Welcome to MCE’s newsletter, InMotion. Our goal with the stories and articles below is to offer you a glimpse inside MCE including our leadership, growth and product offerings. You’ll also find essential customer information such as training schedules, new product releases and product updates. We hope you find this newsletter easy to navigate and informative.


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In the News

The New Performance-Based Code

MCE’s Factory Training Schedule, 2008 and 2009

MCE Showcases Complete Elevator Solutions at NAEC 2008

MCE Demonstrates Traction Auxiliary Power Supply (TAPS) at NAEC 2008

MCE Web Site Provides Quick Access to Customer Support

2009 Tradeshow Schedule for MCE and Kinetek


Staff Changes and Additions

Emery Thran, North American Elevator Programs Manager

Dan Walsh, Director of International Sales

Cindy Samak, Northeast Region Account Manager

Steve Boisvert, Northwest & Canada Regional Sales Manager

 

About Us

Motion Control Engineering

Kinetek



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In the News

The New Performance-Based Code

MCE has long been dedicated to understanding and implementing safety code requirements. Our entire product development process, from initial designs through development and production, meet rigorous internal product safety criteria. MCE employs a code specialist who oversees all safety code related activity and initiatives so that MCE can continue to fulfill its mission to continually improve the safe, reliable operation of elevator products. The following article provides an overview of a new methodology for establishing a level of safety for a new design or product that would conform at an equivalent level to ASME A17.1/CSA B44.

The current ASME A17.1/CSA B44 Code requirements provide a prescriptive framework for safety standards for elevators, dumbwaiters, escalators moving walks, and material lifts that use commonly accepted, standard technologies. Although the ASME A17 and CSA B44 Committees have always been responsive to new developments in technologies used in the elevator industry, the prescriptive safety codes have not been able to keep pace with rapid advances in technology due to the unwieldy consensus process involved in approving changes. Because of this gap between the introduction of new technologies and the inclusion of relevant prescriptive requirements in the Code, provisions were included in Section 1.2 to grant regulators the authority to approve the use of alternative technologies so as not to hinder progress more than necessary. However, the Code does not provide the tools to verify that innovative new designs and products are at least equivalent to the current standards. This places the burden of analyzing new designs for equivalent safety solely on the authority having jurisdiction, which has proven to be a significant obstacle in the practical implementation of these provisions.

To close this gap, an alternative new performance-based Code was developed by the ASME A17.7/CSA B44.7 Committee on New Technology, and published by ASME. This new Code provides a methodology — based on the structured application of Global Essential Safety Requirements (GESRs) — for establishing a level of safety for a new design or product that is at least equivalent to that which would be provided by conforming to the corresponding requirements of ASME A17.1/CSA B44. This new Code is known as “ASME A17.7/CSA B44.7.”

A Global Essential Safety Requirement states in performance language the safety objective that must be achieved, but not how it must be done. The GESRs that must be taken into consideration when identifying and mitigating the safety risks that elevators can present during operation and use are listed in Part 3 of ASME A17.7/CSA B44.7. Each identified risk scenario must be analyzed for the probability of occurrence as well as the level of severity of the harm that can result if the risk is not mitigated. As long as a risk is assessed as unacceptable, the risk must continue to be mitigated by the implementation of suitable protective measures until the applicable GESR has been complied with.

When the design is complete and all applicable GESRs have been complied with, the design and the Code Compliance Documentation (CCD) must be submitted for review by a third-party certifying entity called an Accredited Elevator/Escalator Certification Organization (or AECO, for short). An AECO is an independent organization, accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), or the Standards Council of Canada (SCC), which evaluates designs and awards certificates of conformance with ASME A17.7/CSA B44.7 based on the documented risk assessments.

Once certification has been obtained for a new design, it can be submitted to the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ), who may choose to review all documentation from the AECO review process before accepting the new design. However, there is no guarantee that the AHJ will accept the new design. The performance-based code is only a tool to assure design integrity and public safety, and to simplify the evaluation process for the AHJ. After all is said and done, the final power of approval, as always, rests with the AHJ.

