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==Manually-controlled elevator==
 
==Manually-controlled elevator==
Early elevators had no automatic landing positioning. Elevators were operated by elevator operators using a motor controller. The controller on this type of elevator would often not have many relays. Some older [[Freight Elevator|freight elevators]] are controlled by switches operated by pulling on adjacent ropes. Safety [[Door interlocks|interlocks]] ensure that the inner and outer doors are closed before the elevator is allowed to move.
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Early elevators had no automatic landing positioning. Elevators were operated by elevator operators using a type of daedman's switch (either a car switch, or constant pressure controls). The controller on this type of elevator would often not have many relays. Some older [[Freight Elevator|freight elevators]] are controlled by switches operated by pulling on adjacent ropes (also known as "shipper rope" operation). Safety [[Door interlocks|interlocks]] ensure that the inner and outer doors are closed before the elevator is allowed to move.
   
 
Later on, Otis introduced manually controlled elevators with automatic leveling. The operator could still control the speed, but when they released the controller the elevator leveled smoothly to the nearest floor in that direction. This was one of the first steps towards full automatic control of elevators.
 
Later on, Otis introduced manually controlled elevators with automatic leveling. The operator could still control the speed, but when they released the controller the elevator leveled smoothly to the nearest floor in that direction. This was one of the first steps towards full automatic control of elevators.
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==Dual operation elevator==
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A dual operation elevator usually can operate either as a car switch (manually-controlled) elevator (with operator), or a single automatic elevator (without operator, remembers 1 call at a time), depending on the position of a keyswitch. The purpose of this type of operation may have been that during peak traffic, the elevator would operate in car switch mode with an operator (who could respond to multiple calls), and when the building was quiet, the elevator would have run in automatic mode (so an operator wouldn't have to be paid to operate the elevator when the elevator is not used often and there isn't a large need for the elevator to respond to multiple calls).
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==Preregister operation elevator==
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This type of elevator has hall & car buttons to notify the operator of stops (and possibly the car buttons were intended to be pushed by passengers instead of the operator, though this is unknown), but would most likely be car switch operated. When the elevator is about to reach the floor, a signal (which can either be audible or visual) will notify the operator to initiate the elevator to stop. After the stop is initiated, the elevator would automatically level. This may be a self leveling car switch operated elevator with extra features to assist the operator. Not much is known about this type of elevator.
   
 
==Signal operation elevator==
 
==Signal operation elevator==
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==Automatic-controlled elevator==
 
==Automatic-controlled elevator==
 
===Relay-controlled===
 
===Relay-controlled===
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Automatic elevators began to appear as early as the 1920s. These electromechanical systems used relay logic controllers of increasing complexity to control the speed, position and door operation of an elevator or bank of elevators. Elevators with relay logic controllers have a device called a "[[selector]]". Mechanical selectors use analog controls and many moving parts to determine the car’s position. The selector uses magnetic tapes (often called selector tape) which is attached at the top of the car. When the elevator is moving, so does the tape, which moves the mechanical gears on the selector.
 
Automatic elevators began to appear as early as the 1920s. These electromechanical systems used relay logic controllers of increasing complexity to control the speed, position and door operation of an elevator or bank of elevators. Elevators with relay logic controllers have a device called a "[[selector]]". Mechanical selectors use analog controls and many moving parts to determine the car’s position. The selector uses magnetic tapes (often called selector tape) which is attached at the top of the car. When the elevator is moving, so does the tape, which moves the mechanical gears on the selector.
   
[[Otis]] introduces the world's first fully automatic relay logic controlled elevator system in 1924 called "Signal Control". Later in 1937, [[Otis]] introduce the Peak Period Control to automatically schedule elevator service during high-demand periods. It helped reduce the waiting time on any given floor by coordinating the movement of the building’s elevators.
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[[Otis]] introduces the world's first fully automatic relay logic controlled elevator system in 1924 called "[[Otis Signal Control|Signal Control]]". Later in 1937, Otis introduce the Peak Period Control to automatically schedule elevator service during high-demand periods. It helped reduce the waiting time on any given floor by coordinating the movement of the building’s elevators.
   
