MCE InMotion - FALL 2010

Welcome to MCE’s newsletter, InMotion. Our goal with the stories and articles below is to offer you a glimpse inside MCE including our leadership, growth and product offerings. You’ll also find essential customer information such as training schedules, new product releases and product updates. We hope you find this newsletter easy to navigate and informative.



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  Freedom™ Family Elevator Product Additions Are Introduced at NAEC!   California State Fullerton Opts for Freedom!

MCE introduced its new LS-Edge Landing system and latest Freedom™ MRL elevator – the Freedom™ MP Series at NAEC...


Completing construction projects on time and on budget can be a challenge. As the saying goes, time is money...

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Staff Changes
Michael Poon, Director of Technical Support and Field Operations
Pal Hayer, Director of Products and Business Development

MCE CET Certified Training Classes
NAEC’s Education Committee has “CET” certified all MCE training classes...

MCE Web Site Provides Quick Access to Customer Service
Our web site now provides faster, more streamlined responses to customer requests...




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About Us
Motion Control Engineering
Headquartered in Rancho Cordova (Sacramento), California, USA, MCE is the leader in non-proprietary elevator controllers, technical services and repair solutions for modernization and new construction. The cornerstone of MCE’s innovative product heritage – non-proprietary, serviceable and maintainable elevator controls – can now be found in our complete elevator packages. Driven by a market need for custom-tailored elevator packages, MCE will provide an optimal solution for any modernization or new construction project. From hydraulic and traction controls to machines, cabs and fixtures, MCE offers products and services in more than 20 countries and territories, and has an installed base of more than 160,000 elevator controllers.

Kinetek companies operate 28 facilities in North America, Europe and Asia and hold market leading positions in the elevator/escalator, commercial floor care, material handling, golf and utility vehicle, commercial food equipment, aerial work platform and medical market segments. Kinetek companies include Imperial Electric, Scott DC Power Products, Euclid Universal, Advanced Motors & Drives, Kinetek De Sheng (KDS), FIR Group, Kinetek Controls, Valmark Industries, Merkle-Korff Industries, Motion Control Engineering (MCE), Zhongxiu Kinetek (ZXK) and Kinetek Jinghe (KJH).


Freedom™ Family Elevator Product Additions Are Introduced at NAEC!

MCE's booth, NAEC 2010

The NAEC Convention was held in Cincinnati, Ohio, September 29 and 30 at the Duke Energy Convention Center where MCE introduced its new LS-Edge Landing system and latest Freedom™ MRL elevator – the Freedom™ MP Series (machine platform). The MP Series joins the already introduced MB (machine beam) Series and MC (machine cassette) Series.

Freedom MRL - MC Series
Freedom MRL – MP Series (left) and MC Series (right)

The MP Series utilizes a machine platform that attaches to the elevator guide rail system. The loads are transferred through the guide rail system into the pit, reducing building structural interface considerations in the overhead. This simplifies the management of structural aspects for our customers and reduces the overall construction cost due to reduced building structural support. The Freedom™ MC Series was also on display at NAEC. The MC Series, which is currently patent pending, utilizes a machine cassette to house the machine. This allows for swift construction and serves as a built-in repair tool in the event the hoist machine needs to be repaired or replaced. The MC Series display also featured a customized Freedom™ educational video outlining MCE’s “Freedom Difference”.

MCE’s also introduced its new LS-Edge Landing System which is a fully enclosed, all magnetic design with no exposed sensors. In addition to our Freedom™ MRL elevators and LS-Edge Landing System, MCE displayed a new Destination Based Dispatching Fixture wall which showcased MCE’s latest DBD fixture offerings. Also on exhibit was MCE’s complete Motion line of elevator & escalator controls, iControl, iMonitor/BMS Link, MRL Remote Rescue, mView, mGroup, and TAPS.

Sister company, Imperial Electric also exhibited at NAEC this year, and displayed both the 478 ACPM machine and the 525-LS ACPM elevator traction machine, a direct drive elevator machine designed to replace geared machines in 1:1 roped applications.

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California State Fullerton Opts for Freedom!

Completing construction projects on time and on budget can be a challenge. As the saying goes, time is money. These days, it is more critical than ever that elevator contractors install equipment that meets dependable accuracy standards to adhere to demanding construction schedules.

California State University, Fullerton, a highly regarded university in Southern California serving more than 32,000 students from 28 permanent buildings spread over 236 acres, recently accepted ownership of a unique, strategically located on-campus parking structure. The architectural design of the parking structure features glass-back elevator cabs and visually pleasing spiral staircase.

Specialized Elevator, located in nearby Santa Fe Springs, California, completed the 3-car group of MCE Freedom™ MRL complete elevators in just eleven weeks to meet the general contractors expedited schedule. Don Webster, owner of Specialized Elevator, attributes the timely completion of the parking garage to the manufactured precision of MCE’s Freedom Elevators™. “Precise mechanical designs that do not require field re-fabrication such as re-drilling or field torch work save time, money and frustration for everyone,” said Webster. “The MCE Freedom Elevators that we installed at Cal State Fullerton were the easiest elevators that I have installed during my 40 years in the business.” Webster added that his lead adjuster considered the elevators “a flawless masterpiece”, and his project manager wishes he could install Freedom Elevators every day.

