3 Ways an Elevator Access Control System Improves Your Building Security

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Elevator security can be a cumbersome part of maintaining a secure building. Between lost keys, staffing changes, and multi-level security requirements, there’s so much that can go wrong and cause a security breach. An Elevator Access Control system provides clear solutions to these problems and helps keep your building secure.

  1. No More Lost Keys

People lose their keys all the time, and every time an employee loses a building key, it carries the potential for security hazards. This can require expensive security updates, such as changing locks and reissuing new keys to everyone in the company. With Elevator Access Control systems, a proximity-sensing device reads a code from an ID card, key fob, or other identifying item to allow access to the appropriate floor. These items can then be simply removed from the access system if lost, and a new one can be issued to the employee, eliminating the security risk.

  1. Multi-Level Access

When you have employees who require access to more than one floor, coordinating an old-fashioned key system can be a nightmare. Either your employees must carry multiple keys to grant them access to each floor, or you must create key systems where one key works in multiple locks, which creates the potential for security breaches. With an Elevator Access Control system, a single card or fob containing an identifying proximity sensor can be programmed to unlock any combination of floors for customized access. They can also be programmed only to work at certain times, to avoid unauthorized access during non-operating hours.

  1. Making Staffing Changes Easier

When an employee leaves or is removed from the company, it can be a hassle to get their keys back. Although they may never intend to use them, this can still produce a security breach. With the Elevator Access Control system, you can just remove their identifying device from the system, just as you would with a lost device.

Elevator Access Control systems make it much easier and cheaper to keep your building secure. If you think this might be right for your building, contact SunCoast Elevator to discuss available options- call us at 305-690-0955 or send an email to luis@suncoastelevators.net.

Elevator Maintenance 101 for Property Managers

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When managing a commercial property, between all the regular maintenance tasks, it can be easy to take your elevator maintenance for granted. Keeping your building’s elevators in good condition leads to fewer problems and happier tenants. Follow these simple tips to keep your elevators in tip-top shape.

Annual Inspection

One of the most important ways you can keep your elevator up-to-date is by scheduling annual inspections. A qualified elevator inspector will come in and ensure that all major elements of your elevators are in good condition, including:

  • On-board lighting
  • Emergency operations such as fire recall
  • Wear and tear on elevator cables
  • Door function
  • Motor equipment

Ensure that any noted problems are fixed promptly by a qualified elevator technician. Additionally, pay special attention to those areas in the future to avoid seeing the same issues come up in later inspections.

Regular Maintenance

In addition to your annual inspections, it’s important to regularly check and maintain the elevators. Look for potential issues such as jerky or vibrating motion, longer wait times due to slow operation, and failure to properly align with the floor. Although these may seem like minor annoyances, they can actually be symptoms of larger problems that can lead to more serious failures in the future.

Weight Limits

It’s also important to keep elevator weight limits posted in highly visible areas and ensure that they are enforced. Failure to comply with the weight limit for which the car was designed can lead to catastrophic failure, including potentially fatal accidents. Encourage tenants moving heavy equipment or furniture to take multiple trips to avoid overloading the elevator. If you’re aware of a big move in advance, get the elevator serviced beforehand to make sure it’s in optimal shape.

A poorly maintained elevator can reflect badly on you as the building manager, but if you ensure that it’s maintained regularly, your tenants will be grateful. For more information on maintaining your commercial elevator, or to schedule an inspection, contact SunCoast Elevators.

Secrets to Affordable Elevator Service Repair

Despite its simple appearance, your commercial elevator is a heavy-duty piece of equipment that needs regular maintenance to run correctly.  Eventually, though, even the best-kept elevator is going to break down occasionally. There exist several proactive things you can do to reduce the cost of repairing your commercial property elevators.

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Regular Maintenance

Just like with any piece of equipment, from cars to airplanes, an elevator needs routine maintenance to run properly. You can extend your elevator’s life, whether it carries passengers or freight, by having a professional perform regular service on your elevator. This service generally includes,

  • Cleaning, lubricating and testing the machine
  • Replacing your elevator’s worn-out jack packing
  • Modernizing your equipment to meet current codes.

Reputable Repairs

No matter how good your maintenance plan is, your elevator is going to break-down occasionally. When this happens, you want to know your commercial elevator repair company is qualified to fix your equipment. It’s important to research reputable elevator repair companies before you need one. This action gives you the time to perform due diligence on the company and ensure they can meet your needs before an emergency strikes.

