It’s crunch time for the New York elevator industry as the deadline to comply with the Door Lock Monitor code is quickly approaching. The City of New York issued new guidelines for elevator door lock monitoring systems which requires completion of upgrades and changes by 2020..
The new law requires all elevators to be equipped with an electronic fix that accomplishes two things: it prevents the elevator from moving if the doors are not properly closed; and it prevents the doors from opening if the elevator cab is not present. The deadline for compliance is January 1, 2020. A second upgrade, due by January 1, 2027, requires installation of an emergency brake. The deadline for compliance leaves less than one year to apply this safety device to the elevators. As the deadline is less than a year away, elevator service companies need to advise their clients as to the rule and its implications for non-compliance.
Elevators installed since the 2009 building code most likely have this type of system in place. It already might be in the elevator control system but just not activated, or it may just need some software or type of hardware. Elevators – generally older ones – without such a door-monitoring system will be more expensive, since new equipment must be integrated with the existing elevator control system.
It’s important to note that there are several DOB requirements besides simply installing the Door Lock Monitor.
- Even if the component is already in place, the elevator servicing company has to file a permit.
- Next, they must get a set of electrical prints showing the DOB that it exists electrically within the control-board circuit and have it stamped by a professional engineer.
- Finally, the DOB must come out and test the elevator.
Elevators deemed non-compliant by January 1, 2020 will be subject to steep fines and potential shut-downs. It is a time consuming process that shouldn’t be left to the last minute as it can take up to 6 weeks just to obtain the necessary city permits to proceed.
The good news is that FIELDBOSS can help manage the process and ensure that all your elevators are compliant before the deadline.
FIELDBOSS can be configured to:
- Easily monitor which elevators require the door lock monitor device, which have already been installed and which have yet to be installed
- Create drop down lists under each elevator to keep track of Door Lock Monitor device status
- Create quotes in seconds and send to those customers in need of a Door Lock Monitor device
- Create easy to read dashboard views of Active Door Lock Monitor quotes, Active Sites for Door Lock Monitor Installations, and Building Locations without Door Lock Monitors so you can easily stay on-top of what’s going on and keep your customers devices compliant.