Repair Or Modernise?

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Published on: 09-02-2018

If you’ve had a lift installed at your business for a long period of time, and the lift itself is starting to feel outdated, or isn’t running as smoothly as you’d like, then it may be in need of repair.

A complete replacement of parts may not be the only answer. There are many factors to consider – but your elevator may benefit from an upgrade.

When deciding if your lift system needs an upgrade, there are many strategic decisions that need to be weighed carefully when evaluating options. Lifts interact with other building services, so front-end planning is the best way to reduce the possibility of potential costly mistakes.

Deciding on any type of modernisation can be tricky. How do you know if a repair or modernisation is more suited? This is a common question for facility managers. Before any modernisation might be necessary or partial upgrades required, a full assessment of the system should take place.

Evaluating your elevator system will give you a clearer idea if a simple repair will suffice or if a complete modernisation will be more beneficial in the long run.

In order to confirm if modernisation will be the most beneficial solution, the assessor should possess a clear understanding of maintenance, repair and replacements. Maintenance means routine examination, lubrication, cleaning, and adjustment parts; repairs refers to reconditioning or renewal of certain parts, components, or subsystems to ensure performance remains efficient and safe; replacement means the substitution of a device, component, or subsystem, in its entirety, with a unit that is essentially the same as the original for purpose.

For example, a rewound hoist motor would be classified as a repair; a new hoist motor with the same characteristics is a replacement; and a new hoist motor featuring new controls, features and functions is a modernisation.

Contact Sheridan Lifts now for more information on lift maintenance, repairs and modernisation.

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