It’s off to the University of Virginia next week for the fast approaching Elevator U Conference which is one of my favorite of the year. I’m looking forward to it and seeing so many of you who listen and support the show. This week is pretty short with less content which is nice to see. It means we’re doing our job to ensure equipment is safe and the news media doesn’t latch on to stories that don’t tell the whole story. Congratulations to Bobby Schaefer for being honored at the Pop Joe Memorial Golf outing on Tuesday.
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Today's show is a short video that includes a recap of day one of the Elevator U conference here in Michigan State University. Each year I attend this event I'm amazed at the amount of fun that we have. The support from the vendors and the caliber of presentations also make this event such a success.
Michigan State University and the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center is a great meeting location and hats off to Bob Schumacher - MSU conference host as well as Terri Flint for coordinating all the details for this years event. Bob, I'm clapping for you right now my friend. Awesome location for sure.
Yesterday, Day 1, I learned a great deal about Watts and lighting and applaud Man-D-Tec for calling out for brighter illumination in elevator cabs. I learned about LED, Halogen, CFC's and Incandescent light bulbs. I also learned that as the US phases out incandescent light bulbs the most likely will be rebranded as heaters and still available.
Brugg, then gave a very involved technical presentation on Wire Rope which I learn something new about every time I sit in on a presentation like this. They've broken down rope life to the number of bends the rope makes instead of the number of hours it runs and pointed to some issues that will shorten rope life dramatically.
Reynolds and Reynolds presented on there battery back up systems for Hydraulic and Traction Elevator Systems. There are some interface requirements that make the units a little more complicated than a simple add on package to any elevator system. They do work with controller manufacturers and can assist in providing information for your next project.
Dick Gregory from Vertex presented next on a ASME and how submit code interpretations, become a member of ASME and assist with helping out with the elevator code. The work that's done by these individuals is extremely important and appreciated.
David Flint from Michigan State University ran a cracker barrel session that included both a university architect and ADA specialists. Great insight as to what goes on behind the scenes when accessibility on colleges and universities is considered. Dave did a great job and two key points that came out of the presentation are that we all need to do a better job at making buildings accessible and that the various departments need to work together; architects, ADA team leaders and the other various facilities groups so that we're all on the same page.
The night came to a close after the pair of dueling piano's provided some excellent entertainment which once again confirmed that we know how to have a fun time.
Click Here to download ERS-2012-06-13 #297Two weeks worth of news plus I get to talk about some industry events coming up. Next week is the Elevator U Conference at Michigan State University and I look forward to seeing many of you. I’m going to try to squeeze out a show next week but am unsure what shape I’ll be in to do so. The original thought was to do show #300 from the event but since it’s not 300 and I’m saddled with other duties during the conference I may end up needing to choose sleep and rest over doing a show. I’ll put a post up either way. Another event on the horizon is the Chicago Cruise on June 27th. It’s not too late to register and to do so click the following link.
There will be no show today everyone. I'm here at the Elevator U Conference at Penn State University, which is a beautiful place by the way, and had the best intentions of putting one up but between lack of time and sleep couldn't squeeze one out. It's great to see friends from all across the country in attendance. We've got a great slate of presenters this year and I look forward to learning about some cool stuff today! For more information visit www.elevatoru.org and click on the conference brochure link.
I'll have more to report next week when we return to our regular scheduled show. Those traveling to CECA next week, have safe travels.
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I hope everyone had a great weekend! I had a great time and can’t wait for the next one to roll around. We’ve got a good show today everyone. Those of you listening from the CECA Convention, have a great time. I’ve got some good stories on the program today, a couple of which are worthy of printing out and sharing. Next week I’ll be at Purdue University attending the Elevator U Conference. We’re going to have a great time and I look forward to seeing many of you. Have a great rest of the week everyone.
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I’ve got a great recap of last weeks Elevator U Conference in Quincy, IL! We had a great time and I’d like to thank everyone who attended. Special thanks to the presenters as well as those who sponsored, exhibited and attended the educational sessions. To give you an idea of how much of an action packed week it was, I was only able to check e-mails the night before the conference started. In addition to two weeks worth of new that’s on the show today, three tragic accidents occurred two of which involved children. This is the very reason why it is so important as an industry member to support the EESF. Also we’re giving away our June Prize pack giveaway which includes great giveaways from some excellent companies and industry groups out there. So let’s get ready to rumble! On your mark, get set……go!
Thanks to the following companies who have donated goodies. Fujitec America, GAL, The National Association of Elevator Contractors, The National Association of Elevator Safety Authorities, The Elevator Escalator Safety Foundation, COMPANY SRL, Peelle, C.J. Anderson, Truxes, EMS Group, Elevator Bob’s Elevator Pictures, Minnesota Elevator, Inc, ElevatorGear.com & The ElevatorShack.com, ElevatorU.org