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Non-proprietary elevator component companies are companies that manufactures and sells elevator parts, equipment and accessories to elevator companies, whether major companies or third party companies (third-party or generic).
There are various reasons of non-proprietary elevator components being more commonly used nowadays, such as the components are usually complied to different elevator safety codes, the building code for the accessibility, and reduces the total cost of ownership.
Below here is a list of some notable non-proprietary elevator component companies.
Major or well known companies
Adams Elevator Equipment Company
- Main article: Adams
Adams Elevator Equipment Company is an American company which manufactures elevator and escalator parts and components and sells them to other elevator companies, as well as making replacement elevator and escalator parts for many different brands. Once a division of Westinghouse and now Schindler Elevator Corporation since 1989, it is the largest wholesale of elevator replacement parts and tools in USA. Adams was established in 1930.
Avire Ltd. is a company being a part of the Elevator Safety Division of Halma plc. to manage three elevator component companies other than the Elevator Safety Division of Halma plc.'s American division (see Janus Elevator Products Inc. section below).
E-Motive is an elevator component company established in 1993, their notable products are LCD displays and the bar-liked LED dot-matrix displays.
T.L. Jones was an elevator company established in 1926, their elevator component (Microscan door sensors) were produced since 1991.
Memco is an elevator component company established since 1971 in the United Kingdom. Mainly produce EN-81 elevator intercom/telephone system. Not only this, their notable products also include Panachrome safety door edge (which lights up green when the door is open and flashes red when it's closing). Their E-Series sensors were strikingly similar to Wittur Group WSE-81 Plus/155 Plus sensors.
Böhnke & Partner GmbH
Böhnke & Partner is an manufacturer of elevator control system. They are leading the alliance and development of CANopen-Lift communications protocol that parts suppliers such as Kronenberg and Ziehl-Abegg follows, which enables parts from different suppliers to work with each other with no issues. The controllers are provided with a combination of Ziehl-Abegg inverter and, if set up correctly, can perform a direct approach leveling very similar to 1980s Schindler Miconic controls.
- Main article: CEDES
CEDES AG was founded in 1986 at Switzerland and only produce sensors and intelligent systems. They currently operated with 12 subsidiaries in worldwide. Sometimes, they provides their sensors to Schindler (under Progard L's name) that make a high pitch sounding between 1990s to mid-2000s.
China Electronics Service
- Main article: China Electronics Service
China Electronics Service (also known as CES) is a company mainly produce the circuit boards, the automation system for the industries, the assistant learning tools, and the floor indicators and voice synthesizer for the elevators in Hong Kong. Established in 1987.
- Main article: Dewhurst
Dewhurst (or Dewhurst Group plc) is an independent elevators, keypad and rail industries components supplier in the United Kingdom. The company was founded in 1919 and the Dewhurst Group now has sales of around US $50 million and employs over 300 people in locations around the world.
Dupar Controls Inc.
Dupar Controls Inc. is a manufacturer and supplier of elevator fixtures and keypads in Canada. Dupar Controls Inc. was founded in 1958 and is a division of Dewhurst plc.
Elevator Research & Manufacturing
- Main article: Elevator Research & Manufacturing
The U.S. division of Dewhurst, Elevator Research & Manufacturing or ERM is a California-based company which provides elevator fixtures. It was established in 1966.
C.J. Anderson & Company
- Main article: C.J. Anderson & Company
- Main article: DMG
DMG is a Italian-based company which manufactures elevator fixtures since in the 1950s. It has four subsidiaries located in France, Canada (MAD), Germany, and People's Republic of China.
- Main article: MAD
MAD is DMG's Canadian division. It is a joint-venture company between the Italian company DMG and the Canadian-based Mainline Industries Corp.
EMI / Porta Inc.
EMI/Porta Inc. is a company based in the United States that is divided into two separate companies; EMI and Porta. EMI is a distributor of US Electrical Motors. TAL Engineering, Blain Hydraulics, Settima Pumps and Leroy Somer. Porta is a manufacturer of residential elevator gates, power gate operators and electro-mechanical interlocks, single speed car sills, fixtures and accessories.
- Main article: Epco
EPCO (Elevator Products Corporation) is a New Jersey-based company established in 1953 that manufactures equipment for other elevator companies, mainly generic fixtures such as pushbuttons, floor indicators, and fixtures chassis for most of the elevator companies in North America. They are currently owned by Schindler.
Futac (Futac Systems Limited, 富迪系統有限公司) is a company that manufactures elevator buttons, LCD floor indicators, network intercom unit and air purifier inside the elevators. They were established in 1997, and their fixtures are commonly used in elevators installed by major companies which operates subsidiaries in Hong Kong, China.