When you are researching an elevator repair company, make sure they are capable of fixing issues that your make and model of elevator might encounter, such as,

  • Replacing oil lines of all sizes
  • Installing new power units
  • Fixing or replacing door restrictors
  • Examining electronic safety edges.

Due Diligence

Seeking out the right company to repair your commercial elevator before you need them is the best-kept secret to affordable elevator service and repair. By properly maintaining the elevators on your commercial properties, you can catch minor issues before they become major problems. When you check out an elevator repair company before disaster strikes, you can better determine if they fit your needs. This foresight on your part can save your company time and money when your elevator stops working at 3 AM. For a trusted elevator repair company in your area, contact Suncoast Elevator Company, Inc.

How to Pick the Right Elevator Cab Interior

Elevator interiors come in different styles and materials because commercial properties have different needs. Whether your property is an apartment complex, hospital or office complex, you want your elevator interiors to match the style of the building. There are several factors to consider when setting out to choose the interiors for your elevator cabs.

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1. Maintenance. Keep in mind the location of the elevator when you select the interior. An elevator that is out of the way could be harder for maintenance crews to reach. This difficulty could result in the need for an easier to clean interior than an elevator in a more central location.

2. Traffic Volume. When selecting your cab interiors, it’s important to know how many people use the given elevator. An interior that works well for three or four passengers at a time might not stand up to higher passenger densities.

3. Elevator User. Who is using the elevator? While a simple interior might be suitable for elevators that only see employee traffic if your clients use the cab then you should consider a more ornate interior.

4. Replacement/Refinishing. While you don’t want to think about replacing or refinishing the cab of your elevators, you can make it easier by picking the right interior. The decisions you make now can make your life easier down the road.

5. Building Style. You want to choose an elevator cab interior that matches your building’s style. Even though your clients might not spend much time in the elevator, outside of the lobby, it makes the biggest impression on them. Make sure it’s a good one.

When you choose the elevator cab interior for your commercial property, you are making a statement about the building. By taking the time to consider who uses your elevator and why you can make a more informed decision about the best interior for that location. For a skilled elevator company that can help you with this important choice, contact Suncoast Elevator.

How to Protect Your Elevators During Flooding

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When extreme weather hits, building owners rightfully make sure windows are closed and doors are secured. Property owners and managers often have lists of actions to take should the situation warrant more action. However, elevator pits are often overlooked. These areas are the lowest points of a building, so when storms threaten to flood roads and walkways, it is best to give some attention to the elevator pit.

What Are the Risks?

Flooding in the elevator pit could be the result of heavy rain, storm surges, and broken pipes. Once water gets into the pit, a lot of expensive equipment is at risk. For example, flood waters may contaminate the fluids used by the hydraulic machinery that operates some elevators. Any electric components within the pit could suffer from shorts or could lead to dangerous situations. Rust and other water damage could lead to unnecessary wear and tear on equipment.

Prevent Trouble Before the Storm

  • Install a surge protection system.
  • Maintain a standby power generation system.
  • Protect doors to the machine room from corrosion and leaks.
  • Develop a storm preparation process and practice drills.

What to Do When Water Rises

  • Discontinue use of the elevators.
  • Evacuate building occupants who rely on the elevator.
  • Place sandbags around the machine room to keep water out.
  • Cover all openings that lead to the shaft.

When the Storm Is Over

  • Inspect elevators before you resume operation.
  • Inspect machine room and pit to ensure they are dry and in appropriate operating condition.
  • Accurately record information about any damage, including photographs.
  • Contact your insurance company as necessary.

When Storms Are a Concern, Take Prompt Action

If your building is located in an area where heavy storms are a regular occurrence, it is important to have the right safety protocols in place. Be sure that you understand the risks to your guests and buildings, so that you’re able to create a preventative safety plan. Contact our company to learn more about the steps you can take to maintain safety before, during, and after flooding.

Contemporary Elevator Cabs Boost Your Building’s Quality

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A building’s elevators are an extension of the lobby. Their aesthetic contributes to the structure’s overall character. In corporate complexes, the elevator’s interior can also communicate a brand identity. Keeping elevator cabs looking clean and contemporary helps to preserve a building’s quality status, and if a lobby renovation is planned, it makes sense to continue the wow factor into the elevators. Renovation is also an opportunity to go greener and to remove potentially harmful materials such as products containing formaldehyde.

