The Avire Blog

At Avire we pride ourselves on being up to date with the latest industry standards & trends and we invest heavily in this area. We recognise that this knowledge is not only important to us but it also offers significant value to our customers and so below you will find a range of our latest market insights articles. These articles range from explaining industry standards updates to information on energy-efficiency in lifts and the future of the cellular networks. We post on LinkedIn when new articles are available and so please follow our company page for these updates.

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Deferred Lift Maintenance (+lift maintenance checklist)

Lift maintenance is a major unfunded liability for building owners. It is imperative to recognize the challenge, identify the need and provide an ongoing funding mechanism to address it.
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All you need to know about compliance and lift doors

Automated door operation is one of the most interacted with pieces of a lift. As doors are liable to hit people, unsurprisingly, they have become the number one source of lift-related lawsuits. To minimise the risk of injury, EN81-20 Standard provides guidelines to protect passengers. In this post we review how to ensure compliance and how these solutions work.
3-2-1.. it’s lift phone test time

3-2-1.. it’s lift phone test time

Facility managers are responsible for ensuring their emergency lift phones comply with the EN81-28 standards and its requirement for 3-day test calls. This easy guide provides an introduction to what test calls, how they work, and what the related risk is for building owners.
3-day test calls based on P100

3-day test calls based on P100

In this post we explore the challenges P100 will face as we move into the digital switch and what solutions are available for emergency lift phones to ensure continued operability.
The ABCs of Lift IoTs

The ABCs of Lift IoTs

This handy glossary explains some commonly used terms referring to elevator communications and security.
Seeing Isn't Believing - Camera and Infra-Red based TOF 3D vision systems

Seeing Isn’t Believing – Camera and Infra-Red based TOF 3D vision systems

Infrared (IR) based light curtains have been the accepted way of protecting passengers from closing elevator doors since the 1990’s, however, over the last 5 years there have been numerous show stands exhibiting new and exciting technology, purporting to render light curtain technology obsolete. Despite these bold announcements in the market little appears to have changed, why? In this article we look to separate the facts from the hyperbole and in doing so set realistic expectations on what to expect over the coming years.
Why use connected devices?

Why use connected devices?

An overview of the trends in the industry outlining the benefits of gathering data on and around elevators - what information is being gathered and how it is of use to different parties.
What is a smart building?

What is a smart building?

Smart buildings are sometimes referred to as 'automated buildings', 'intelligent buildings' or buildings that incorporate smart technology. A smart building is any structure that uses automated processes to automatically control the building’s operations including heating, ventilation, air conditioning, lighting, vertical transportation and other systems.
Maintenance and Modernisation market about to grow in China

Maintenance and Modernisation market about to grow in China

Recently, the elevator maintenance and modernisation market has become a hot topic in China. This article will address the current status of China's elevator maintenance and modernisation market from the perspective of market information, laws and regulations.
Child safety in lifts

Child safety in lifts

Lifts are one of the safest forms of transportation provided that they are correctly installed, and regularly and thoroughly maintained. Every year, however, many children are harmed or killed in lifts. Young children, especially those younger than 5 years of age, often lack the strength, coordination, balance, and protective reflexes to avoid injury.
The History of Lifts: Where did it all begin?

The History of Lifts: Where did it all begin?

Interesting lift fact: as a group, they carry the equivalent of the world’s population in three days. They have played an important role in shaping our world and our lives.
The Most Effective Elevator Door-Edge Safety Systems with LED and 3D Technologies

The Most Effective Elevator Door-Edge Safety Systems with LED and 3D Technologies

Light curtains for elevator door edges have been the established technology for protecting passengers from door impacts for many years. Their usage is described in the relevant codes in many regions and some basic light curtains can meet the standards.
Autodiallers and Internet Protocol (IP) phone systems

Autodiallers and Internet Protocol (IP) phone systems

There are two instances where a customer may need to connect an autodialler to a digital line.
What is an M2M SIM Card?

What is an M2M SIM Card?

This article discusses what SIM cards are, the different types of SIM cards and which SIM cards are the best for use in the elevator market.
EN81-28:2018 – What You Need to Know

EN81-28:2018 – What You Need to Know

Since 2003, Part 28 has been the industry’s reference for installing, testing, and designing emergency telephones. Now in 2018 we are seeing a major revision. How will the revision affect you?
Radio Equipment Directive (RED) – Overview and Impact for Lifts

Radio Equipment Directive (RED) – Overview and Impact for Lifts

The Radio Equipment Directive (RED) establishes a regulatory framework for “making available on the market” and “putting into service” radio equipment in the European Union.  It replaced the prior directive (R&TTE 1999/5/EC) and was effective 13 June 2017.
EN81-71: Lift standards for Vandal Resistant Lift Components

EN81-71: Lift standards for Vandal Resistant Lift Components

Vandalism is a major concern for lift owners; damage through misuse and abuse impacts both the availability of lifts, and passenger safety. EN81-71:2018 is a harmonised European Standard which outlines additional protective measures to improve the vandal resistance of lift installations.
Light Immunity Explained

Light Immunity Explained

How do Avire’s light curtains achieve enhanced light immunity?
Lift door safety

Lift door safety

When selecting a suitable light curtain for your lift door safety application it is important to consider several factors before making your decision. Diode count, number of beams and response time all play a part in determining the relative performance of a particular detector, and no feature should be judged in isolation.
Elevator Safety, Door Edges & EN81 Lift Standards

Elevator Safety, Door Edges & EN81 Lift Standards

As of September 2017 all new lifts must comply with EN81-20 and EN81-50 Elevator Standards. These standards were approved in 2014 to replace EN81-1 and EN81-2, and after a grace period for the elevator maintenance and installation industry to prepare, these elevator standards are now mandatory for all new lifts.
EN81-72 Fire-Fighting Lift Regulations

EN81-72 Fire-Fighting Lift Regulations

In 2015, the European Committee for Standardisation released an update to the standard for the installation of Firefighter Lifts, EN81-72:2015. This replaced the 2003 version of the same standard.
EN81-20 Detectors

EN81-20 Detectors

In August 2014 two new standards covering lift design (EN 81-20:2014) and installation requirements (EN 81-50:2014) were released in Europe. These replace EN 81-1:1998+A3:2009 and EN 81-2:1998+A3:2009, which were 15 years old and needed upgrading to comply with modern safety requirements. It is expected that the new standards will also be adopted in China, South America and Australia.

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