Saturday, March 16, 2019

Hydraulic Elevator control modernization - Montgomery Elevator


I cringe when I see some control systems on existing elevators and the person who surveyed the job says “I got a XYZ here that is having issues”.   In this case it was a “I got a Montgomery here that is having issues”.  In some cases we can work on the elevators in some cases we recommend replacement.  In most Montgomery Elevator cases we recommend replacement.  This controller wasn't that old but domain knowledge is few and far between.

Situation – The building was frustrated with the elevator not being reliable.  Repairs where short lived and parts where expensive and took time to get.  Service call after service call. 

Initial recommendation – We recommended the building replace all of the equipment; controller, fixtures, door operators & power unit.  

What occurred - The building could not afford to do everything so we settled on a control & fixture upgrade to get rid of the existing control platform.  The power unit and door operators where retained. 

Elevator machine room - The old controller was mounted on the power unit.  In order to work on the controller you have to squat.  In order to work on the valve you have to lean over the controller.  We like to mount it on a wall so it is at eye level and you can work on the valve easier.


[Before]

[After]


Elevator controller - The old controller was a Montgomery/Kone product, it had reliability issues that was frustrating the building owner.  Kone probably can work on this just fine but the building did not have Kone nor did they want to call Kone.  The independent company that was working on it was having issues.  A new Smartrise controller was installed.  Now if they do not like Colley Elevator, they can call one of the 25-30 contractors in the Chicago area and anyone can work on it, no problem. 

[Before]

[After]


Car station - The car station has to be replaced for new elevator safety code accommodations.  Innovation Industries made/makes car stations for Montgomery/Kone so we had them duplicate car station with the up to date code requirements. New fire cabinet, new P/I, etc.

[Before]

[After]


1st floor hall fixture - New hall fixtures needed to be furnished, the most important one is the main lobby that includes the FEO and phone monitoring code required feature.  The building also got a nice P/I in the hall station.

[Before]

[After]

Take away – The building had issues with a not so old elevator controller.  The building was frustrated.  The building spent a decent amount of money on the upgrade and now will have a non-proprietary elevator control system that they can have serviced for 20-30 years in the future.

If you have any questions or would like additional information feel free to contact me at CraigZ@colleyelevator.com or 630-766-7230 ext. 107.

Also check us out on Instagram @Colleyelevator see what we have been up to.

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Chicago Elevator Firefighter’s Emergency Operation mandate - FEO - Fireman's Service


On 11/2/16 The City of Chicago published a mandate for all elevator’s have Firefighters emergency operation phase II be consistent throughout the City by 1/1/17.  There was a published document that wasn’t wrong but it wasn’t as thorough as could have been.  A new document came out with a better outline of the mandate’s expectations.  This mandate is affecting many elevator’s in the City of Chicago which is resulting in the failure of elevators.

First published document on 11/2/16 


 Newer testing procedure for FEO mandate


Does it effect my building?  This is a good question, you can ask your elevator inspector or your current elevator contractor.  Most of the items can be checked with one competent person.  Unfortunately the one item you cannot check with one person is what most building’s are failing for.  This only affects buildings with FEO phase II[key switch in the car station]. 

Who is checking?  Your elevator inspector[AIC or City of Chicago] or elevator contractor should be checking this for compliance.  As I mentioned until recently many people where not informed to the extend that was intended due to the document that passed around originally.

What is occurring? Many buildings are replacing their control systems or modifying their existing control systems with software updates, wiring changes or an auxiliary panel. Building’s are going to admin hearings for non-compliance and not getting their certificates and being fined.  Many buildings have hired companies to rewire their controller to try and make it work with software updates and rewiring but I have heard a lot of failures from talking to building owners/other contractors.

What is the best strategy replacement or modification?  Each building’s elevator controller will be a bit different.  If it is a simple software change with a control manufacturer that is still supporting your product this is a viable option.  If your elevator controller is 10-15+ years old then it may be time to consider the entire controller replacement.  There are also auxiliary panels that can be installed by a few different manufacturers.  We do not recommend too many auxiliary panels/rewiring at this time as they tend to get complicated.

