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A modular elevator is the fastest and easiest elevator you’ll ever install.  There are no rails to hang, cab to assemble, or unprotected heights to hang from.   We’ve done all the assembly work; all you have to do is set it in place, connect it to the power source, and perform normal startup, testing and adjusting.

There are three steps that can take a day or two each for the installation of our standard hydraulic elevators. The first is to set the elevator in place. Some plumbing and wiring can take place at this time as well. The second step is to finish the installation once power has been turned on at the site.  The third is to be present and oversee the inspection as well as trouble shoot any items that pop up. Below are more detailed steps to the installation process. If you want to look at a quick video that shows an overview of the installation process click on the link below.

Easy Install Video



Step 1: Obtain Permits

We will supply layout drawings after the customer approves the details of their elevator.  Use these to apply for the required permits.

Step 2: Unload Truck

The truck will arrive with:

→ The modular elevator shaft (multiple pieces if taller tower)

→ The modular machine room (if ordered) OR a pallet with the tank and controller strapped to it

→ The rest of the “shipped separately” components strapped inside the hoistway closest to point of use.

Fastest installing commercial quality elevator. This mnaufactured elevator is ready to be installed.

If there is a modular machine room, have the crane unload it first and set it off to the side.

Have the crane rig the hoistway, lift it off the truck, and allow the truck to drive away.  Remove the shipping brackets from the bottom of the hoistway (Phillips head screws).  Have the crane upright the elevator and lower it into the pit

For more details on sizing and rigging, as well as a video of a modular elevator being set, click the link below.

Crane Info

Step 3: Set and Plumb Hoistway

The hoistway structure is built perfectly square in the factory, and the rails are aligned and welded in place.  It is secured in the pit by bolting it to cast-in-place anchor bolts.  The hoistway “legs” are 1” shorter than the pit is deep to allow for leveling the hoistway inside an imperfect pit.  Once leveled, non-shrink grout is packed under the base plates to support them permanently.

Setting the Hoistway

Step 4: Install the Machine Room

If there is a modular machine room supplied, it has the same footprint as the hoistway and should be set next to or behind it.  Level the machine room base plate and then attach to the slab with epoxy anchors (GC supplies).

If there is a site-built machine room, mount the power unit and controller in the room, and wire them together and to the disconnects.

Step 5: Install Hydraulic Lines

Pipe the jacks to the power unit as with any other hydraulic elevator.  You supply the piping and fittings, as well as pipe stands and anchorage.

If there is a modular machine room, we optionally supply a pre-cut piping/fittings package.  One piece of pipe is left long and ungrooved on one end so that you can cut it to precise length.

If the machine room is remote from the hoistway, coordinate in advance with the GC on how the piping and cable will be routed.  Plan for underground raceways to be set before the pit is poured.  Make sure nothing extends past the inside of the pit wall until after the tower is set.

Build Elevator Contractor - Plumbing the elevator pit starts with the hydraulic jack and ends in the modular machine room.
Build Elevator Contractor - The piping for a hydraulic elevator are easily attached.
Build Elevator Contractor - Hydraulic elevators can be installed quickly with Phoenix Modular Elevator.
Build Elevator Contractor - Piping the pit of a hydraulic elevator is easy with the supplied pipes from Phoenix Modular Elevator.

Step 6: Connect Wiring

Option A:  The traveling cable and hoistway cable are coiled up near the bottom of the hoistway.  Unwrap both cables and feed them to the desired exit point, through the raceway to the machine room.

Option B:  The traveling cable and hoistway cable are terminated in a junction box at the bottom of the hoistway, and extra lengths of cable are supplied.  Cut the cables to the precise length you need and wire them between the terminal box and the controller.

With a modular machine room, all gutter connections are precut and supplied.  With a site-built machine room, you supply the gutter and conduit from the hoistway to the controller, controller to power unit, and controller to disconnects.

MMR Piping Wiring

Step 7: Start Up the Elevator

Ensure jacks are plumb and secured, fill the tank with oil supplied by installer, sequentially remove shipping brackets, power up the elevator and lift the car.  Check for leaks, remove the final shipping brackets, and lower the car.

Start Up

Step 8: Test and Adjust Elevator

Perform all normal tests and adjustments as with any other newly installed elevator.

→ Run on inspection

→ Install selector tape, adjust magnets to set floor levels

→ Adjust doors

→ Run on automatic

→ Adjust valve

→ Connect and test smoke detector and fire alarm

→ Connect and test phone line

The elevator has not been powered up in the factory, so full testing and adjusting must be performed in the field.  This includes doors, which are installed horizontally in the factory and thus cannot be fully adjusted until they are vertical.

Instructions on all equipment, as well as wiring diagrams, are contained in the Project Manual that ships with the elevator.

Step 9: Final Details

Install ceiling panels and lights in car.

Install light bulbs and guards in pit and cartop.

Give GC a punch list of any outstanding items that must be complete prior to inspection.

Step 10: Inspection

Schedule and perform inspection.

Turn elevator over to customer.

Arrange for ongoing maintenance to preserve the warranty.

We hope that the information above will help you with the elevator installation. It is our goal to make the process as easy as possible. If you have any suggestions or questions, feel free to contact us at your convenience.

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