Product Reviews

Elevator Radio Show - Video/Audio Show #381 - Week 12/3/14

Audio Show Link: Elevator Radio Show - Video/Audio Show #381 - Week 12/3/14 Back from a wonderful trip to Wisconsin where it was cold and snowy and no one robbed my house after declaring I’d be out for a few days over the interweb.  I wasn’t too surprised to learn that there were not a lot of articles out there but some I enjoy commenting on. If you’re like me and wonder how some of this ends online please feel free to comment. Those are some of the best items to read.

News/Article Links: Woman Killed inside dumbwaiter More on above story Crazy elevator concept straight from Willy Wonka A better elevator design? New elevator system like a vertical mass transit system TKE Promises to revolutionize skyscraper design Bike Escalator again in the news Mans foot cut off by elevator door in Netanya elevaTour of Macy’s Hearald Square Two injured in Stony Creek elevator accident Elderly woman plunges down escalator Urban Hub Digital Magazine Launched Woman slashed in face on London Underground escalator Church leaders urge support for elevator

Elevator Radio Show - Video/Audio Show #362 - Week 04/09/14

Need an Elevator Maintenance Control Plan?

elevatormcptutorial If you need a maintenance control plan for your elevators, which by the way is a code requirement, and are unsure what one entails, please check out the great tutorials that were created by Brad Welsh at Many are confused about what these entail and the tutorials in the link below help with answering many questions.

If you're still confused after watching the videos in the link below, send Brad an e-mail at

Elevator Radio Show - Video/Audio Show #307 - Week 09/26/2012

Click Here to download ERS-2012-09-26 #307 Wow, hard to believe that it’s already the end of the month and you know what that means…we’re giving away a prize pack! That along with $100 Visa Card. This has to be the best show of every month. Lots of international news articles this week which is a good thing I assume considering all the work the North American elevator industry puts into making sure elevators are safe for everyone. Not that it’s a perfect system but I do have to believe that safe guards are in place to ensure that more elevators are safe than not. Let me know if I'm way off base on this one. So next month is October and one of my favourites  If you get a chance to drive around on a Sunday afternoon do so. Open the windows, enjoy the fall colours and put on some nice oldies music and just take it all in. Before you know it days will be dark and cold.

Special thanks to the companies who have donated goodies to the prize pack giveaway!

C.J. Anderson & Company, The National Association of Elevator Contractors, The National Association of Elevator Safety Authorities, The Elevator Escalator Safety Foundation, Peelle, GAL, Truxes, EMS Group, Elevator Bob’s Elevator Pictures, Minnesota Elevator,,,, Elevator World Magazine, Elevator Cab Renovations, The Elevator Preservation Blog, ECS Corporation, Parts Specialists,,, Elevator Riders Riding Club & pQEI Inspection App

News/Article Links: Residential Elevator Recalled ERRC 50/50 Poker Run a Success for the EESF ERRC First Annual Poker Run University to install elevators in more dorms Gibbs Bridge Elevator goes down Schindler builds new escalator plant - India Man who fell to death over escalator was drunk LIRR escalator fixes cost upward of $5M Elevator subsidies draw criticism Niles may remodel front of Police Station, Add Elevator Elevator mishap leaves one dead, another injured Human error to blame in elevator death Escalator squabble nixes NFTA quorum Elevator malfunction at justice center Coffin Elevator Prank Several fans at football game injured on escalator Otis sees 10% growth in China next year Interesting Elevator Question Zimbabwe: Elevators not in good shape UA – Elevator news

More Ups Than Downs, A Memoir

Pretty cool that Bill Sturgeon is sharing his memoirs with the world. For a limited time you can preorder Bill’s book and get it signed by the legend himself as soon as it comes in from the printer. I'm going to order mine right now and encourage you to do the same.  All royalties go to support the EESF so it’s a win-win for everyone. This book is a must for your collection. BUY DURING THE MONTH OF JULY AND SAVE! (Regular Price US$55.25)

In this memoir, ELEVATOR WORLD founder Bill Sturgeon reflects on his adventurous early career, successful decades as EW editor and current active retirement. Full of industry history, personalities, anecdotes and photos, this book is a must read for industry insiders.

More Ups Than Downs is the story of my life - from birth in the Bronx, service in the Pacific in World War II and travels around the world to, most of all, my families, inside and outside of the elevator industry. All royalties from this book go to the Elevator Escalator Safety Foundation and, therefore, back to the industry that has sustained me for over 65 years.--William C. Sturgeon

Purchase this book during the Pre-Publication sale and your SIGNED copy will ship as soon as it is available.

Hardback, 312 Pages.

Elevator Radio Show - Video/Audio Show #299 – Week 06/27/2012

Click Here to download ERS-2012-06-27 #299 Back from the Elevator U conference and I can honestly say that I haven’t quite recovered from it. I had a wonderful time as this event is one of my favorites to attend each year. A unique mixture of educational programs, vendor show and the opportunity to learn about issues colleges and institutions are dealing with when it comes to elevators and escalators is one that I enjoy hearing about. Thanks to everyone who attended, sponsored, presented it was truly great to see everyone. On a personal note I wanted to congratulate Terri Flint who was awarded the John W. Blatt award for her dedication and hard work at helping make Elevator U the success that it is. Terri, the selfless work you put into each year’s conference is an inspiration to me. Can’t wait for next year’s conference where it will be held at Iowa State University.

Tonight in Chicago is the EESF Chicago Cruise which I’m looking forward to.  No tornados, thunderstorms are predicted which means we’re going to have an excellent night to view the skyline and fireworks. This week is our prize pack giveaway and we’ve got $100 in addition to goodies the following people have given away.

