Sabied used non-illuminating black buttons from the 1950s to the late 1960s. These buttons were also used in very early Orona elevators (branded as "Orona Sabiem") in the late 1960s, due to license agreement with Sabiem. However, some of these buttons were later replaced into illuminating ones in the 1980s by Sabiem, or in the 1990s or 2000s by third-party companies.
1959 Sabiem car operating panel with black buttons in Mexico City.
White plastic buttons which replaced on 1990s.
1962 Sabiem freight elevator car station in Hong Kong.
1960s custom Sabiem car station in Madeira, Portugal, with floor directories.
Hall stations/floor indicators, hall lanterns and car floor indicators
The analog floor indicators usually have green and often yellowish, red or orange illuminated numbers, and are mostly found above the inside doors.
On some smaller and freight elevators with manual doors, the inside indicators are usually mounted vertically above the button panel. Indicator on hall stations usually have an illuminating "COMING" word which would light up when the call button is pressed.
1960s Sabiem custom intermediate hall station in Hong Kong.
1960s Sabiem intermediate hall station in North Point View Mansion, Hong Kong.
1963 Sabiem hall station in Penang, Malaysia.
A standard 1960s Sabiem hall station in Hong Kong.
1967 Sabiem hall station in Hong Kong which using yellow illuminated numbers.
1960s Sabiem call station with arrows logo.
1962 Sabiem hall station in Hong Kong, with green and yellowish illuminating numbers. Notice the "COMING" lamp.
1960s Sabiem call station with special design in Hong Kong
1960s custom Sabiem hall station in Madeira, Portugal.
Hong Kong's narrowest elevator doors at Pak Tat Mansion, Jordan. Which using 1960s Sabiem fixes. But they were replaced by Ringhing Engineering Lift Department (FeLift) in 2016.
1960s Sabiem hall lanterns which lights up in green/red and hall station buttons
Defunct 1960s Sabiem hall indicator in Madeira, Portugal.
A 1960s Sabiem hall floor indicator and lanterns in Hong Kong.
In the 1970s, Sabiem revised their analog floor indicators, making them black square (resembling mahjong tiles) and lights up in green, but some of them are white and lights up in yellow. These analog indicators are mostly located above the elevator doors. Some of the hall stations often have illuminating "COMING" word which lights up when the call button is pressed, but this has mostly been replaced with an illuminating call button. On some smaller elevators, the outside indicators are usually mounted vertically on the hall stations, similar to those found in Sabiem elevators installed in the 1960s.
Some of Sabiem elevator when the call button is pressed, will switching "COMING" word.
Some of Sabiem elevator when the call button is pressed, will switching "COMING" (就到) Chinese word.
1970s Sabiem hall station, can see illuminated arrows logo to replaced "COMING" word which lights up when the call button is pressed.
1970s Sabiem call station.
Sabiem mahjong tiles hall lanterns
1970s floor indicator.
1970s Sabiem car floor indicator.
A pre-1970s hall lanterns.
A pre-1970s floor indicator display.
1970s Sabiem car satiation which using 1960s horizontal floor indicator above doors.
Vertical floor indicator used in a Sabiem elevator.
Sabiem continued using their 1970s illuminating buttons and indicators with minor changes until around the mid 1980s. Some of the analog indicators now illuminated in yellow orange and the lenses are now white instead of black.
Later, Sabiem started using rounded square illuminating buttons with black frame and electronic floor indicators. They are used in two elevator types; roped hydraulic and traction (mostly bottom-drive).
Some elevators in old Hong Kong public housing blocks and car park buildings (both were built by either Hong Kong Housing Authority or Hong Kong Housing Society) in the early 1980s are using Dewhurst buttons, mostly the US81 series buttons.
1980s Sabiem call station with an "Out of Service" lamp in Hong Kong (Credit to YouTube user Vincent Chong)
1980s Sabiem car station in Hong Kong (Credit to YouTube user Vincent Chong)
Another 1980s Sabiem car station in Hong Kong (Credit to YouTube user Vincent Chong)
Dewhurst US81 series car button using in Sabiem elevator in Hong Kong.
Lift Sabiem @ town hall, Mendrisio Switzerland
Retake of Lift Sabiem @ block of flats, Via Breganzona 15, Lugano Switzerland
Sabiem elevator can find in Hong Kong public housing blocks which using US81 series buttons. (Video: 侯思正)
In the late 1990s, Shan On Engineering, Sabiem's former distributor in Hong Kong, installed several Kone-based "Sabiem" elevators with Kone Traffic Master System controllers in some public housing blocks. These elevators typically use Dewhurst fixtures like US81 Braille push buttons, UL200 "Hidden Legends" analogue floor indicators and digital segmented indicators.
UL200 hidden legend indicators used on a refurbished Sabiem elevator in Hong Kong Public Housing Estate shopping centre (Wan Tsui Shopping Centre).
Dewhurst indicators on Sabiem branded Kone elevator.
During the 2000s and 2010s, Shan On Engineering modernized some of the existing 1960s-1970s Sabiem elevators in Hong Kong with fixtures made by Tung Da Electric from Taiwan. These modernizations would always carry the "SABIEM" name on the car stations; this is because Shan On Engineering wanted to preserve the brand even though Sabiem had already ceased operation. This arrangement continued until 2017 when Shan On Engineering was acquired by Kone and became a subsidiary of Kone Hong Kong.
PB5 R125 call buttons set.
Modernized Sabiem car floor indicator.
PB5 R125 are commonly found in the modernized Sabiem elevators in Hong Kong.
TB11 R615 call buttons set.
TB11 R615 car buttons set.
TB11 R645 call buttons set.
TB11 R645 are commonly found in the modernized Sabiem elevators in Hong Kong.
TB11 R645 car buttons set.
TB11 R645 second car buttons set.
Modernized Sabiem hall floor indicator.
PB5 R125 are commonly found in the modernized Sabiem elevators in Hong Kong. (Video by Lift Wong)
There are also "modern day" Sabiem elevators in Hong Kong which uses Dewhurst buttons (typically the US90-15 and US91-15 series) and even Everbright buttons. However, it was reported that some of these Everbright buttons were replaced with Dewhurst buttons due to durability reasons.