Full Capacity, LLC performs inspections on many different types of elevators. There are two major elevator designs in common use today: hydraulic elevators and roped elevators.

Hydraulic elevator systems lift a car using a hydraulic ram, a fluid-driven piston mounted inside a cylinder. You can see how this system works in the diagram below.

The cylinder is connected to a fluid-pumping system (typically, hydraulic systems like this use oil, but other incompressible fluids would also work). The hydraulic system has three parts:

  • A tank (the fluid reservoir)
  • A pump, powered by an electric motor
  • A valve between the cylinder and the reservoir

Full Capacity, LLC rents “Test Weights” to elevator maintenance companies for use during a variety of specific and required elevator tests.

Full Capacity, LLC performs “Handicap Lift” inspections. As part of the Department of Buildings code change, there are also new maintenance requirements that apply to all new and existing elevators and escalators. The most important item for building owners to be aware of is the data plate requirement. Data plates must be provided and maintained for all new and existing devices, and must indicate the code to be used for inspections and tests. The data plate must indicate the code and edition in effect at the time of installation. The data plate must also indicate the code in effect at the time of any alteration and indicate the applicable requirements. The data plate must be in plain view, securely attached to the main line disconnect or on the controller. Lettering must be permanently legible and at least one-eighth-inch high. We suggest including this new requirement in a rider to your maintenance contract with the new inspection and testing requirements.

Full Capacity, LLC performs elevator inspections on both residential and commercial elevators. New building codes went into effect on July 1, 2008 that have completely revamped the inspection and testing procedures for elevators, escalators and other vertical transportation equipment in buildings.

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