- For Schindler elevator fixtures found in Asia, Europe and other regions, please refer to List of Schindler elevator fixtures.
This is a list of Schindler elevator fixtures which are only found in the United States and Canada.
1989 to 2005
When Schindler bought out Westinghouse's elevator division in 1989, it carried the production of Westinghouse's RT buttons over to their part division, Adams. RT was the Westinghouse's/Schindler's answer to Dover's Traditional fixtures. RT is very rarely used in newer installations, although Schindler Vandal Resistant car stations still use RT for fire service.
Schindler MT fixtures were first made in 1989 and became their competitor to Dover Impulse, Otis Series 1, and Montgomery Vector (and later Montgomery Kone Series 220) fixtures. These fixtures typically use triangular, round, or square lens lanterns, along with a rectangular button with a square braille plate, white square button, microswitch and illuminating red rectangular light above the button. The microswitch is made by Saia Burgess Controls of Switzerland. It can mount with M-Line fixtures which had few installations in the United States. These fixtures are another type of the fixtures made by Epco and provided by Schindler. They were also provided on the low-rise Schindler 500A elevators. Schindler MT fixtures were discontinued in around 2005, but spare parts are still available on special order.
MT Vandal Resistant
These are very similar to the HT vandal resistant, but the lamp in the button is green, white or yellow. Not much is known about MT Vandal Resistant because they are not as common as Schindler's other fixtures.
1997 to current
The HT fixtures started in 1997 and was firstly made by Schindler and used in the Schindler 321A elevators. HT fixtures are used on the Schindler 330A, 400A, 500A and Miconic HXpress modernization series. Since 2016, the HT product line has been transferred to Adams. HT has many different variations, which are shown below.
The standard version of the HT fixtures are the basic fixtures used in the 330A (hydraulic), 400A and 500A models. Standard HT buttons look like white, rounded rectangular buttons, that bulge out and have an indentation in the center to make the button easier to press. The braille is black with white lettering.
HT comes in a premium variety that replaces the black Lexan-esque plastic call station with a stainless steel one. Other than a change in materials, they are the same as the Standard HT. The interior remains unchanged and uses the Standard HT fixtures.
HT Vandal Resistant
HT also comes in a vandal-resistant version. HT vandal-resistant buttons are stainless steel, with a white dot in the center the illuminates in red when pressed. They are very similar to Schindler MT Vandal Resistant. Phone button locations vary between the 300A (between fire service and the floor buttons) and 330A/400A/500A models (in the same area as the door controls and alarm). In Canada, HT Vandal Resistant is very common rather than the Standard HT. They are also used on Schindler 5500 elevators on custom order.
There are three known type of chimes found on HT elevators as of 2014. There were thought to be only two, but a discovery in 2014 showed that there was one more type of chime HT elevators used before the current one.
The first HT elevators originally used chimes that were lower pitched than the ones they use now. Any time Schindler's maintenance crew finds one of these, they replace the chimes with the current high-pitched ones, so they are now very rare. The current chime is much slower than the low-pitched chime. 330As and 400As all use these types of chimes. The only difference between the two of these elevators are the floor passing chimes.
The two mentioned types of chimes above were thought to be the only two chimes HT elevators used. However, on March 28, 2014, YouTube user Ih8escalators discovered a Schindler 321A installed in 1998 with extremely rare chimes, which are lower than the common low-pitched chimes. This elevator can be found at Macy's Furniture Gallery in Carle, Place, New York, and as of 2016, this is the only known elevator with these chimes, and is possibly the only HT elevator left in the world with these chimes. They was discontinued possibly because of ADA regulations, the same problem the more-common low-pitched chimes had. This type of chime was possibly replaced by the more-recognizable low-pitched chime.
- Further Information: Schindler Elevator Fixtures Guide (Z-Line sections)
Z-Line are keypads used in the Miconic 10 and SchindlerID destination dispatch elevators. They are installed in the elevator lobby. There are three versions of Z-Line keypads used in the American Schindler elevators. The first one, which is the early version, features black buttons and a simple red coloured LED dot matrix display. They could also be in a form of a standalone pillar. The second version, which is a rare version, features a larger panel, black wedged buttons, and blue illuminated LCD display. The third and latest version was the European/Asian version, with boxless design, grey wedged buttons and LCD display which lights up blue. The destination indicator displays inside the car are the same type as the one used in other countries.
