KONE Spares Escalator RENUIT Program

KONE Spares offers upgrade and refurbishment packages for the older Montgomery HR model escalators you may have running in your buildings.

This program is called RENUIT.

Through our RENUIT program we will work with you to provide upgrade and refurbishment packages that pace your budget while renewing, enhancing and extending the life of your current escalator.

The RENUIT program will support full replacement of equipment with tear down to the truss, or selectively replacing and upgrading vital components on a programmed schedule.

RENUIT will rejuvenate your escalator by targeting selective system level replacement and upgrades of vital components.

It will also enhance your rider’s experience by giving the escalator a new visual profile.

Upgraded components will increase the machine’s reliability, life span, and, most importantly, safety.

With the KONE Spares RENUIT program you have the benefit of

  • Replacing old components through packaged modular repair options
  • Saving money by purchasing packages instead of buying the components individually
  • Enhancing the visual profile of your building with new components
  • Improving the reliability of the equipment, resulting in less call outs, and enhanced safety for the riding public
  • And extending the useful life of your building’s aging equipment

Adding up all the time and cost savings our RENUIT programs offer, you can rejuvenate your existing escalator with complete refurbishment packages, enhance the visual profile of your building with a complete new appearance, upgrade old components, improve reliability and enhance safety, and turn your aging equipment into an efficient, well-tuned machine.

For more information about our RENUIT program, contact KONE Spares today. Our sales support team will work closely with you, review your requirements, and provide you with a RENUIT proposal custom tailored to your budget and timeline.

Contact KONE Spares today and let’s find out if RENUIT is right for your project.

Splitting Flat Elevator Cable

What is so special about splitting flat elevator cable?

The need for safety.

When the elevator industry began to use flat traveling cables, the task of stripping the PVC cable jacket introduced the need for customized tools.

In the interest of safety, KONE Spares engineers designed a special cable splitter for flat cables that both increased safety and made it much easier to cut the jacket and get to undamaged wires inside.

For added safety, always wear cut-resistant gloves when using any cable splitting device.

More information about this KONE Spares exclusive tool can be found on our website here: KONE Spares Flat Cable Splitter

Safety: It’s What We Live For

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As we wrap up our safety awareness week here at KONE Spares, we celebrated our over 8 years of zero injury accidents with a luncheon and a group shot complete with commemorative shirts.

You can bet we all held our breaths and prayed no one would get hurt at the luncheon. That would have been really bad. The good news is, the safety celebration luncheon was completely safe.

A warehouse full of heavy parts and boxes, many of them up on tall shelves, with forklifts, trucks, and cranes moving while our staff rushes to accurately pick parts and ship them out on time — zero injury accidents in over 8 years is something to be proud of, and we are.

We’re also dedicated to be celebrating 10 years, and 15, and 20 years of zero accidents in the same way. Safety is a day by day, hour by hour, minute by minute act of mindfulness. It doesn’t stop, even when this year’s “safety week” is over.

Very good job, team! Good work. Keep it going. And to you out there in the industry — any industry, for that matter, remember that in safety … little things matter.

One For the Kids: Learn about the safe use of elevators and escalators with Max & Bob

Help Bob the elephant in his quest to find his friend Max the mouse in this fun and fast game. Remember to tie your shoelaces and pay attention to the proper use of elevators and escalators!

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It’s estimated that around 200,000 people migrate to cities each day. As cities grow ever larger, growing numbers of people, including children, are using elevators and escalators in their everyday lives. Children are especially excited about gadgets and curious about moving machinery, and so it stands to reason that they’re more prone to accidents than adults.

With this game, we hope to help teach children in a fun and educational way that simple, everyday mindfulness can make a big difference in avoiding accidents.

KONE Spares Safety Week

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Here at KONE Spares, we believe that safety is a joint effort – one that involves technology providers, building owners, maintenance service providers, and the people who use the equipment. This is why we continuously develop our people and processes and work together with our partners to promote safety.

Furthermore, we strive to improve the way we communicate about our safety work and actively share information on the safe use of elevator and escalator equipment with everyone. Take for instance, our annual Global Safety Week, which we organize with the aim of strengthening our safety culture and promoting our zero-accident goal. The purpose of this global event is to further boost this industry’s culture for safety. Activities include for example training modules, virtual sessions, toolbox talks, locally organized activities, and also family events for employees and subcontractors.

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While we’re proud of our internal safety record, that doesn’t mean we take it for granted. Over three thousand consecutive days without a lost time accident was achieved by adopting a safety conscious mindset, which focuses on doing everything in a safe manner, every minute of every day.

We want everyone, at the end of the day, to go home in the same healthy, happy condition in which they arrived in the morning.

Don’t Take A Child Wearing a Leash or Harness onto an Elevator or Escalator

When properly maintained, and used as intended, elevators and escalators are some of the safest methods of transportation in existence. But…

Tom Sybert over on his Elevator Radio Show Podcast makes a very good point with a message that really needs to be spread: if you use a type of harness or leash on a small child, do not take your child on an elevator or escalator.