Automatic elevators in the 1940s has the ability to change the car speeds, adjust their schedules to suit traffic demand and bypassing floors when the car is fully loaded. An example of this was the Otis "Autotronic Elevator" system which was introduced in 1948. A similar elevator system is also invented by [[Westinghouse Electric Corp.|Westinghouse]] in the 1950s called "Selectomatic", while Dover came out with the "Computamatic" elevator system in the early 1960s.
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Automatic elevators in the 1940s has the ability to change the car speeds, adjust their schedules to suit traffic demand and bypassing floors when the car is fully loaded. An example of this was the Otis "[[Otis Autotronic|Autotronic Elevator]]" system which was introduced in 1948. A similar elevator system is also invented by [[Westinghouse Electric Corp.|Westinghouse]] in the 1950s called "[[Westinghouse Selectomatic|Selectomatic]]" (or [[Express Lift DMR Control]]), while Dover came out with the "[[Dover Computamatic|Computamatic]]" elevator system in the early 1960s.
   
Relay-controlled elevator systems remained common right up until the 1980s, and they were gradually replaced with microprocessor control systems, which are standard in the industry today.
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Relay-controllers have the advantage over newer microprocessor based systems of being inherently fail safe because they are immune to failure due to programming error, or hardware crashes. Also, they are extremely robust - thousands of relay controllers are still in perfect operation which are 50-60 years old. The key disadvantages are size and power consumption - the number of relays required increases almost exponentially with the number of floors and the number of elevators being controlled. Relay controlled systems also have many moving parts and require more maintenance. For this reason, microprocessor based elevator controls have steadily replaced relay-based systems from the early 1980s onward.
   
 
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ExpressController.jpg|Express relay logic controller (Credit to Flickr user Justin Pickard, CC BY-SA 2.0 license)
 
ExpressController.jpg|Express relay logic controller (Credit to Flickr user Justin Pickard, CC BY-SA 2.0 license)
 
OtisRelayController.jpg|Vintage Otis relay logic controller (Credit to Flickr user Tom Magliery, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 license)
 
OtisRelayController.jpg|Vintage Otis relay logic controller (Credit to Flickr user Tom Magliery, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 license)
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Virginia Controls Relay Controller - January 1981.jpg|Modern relay controller for replacement (by [[Virginia Controls]]).
 
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===Microprocessor control===
 
===Microprocessor control===
Elevators with microprocessor controllers first appeared in 1979 when [[Otis]], introduce the Elevonic 101 elevator. This elevator system uses microprocessor to control every aspect of the elevator operation.
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Elevators with microprocessor controllers first appeared in 1979 when [[Otis]], introduce the "[[Otis Elevonic 101|Elevonic 101]]" elevator. This elevator system uses microprocessor to control every aspect of the elevator operation. Later in 1981, Otis introduce another fully computerized elevator system called [[Otis Elevonic 401|Elevonic 401]].
   
Beyond the passenger interaction are a series of sensors, controllers, sequences of operation and real-time calculations or [[The elevator algorithm|algorithms]] that balance passenger demand and car availability.  Elevator sensors provide data on car positions, car moving direction, loads, door status, hall calls, car calls, pending up hall and down hall calls, number of runs per car, alarms, etc. The elevator controllers are typically Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) that may be configured for a single car, multiple cars or sized by the number of stops and including interfaces for monitoring, voice synthesizers, etc. The controller may also have a function enabling the testing the systems without shutdown of the elevator.
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Beyond the passenger interaction are a series of sensors, controllers, sequences of operation and real-time calculations or [[The elevator algorithm|algorithms]] that balance passenger demand and car availability.  Elevator sensors (some of them are using [[tape head]]) provide data on car positions, car moving direction, loads, door status, hall calls, car calls, pending up hall and down hall calls, number of runs per car, alarms, etc. The elevator controllers made in or before 2000s are typically Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) that may be configured for a single car, multiple cars or sized by the number of stops and including interfaces for monitoring, voice synthesizers, etc. The controller may also have a function enabling the testing the systems without shutdown of the elevator.
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Microprocessor based controllers (also known as "All-in-One" controllers from People's Republic of China<ref>"一体化控制柜" in Simplified Chinese. Refer to: [http://www.stepelectric.com/products_list/&nod1=d4&pmcId=75.html Shanghai STEP Electric Corporation Integrated Full Serial VVVF Control Cabinet]</ref><ref>[https://www.facebook.com/groups/1361735440590418/permalink/1593043307459629/ Mod機前Mod機後 (Facebook Group: hkelev.com)]</ref>), which popularized since 2000s are very compact and consume a lot less power in comparison to the older electro-mechanical relay controllers. In a very tall building with several elevators, a single cabinet can replace multiple cabinets full of relays and associated equipment. This allows the elevator motor room to be much smaller.
   
