensure the operation, reliability and safety for all users. In fact, regular maintenance can help to avoid or delay an even more expensive upgrade or modernization. There is no one better way for a building owner to protect their investment than to invest in a comprehensive preventative maintenance program for their existing, newly installed or modernized equipment.
Bert Yorita, branch manager of the Mitsubishi Elevators & Escalators since its establishment in Hawaii in 1991, has 37 years of industry experience.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Building Management Hawaii - August/September 2012
Cover August/September 2012
A New Way to Ride
Let There Be Light
Be LED, But Not Astray
Corrosion Clean Out
Raising The Bar for Security Guards
On Site: Empowering Employees
Ask An Expert: Shifting Soil
Movers & Shakers
Resource Guide: Plumbing & Wastewater Maintenance
Building Management Hawaii - August/September 2012