Eliminate future business risks by strengthening safety of elevators

New elevator safety standard, EN81-20/50, issued in Europe in 2014

The new safety standard for elevators were issued in Europe in 2014, and similar standard is expected to be issued in Japan and China. The new safety standard requires that a control device for inspection needs to be installed in the pit under the elevator and also above the car. Stop devices are required on the pit, machine room, above the car, and the control device for inspection. Requirements in terms of quality on pushbutton switches and such are more stringent. An elevator designer did not know how to comply with the new safety standard after it becomes effective in the future. IDEC proposed a solution that included pushbuttons and control boxes based on the new elevator standard requirement, and the elevator was designed successfully while meeting the requirements of the new safety standard.

Safety level must be enhanced with enforcement of new elevator safety standard

Technical standards of elevator safety are defined in the Building Standards Act in Japan and relevant regulations in other countries.

The new safety standard released in 2014, EN81-20/50, requires that stop devices be installed in the pit under the elevator and above the car, and the machine room. Quality requirements for electric and mechanical endurance in switches used on the stop devices are becoming stricter as well
The new elevator safety standard EN81-20/50 is now under a transition period as the harmonized standard of the European Lift Directive, and……