- Main article: Fermator Group
Fermator is a Spanish company and the world's largest manufacturer of automatic elevator doors for low to high traffic applications. Some of Schindler's current elevator models, particularly the Schindler 3300, uses doors made by this company.
Hans & Jos. Kronenberg GmbH
- Main article: Kronenberg
Hisselektronik AB / SafeLine
Hisselektronik AB is a Swedish-based company that manufacturers floor indicators, fixtures and also provides one whole elevator setup solutions. Their range of products follows the OpenCanLift protocols. Hisselektronik also manufactures emergency phone solutions under their SafeLine brand.
- Main article: Hissmekano
Hissmekano AB is a Swedish-based company founded in 1938 by Samuel Thalin. They manufactures various elevator components and spare parts. They are also a reseller of other spare parts. If spare parts are no longer available, Hissmekano will manufacture those spare parts to prolong an elevator's life. Most of the time however, most parts are being replaced by generic components, most commonly made from Hissmekano.
Hisstema AB is a Swedish-based company formed in the 1980s. They are a provider of elevator controllers and floor indicators as well as the hardware behind DMG buttons designed to work with the controllers. Hisstema was the pioneer of developing the direct-approach leveling feature by using tachometers, which was a first. One of the first elevators provided by Hisstema used to run by a Commondore 64 microcomputer, but had a disadvantage that the C64 had to read the elevator software trough tape after every time the power went out for that actual elevator.
Hydroware AB is a Swedish-based company that manufactures complete hydraulic drive and controller system. Their hydraulic system is unique for having adjustable oil fluid and therefore speed, featuring direct approach without leveling, thanks to a servo valve. Hydroware was formed by former DEVE employees that developed the servo valve as a successor of the successful and reliable DEVE hydraulics. But as Schindler had no interest for hydraulics at that time, the employees bought out this product and formed the new company with it. Schindler 2600's hydraulic model is in fact, powered by Hydroware's equipment, as both Schindler and Hydroware are still in partnership.
- Main article: Innovation Industries
Innovation Industries Inc. is a USA-based company that manufactures elevator fixtures, pushbuttons and other elevator parts.
Janus Elevator Products Inc.
Janus Elevator Products Inc. is a company based in Hauppauge, NY and was established in 1988 that manufactures elevator components (currently being a part of Halma plc), such as their EMS and VPP phones. They also a distributor of the Avire's elevator components such as E-Motive Displays floor indicators, Panachrome safety door edge by Memco (which lights up green when the door is open and flashes red when it's closing).
- Main article: Jinlix
Jinlix is a Taiwanese company that manufactures elevator fixtures and other components. Their products are mainly found in Asia.
Kinds Elteknik AB
- Main article: Kinds (company)
Kinds Elteknik AB, formerly Kinds Hisselektronik & Data AB, is a Swedish company that manufactures elevator controllers, fixtures and floor indicators. It was founded in 1974 by Agne Johansson. They were the largest Swedish elevator parts supplier in 2000, but they have since been surpassed by other suppliers.
- Main article: Lester Controls
Lift Solutions, Inc.
Lift Solutions, Inc. is a US-based company that was established in 2002 by John Castaño. It supplies elevator parts, cabs, controllers, fixtures, and other components, including complete elevator modernization packages.
- Main article: Monarch Control
National Elevator Cab and Door Corp.
National Elevator Cab and Door Corp. (NECD) is a company founded in 1929 in New York City. The company has grown to become New York City's largest elevator cab and entrance door manufacturer. NECD manufactures elevator cab, entrance doors, as well as signal fixtures.
Kinetek, Inc. is a company based in United States, with several subsidiaries related to elevators and escalators. The group was acquired by Nidec Corporation in 2012 and Nidec Kinetek Elevator Technology (NKET) also established at the same time, reformed to the Nidec Kinetek Corporation in 2018.
Kinetek De Sheng Motor
- Main article: Kinetek De Sheng
Kinetek De Sheng (Shunde, Foshan) Motor Co., Ltd. (or simply KDS) is a company that provides traction elevator motors, controllers, escalator controllers and floor indicators which are mainly supplied to Asia.
Motion Control Engineering
- Main article: Motion Control Engineering
Motion Control Engineering (or simply MCE) is a company that provides non-proprietary (generic) solid-state elevator and escalator controllers. They were founded in 1983. They also make their very own complete elevator. Their hydraulic equipment is often used on newer Kone hydraulic elevators.
