I spent last week in Miami representing Hollister Whitney at Elevcon. Elevcon is a unique gathering in the world of elevators. The sponsoring group is the International Association of Elevator Engineers, and it is organized by Chairman Ami Lustig – a highly respected consultant from Israel.
Some 120 people attended the three day event – and there were 23 countries represented. Elevcon has two main components – a Congress, where individuals present technical papers that were proposed and approved in advance, and a small expo where product and service vendors have an opportunity to show / expose their products to the Elevcon attendees.
The presentation of technical papers is the meat of the gathering. The topics touch many aspects of elevatoring and are divided into themed sessions – each of which has a Chairman to conduct the session, introduce the presenters, and keep the program on schedule. I was honored to have been asked to chair one of the technical sessions. Most presentations represent new / innovative thinking or research – all are very interesting.
The expo is very small and all of the breaks take place in the room where the table top displays are set up. I had a demonstration stand that displayed two different designs of the Hollister Whitney Rope Gripper. Rope Gripper is a hot topic around the world right now because the EN81 code (European) Amendment 3 went into effect in Jan. For the first time in EN81, Amendment 3 contains requirements to protect against Unintentional Car Movement in new construction as well as modernization. Rope Gripper is an ideal product for complying with these new requirements.
Elevcon was a great learning experience and a good time to renew friendships with elevator types from all around the world. Many thanks to Teresa and to Pat Tobin of MEI who both helped me set up and position my display.