Z-Line keypad were discontinued in 2012 when the Schindler PORT system was introduced. In addition, a keypad in the elevator for registering floors is not allowed in the United States. However, the in-car destination indicators that were used in Miconic 10 and SchindlerID systems are still in production today for elevators working with the PORT system.
These are standard hall destination terminals/components for The PORT Technology. The current PORT fixtures available in North America are PORT 1 Series and PORT 4 Series.
PORT 1 Series (wall-mounted)
PORT 1 Series are touch screens with a unique curved design. They are either wall-mounted or pedestal type, and are either silver or black coloured. They can also be mounted on turnstiles for PORT system integrated with turnstiles. If a handicap mode is included in the system, there is a special button above the screen with an international wheelchair icon and tactile marks.
PORT 4 Series
These are flat touch screens with a glass design that are either flush-mounted or surface-mounted. There was also a pedestal version but it might have been discontinued. An example of this touch screen can be found in the World Trade Center 4 in New York City, NY.
FI GL 100 Line
FI GL 100 Line, or simply known as FI GL was introduced to both the United States and Canada in 2011 when the Schindler 3300 MRL elevators were launched in the North American market. These fixtures have a slightly different look compared to the European and Asia Pacific version. The hall stations are mounted on the door frame, featuring square stainless steel buttons with a ring tactile and a red dot lamp on the top left corner. The car stations have square buttons which light up red when pressed. Floor indicators are red LED digital segments displays. There are no touch-sensitive buttons as they are non-ADA compliant. These fixtures are officially discontinued in 2017 and replaced with FI GS.
FI GS was introduced to the United States in September 2016 when the Schindler 3100 was launched to the North American market. Unlike the version found in Europe and Asia Pacific, the buttons does not have braille or tactile due to ADA compliance. Instead, there is braille plate attached to the buttons. In mid 2017, Schindler 3300 elevators switched over to using FI GS fixtures. It is also used on Schindler 3300 XL installations. It looks very similar to the American version of Linea 100 fixtures (see below), which are used in Schindler 5500 elevators.
- Further Information: Schindler Elevator Fixtures Guide (Linea 100 sections)
These fixtures are used in the American 5500 elevators. They look exactly the same as the ones used in Europe and Asia Pacific except with added braille plates and there is no tactile on the buttons due to ADA compliance. The panels are either white or black. There could be a California Code Complaint version of these fixtures in the near future.
- Further information: List of Adams elevator fixtures
- Further information: List of Epco elevator fixtures
Elevator Products Corporation (EPCO) is Schindler's fixture division. EPCO is just like any other third party elevator company like Innovation, GAL, etc. EPCO also makes some fixtures that are only used on Schindler elevators and made just for Schindler elevators, however, the fixtures made for Scchindler. EPCO was bought out by Westinghouse in the mid 1980s. After Schindler bought Westinghouse, EPCO continued to make MT fixtures for Schindler but EPCO also continued to make Westinghouse AE too but EPCO's Westinghouse AE was not specifically just for Schindler, EPCO made the Westinghouse AE fixtures for any elevator installs. Westinghouse AE was renamed Circleline and joined the EPCO fixture line that could be used on any elevator instead of joinning Epco's fixture lines that were made for Schindler. EPCO still made MT and RT just like AE (Circleline) but MT and RT were made by EPCO for Schindler just like how EPCO made AE, MT and RT for Westinghouse in the 1980s. Adams is also a division of Schindler and makes RT line.
- List of Schindler elevator fixtures - for fixtures found in Asia, Europe and other regions.
- List of Westinghouse elevator fixtures
- List of Haughton elevator fixtures
Notes and references
- ↑ Detailed Look and Wiring of Schindler MT Elevator Buttons - YouTube
- ↑ Schindler's Port Technology - Easy as 1-2-3
- ↑ Schindler 3100/3300 elevator fixtures
- ↑ New Schindler 3100 MRL Traction Elevator Offers Cost-Effective Solution for 2-3 Story Buildings
- ↑ Schindler 3100 brochure (North America)
- ↑ Schindler 5500 elevator fixtures