This came up in the wake of the Malaysian tragedy where a small child, playing at the top of an escalator, was pulled over the side and fell five stories to her death. Some articles apparently are using this to encourage parents to harness or leash a small child while in public to prevent this from happening, but this is actually a very bad idea.

Anything dangling like a leash — as well as untied shoelaces, long coat straps, etc. — can be caught in moving equipment with disastrous consequences. This goes not only for escalators but elevators as well, as a child (or pet) on a leash could dart in or out of the cab as the doors close, the doors can catch the leash, and the elevator cab goes into motion … again with disastrous consequences.

The best way to protect children around moving equipment is to hold their hand and guide them safely. If using a baby cart or stroller, always use an elevator — never take them on an escalator. And always, always, always keep an eye on them. Do not let them play or linger around elevators, escalators, or even stairs.

Please help spread this important message.

Escalator & Autowalk Safety Tips

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  • Instruct passengers to ride safely.
  • Hold the handrail.
  • Ride the escalator facing the appropriate direction of travel.
  • Do not lean over the handrail.
  • Keep feet away from the escalator’s sides.
  • Step over the combplates at the top and bottom of the escalator.
  • Children in strollers should never be transported on the escalator.
  • Physically challenged passengers should never use the escalator.
  • Do not transport freight on the escalator.
  • Attend and hold children’s hands when riding escalator.
  • Children should be accompanied by an adult and never left alone in the vicinity of an escalator.
  • Do not allow anyone, especially children to play on or around the escalator.
  • Do not jump on escalator.
  • Keep hands away from handrail inlets and step.

 

Elevator Safety Tips

  • Enter and exit the elevator promptly.
  • Watch your step when entering or exiting the elevator.
  • Children should always be accompanied by an adult when using the elevator.
  • Do not allow children to play on or around an elevator.
  • Children should be accompanied by an adult and never left alone in the vicinity of an elevator.
  • No unauthorized person should enter the elevator hoistway.
  • Elevators must not be used in the event of a fire or other emergency situations.
  • Do not transport any long objects by opening the car top emergency exit.
  • Do not jump in the car while the elevator is running.
  • Do not prevent the operation of the infrared door detection-cells with objects.
  • Never wedge an object or any part of the body in the path of a closing elevator door.
  • Comply with the stated number of persons/weight for the elevator.
  • When cleaning corridors or car interior, avoid sweeping water into the shaft.
  • Use the ‘stop’ and ‘alarm’ buttons only when required.
  • When calling the elevator, press only the button indicating the direction you wish to travel.

 

After-Market Escalator Chain is Not a Bargain, and Here’s Why

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An independent laboratory analysis of after-market escalator chain (claimed to be the replacement for KONE’s US67884 escalator chain) yields startling results, and causes us grave concern. Here’s why:

This after-market chain does not comply with ANSI Safety Code standards.

The unretouched photo above shows the results from a critical breaking load test performed on a five-link strand of after-market chain claimed to be rated at 41,000 lb. Test results show the after-market chain failed at just 35,000 lb. load. The after-market chain failed the code-required load and factor of safety as defined in ANSI A17.1-2013, Rule 6.1.3.10.2.

After-Market Chain can Permanently Damage other Critical Escalator Components

Compare these results:

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Outer and inner diameters of after-market protection rollers often have a very poor finish (not ground). This condition, combined with excessive hardness that is significantly harder than defined by KONE specifications, can lead to accelerated wear of the bull gears, lower reversing station sprockets and load support curves (novatex boards). The increased internal friction causes rollers to slide instead of roll.

The after-market chain that claimed to be the “equal” of KONE (Montgomery) US67884 and US67883 chain is nowhere close in terms of design, manufacturing quality and code-compliance.

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After-market chains are often laser cut (photo on left). KONE chain components are machine-stamped as shown in the photo on the right. Hard-tooled products are more precise.

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Outer link plates of after-market chain have deep, uneven grooves from laser cutting. The accumulation of imprecise manufacturing tolerances leads to assembled chain that exhibits skewed orientation when put under a normal operating load. This generates uneven and excessive wear of all operating components in the escalator step band. This begins the moment the after-market chain is installed. Also note the round holes in the after-market chain are not formed with the anti-rotation feature (flats) that is used in KONE chain to prevent rotation of similarly-machined step pins.

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Contact surface between outer link plate and the retainer clip on the after-market chain is significantly reduced by the fit between the pin and outer side plate — as much as 15% of the contact area missing (see arrows). This weakens the chain in terms of reduced press-fits and can lead to instabilities (e.g. skewed chain strands) – as reflected in the photos below, showing the skewed relationship of both ends of a chain strand under load.

After-Market Chain Under Load

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The right photo illustrates “skewing” of the after-market step chain extended pins when load is applied. In this test, one end of after-market chain is rigidly mounted and load is applied through a swivel. The surface hardness of pins in after-market step chain is found to be hardened to a depth twice that defined by industry standards. This condition can result in very brittle chain pins.

Seriously. Why buy after-market products especially when KONE Spares offers superior OEM products at essentially the same price?

The so-called “bargain” of after-market parts is really no bargain at all.