 
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Modern elevator controller cabinet.jpg|A modern elevator microprocessor controller cabinet.
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Modern elevator controller cabinet.jpg|A Programmable Logic Controller elevator based controller cabinet.
 
Schindler 80s elevator logic controller.jpg|Schindler microprocessor controller from the early 1980s.
 
Schindler 80s elevator logic controller.jpg|Schindler microprocessor controller from the early 1980s.
 
Elevator PLC device.jpg|PLC device (manufactured by Mitsubishi).
 
Elevator PLC device.jpg|PLC device (manufactured by Mitsubishi).
 
Elevator board.jpg|Inside modern elevator microprocessor controller cabinet.
 
Elevator board.jpg|Inside modern elevator microprocessor controller cabinet.
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vision demo.png|Elevator Controller - Demo
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MH-3000-Hydro-Controller.jpg|Modern hydraulic microprocessor controller (by [[Virginia Controls]]).
 
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==Elevator remote monitoring system==
 
==Elevator remote monitoring system==
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{{Main|Elevator monitoring system}}
 
Most of the relevant data from the controllers is related to car activity: the car position, direction, car load and door status. From that data a management system consisting of a workstation and manufacturer’s software application can then create metrics for a group or particular car such as total number of door openings, number of runs per car or call, up and down hall calls, etc. Some of the key performance indicators that facility managers would look for may include passenger “wait times during peak time’ or “time for a car to go from bottom to the top floor”. These metrics may indicate inadequate controls, misconfiguration or even equipment malfunction.
 
Most of the relevant data from the controllers is related to car activity: the car position, direction, car load and door status. From that data a management system consisting of a workstation and manufacturer’s software application can then create metrics for a group or particular car such as total number of door openings, number of runs per car or call, up and down hall calls, etc. Some of the key performance indicators that facility managers would look for may include passenger “wait times during peak time’ or “time for a car to go from bottom to the top floor”. These metrics may indicate inadequate controls, misconfiguration or even equipment malfunction.
   
 
Many elevator manufacturers can now provide remote monitoring of the equipment through Software as a Service (SaaS). The monitoring looks for malfunctions or abnormal operating parameters and either dispatches a technician or alerts the building owner. Some manufacturers provide customer dashboards accessible via a web browser and provide owners with information such as performance summaries and maintenance histories. This may work well for building owners who may not have that specialized expertise on staff.
 
Many elevator manufacturers can now provide remote monitoring of the equipment through Software as a Service (SaaS). The monitoring looks for malfunctions or abnormal operating parameters and either dispatches a technician or alerts the building owner. Some manufacturers provide customer dashboards accessible via a web browser and provide owners with information such as performance summaries and maintenance histories. This may work well for building owners who may not have that specialized expertise on staff.
   
Some notable elevator remote monitoring systems are [[ThyssenKrupp]] Vista, [[Otis]] REM, [[Schindler]] Servitel, [[Kone]]'s KoneXion, [[Mitsubishi Elevator|Mitsubishi]]'s MelEye, etc.
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Some notable elevator remote monitoring systems are [[ThyssenKrupp]] Vista, [[Otis]] REM, [[Schindler]] Servitel, [[Kone]]'s KRM, [[Mitsubishi Elevator|Mitsubishi]]'s ELE-FIRST, etc.
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==See also==
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*[[List of elevator controllers]]
   
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{{Elevator}}
 
{{Elevator}}
 
[[Category:Elevator controls]]
 
[[Category:Elevator controls]]

Latest revision as of 20:10, August 19, 2019

An Elevator controller is a system to control the elevators, either manual or automatic.

