The Process – Manufactured Elevators
PME elevators are manufactured elevators, meaning the hoistway and the elevator car are built together as one unit, ready for installation. The process begins with planning and ends with a fully-functional elevator delivered. What comes in between is what makes Phoenix Modular Elevator unique. We are able to deliver high-quality, commercial elevators in less time and with a faster installation than the out-of-date, stick-built alternative.
1. Our manufactured elevators start with the hoistway frame built to customer specifications out of 4×4 inch tube steel columns and beams. This sturdy structure is self-supporting and can withstand earthquakes and 150 mph winds.
2. Steel studs are then welded between the bays, entrance frames are installed, and 5/8” drywall is attached inside and out. This gives the manufactured elevator a one-hour or two-hour fire rating as required by code.
3. Elevator equipment is then installed in the completed hoistway. Guide rails are precisely aligned, and hall stations and doors are installed and wired. Even the pit ladder and pit light are included.
4. At the same time, work begins on the elevator car. The sling and platform are fabricated on jigs to ensure precision, and the cab walls and ceiling are then assembled and squared. All of the components, including guide shoes, door operator, light curtain, inspection station, interior lights and exhaust fan and doors, are attached. This makes the car complete and ready for insertion into the hoistway. Here are our standard designs.
5. The final step is inserting the completed cab into the still-horizontal hoistway. Because both are fabricated on jigs, the car’s guide shoes slide easily onto the guide rails, where the car and hatch doors are perfectly aligned. Traction cars are then roped while hydraulic elevators have their jacks installed. All of the systems are inspected for a final time and finally, the car and doors are locked into place for shipping. The entire, completed modular elevator is carefully lifted onto the back of a flatbed truck and shipped to its new home somewhere in North America.
6. If the project calls for a modular machine room, it is constructed with durable tube steel and galvanized studs. It is then covered in fire-rated drywall to meet code requirements. Overhead lighting, a GFCI outlet, and disconnects for the elevator power are installed, as well as the tank and controller. All equipment is pre-wired, trimming time off the on-site install time.
Once the completed elevator arrives on-site, it is craned into place and the installer connects it to power and performs final testing and adjusting. With power connected, the elevator can be fully functional and ready for inspection in less than one week.
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