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MCE’s Factory Training Schedule, 2008 and 2009

Factory technical training classes provide a better working knowledge of installation, operation, and maintenance practices for MCE controls. Classes are offered in both MCE’s facilities in Rancho Cordova, California and Glendale, New York, and include classroom training, hands-on labs, one-on-one time with MCE instructors, and small group sessions – all providing an effective learning environment to maximize information retention. Specific class instruction covers elevator controller functions, computer diagnostic tools, job print reading, signal tracing, selector systems, sequence of operation problems, rotary equipment concerns and induced and stray voltages. For added convenience, customers can register online or contact Margo Walls at 916-463-9462.

Remaining 2008 CLASS SCHEDULE:

  • IMC Installation & Troubleshooting California:
    December 8, 9, 10

2009 CLASS SCHEDULE

IMC/PTC-Installation & Troubleshooting

California: February 17, 18 | May 18, 19 | August 17, 18 | November 16, 17

iControl- Installation & Troubleshooting

California: January 14, 15 | March 9, 10 | May 4, 5 | July 7, 8 | September 14, 15 | November 2, 3

New York: January 26, 27 | March 23, 24 | May 18, 19 | July 20, 21 | September 21, 22 | November 16, 17

Motion 4000- Installation & Troubleshooting

California: February 9, 10 | April 6, 7 | June 8, 9 | August 3, 4 | October 5, 6 | December 7, 8

New York: January 28, 29 | March 25, 26 | May 20, 21 | July 22, 23 | September 23, 24 | November 18, 19

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MCE Showcases Complete Elevator Solutions at NAEC 2008



This year, the 59th Annual National Association of Elevator Contractors (NAEC) conference and exhibition was held in Grapevine, Texas at the Gaylord Texan.  During the first part of the week, in addition to setting up and testing exhibits, MCE moderated a roundtable discussion on elevator modernization pitfalls. On Thursday morning, the show opened.

MCE showcased its complete elevator packages, Motion line of elevator & escalator controls, iControl, Destination Based Dispatching, iMonitor/Campus view, BMS Link, ELGO absolute positioning system, and new Video Rescue System for Motion 4000 MRL.

MCE also introduced a new Destination Based Dispatching display. Designed to replicate more of an actual lobby experience than our previous display, the new display featured faux elevator cars, sophisticated car and hall fixtures (including touch screen kiosks), and new fixture graphics. MCE was also pleased to be recognized as the outstanding large island booth at the show!



More than 400 attended the MCE/Imperial Electric customer party at the Gaylord’s Riverwalk Café on Thursday after the show to help celebrate Imperial’s 100th birthday!

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MCE Demonstrates Traction Auxiliary Power Supply (TAPS) at NAEC 2008


Towering 22 feet over the show floor at this year’s NAEC event in Grapevine, Texas, MCE’s sleek steel gray elevator tower gave visitors a glimpse of the complete elevator solutions offered by MCE. Situated at the base of the tower, covered with a clear acrylic enclosure, was TAPS, one of MCE’s newest, most innovative products. When a building’s commercial power is lost, TAPS helps prevent passenger entrapment by providing back up power — the critical power required to safely deliver the elevator car to the next landing. For buildings without generators, TAPS provides an ideal, low cost solution for back up elevator power.

Developed for use with AC traction elevators, TAPS was successfully demonstrated numerous times over the two day show. During the presentations, it was explained that TAPS gets its power by building and maintaining reserve energy as it continuously monitors commercial power. Once commercial power is present, TAPS recharges automatically. TAPS determines the optimal travel direction without requiring a load weighing system, so battery use is optimized, insuring a successful rescue.

If backup power is not desired, TAPS has a lockable switch that allows power to shut off without the back up power turning on.  