If you have any questions or would like additional information feel free to contact me at CraigZ@colleyelevator.com or 630-766-7230 ext. 107.

Also check us out on Instagram @Colleyelevator see what we have been up to.

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Elevator accidents & injuries/CPWR Deaths and Injuries involving elevators or escalators in construction and general population


I was putting together our monthly safety meeting reviewing the recent accidents and CPWR report that I got clued in on by Tom Sybert’s Elevator Radio Show, www.elevatorradioshow.com, and the information is eye opening.  In the last month I have tracked the following incidents. 

Recent accident or accident outcomes

Death of Hotel worker – Toronto, Canada - This was an accident from 2016 who appears to have been killed in a freight elevator accident on rigged doors.

Manhattan man falls 4 stories down elevator shaft – SOHO Manhattan – New York – Man falls down 4 stories after stepping into an open elevator shaft

Fort Worth Nurse crushed by elevator – Fort Worth – Texas – Mid 50’s woman steps onto elevator and loses balance and elevator continued to rise and she was crushed.

9 Year old Girl falls 30’ down elevator shaft – Utica, New York – Girl falls down the elevator shaft

Airport construction worker dies after falling into elevator shaft – Salt Lake City, Utah – Construction worker falls down 40 into elevator shaft

Detroit Hide and seek game leads to death down elevator shaft – Detroit, Michigan – Hide in seek game in abandoned building goes wrong.


CPWR report – I reviewed the CPWR’s report on death and injuries involving elevators or escalators in construction and the general population from 2007-2017.  I encourage you to review the report a few important points.  Please note that OSHA does not differentiate the elevator industry at this point[elevator industry professionals vs construction].  OSHA is working on alliances with IUEC and other organization for industry specific data.

1.    Elevator related fatalities have a linear rise between 2003-2016


2.    Fall to lower level tops injury list with caught in/compressed by object/equip a 2nd
3.    How we die
a.    Multiple traumatic injuries and disorders
b.    Intracranial injuries, internal injuries to organs and blood vessels of the trunk
c.    Asphyxiation, strangulations, suffocations
d.    Electricutions, electrical shock
4.    How it happens
#1 construction, assembling & dismantling – Elevator professionals
#3 Repair/Maintenance – Elevator professionals
#5 Inspecting/checking – Elevator professionals  


5.    Elevator related construction deaths 50 times more likely than other trades[includes fall down shaft or injuries by other trades]
6.    Elevator related nonfatal injuries in construction generally declined from 2003 to 2016 – non fatal injuries down – fatal injuries up
7.    Construction tops list where injuries occur
8.    Top injuries
a.    Caught in/compressed by objects/equip
b.    Fall to lower level
c.    Struck by object/equip
d.    Fall on same level
9.    Who is getting hurt
a.    Workers 16-24 year olds
b.    Workers 45 to 54 year olds
10. Elevator related injuries need more time to heal than other types of injuries – 31 or more days
a.    Did not note on permanency of injury

Take away – As an industry we cannot prevent all the accidents or dangerous situations.  As an industry we can work towards preventing a majority of the potentially dangerous situations.  Building owners/general contractors need to be responsible, elevator contracting companies need to be responsible and elevator professionals need to be responsible.  It takes all three parts of the equation to provide safe vertical transportation, construction and building wellbeing.

If you have any questions or would like additional information feel free to contact me at CraigZ@colleyelevator.com or 630-766-7230 ext. 107.

Also check us out on Instagram @Colleyelevator see what we have been up to.