Choose Expert Installers

Since renovation does not include alterations to elevator mechanics, it may be tempting to hire an architect or interior designer to manage the project. But the materials that are used on the cab can have an impact on how the elevator operates. When you work with a licensed elevator contractor, you can be sure that the cab design will not compromise passenger safety and will meet building codes.

Get Budget Friendly Options

If your resources are limited, don’t rule out an update. Prefabricated laminate or stainless steel panels are readily available. You’ll get a clean, new look and you might save enough money to update some mechanical features.

Enjoy a Custom Look for Less

If you want to make a design statement but don’t have the bankroll for a full-blown custom job, pre-engineered elevator interior systems are an exciting option. These packages offer ease of installation plus a full range of unique material and design choices. Entry-level packages don’t cost much more than a standard cab update. Material choices range from laminate at the low end, to wood veneer, stainless steel and composite metals. The combination of wood veneer and stainless steel is a mid-range choice that will stand up to traffic and is always stylish.

 Make the Sky the Limit

Luxury condominiums and office buildings may require custom cab interiors to match other high-end design features. This is the most expensive option with the longest timeline for installation. Design and architecture fees may add to the overall cost.

No matter what style update you plan, you can expect expert advice from the professionals at SunCoast Elevator Company, Inc.- 305-690-0955.

Looking For Adventure? Jump on One of These Elevators

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Located across the globe, each of these elevators is its own brand of entertainment. They boast wondrous scenery, futuristic technology and aerial thrills.

1. Bailong Elevator, Hunan, China
Imagine being whisked up the side of a cliff in two minutes. The Bailong Elevator’s glass cabs offer a panoramic view of the surrounding national park.

2. The Falkirk Wheel, Falkirk, Scotland
The Falkirk Wheel joins the Forth and Clyde Canal with the Union Canal. Each of its two gondolas holds up to 4 canal boats.

3. Aquadom, Berlin, Germany
An elevator running through the center of the Radisson Blu’s Aquadom puts visitors up close and personal with almost 100 species of salt water fish.

4. Lloyd’s Building, London, England
Glass elevator cabs, located on the outside of the Lloyd’s Building, offer a birds-eye view of historic London attractions.

5. Long Island Business Center, New York City, USA
When the Business Center’s nondescript elevator doors open, you might think twice about getting in. A grinning dragon, painted in shades of orange and green, welcomes you to its lair.

6. Sky Tower, Auckland, New Zealand
The 40-second ride to the Sky Tower Observation Deck is almost like being shot out of a cannon. Harbor views distract from the ground disappearing beneath your feet.

7. Taipei 101, Taipei, Taiwan
This elevator is a speed demon that travels 40 miles per hour to arrive at the 89th-floor observatory.

8. Mercedes-Benz Museum, Stuttgart, Germany
Reminiscent of space capsules, bullet-shaped pods provide a futuristic ride in keeping with the museum’s unique architecture.

9. Louvre Elevator, Paris, France
An open-topped, hydraulic platform carries visitors smoothly into and out of the Louvre.

10. Globen SkyView, Stockholm, Sweden
Round glass gondolas ferry SkyView visitors on a 20-minute tour of the circumference of the hemispherical building.

11. Umeda Hankyu Building, Osaka, Japan
The colossus of elevators, these huge cabs can carry up to 80 passengers or 5 tons of weight.

12. The Rising Tide, MS Oasis of the Seas
Enjoy a cocktail in the elevator/bar while you travel from deck to deck on the world’s largest cruise ship.

Visit SunCoast Elevator Company, Inc. to learn more about all things elevator.

Does Your Elevator Require Maintenance or Modernization?

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Little thought goes into the mechanics of lifting and lowering elevators in apartment buildings or huge high-rises. These essential amenities are often taken for granted, but they are not a simple convenience that goes up and down so that people don’t have to climb stairs. Elevators allow for ease in product delivery, the ability to change floors quickly, and access for maintenance. Without them, our cities and towns would look a whole lot different.