Special thanks to the companies who have donated goodies to the prize pack giveaway!

Fujitec America, GAL, The National Association of Elevator Contractors, The National Association of Elevator Safety Authorities, The Elevator Escalator Safety Foundation, Peelle, C.J. Anderson, Truxes, EMS Group, Elevator Bob’s Elevator Pictures, Minnesota Elevator,,,, Elevator World Magazine, Elevator Cab Renovations, The Elevator Preservation Blog, ECS Corporation, Parts Specialists &

News/Article Links: Elevator U Conference – Elevator Blog Wiring Diagrams for Old Elevators Are Available Supervisors consider replacing elevator in courthouse Puppy loses toes after getting caught in escalator Lightning strike leaves residents stranded Two decades as an elevator operator European Union can sue in addition to fines Escalator maintenance in Las Vegas Strip $1M Chimney Rock Elevator Reopening June 29th S button in elevator…do you know what it’s for? While it might seem like a good idea for some… The elevator experiment take 2 Restaurant owner dies when head gets stuck in dumbwaiter Doug at GAL Blog Vintage service video in Texas Schindler 9300AE Escalator Chosen Machinery, maintenance, safety statutes minimize accidents Chicago elevator inspections in the news again Interesting lift device Otis’s Touch Button Video EW Unplugged Photo of the Week MARTA Won’t get operations Funding EHC: Hosts international innovation summit Elevator Escalator Maintenance Control Program Now Available

Elevator Man Stories Available for Kindle and Ipad, Itouch, Iphone for only $2.99

Some exciting news as to report today. Elevator Man Stories is now available as a digital download for the Kindle through Still available for purchase in it's paperback form the digital download sells for $2.99 and can be purchased through this link.  If you're an Apple person, don't fret, there's a free Kindle App that will allow you to purchase and download Elevator Man Stories to your Ipad, Itouch or Iphone. It's really that easy.  See for yourself, check out the video below.

If you're like me and still prefer to feel paper and hold a book when reading in you can still order them this way as well either through or .

Have you updated your Elevator World Source and New eDirectory Listing Yet?

The new on-line version of the eDirectory that Elevator World has created is pretty cool! The initial steps to get your company listed are very easy. If you haven’t done so already make sure you get your company listed! Free and paid listings are available as well. Time is running out as paid listings will be transferred over to the print edition of the Elevator World Source.  I've created a video to show you just how easy it is.  


If you just go with a free listing that’s a great start, however you should truly consider upgrading your advertising to Showcase Advertiser as you’ll be able to add even more to your eDirectory company listing including:

  • Images – you can add images including a logo; with the logo, make sure to click “main” so it is the image that appears next to your listing
  • Video – you can add a video
  • Additional Files – you can add files such as your catalog, a brochure etc.
  • Description Field – this is an additional field if you want to add more in-depth information about your company.
  • Hours of Work – you can list the hours of operation if you want
  • Location or Location(s)


To find out how to advertise with Elevator World contact Lesley Hicks at  In today’s competitive world of online marketing Elevator World is rising to the occasion to provide your company with some great opportunities to be seen online.

Start here:



Elevator Passenger Door Accidents

The bottom line is if you want to make sure that your power passenger doors are adjusted properly then the Kinetic Energy Calculator is the tool you need. Certified Conveyance Training Corporation developed this product after they saw a real need of measuring elevator door force.  Much better and more accurate than the typical door pressure gauge with the good old rubber washer, the Kinetic Energy Calculator measures the energy and force for the entire travel of the elevator door to ensure it’s adjusted properly. The Videos Below are worthy of a watch and are from CCTC's page.

Video Below - The Article that is covered in this video is key!

The video below is a short tutorial on how easy it is to use this device.

This device and the use of it during regular elevator maintenance and inspections could possibly prevent our industry from seeing another passenger door strike lawsuit, not involving a light curtain/reversing edge. We now finally can prove that elevator doors are properly adjusted and are in accordance with the code. With time/date stamping of each test, bringing test reports into any lawsuit will maximize the elevator owner/managers defense and should help in minimizing liability. When it comes to litigation the more solid data you have the better your defense.

The Kinetic Energy Calculator is the perfect tool for contractors, consultants, mechanics and inspectors. For you attorneys out there looking for information, if this device is used in a case you're working on, there’s no more accurate way of measuring the kinetic energy of an elevator door than with this unit.

For more information visit

Elevator Family Software for Autodesk Revit

After covering the press release for the Revit Elevator Family software program on a previous podcast I contacted them to see if I could get a demo to play around with. This program has been developed for Autodesk Revit  which is a software program I don’t have nor use. However I do have real world experience working with Visio drafting/engineering software and have so since 1998.  With this background I am familiar with the complexities of creating drawings, making sure everything fits and how time consuming projects can be. The team at Revit was nice enough to put together some online videos that show the product in use and its ease and flexibility.  And I have to say that this product hits a home run out of the ball park.

While I didn’t get the opportunity to play around with the software it looks like a very easy to use program ideal for architects. One issue that concerns me is the database of companies and their drag and drop elevator systems. I strongly believe that the program needs a larger collection of elevator companies who build and sell complete packages. If the architect inserts an elevator template from an elevator company that manufactures and installs their own equipment, it will prevent other elevator companies from bidding on the installation. The database would be better if companies like Minnesota Elevator, Canton, Gillespie, Harris Companies, Elevator Manufacturing, etc. all had templates that could be dropped into any building. This would even the playing field when bidding on installation contracts and may help with future serviceability of that equipment. .

Overall my review is that this is a cool package for Autodesk Revit. For companies out there who would like to get their collection of elevator equipment added to the template contact Jessica Jones at

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