Ningbo Safety Electronic
Ningbo Xinda Group
- Main article: Ningbo Xinda Group
Ningbo Xinda Group is a company that manufactures elevator components, elevator fixtures, elevator drive machines, and escalator components, They also have a subsidiary which called Hosting, which provide full elevator installation. Sometimes, they provides elevator drive machines for Schindler elevators usually for modernization.
Peelle is an American manufacturer of elevator doors for freight elevators.
- Main article: PTL
PTL is a USA-based company established in 1971 that manufactures entry-level standard and custom fixtures for major and aftermarket elevator companies. Aside from two architectural fixtures (Global and Commons), PTL fixtures (especially directional lanterns) bear a close resemblance to GAL fixtures.
- Main article: Schaefer
Schaefer is a German company founded in 1964 by Wolfgang Schäfer that manufactures elevator fixtures. Their fixtures are mainly targeted for the European markets (specifically their home country Germany), but they are also often exported to other markets around the world.
Schneider Steuerungstechnik GmbH / LiSA
- Main article: LiSA
Schneider Steuerungstechnik GmbH or known by its trademark LiSA is a German company which produce elevator control systems and fixtures components.
- Main article: Sematic Group
Sematic Group is a company based in Italy which manufactures elevator doors, elevator cab interiors and door operator for Schindler 3300 elevators. They also owns a subsidiary company Liftmaterial. However, they already be the subsidiaries of Wittur Group since 2015.
Shanghai STEP Electric Corporation
- Main article: Shanghai STEP
- Main article: Sodimas
Société de Distribution de Matériel d’Ascenseur, or Sodimas for short, is a French family-owned company which provides complete elevator installations as well as being a supplier of elevator components. Founded in 1975 by Serge Arnoult and currently run by his son Patrice Arnoult since 2007, it is France's largest independent elevator manufacturer and elevator parts supplier.
Tonic Electronic Engineering
- Main article: Tonic Electronic Engineering
- Not to be confused with Kone, which using similar Chinese name.
Tonic Electronic Engineering is a company originated from British Hong Kong in 1989. They also operate manufacturing facilitates in Shenzhen, China, under their subsidiaries, Smartonic Technologies which makes arrival gong, alarm buzzer, LED and LCD floor indicators, intercom system, automatic floor announcement system, etc.
Vantage Elevator Solutions
- Main article: Vantage Elevator Solutions
Vantage Elevator Solutions is a company formed in 2018 by GAL and five other elevator parts companies (GAL Canada, Hollister-Whitney, Courion, Bore-Max and Elevator Controls) with the aim of providing a better and more flexible service under one corporation. In 2019, it acquired UK based Thames Valley Controls from Dewhurst, who previously owned TVC since 1994. Vantage is owned by Golden Gate Capital, a San Fransisco based private equity firm who took over GAL in 2017.
- Main article: GAL
GAL (GAL Manufacturing Corp.) is a company that manufactures elevator fixtures, elevator door equipment and elevator controllers. They were established in 1927, and their fixtures were very common on elevators installed by generic/local companies in the 1950s and 1960s.
GAL Canada is the Canadian division of GAL Manufacturing Corp.
- Main article: Hollister-Whitney
Hollister-Whitney Elevator Corporation is a company that mainly manufactures elevator machines, as well as other components. It was founded in 1899 by Edward Everett Hollister and was acquired by GAL in 1960.
- Main article: Courion
Courion Industries is a manufacturer and supplier of elevator doors and door equipment for freight elevators. It was established in 1921.
Bore-Max is a manufacturer of standard and custom hydraulic equipment for passenger and freight elevators. It was founded in 1969.
- Main article: Elevator Controls
Elevator Controls Corporation is a Californian company founded in 1986 which manufactures elevator parts like elevator controllers and monitoring system.
Thames Valley Controls
- Main article: Thames Valley Controls
Thames Valley Controls Ltd. is a UK elevator parts manufacturer based in Flint and was established in 1971. It was previously owned by Dewhurst plc from 1994 until 2019.
Weco Group (elevator)
Weco Elevator Products
This name used in both North America and Europe.
The full name is Ningbo Weco Optoelectronic Co., Ltd. This name used in Asia Pacific.
- Main article: Wittur Group
Wittur Group is a company producing elevator doors, traction machine, hydraulic pump unit and door sensors. It was founded in 1968 in Germany. Since 2000, the current Kone elevator AMD door operators are supplied by this company. Some of their products are labelled as Selcom since it was their subsidiary. They also make their very own elevators in modern days.