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Smartrise Engineering - Nonproprietary elevator control systems – 2019 Series


Colley Elevator experience with Smartrise Engineering  I tell this story frequently. Colley Elevator ordered their first Smartrise Control system 12-13 years ago.  At that time I was not a believer in the backwards compatibility and other functions they where selling.  We ordered one and for a period of time we went to other vendors.  We started using Smartrise regularly about 4-5 years ago and had a main solid state board issue on the first one we installed[12-13 years ago] and they said “take a spare board from the shelf and plug it in”, we did.  It worked.  No lead time on parts, no next day shipping, we did all the programming through a lap top, the elevator was up and running the next day.  After that I was a believer. Sales and tech support have been very good and flexible.  We are on track to install 50-60 controllers from Smartrise this year.

[Two car traction control modernization]

[Hydraulic elevator control modernization]

Brief history of the company[age, ownership, location, other companies attached, etc.]  Smartrise was founded to satisfy the industry’s demand for a simpler elevator controller. Simplicity, coupled with superior tech support, available after hours, has propelled Smartrise Engineering to its position in the industry. Launched in 2004, Smartrise Engineering has become the largest independent open-market elevator controller manufacturer in the United States. Smartrise is owned and operated by four veteran elevator engineers with a combined century of elevator experience and expertise. To keep up with the demand and maintain a high level of support services, Smartrise has expanded once again, this time to Irving, TX. This allowed Smartrise to better serve our customers by decreasing shipping times and extending Tech Support hours even further. Smartrise’s Support Team is now in the office from 6:30 AM EST to 8:30 PM EST. This change will not impact after hours support, and Smartrise always has a technician on-call.

What is the company’s philosophy on non-proprietary technology?   Smartrise believes open-market is the next step of non-proprietary technology. An open-market controller allows for non-custom parts, such as VVVF drives and hydraulic soft-starters so future repairs can be easily done with minimal downtime.
Furthermore, Smartrise controller parts are available from multiple 3rd party vendors. As an open-market controller company, Smartrise provides controller systems that have minimal wiring requirements, low-cost spare parts that are available directly from Smartrise or 3rd party vendors and universal printed circuit boards that provide product consistency from jobsite to jobsite. Open-market controllers provide all the key concepts of non-proprietary but with the added benefits of ease of serviceability and product longevity. 
•    No Special diagnostic/adjustment tools are required.
•    Equipment can be maintained by any elevator contractor.
•    Parts can be sourced from multiple vendors.
•    Parts are available off the shelf.

What competitive advantage/strength does your control system have versus the competition?  Smartrise Engineering manufactures elevator control systems that are engineered to seamless provide continues elevator functionality, long term product reliability and serviceability to the highest of elevator industry standards. Smartrise specializes in the development of U.S certified elevator controller systems that maintain consistency by providing controllers and are “one-board systems”, “non-proprietary” and “open-market”. A one board system is a controller design specific to Smartrise that allows us to base our controller system off “one” primary PCB for simplicity and uniformity purposes. Non- proprietary elevator controller systems can be maintained by any certified elevator service provider with no special interfacing adjustment trouble-shooting tools required. Open-market controllers is unique to Smartrise and embodies the non-proprietary concept and more, by open-market Smartrise controllers have 3rd party vendors that also provide parts and direct access to Smartrise support services.

Some of the competitive advantages of Smartrise Controllers are: 
•    Limited expensive repair bills due to the open-market design and low cost of replacement parts
•    Provides ease of the installation process due to minimal travel cable requirements
•    Uniform product design between hydraulic and traction elevator controller systems
•    Removes the need for special tools
•    Available after hour technical support service, based out of the U.S
•    Minimize installation out-of-service times, due to minimal conductor requirements
•    Top recommended industry-rated support services

What markets do you service[low rise, mid rise, high rise, material lifts, etc]?  

Smartrise specializes in elevator building applications from 2-stop hydraulic to high-speed, multiple car groups with destination dispatch technology.
Additional information regarding Smartrise applications can be found at:
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http://www.smartrise.us/
•    
http://www.smartrise.us/about/
•    
http://www.smartrise.us/products/

What is your controller’s primary platform[PLC, Microprocessor, etc]?  

Smartrise controllers are designed using state-of-the-art microprocessor technology.

What do you like most about the Chicago market?  