The controller usually tune down the voltage between 12V to 24V to the controlling system, Only the motor needs 3-phase power supply. The low voltage power supply is for the controlling component and the fixtures to control the elevator (except the items mentioned above, they use the single phase power supply.).

Manually-controlled elevatorEdit

Early elevators had no automatic landing positioning. Elevators were operated by elevator operators using a type of daedman's switch (either a car switch, or constant pressure controls). The controller on this type of elevator would often not have many relays. Some older freight elevators are controlled by switches operated by pulling on adjacent ropes (also known as "shipper rope" operation). Safety interlocks ensure that the inner and outer doors are closed before the elevator is allowed to move.

Later on, Otis introduced manually controlled elevators with automatic leveling. The operator could still control the speed, but when they released the controller the elevator leveled smoothly to the nearest floor in that direction. This was one of the first steps towards full automatic control of elevators.

Dual operation elevatorEdit

A dual operation elevator usually can operate either as a car switch (manually-controlled) elevator (with operator), or a single automatic elevator (without operator, remembers 1 call at a time), depending on the position of a keyswitch. The purpose of this type of operation may have been that during peak traffic, the elevator would operate in car switch mode with an operator (who could respond to multiple calls), and when the building was quiet, the elevator would have run in automatic mode (so an operator wouldn't have to be paid to operate the elevator when the elevator is not used often and there isn't a large need for the elevator to respond to multiple calls).

Preregister operation elevatorEdit

This type of elevator has hall & car buttons to notify the operator of stops (and possibly the car buttons were intended to be pushed by passengers instead of the operator, though this is unknown), but would most likely be car switch operated. When the elevator is about to reach the floor, a signal (which can either be audible or visual) will notify the operator to initiate the elevator to stop. After the stop is initiated, the elevator would automatically level. This may be a self leveling car switch operated elevator with extra features to assist the operator. Not much is known about this type of elevator.

Signal operation elevatorEdit

Signal operation elevators still required an operator, but required much less effort to operate. To operate a signal operation elevator, first, you push a switch in the direction you want to travel. Then, you press a floor button. The floor buttons are pop-out buttons. There are no floor buttons for the top and bottom floors. If you are going to the top or bottom floor, there is no need to press any buttons. Then, there is a crank. You pull the crank out, then pull it to start. Hold it there until the elevator starts moving. The doors will close, then the elevator will start moving. There are probably no door sensors, so don't close the doors until everyone has gotten inside the elevator. If there is a hall call, and the elevator is going in the direction of the hall call, and reaches the floor, the elevator will automatically stop at that floor. When the elevator stops, pull the switch to open, and hold it there until the doors completely open. There is also a call annunciator panel, like on manually-controlled elevator, to tell the operator where there are hall calls.

Automatic-controlled elevatorEdit

Relay-controlledEdit

Automatic elevators began to appear as early as the 1920s. These electromechanical systems used relay logic controllers of increasing complexity to control the speed, position and door operation of an elevator or bank of elevators. Elevators with relay logic controllers have a device called a "selector". Mechanical selectors use analog controls and many moving parts to determine the car’s position. The selector uses magnetic tapes (often called selector tape) which is attached at the top of the car. When the elevator is moving, so does the tape, which moves the mechanical gears on the selector.

Otis introduces the world's first fully automatic relay logic controlled elevator system in 1924 called "Signal Control". Later in 1937, Otis introduce the Peak Period Control to automatically schedule elevator service during high-demand periods. It helped reduce the waiting time on any given floor by coordinating the movement of the building’s elevators.

Automatic elevators in the 1940s has the ability to change the car speeds, adjust their schedules to suit traffic demand and bypassing floors when the car is fully loaded. An example of this was the Otis "Autotronic Elevator" system which was introduced in 1948. A similar elevator system is also invented by Westinghouse in the 1950s called "Selectomatic" (or Express Lift DMR Control), while Dover came out with the "Computamatic" elevator system in the early 1960s.

