One of our most important English clients came to us looking for a stylish high-tech solution for one of their projects which required IMEM Lifts to design and manufacture a large-capacity lift for the transport of top-of-the-range luxury cars inside an existing building in central London.
The capital of Cantabria, Santander is a beautiful city on the north coast of Spain, one of whose most attractive features is its particularly hilly terrain. This creates a striking urban landscape but can sometimes make movement within the city much more difficult than it appears at first sight.
One of IMEM Lift's most recent and exciting challenges is the design of a series of highly specialised lifts which we will be manufacturing and installing in the latest avant-garde project by the internationally-renowned architect Renzo Piano: the arts centre commissioned by the Marcelino Botín Foundation in the city of Santander, in northern Spain.
On 1 September 2017, the harmonised European standards EN 81-1 and EN 81-2, which since 1985 have set out the minimum specifications for the design and manufacture of electric and hydraulic lifts, will be definitively superseded by the new harmonised standards EN 81-20 and EN 81-50, after a three-year transition period since their initial publication in August 2014. The updating of the standards covers not only substantial changes in lift systems' technical specifications, but a change in their whole format: EN 81-1 covered the construction of lifts and the testing of lift components in the design and manufacture of electric lifts and EN 81-2 did the same for hydraulic lifts. The new standards are arranged in an entirely different way: EN 81-20 covers the technical requirements for the construction of both electric and hydraulic lifts and EN 81-50 covers the design rules and testing of lift components for both types of lift. The technical requirements established by the new standards represent a significant improvement in safety for lift users and service personnel, as well as for all users of the buildings which house them. Some of the more notable changes include: LIFT SHAFT Newly defined strength and dimension requirements for doors and hatchway access into the shaft, for inspection and rescue access and for entry into the machine room, the strength of shaft walls, the pit floor and the partitions within shafts, the impact-resistance of any glass used, the durability of landing-door toe-boards and the specifications of counterweight screens and of the pit exit options when the car is immobilised. The installation of air-conditioning and sprinkler systems is covered, and new lighting specifications are introduced. PIT Specifications for pit access ladders, for stopping devices, for an inspection control station in the pit and for an alarm button in accordance with EN 81-28. REFUGE SPACES ON THE CAR ROOF & IN THE PIT New definition of minimum dimensions, placement and warning signs. CAR DOORS & LANDING DOORS Increases in strength requirements and changes in the emergency unlocking system and the position of the unlocking triangle. MACHINE & PULLEY ROOMS New lighting specifications. LIFT CAR Newly defined minimum strength of car walls, fire resistance of in-car materials, resistance of glass or mirrors used, specifications of car apron, of car roof, of car roof balustrade and toe-board, the upgrading of service and emergency lighting and the specification of information required to be listed on labels and notices. GUIDE RAILS New design criteria, new calculation methods and new machining standards. SAFETY GEAR New definition of roping requirements and the replacement of minimum rope diameter requirements. BUFFERS Fixings to the car and/or counterweight, and the disappearance of energy-accumulation type buffers with buffered return movement. ELECTRICAL COMPONENTS Updating of inspection control stations and definition of bridge connectors for maintenance. Please remember that from 1 September 2017 all lifts installed and put into service in the European Union must fully comply with the specifications set out in these two new standards. IMEM Lifts is delighted to announce that from 1 January 2016 our entire range of lifts will be available to our customers in full compliance with the new harmonised standards EN 81-20 and EN 81-50, should you wish to take early advantage of these improvements. “The integration of the new standards into our lift designs is firmly in line with our unshakeable commitment to offering our customers the most innovative and up-to-date products on the market, compliant with the full range of present and even future standards and at the cutting edge of technological development”. Félix De las Heras. IMEM Lifts’ Quality Director.
Large-capacity goods lifts manufacture. At IMEM Lifts, we are continually moving forward in pursuit of our dream of becoming the leading European manufacturer of made-to-measure lift systems. One of our fastest-growing product lines over the last twelve months has been large-capacity goods lifts, and as a direct result and in order to streamline our production process in this area, we decided to dedicate a particular section of our production plant to the manufacture of this kind of large-scale lift system. Once we had designated the chosen area, we set about making it ready and equipping it for the production of these large-size lifts. As these are of widely varying shapes and designs, our first priority had to be to avoid filling the space with fixed machinery and installations and to ensure the maximum possible level of flexibility to suit the job in hand. In order to enable the assembly of lift cars which can be unusually large and tall, we had to equip the new production area with heavy lifting equipment. 'We got in touch with Konecranes (a world leader in the design, manufacture and maintenance of cranes and hoists) to provide us with the heavy-duty hoist that we needed. We installed a motorised piece of equipment, surprisingly light, with a load capacity of 1250Kg. Its main distinguishing feature is that it is suspended from the factory's roof structure which ensures that the work area is kept completely free of any obstruction. We can now assemble units of up to twenty feet in height - or even more, at a pinch.' We have of course installed all the necessary safety measures and equipment, and our dedicated production staff have all completed working at heights training programmes, in line with our strict policy of prioritising safety at work over all other considerations. Over the last few months, with this new production area up and running, we have already manufactured various large-scale lift units. The last one completed has a 6000Kg load capacity and a car size of 3180 x 6200 x 3600mm .
Highgate House in Northampton hosted the 5th Symposium on Lift & Escalator Technologies between September 23rd and 24th. This annual Symposium, organized by Northampton’s University together with CIBSE (Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers), brings together experts from the field of vertical transportation, offering an opportunity for speakers to present peer reviewed papers on the subject of their research.
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IMEM Lifts is one of Europe’s leading lift manufacturers with a well-established reputation for quality and reliability. We occupy a particularly competitive position in the lift market as we are one of the few fully independent lift companies on the entire continent able to design and build an almost limitless range of lifts and components – including lifts with or without a machine room in a wide range of sizes and configurations, hydraulic lifts, goods lifts, home lifts, lifts made to measure to satisfy a client’s special requirements – and more.
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