Besides the city’s rich history and large elevator community, Chicago has been a great place to continuously build a large portfolio with a wide range of elevator applications. From custom glass elevators to airports, to the downtown skyscrapers, it has been great to be a part of the constant elevator renovations and improvements in the Chicagoland area.

What challenges do you have in the Chicago market?  

The challenges we see in the Chicago market is insuring mechanics are aware of the training options Smartrise offers. Smartrise is able to provide over-the-phone, live online training, in person, and onsite training. There are also videos at http://www.smartrise.us/support/training-videos/ that are designed to be quick reference guides.

What are some marquis, challenging or fun projects you have done in the national market and more importantly the Chicago market?

Early on, Smartrise modernized (8) 55-stop traction cars in upper Downtown Chicago. The project was challenging because it was one of the first opportunities Smartrise had to show the capabilities of Smartrise traction control systems.
Smartrise has also recently renovated (4) traction 1,000 FPM elevators in Philadelphia. Integrating new equipment into old hoistways can be very challenging, also with the demand of high-speed cars the Smartrise engineering team was able to provide a modernization solution that greatly improved the ride quality, floor to floor times and overall building elevator traffic flow. With the team of Smartrise engineers that was part of the overall success of the installation, the project became another successful modernization for everyone involved.

What is on the horizon for the company?

With the completely redesigned Smartrise C4 controller, Smartrise is taken high-speed, high-rise applications to a whole new level. Smartrise has taken their standard SRA traction control system and modified it to be simpler to install but added the processing power to provide the latest technologies such as: destination dispatch, A.I. parking, Built in Pattern Generator, and Smart Pattern Tablet adjustments. The new C4 controller has the ability to move elevators 2,000+ FPM and 128 F\R openings. To see more you can visit us at smartrise.us or contact Smartrise sales at 916-457-5129 ext. 344


Additional information that makes the company unique

•    Smartrise is the largest privately owned and operated elevator controller manufacturer in the U.S. 
•    All Smartrise PCB boards are manufactured in the U.S
•    Smartrise offers 24/7 technical support services
•    Built on the industry leading Smartrise platform, C4 integrates a sophisticated pattern generator designed to minimize floor-to-floor times, adapt to elevator traffic fluctuations, and boost high-speed elevator traffic flow.

If you have any questions or would like additional information feel free to contact me at CraigZ@colleyelevator.com or 630-766-7230 ext. 107.

Also check us out on Instagram @Colleyelevator see what we have been up to.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Virginia Controls - Non proprietary elevator control systems – 2019 Series


Colley Elevator experience with Virginia Controls – Colley Elevator has a long and rich history with Virginia Controls.  The Chicago area market has a lot of Virginia Controls controllers installed by Automatic Elevator and Barnard Elevator, both companies are now defunct but they sure did install a lot of VC equipment.  We probably have 150-250 Virginia Control controllers in our maintenance portfolio. Everyone we have interacted with at the company over the years have been great!

Brief history of the company[age, ownership, location, other companies attached, etc.] Virginia Controls, Inc. (VCI) was founded in 1967. Since the company was founded we have had only 3 owners and now VCI is under the ownership of Fred Landon. Fred Landon just recently celebrated 29 years of ownership of VCI in January 2019. VCI is located in Richmond, VA and has been since the company was founded. VCI remains one of the only privately and locally owned controller companies in the industry.

What is the company’s philosophy on non-proprietary technology? VCI views non-proprietary as a product that can be maintained, serviced, and repaired by any journeyman elevator mechanic. We also believe that parts and tech support should be made available to whichever elevator contractor the end user decides will maintain this equipment. VCI provides free tech support for the life of our products and has parts available for all elevator contractors preforming service and repairs to our equipment. 