Relay-controllers have the advantage over newer microprocessor based systems of being inherently fail safe because they are immune to failure due to programming error, or hardware crashes. Also, they are extremely robust - thousands of relay controllers are still in perfect operation which are 50-60 years old. The key disadvantages are size and power consumption - the number of relays required increases almost exponentially with the number of floors and the number of elevators being controlled. Relay controlled systems also have many moving parts and require more maintenance. For this reason, microprocessor based elevator controls have steadily replaced relay-based systems from the early 1980s onward.

Microprocessor controlEdit

Elevators with microprocessor controllers first appeared in 1979 when Otis, introduce the "Elevonic 101" elevator. This elevator system uses microprocessor to control every aspect of the elevator operation. Later in 1981, Otis introduce another fully computerized elevator system called Elevonic 401.

Beyond the passenger interaction are a series of sensors, controllers, sequences of operation and real-time calculations or algorithms that balance passenger demand and car availability.  Elevator sensors (some of them are using tape head) provide data on car positions, car moving direction, loads, door status, hall calls, car calls, pending up hall and down hall calls, number of runs per car, alarms, etc. The elevator controllers made in or before 2000s are typically Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) that may be configured for a single car, multiple cars or sized by the number of stops and including interfaces for monitoring, voice synthesizers, etc. The controller may also have a function enabling the testing the systems without shutdown of the elevator.

Microprocessor based controllers (also known as "All-in-One" controllers from People's Republic of China[1][2]), which popularized since 2000s are very compact and consume a lot less power in comparison to the older electro-mechanical relay controllers. In a very tall building with several elevators, a single cabinet can replace multiple cabinets full of relays and associated equipment. This allows the elevator motor room to be much smaller.

Elevator destination dispatch systemEdit

Main article: Elevator Destination Dispatch

Elevator remote monitoring systemEdit

Main article: Elevator monitoring system

Most of the relevant data from the controllers is related to car activity: the car position, direction, car load and door status. From that data a management system consisting of a workstation and manufacturer’s software application can then create metrics for a group or particular car such as total number of door openings, number of runs per car or call, up and down hall calls, etc. Some of the key performance indicators that facility managers would look for may include passenger “wait times during peak time’ or “time for a car to go from bottom to the top floor”. These metrics may indicate inadequate controls, misconfiguration or even equipment malfunction.

Many elevator manufacturers can now provide remote monitoring of the equipment through Software as a Service (SaaS). The monitoring looks for malfunctions or abnormal operating parameters and either dispatches a technician or alerts the building owner. Some manufacturers provide customer dashboards accessible via a web browser and provide owners with information such as performance summaries and maintenance histories. This may work well for building owners who may not have that specialized expertise on staff.

Some notable elevator remote monitoring systems are ThyssenKrupp Vista, Otis REM, Schindler Servitel, Kone's KRM, Mitsubishi's ELE-FIRST, etc.

See alsoEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

Elevator 

Drive systems: Traction • Winding Drum • Hydraulic


Types of elevators: Double DeckDumbwaiterFireman'sFreightIncline • PassengerResidentialWheelchair lift


Concept: CapacityDestination dispatchElevator algorithm • Elevator control systemElevator machine room • Elevator maintenance • Elevator monitoring systemElevator modernizationACOP & UCMPMachine room less elevatorMajor alterationsRated speed


Elevator systems, controllers and equipments: Elevator fixtures • Elevator keys • Elevator special modesElevator doorsDoor camDoor interlocks (Interlock wiring communication system) • Door restrictorElevator Inspection CertificateEmergency stop buttonFloor designatorsGate switch • Old Deadman controls • Overspeed governorMotor-generator set & Silicon-controlled rectifier (for DC-powered elevators) • Insulated-gate bipolar transistor (for AC-VVVF-powered elevators) • SelectorTape headRegenerative converter (for AC-VVVF-powered elevators)


See also: List of elevator fixtures guide • List of elevator and escalator companies • Elevator door sill guide (Non-proprietary elevator component door sill guide) • Floor numbering (Unlucky floor numbers) • Elevator incidents and accidents

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