As with any mechanical operating system, the elevator will age over time and begin to require maintenance or replacement. Because of this, it is important to look for signs of deterioration, wear and tear, or unusual noises. Besides the monthly lubrication, maintenance personnel’s inspection should include the following:

  • Leaks and unusual vibrations
  • Oil level
  • Electrical components state
  • Door panel clearances
  • Test elevator emergency phone service
  • Stop switch, rollers, leveling devices
  • Cables and connections
  • Spring buffer alignment and attachment
  • Travel cable

It is not a matter of “if” the elevator will require modernization, rather it is “when” it will take place. Hydraulics can last between 25 and 30 years, while elevator cables have a short lifespan of between 10 and 15. With customer safety at risk, it is better to err on the side of caution when trying to determine the right time to replace the traction, cables, buffer, or electronics. Following the manufacturer’s guide on lifetime expectancy can only offer a general timeline because it depends on the use the elevator gets, the schedule of maintenance, and the humidity to which the parts are subjected.

The elevator is critical to the safety and satisfaction of your customers, clients, and tenants. That is why most commercial building owners have a maintenance contract with a reputable firm that knows when it is time to upgrade the elevator for the safety of all concerned. They also know how best to get the job done quickly, so your customers are inconvenienced as little as possible.

Call Sun Coast Elevators today. They can help with all your elevator needs because they are experts at both maintenance and modernization- 305-690-0955.

Evaluating Elevator Modernization Plans

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Tenants and visitors often encounter your building’s elevator only moments after they arrive at your lobby. Their initial impression has a psychological impact on them, either positive or negative, and that impression transfers to their overall thoughts and feelings about your building. As such, the choice to improve your elevator can have a large impact on current and potential clients/tenants. It is often a large part of the way they differentiate between the buildings as they view perspective offices.

Facility managers are tasked with evaluating the health of the elevator and whether modernization would make the building a more competitive property. Since modernization is a significant expenditure, it is important to analyze the equipment, the controls and the drive systems with an elevator professional before deciding. Planning for extensive repairs or modernization can not only enhance your property’s appeal, but it may help ensure its ability to maintain long term leases.

There are many critical points to cover when you discuss the changes to your elevator system. Here are a few to include:

  • 1. Should you install a destination-selection control system?
  • 2. How will the elevator modernization affect tenant security?
  • 3. Will the new system cut average elevator wait time in peak periods?
  • 4. How will the new structure improve your building’s marketability?
  • 5. Is a close-loop door operator needed?
  • 6. Will modernization upgrade components to satisfy safety code?

An initial evaluation of your building’s current elevator may include the ride quality, condition of major components and their remaining life, and ways to comply with current code requirements. The size and age of the building are considered, and after discussing the needs of your tenants, a plan can be formulated for your review.

Aesthetics are important to first impressions, and first impressions are what your building’s image is all about. A new elevator can help you retain old tenants, but as your building becomes more competitive, it may draw new tenants as well.

Contact the elevator experts at SunCoast Elevator today- 305-690-0955. They can answer your questions and help you design a modernization program perfect or your building.

Promoting Passenger Safety Year-Round

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No matter how many elevators your facility has, the safety of the passengers on your elevators should be your highest priority. Here are some of the things you can do to ensure you are taking the proper precautions to protect your passengers.

Provide Proper Training

Make sure all of your employees are trained on the appropriate use as well as the improper use of equipment. Employees who are not using the equipment correctly are going to pass on their bad habits to other employees and customers, so extensive safety training is paramount.

Foresee Seasonal Issues

In every business, there are likely seasons that are prone to heavy elevator traffic. To keep passengers protected, foresee any issues that tend to crop up during these times and take some extra precautions. For instance, a department store is likely to be busier toward the end of the year. In this instance, businesses might increase their staff during these times to compensate for the additional foot and elevator traffic.

Expect the Unexpected

Although there are some times of the year when you can anticipate some of the troubles you might run into, this is not always possible to do. Unfortunately, you need to expect the unexpected because accidents do happen. If your elevator shuts down or an entrapment occurs, your staff needs to be able to handle the situation with a level head. You should have a written plan for how to handle these situations to keep passengers and employees safe.

Schedule Routine Maintenance

Once you have done everything you can to make sure your employees are trained on elevator safety and are prepared as much as they can be, you need to have a written plan for regular maintenance. Employees should have a regular schedule to monitor the elevators in your building. For more information on how to keep your business visitors and customers safe on your elevators, get on the phone with the team at Suncoast Elevator Company today- 305-690-0955.

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