What competitive advantage/strength does your control system have versus the competition? When VCI asks it's very loyal customer base this very question the answers generally come back to 3 majors subjects. The first advantage that our customers mention is our great tech support. While tech support is more service based we believe it is an extension of the product that is very important. Our tech support is handled by our engineers and our in-house quality control experts. The next advantage is product durability and reliability. We feel that this is equally important to the tech support. Lastly, after unveiling our newest Vision 2.0 serial controller, our customers have been giving great feedback on how much easier and quicker our product is to install. This feedback comes after the recent release and install of our Vision 2.0 controller system. 





What markets do you service[low rise, mid rise, high rise, material lifts, etc]? While most of the projects that VCI are a part of fall into the low-rise and mid-rise market we are certainly capable of and involved in much more. VCI has a huge presence in the low-rise and hydraulic market but also have a long history of high rise traction work as well as many specialty projects. VCI has been the standard hydraulic controller of choice for many of the hydraulic elevator package companies over the years so that tends to be our largest market. VCI is also often the go-to controller company for special projects such as material lifts, explosion proof, harsh environment, and transit authorities. We are also involved in the ever growing LULA market as well.

What is your controller’s primary platform[PLC, Microprocessor, etc]? Most of VCI's controllers are microprocessor based. VCI also does have a long history with PLC based controllers as well. Currently we do still offer both options to make sure we best meet our customer's needs.


What do you like most about the Chicago market? VCI has a very long history in the Chicago market and very much enjoys the people and relationships that come with this market. It is also a great market in our eyes due to the variety that the market offers. This fits well with VCI as we offer products to fill the needs of this very diverse market.

What challenges do you have in the Chicago market? VCI's largest hurdle with the Chicago market is probably being able to stay in front of the market as it changes and grows. Over the last few years VCI has become even more involved in this market and we continue to work on this every year.

What are some marquis, challenging or fun projects you have done in the national market and more importantly the Chicago market? VCI's marquis jobs really stretch all over the board. Some of our more notable projects include LAX Airport, New York City Housing Authority, Kennedy Space Center, World Trade Center Transportation Hub and many transit authorities all over the country. VCI has also been part of many Government projects in and out of this country. The project that stands out most for VCI in Chicago is the original Marshall Field's building in Downtown Chicago. While this project is a bit dated now it is still a project that VCI recalls quite well and was a large part of VCI's history in Chicago.





What is on the horizon for the company? VCI is currently in the process of releasing our latest controller system to the market known as Vision 2.0! Vision 2.0 is VCI's second generation serial controller which is a blend of our first generation serial controller (Vision) along with the wish list items taken from our wide spread customer base. 



If you have any questions or would like additional information feel free to contact me at CraigZ@colleyelevator.com or 630-766-7230 ext. 107.

Also check us out on Instagram @Colleyelevator see what we have been up to.

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Motion Control Engineering - Non-proprietary elevator control systems – 2019 Series


Colley Elevator experience with Motion Control Engineering - Colley has a history with MCE since their beginning.  I remember hearing the stories of my father visiting California when they first started in the 1980’s.  We have cabinets full of MCE prints of all types.  We have installed white boxes, black boxes, 1000s, 2000s, 4000s, I boxes.  While their ownership has changed a few times the guys and girls who we deal with have been solid and dependable. MCE’s product has been the independent market’s standard bearer for non-proprietary quality.

[MCE controller installed by Colley Elevator recently]

Brief history of the company - Motion Control Engineering (MCE) home office is located in Rancho Cordova, CA.  Founded in the early 1980's, MCE is the largest Independent Elevator Control System Supplier (Vendor) in N. America.  MCE's installation based worldwide includes approximately 200,000 units.  Our Parent Company is Nidec (the World's largest manufacturer of Industrial Motors).  Our Elevator Industry Sister Companies include Imperial Electric and Canton Elevator.   MCE Control Systems are installed all over the Greater Chicagoland Area (unit count of more than 1,000 units).

What is the company's philosophy on non-proprietary technology?  Non-proprietary is the foundational hallmark of MCE.  MCE leads the Industry in providing Control Systems that are serviceable and maintainable to all.  We fundamentally believe that that the term Non-proprietary is not an ambiguous term – we believe that it can be defined and measured.  We believe it is in the Building Owner's best interest to seek solutions that provide them with the lowest total cost of ownership.  Building Owners rarely (intentionally) invest in proprietary vertical transportation equipment.

