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The Key Benefits of Lift Modernisation

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 installation. Instead, you can have a lift 'modernised'. What does this entail? Allow us to explain...

Lifts properly serviced and maintained can last years. Here at Stannah it's not uncommon for us to be servicing 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. The old lift in your building might not meet the latest safety and accessibility regulations.

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 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:

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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, or fitting mirrors within the car.

What do the standards and regulations have to say about this?

Over recent years, new legislation regarding disabled access and health and safety has been introduced which affects those responsible for lifts. A modernisation might allow you to comply with the new legislation without the need/cost of replacing the lift altogether.

There are many features that can be added to a lift in order to meet the needs of disabled users, and help the lift to comply the latest lift standards. Changes in legislation mean there are now; voice enunciators to tell passengers the direction of travel and the approaching floor level; travel direction and current position of the lift car should be shown by in-car and landing digital position indicators; other features include large, tactile and/or braille push buttons and infra-red door detectors.

Importantly many new lifts have emergency communication systems; to enable passengers to communicate and notify of an entrapment. At Stannah Lift Services we would always recommend installing an emergency communication system into an existing lift. 

What type of adjustments can be expected?

Lift modernisations come in all shapes and sizes, from: 

  • Component upgrades - a quick and cost-effective way to make small improvements to your lift. These upgrades includes items such as fitting a handrail; installing a mirror to help wheelchair users negotiate entry and exit when turning space is limited; installing floor position indicator or a voice enunciator.
  • Systems modernisation - improving the performance of your lift by updating entire systems, for example the emergency communication devices, electrics, lifting or door systems.
  • Full replacements - completely removing your old lift and installing a brand new one in your building’s existing lift shaft.

Health and safety is becoming ever more important in all our lifes. Lifts, particularly older ones, can be dangerous without appropriate maintenance. Modern technology allows us to incorporate more sophisticated safety devices, offering benefits to users and service engineers alike. 

Find out more about modernisation

A reputable lift service provider, like Stannah can help with understanding what you want out of your lift modernisation and at what cost. Then if you decide to go ahead we project manage the lift modernisation from start to finish; overseeing the work on site to ensure it's correctly installed and on time through to witness testing and commissioning. 

Still unsure? No problem! Get in touch to speak to one of our lift experts or click the link below to download your FREE guide to lift servicing and maintenance.

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