You Found What?

Social media site Reddit is like a virtual scavenger hunt: No matter what you’re looking for, you’ll always find something interesting. Newsweek, the online news site, came across something fascinating for “elevator-maintenance folks” — the question, “what is the weirdest thing you have found at the bottom of the elevator [pit]?” Answers ranged from weapons to jewelry, a “Chucky” doll head to a Christmas tree. Flip through our photo gallery, and check out the original Reddit post for more. And, if you’ve got a story about an interesting find, drop us a line in the comments section.

Cutting Carbon

thyssenkrupp Elevator recently announced its long-term plan to reduce its carbon footprint, an ambitious blueprint that foresees slashing the company’s greenhouse gas emissions by half within 20 years.  The goal is part of its continuing efforts to become a more environmentally friendly industrial business. “Our climate targets are ambitious but, in view of the tasks and challenges facing us in terms of climate protection, they are not exaggerated,” said company CEO Peter Walker. “We see a clear responsibility on the part of the companies and are determined to make our contribution, and it should be sustainable in the long term.” In keeping with scientific criteria that underpin the Paris Climate Agreement, thyssenkrupp hopes to realize a 25% cut in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. Under the plan, the company would reach the 50% reduction target by 2040. More than half of thyssenkrupp Elevator’s carbon emissions are related to its vehicle fleet, so this is where efforts will be focused. Methods will include optimization and route efficiency planning, as well as the use of hybrid and electric vehicles. Improvements in technician driving efficiency via the VIEW platform will help reduce unnecessary mileage on vehicles. The use of MAX, thyssenkrupp’s real-time, predictive maintenance system, will help determine which parts are needed before traveling to the jobsite.

Warehouse efficiencies will also make a difference.

“thyssenkrupp Elevator’s long-standing commitment to sustainability starts at our own operations with these ambitious carbon targets,” said Paula Casares, head of sustainability. “Our reduction of carbon emissions throughout our full operations will not only help our bottom line, but will also allow us to provide the best answer to our customers while acting in an environmentally responsible way in all phases of our business.”

IoT is Useful For So Much More Than Ordering a Pizza

Thanks to IoT, elevators can tell their repair technicians when maintenance is needed.

I have to admit, when I first started hearing about the Internet of Things (IoT), I was skeptical about the usefulness of having a thermostat or a refrigerator online. It sounded silly, kind of like the TV commercial in which a teenager walks into the kitchen and begins barking commands at appliances: “Computer, order pizza! Fridge, weather! Trash can, turn on the TV!”

We’re all aware of smart-home technology, so the commercial’s scenario isn’t really all that outlandish. And, being able to remotely operate your thermostat really does offer an advantage over old-school, manual pressing of buttons. But, the area where IoT is perhaps making its biggest splash is in industrial maintenance — specifically, predictive maintenance. With that in mind, buildings.com recently published an article, “Predictive Maintenance: Top 10 Ways IoT is Changing Elevators.” We list them here:

  1. Monitoring Operating Conditions
  2. Predictive Maintenance
  3. Remote Diagnostics and Troubleshooting
  4. Real-Time Notifications
  5. Behavioral Insights
  6. Avoided Downtime
  7. Increased Product Reliability
  8. Flexible Communication Standards
  9. Less Frequent Replacement
  10. Enabling Better Facilities Management

For details about each point, click, tap or command your phone to take you to the link above.