Ziehl-Abegg is a German manufacturing company founded in 1910 by Emil Ziehl which produces ventilation fans and air conditioning applications as well as elevator motor drives.
|Alberto Sassi España SL||Guarnizo|
|1985||Manufacturer of elevator machines. Formerly known as Faymesa.|
|ALGI Alfred Giehl GmbH & Co. KG.||Eltville|
|1929||Manufacturer of hydraulic elevator components.|
|Arkel Elektrik Elektronik San ve Tic A.Ş.||Istanbul|
|Automatisation JRT Inc.||Quebec City, QC|
|1984||Manufacturer of control system for elevators and escalators.|
|BUT-SAN Asansör ve Elektrik Malzemeleri Tic. ve San. Ltd.||Istanbul|
|Buy Elevator Parts Co.||Boynton Beach, FL|
|C & L Elevator Controls Inc.||Deer Park, NY|
|C. E. Electronics Ltd.||Ohio|
|Claddagh Electronics Ltd.||Long Island City, NY|
|Computerized Elevator Control Corporation||Moonachie, NJ|
|1980||Defunct in 2014.|
|Digital Lift Controls Limited||Daventry, Northamptonshire|
|Dynatech Dynamics & Technology||Zaragoza|
|ECC Elevator Corp.||Van Nuys, CA|
|Electronic Controls Inc.||Cape Canaveral, FL|
|Elevator Supplies Company Inc.||United States||1891||This company probably no longer exists.|
|ELMI Elettromeccanica Milano S.r.l.||Milan|
|Elevator Systems Inc.||Inwood, NY|
|Everbright Electrical Industries||Hong Kong||1995|
|Freeman Elevator Products||United States||Unknown||Manufacturer of elevator door sensors. This company is no longer in business.|
|Hwan Maw Technology Co., Ltd.||Taipei|
|Hong Jiang Electronics Co., Ltd.||Taipei|
|International Lift Equipment Ltd.||Leicester|
|KEB America, Inc.||Shakopee, MN|
|Langer & Laumann Ing.-Büro GmbH||Nordwalde|
|Leadway Elevator Components||Taipei|
|Magnetek Inc.||Menomonee Falls, WI|
|Meiller Aufzugtüren GmbH||Munich|
|Moline Accessories Co.||Moline, IL|
|Mid 1950s||Third party elevator parts company that was a division of Montgomery.|
|MONITOR Elevator Solutions S.r.l.||Milan|
|Foshan Mueller & Mico Elevator Technology Co., Ltd.||Foshan, Guangdong|
|Nantong Hunter Electrical Equipment Co., Ltd.||Jiangsu|
|O.Thompson||United States||1924||Initially known as Takamine Company. Merged with Motion Control Engineering in 2004.|
|Salient Information Systems||Alexandria, NSW|
|Unknown||This company might no longer in business.|
|Salish Elevator Controls Co.|
|1985||Manufacturer of elevator controllers. Defunct in 1992.|
|Samil Eltec Co., Ltd.||Hwaseong City|
|Smartrise Engineering||Sacramento, CA|
|Suzhou Sunny Elevator Co., Ltd.||Wujiang, Jiangsu|
|Suzhou Torin Drive Equipment Company Limited||Jiangsu|
|Tung Da Electric Co., Ltd.||Taipei|
|Vega S.r.l.||Ponzano di Fermo|
|Vander Electronic Technology Company Limited||Shenzhen|
|Vertitron Midwest Inc.||Mankato, MN|
|Virginia Controls, LLC||Richmond, VA|
Notes and references
- ↑ Non-proprietary Elevator Controllers & Drives - KEB Machine Room Vids #02
- ↑ NON-PROPRIETARY CONTROLLERS, Automatisation JRT.
- ↑ Non-proprietary Elevator Controllers & Drives – KEB Machine Room Vids #02, KEB Automation KG.
- ↑ All the components not affiliated with any single elevator companies, and those can be purchased by any elevators and escalators companies.
- ↑ [冷門話題]點解香港近年d lift掣全部一式一樣，毫無特色？ (Discussion conversation in hkitalk.net)
- ↑ Halma plc - Avire Ltd.
- ↑ Schindler 700 Traction Elevators - Guest Rooms [Hilton Times Square]
- ↑ Schindler Traction Elevator at Island East Sports Centre, Sai Wan Ho, Hong Kong
- ↑ Kronenberg GmbH
- ↑ Halma plc - Janus Elevator Products Inc.
- ↑ Default fixtures are provided by Innovation Industries. 
- ↑ Inside the Elevator Motor Room - 2005 Schindler Traction Elevators (1)
- ↑ Wittur traction elevator at an apartment building at Azar street in Holon