An old lift does not necessarily need replacing in its entirety and, in fact, doing so may be extremely difficult due to the design or layout of the existing lift installation. Instead, you can have a lift 'modernised'. What does this entail? Allow us to explain...
Lifts properly serviced and maintained can last years and tend to have a longer life cycle than most if not all other forms of transportation. Here at Falcon it's not uncommon for us to be servicing existing passenger lifts that are over 30 years old. However, like any electrical and mechanical equipment, a lift eventually needs to be replaced or thoroughly updated. After many years of use, regular lift maintenance may no longer be enough. As parts wear out, you may be paying more for repairs. It may be more difficult to find spare parts for an old lift, so it may be out of order for a longer time. It's estimated that almost half of passenger and goods passenger lifts in use were installed more than 25 years ago. In the case of an existing passenger lift installation it should not be assumed that the equipment complies with all current regulations and/or standards.
This is particularly unlikely in the event of equipment that is over ten years of age. Also to be considered is that within the useful life expectancy of a building, which may be as much as 60 years, a lift refurbishment, lift upgrade, or even total replacement of the equipment may occur several times.
How a lift modernisation works…
The lift modernisation process involves the replacement of obsolete components with their modern equivalents. In addition to this, new features are added that were not available when the lift was originally installed. This results in a ‘new’ safer lift that not only complies with the latest legislation and standards, but also offers improved reliability, enhances traffic flow within the building and has superior finishes.
Why should I modernise my lift?
There are a number of reasons to modernise your lift:
Improving performance and traffic flow
A modernisation might involve replacing the drive unit, gearbox and control system of your lift. This will result in a faster lift with a smoother ride, and could incorporate an ‘intelligent’ control system offering improved traffic flow within the building.
Improved reliability and lower maintenance costs
Old, unreliable components might cause a lift to break down regularly, resulting in costs from both periods of downtime and repairing the lift. Replacement of these components (along with regular maintenance) will reduce lift downtime, offering improved reliability and lower running costs.
Adding value to the building
While the reasons above would obviously add value to the lift, and therefore the building in which it is situated; aesthetic improvements can also offer similar benefits. These might involve ‘re-skinning’ landing doors, replacing lighting, new lift car finishes, adding CCTV or fitting mirrors within the car.
Conforming to the latest standards and regulations