Is there a litmus test that you can provide to assist Building Owner's and Property Managers in making the best possible determination in sourcing Elevator Control Systems?

MCE's Building Owner's Bill of Rights:
Equipment shall be universally maintainable.
Diagnostics shall be built in.
A proprietary tool shall not be required for adjustment or maintenance.
Parts shall be available via inventory...not just exchange.
Technical Training shall be available to all.
Engineering and technical support shall be available to all.
All Manuals and Drawings shall be provided.
The Control System manufacturer shall provide direct support to the "end user" and their designated maintenance company.    

The Moment of Truth  - "When and/or how will you know" if the product is truly Non-proprietary? 

The true essences of a Non Proprietary Control System should answer YES to every one of the following questions:

  • Does the warranty transfer from service provider to service provider during the coverage period?
  • Does the controller manufacturer offer free technical support for the life of the system?
  • Does the controller manufacturer offer the same replacement part price to the original installer as well as any subsequent maintenance company?
  • Does the controller manufacture offer warranty on parts sale to any maintenance company?
  • Does the controller manufacturer offer to take back or restock parts if the part was not part of the problem?
  • Does the controller manufacturer offer free factory training?
  • Does the controller manufacturer offer feature upgrade and modification requests to any subsequent maintenance company?
  • Does the controller manufacturer offer software upgrades to any subsequent maintenance company?
  • Does the controller manufacturer provide onsite trouble shooting to any maintenance company?
  • Does the controller manufacturer provide call history of the project subsequent maintenance company?
  • Does the controller manufacture provide repair services to any maintenance company?

What competitive advantage/strength does your control system have versus the competition?  Beyond the basic premise of proprietary restraint, MCE provides state-of-the-art Control Systems for virtually every application in the industry, from 2 stop Hydraulic applications to High Rise Traction Control Systems for Class A Buildings.  MCE has the largest Engineering Staff of any Independent Supplier in N. America, with a proven track record of expertise, most especially in modernization applications.     

What markets do you service[low rise, mid rise, high rise, material lifts, etc]?:
As stated above, the breadth of our product line is unsurpassed (Independent Control System Manufacturers).  This provides the Building Owner and Property Manager with a strong sense of confidence based upon the proven success of MCE over 30 plus years.
  
What is your controller's primary platform[PLC, Microprocessor, etc]? Microprocessor only.

What do you like most about the Chicago market? Great question.  Chicago is an extraordinarily busy market with strong technical talent.  From an application standpoint, Chicago "has it all", from the challenge to modernizing historic buildings over 100 years old to state-of-the-art new construction skyscrapers, very exciting.         

What challenges do you have in the Chicago market? Currently, the Chicago market is extremely busy, virtually all Contractors have large backlogs which inevitably leads to challenges in meeting project deadlines, accuracy, quality, attention to detail... 

What are some marquis, challenging or fun projects you have done in the national market and more importantly the Chicago market? MCE is privileged to have provided Control Systems for the Washington Monument and the Statue of Liberty.  MCE Control Systems were utilized in Elevator World Magazine Project of the Year in 2013, 2014 and 2017.  In Chicago, in addition to some very large/tall buildings, MCE provided a Destination Dispatch Solution for the 111 N. Canal Project in Chicago (an exceptionally challenging modernization, 10 Car Group which is very rare in N. America).  MCE provided the Control System at the Museum of Science and Industry at the Coal Mining exhibit, which provides the riders with a sense (illusion) of traveling deep into a mine.