Features:

  • On board controller provides intelligent operation
  • Lockable shut-off switch provides additional safety during service
  • Battery level indicator
  • 3kVA unit: up to 20 HP motor
    6kVA unit: up to 40 HP motor
TAPS is CSA B44.1-04/ASME A17.5-2004, EN 12015 and 12016, and State of California compliant.

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MCE Web Site Provides Quick Access to Customer Service

We have updated our web site to provide faster, more streamlined responses to customer requests. You can now link directly to the support area you need! We encourage our customers to use the following links:

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2009 Tradeshow Schedule for MCE and Kinetek

  • IEEE Expo: Chennai, India, February 12 - 14
  • Elevator U: University of Illinois, June 16 - 18
  • United in Orlando (NAEC, NAVTP, NAESA, CECA): Orlando, Florida, September 22 - 23 
  • Interlift: Augsburg Germany, October 13 - 16

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Staff Changes and Additions


Emery Thran, North American Elevator Programs Manager



Emery Thran rejoins MCE as North American Elevator Programs Manager. Emery began his elevator career at MCE in 1995, and served as South/Southeast Regional Sales Manager. His professional elevator background includes extensive experience in modernization, new construction and component sales. Emery will oversee development of MCE’s North American elevator programs, including MRL and overhead traction packages. Emery can be contacted at 916-463-9215 or emery.thran@mceinc.com.

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Dan Walsh, Director of International Sales



Dan Walsh has joined MCE as Director of International Sales. Dan has gained extensive sales experience during his 17 year elevator career. He has managed worldwide sales teams in over 15 countries, and has been responsible for global business development in Asia, India, United Kingdom and South America. In his new role at MCE, Dan will work with MCE’s international sales managers to drive market share throughout Europe, Asia, India, and Latin America. Dan can be contacted at 916-463-9307 or daniel.walsh@mceinc.com.

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Cindy Samek, Northeast Region Account Manager



Cindy Samek also rejoins MCE sales' team as a Northeast Region Account Manager. Cindy, like Emery, first established herself in the industry while working as a Sales Representative at MCE. Cindy left MCE in 2005 to gain additional elevator industry experience as a Regional Sales Manager, where she was responsible for sales of manufacturers' complete elevator packages and key components. Cindy looks forward to working with new customers and reconnecting with former customers. Cindy can be contacted at 916-463-9282 or cindy.samek@mceinc.com.

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Steve Boisvert, Northwest & Canada Regional Sales Manager



Steve Boisvert has been appointed to Regional Sales Manager for the Northwest Region. Steve has had the dual responsibility of MCE Sales Representative for the Midwest region as well as being the Canada sales manager. Effective September 1, 2008, Steve added the management of the Northwest region to his current role. Effective January 1, 2009, in addition to being the Northwest Regional Manager, Steve will also manage all of Canada when he becomes the Canadian Regional manager. Steve can be contacted at 916-463-9485 or steve.boisvert@mceinc.com.

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About Us

Motion Control Engineering

Headquartered in Rancho Cordova (Sacramento), California, USA, MCE is the leader in non-proprietary elevator controllers, technical services and repair solutions for elevator modernization and new construction. MCE offers products and services in more than 20 countries and territories, and has an installed base of more than 160,000 elevator controllers. For information about MCE, visit www.mceinc.com.

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Kinetek

Kinetek companies operate 28 facilities and employ more than 3000 people in North America, Europe and Asia and hold market leading positions in the elevator/escalator, commercial floor care, material handling, golf and utility vehicle, commercial food equipment, aerial work platform and medical market segments. Kinetek companies include Imperial Electric, Scott DC Power Products, Euclid Universal, Advanced Motors & Drives, Kinetek De Sheng (KDS), FIR Group, Kinetek Controls, Valmark Industries, Merkle-Korff Industries, Motion Control Engineering (MCE), Zhongxiu Kinetek (ZXK) and Kinetek Jinghe (KJH). Learn more about Kinetek by visiting www.kinetekinc.com.

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