Industry News for May 4, 2016
LIFTINSTITUUT PRESENTATION ON PESSRAL, PESSRAE
Liftinstituut will discuss the subject of Programmable Electronic Systems in Safety Related Applications for Lifts (PESSRAL) and Programmable Electronic Systems in Safety Related Applications for Escalators (PESSRAE) standards, which are increasingly being used in safety-related applications for lifts and escalators. Liftinstituut believes the current lift and escalator standards are insufficiently clear and require further elaboration. The standards do not yet include requirements for calculating failure rates, which Liftinstituut states are needed to check whether a design meets the required Safety Integrity Level class stipulated by the standard. The subject will be covered in detail by Liftinstituut PESSRAL specialist Ing. Tijmen Molema on May 10 during Elevcon in Madrid.
IN MEMORIAM: JOHN WALL
John Wall, senior consultant for HKA Elevator Consulting, Inc., unexpectedly passed away on April 11. Based out of the Laguna Hills, California, office, a veteran of both the vertical-transportation industry and the U.S. Navy, Wall joined HKA in 2006. In 1963, he began attending the U.S. Navy Sonar and Anti-Submarine Warfare schools but, by the end of the decade, he was an elevator man. His long career began with Otis, included U.S. Elevator and then, in the 1990s, Mitsubishi Electric. A memorial was held on May 1 in San Clemente, California. Wall’s family asks that, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). If you would like WWF to send a notification, enter Kathy Wall’s information: Kathy Wall, 27952 Camino Las Ramblas, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675.
TORONTO’S SPIRE CONDOS COULD GET A NEIGHBOR
A proposal by Cityzen Development Group in downtown Toronto could bring a 49-story neighbor to the 45-story Spire Condos at Church and Adelaide streets, UrbanToronto.ca reports. architectsAlliance, which designed Spire, also designed the proposed building. It would house approximately 470 residential rental units and ground-level retail at 89 Church Street. Plans are expected to evolve, and no timeframe has been given.