MCE’s Smallest Freedom™ Elevator
MCE’s Elevator Packages Division recently designed and manufactured the smallest Freedom elevator to date for an 1890's era building that is being refurbished and converted to historic Sacramento downtown apartments. The existing Otis basement winding drum project was surveyed by MCE and then engineered as a Freedom MRL - MB Series roped 1:1. The vintage Otis winding drum application was 20 HP; the new Freedom elevator is only 4.6 HP, a net improvement of 77%! The project was complex, partly because the existing hoistway was so small — and a counterweight had to be added to the mix. The car is fully seismic compliant for Zone 4 standards and has clearances as low as a credit card thickness in various portions of the hoistway.
This elevator also utilizes a regenerative drive, making for the greenest alternative for a traction elevator. The building owner is requesting a PG&E rebate related to use of green power saving technology.
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MCE’s Destination Based Dispatching
Traditionally, buildings with multiple elevators operating under a single dispatcher, or group control, have used Estimated Time of Arrival (ETA) as the basis for call assignment. The primary impetus of the system is to determine which car can arrive at a hall call soonest. The algorithms used in this system are sophisticated and highly conditional depending upon factors including the number of elevators in the group, the number of floors serviced, the real time position of each elevator, and prioritization of hall calls.
ETA calculations are vital to a Destination Based Dispatching system, but the Destination dispatcher captures other important factors as well, including the destination floors of registered calls, the number of passengers for each destination floor, and special needs associated with ADA calls.
This added information allows the Destination dispatcher to group and direct passengers with like destinations to a specific elevator or elevators, reducing the number of stops the elevator will make along the way — which reduces the time passengers must spend in the elevator.
Added information also allows the Destination dispatcher to assign an appropriately sized car. For instance, fewer overall runs can be achieved if a larger capacity car can be sent to a floor with a large number of waiting passengers or to accommodate a wheelchair.
The special fixtures used for Destination dispatching (generally color touch screens for MCE systems) provide great opportunity not only for directing passengers to cars but for displaying value-added messages for priority clients to passengers within the cars.
A feature unique to MCE is the ability to scale Destination systems so that clients can use them only on the Lobby floors, on Lobby and selected floors, or on every floor. If conditions change, MCE touch screens can revert to simple ETA dispatching, displaying traditional Up/Down call graphics. Finally, color screens and MCE custom graphics allow clients to create a rich look-and-feel unique to their building environment.
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MCE has made important personnel changes intended to strengthen the company’s sales efforts. Changes to the sales organization include new and/or modified Regional Sales Manager (RSM) roles and territories, along with the hiring of additional sales representatives. These changes and additions include the following:
• Cindy Samek, formerly Northeast Region Account Manager, has been promoted to the RSM position for the Northeast region.
• Steve Boisvert, formerly Northwest/Canada RSM, will now oversee New York City and Canada.
• Jeff Yeager has added oversight of an additional region and is now RSM for the Mid/Midwest, Southwest and Northwest regions.
• Jessica Solis has been appointed sales representative for MCE’s Hydraulic Division, and will report to Orlando Turner who continues to manage the division.
• Erich Eschlboeck and Justin Cianci have joined MCE as sales representatives; Erich will concentrate his efforts in Canada, and Justin works with MCE’s Elevator Packages Division.
• The South and Southeast regions will continue to be managed by Bryan Kroeker.
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MCE CET Certified Training Classes
NAEC’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 2011 is as follows:
IMC/PTC- Installation & Troubleshooting
California: Oct. 17-18
iControl- Installation & Troubleshooting
California: June 13-14, Sept. 12-13, Nov. 14-15
New York: June 6-7, Sept. 19-20, Nov. 14-15
Motion 2000/4000- Installation & Troubleshooting
California: June 15-16, Sept. 14-15, Nov. 16-17
New York: June 8-9, Sept. 21-22, Nov. 16-17
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
For change orders and/or modifications to existing controllers in the field, please contact email@example.com.
For parts’ price and availability, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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