What is on the horizon for the company?  MCE is at the forefront of technical advances in the Elevator Industry.  We are the leading provider of a new type of Dispatching called Destination Dispatch - an optimization technique used for multi elevator installations, which groups passengers for the same destinations into the same elevators, thereby reducing waiting and travel times when compared to a traditional approach where all passengers wishing to ascend or descend enter any available elevator and then request their destination.  Using destination dispatch, passengers request travel to a particular floor using a touch screen, keypad or proximity card room key in the lobby, individuals are then immediately directed to an appropriate elevator car.

If you have any questions or would like additional information feel free to contact me at CraigZ@colleyelevator.com or 630-766-7230 ext. 107.

Also check us out on Instagram @Colleyelevator see what we have been up to.


Saturday, January 19, 2019

Vertitron Midwest - Non proprietary elevator control systems – 2019 Series



This is the first in our series of non-proprietary elevator control systems. We spend a lot of time educating building owners on the benefits of working with a control system that has open architecture and anyone can service. Thank you to Vertitron Midwest for being a part of our series!

Colley Elevator experience with VMI - Colley Elevator has a long history with Vertitron, now called Veritron Midwest.  In our market we have a lot of Vertitron control systems put in 1980’s to 1990’s.  Vertitron is now owned by Minnesota Elevator, who is known as a regional contractor but nationally known as a premiere elevator package provider.  Last year Colley partnered with MEI to do a tearout of an entire Otis LRV elevator and install a MEI package with Vertitron control system w/the Reflex leveling system at the MCA[Museum of Contemporary Art].  We love these guys!

What is the company’s philosophy on non-proprietary technology?
Non-proprietary equipment can be translated into many meanings, to Vertitron non-proprietary means equipment that allows the user to install and service the elevator giving the ability to get standard operating information without requiring any special tools or equipment.

What competitive advantage/strength does your control system have versus the competition?
There are several great controller products on the market today, a few main differences that set us apart from the others are.

1.    Reflex leveling system: With the Reflex we are able very our slowdowns based on oil temp, acceleration and position in the hoist way. The result is quicker floor to floor times, saving energy, wear on equipment and most of all the end user gets to their destination quicker.

2.    Valve setup: When paired with the Reflex we offer an onscreen tool that gives the mechanic accurate data needed for setting the valve properly with ease right in the machine room.

3.    On screen help: We offer an on-screen help mode that allows the users to define features, I/O, functions and faults using the on-screen menu.

4.    Support: We want our customers to prevail when using our products, to help with this we offer comprehensive support to our customers from the quoting process through the install and service in the future, we take care of our customers.


 What markets do you service[low rise, mid rise, high rise, material lifts, etc]
We  offer controllers for the low rise hydraulic market, featuring Passenger, Freight and Residential as well as Remote controls including our phone app. also offering many common replacement parts.

[Standard hydraulic controller]

What is your controller’s primary platform[PLC, Microprocessor, etc]?
Our controllers are a microprocessor-based platform.

What do you like most about the Chicago market?
It is a very diverse market.  A large number of both Hydraulic and Traction elevators.  Also, many of the multi-national elevator contractors have a presence, as well as several strong, local, Independent elevator contractors.

What challenges do you have in the Chicago market?
Probably the biggest challenge is knowing what code is in affect based on whether the job is located in the Chicago city limits or outside the city limits.

What are some marquis, challenging or fun projects you have done in the national market and more importantly the Chicago market?
One of the most recent fun and challenging projects that we’ve worked on is the Appello+ phone app. The project continuously is evolving based on customer needs, the funnest/ challenging part is talking with customers to better understand their needs and finding solutions for those needs.



What is on the horizon for the company?
We are always working to improve our current products with the end user in mind. One of our big projects for 2019 is our microprocessor based residential control.

Anything additional that makes your company unique, fun facts, etc.
We are known for our products and service as well as Control Freaks logo which really signifies our people with their dedication and passion to the elevator industry and controls.

How do I see more? http://vertitron.com/ they have some really good information and Utube videos of their products.

If you have any questions or would like additional information feel free to contact me at CraigZ@colleyelevator.com or 630-766-7230 ext. 107.

Also check us out on Instagram @Colleyelevator see what we have been up to.