Freedom Elevators™ utilize only industry standard materials available to all elevator companies. This allows the freedom to choose the installer as well as future full service maintenance providers, knowing that the elevator is designed to meet non-proprietary, serviceable and maintainable guidelines.

Freedom Elevators utilize traditional wire rope suspension means along with traditional drive sheaves. This is a reliable and predictable time-tested industry technology. Relying on industry proven technology combined with the latest most efficient motor/control technology ensures that the end user gains the efficiencies without sacrificing future serviceability.

Over the past 30 years, the elevator industry has embraced non-proprietary control technology which allows any elevator contractor to install and service long term, as well as providing the end user the ability to change service providers without sacrificing service levels or struggling to obtain materials and documentation for the new service provider.

Today’s patented proprietary elevator designs have fostered a race to develop proprietary non-NEMA standard hoist machines and related mechanical and traction means as a way to give certain OEM elevator manufactures a selling edge and future repair benefit. With the hoist machines now becoming the design cornerstone to gain efficiency, specifiers must look long term at the future full maintenance serviceability and repair paths that are viable for unique product criteria. MCE offers complete traction elevator designs including MRL elevators which can be purchased, installed, serviced and repaired by any elevator contractor.

Scott Elevator Consultants, located in Laguna Niguel, California, provided technical assistance to meet the demanding needs of the busy California State Fullerton campus environment. Knowing that performance and product longevity were two critical areas of consideration for their client, they approved the use of MCE’s Freedom MRL – MB Series, shop drawings and installation review. The MB Series is an approved product in the State of California and does not require a variance for non-standard materials.

A similar parking structure at a neighboring campus utilized a 150 fpm 3 car group of hydraulic elevators. The Cal State Fullerton parking garage features the same number of elevators, capacity, stops, openings and travel. The major difference between the two is the speed differential of 200 fpm. The car speeds are 350 fpm, yet the unseen design improvement is where the efficiency is gained. The comparative campus parking structure has 50 HP motors while the 200 fpm faster cars at the Cal State Fullerton parking structure are only 21.8 HP. Better service, greater energy efficiency and a universal non-proprietary elevator design will prove that Scott Elevator Consulting delivered their clients a project with their future interests in mind.

Project Credits:

• Building Owner: California State University – Fullerton

• Elevator Manufacturer: Motion Control Engineering – Freedom Elevators™

• Elevator Contractor: Specialized Elevator

• Elevator Consultant: Scott Elevator Consultants

• General Contractor and Architect: Bomel Construction Company/International Parking Design

Project summary:

• 3 car group

• MRL - ACPM Gearless 2:1

• 350 fpm

• 3500 lbs. capacity

• 6 stops

• 6 openings (front only)

• Zone 4 seismic requirements

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Staff Changes

Mike Poon

As we continue to position our resources to better serve our customers, and continue to improve our products and services, we have made the following organizational changes already in effect:

Lawrence Vo is now the Director of Research and Development. He will oversee all product hardware and software development teams, and is in charge of MCE’s product development roadmap.

Michael Poon has become the Director of Technical Support and Field Operations replacing Pal Hayer. Michael will oversee the teams of Technical Support, Customer Service, Modification and Field Operations.

Pal Hayer has become the Director of Products and Business Development, at large, for Kinetek’s Elevator and Escalator Solutions Group (EESG). Pal will work closely with our international sales and support teams.

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MCE CET Certified Training Classes

Certified Training ClassesNAEC’s Education Committee has “CET” certified all MCE training classes taking place at both our California and New York facilities. The IMC & PTC Installation & Troubleshooting classes each equal 14.0 CET contact hours; the Motion 2000 and Motion 4000 training classes each equal 14.5 CET contact hours; and the iControl training class equals 15.0 CET contact hours.

MCE’s factory technical training classes provide a better working knowledge of installation, operation, and maintenance practices for MCE controls, and include classroom training, hands-on labs, one-on-one time with MCE instructors, and small group sessions – all providing an effective learning environment to maximize information retention. Specific class instruction covers elevator controller functions, computer diagnostic tools, job print reading, signal tracing, selector systems, sequence of operation problems, rotary equipment concerns and induced and stray voltages. For added convenience, customers can register online or contact Blake Currier at 916-463-9214. Class schedule for the remainder of 2010 is as follows:

iControl- Installation & Troubleshooting

California: Nov 15, 16
New York: Nov 15, 16

Motion 2000/4000- Installation & Troubleshooting

California: Dec 6, 7
New York: Nov 17, 18

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MCE Web Site Provides Quick Access to Customer Service

Our web site provides faster, more streamlined responses to customer requests. You can link directly to the support area you need! We encourage our customers to use the following links:

For technical support, please contact

For change orders and/or modifications to existing controllers in the field, please contact

For parts’ price and availability, please contact

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