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It is known that there are very high and demanding standards for lift equipment safety. Of course, dealing with the public’s wellbeing requires the following safety regulations and guidelines.

The EU Lift Directive 2014/33/EU provides the guidelines for the safety and reliability of “lifts permanently serving buildings and constructions”.

The directive defines a lift as “a lifting appliance serving specific levels, having a carrier moving along guides which are rigid and inclined at an angle of more than 15 degrees to the horizontal, intended for the transport of persons, persons and goods, goods alone if the carrier is accessible, that is to say a person may enter it without difficulty, and fitted with controls situated inside the carrier or within reach of a person inside the carrier.”

Other devices covered by the directive include:

  • Devices for locking landing doors.
  • Devices to prevent falls referred to in Section 3.2 of Annex I to prevent the car from falling or unchecked upward movements.
  • Overspeed limitation devices.
  • Energy-accumulating shock absorbers: both nonlinear and with damping of the return movement and energy-dissipating shock absorbers.
  • Safety devices fitted to the hydraulic power circuit jacks which are used as devices to prevent falls.
  • Electric safety devices in the form of safety switches containing electronic components.

How does this affect manufacturers and service providers?

The application of the directive described above means that manufacturers and service providers need to comply with the directive requirements in order to get certified and to ensure that their clients and final consumers are safe.

There are different steps the manufacturer or service provider needs to take in order to achieve compliance with the Lift Directive 2014/33/EU. One of these important steps is the verification and certification of the lifts.

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Lift verification and certification according to Lift Directive 2014/33/EU

Lift verification and certification according to the directive involves a series of activities that focus on guaranteeing safety and reliability. The most relevant are:

Design verification

It refers to evaluating diagrams and specifications in regards to codes, norms, purchase specifications and applicable legal requirements.

Lift homologation

In order to homologate, lift tests and inspections are carried out and include specifications, codes, directives and norms applicable to the lifts and their components.

Lift inspections and audits

Performing inspections and audits correctly requires a thorough examination of the mechanical, structural, electrical and safety systems, including cables and chains.

Lift testing

This is usually the last step of an inspection, since it refers to supervising the performance tests independently in order to guarantee that the parameters measured are correct for safe operation.

The transposition of the lift directive with Presidential Decree 23/2017

Presidential Decree 23/2017 was published in the Official Gazette on 03/15/2017. It refers to the “Regulation concerning amendments of the President of the Republic decree of 30 April 1999, n. 162, for the implementation of Directive 2014/33 / EU relating to lifts, their safety components as well as for their operation”.

ALPI, the Association of Laboratories and Certification and Inspection Organization has published an extract from the Official Gazette of 03/15/2017 no. 62 on its website, containing the new “Lift Decree 2017”.

Lift verification and certification with Check Engineering and Services

Check Ingegneria e Servizi is an Italian company that issues the verification and certification of lifts, according to the Presidential Decree number 162 of the 30th of April of 1999, as their core business.

In fact, their main objective is to guarantee the correct operation of elevation system safety devices and other types of systems in general.

These systems include, but are not limited to:

  • Building lifts according to the Presidential Decree number 162 of the 30th of April of 1999.
  • Cranes and other lifting equipment according to Ministerial Decree of the 11th of April of 2011.
  • Fire prevention and periodic verification of grounding systems.
  • Verification of motorized gates according to the Machinery Directive 2006/42 / CE.
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Therefore, Check Engineering and Services takes lift verification and certification very seriously in order to guarantee safety.

They offer biannual verifications of building lifts and lifting platforms that guarantees client compliance with the Presidential Decree.

As described above, all these verifications require different tests and measures to be taken. Therefore, precise and reliable equipment is required to ensure that the results produce the desired safety. A false result or inaccurate measurement may be catastrophic.

SAMA Tools Lift Industry Instrument Kit: The solution

Check Ingegneria e Servizi has chosen our lift industry instrument kit to carry out lift verifications and certifications for their clients to ensure compliance with the European directive and the Presidential Decree described above. Our kit is also compliant with the Lift Directive 2014/33/EU, and equips them with all the tools they need, including:

  • Analog force gauge
  • Tachometer
  • Luxmeter
  • Pressure gauge
  • Insulation tester
  • Clamp meter
  • IP67 Caliper

All these instruments are delivered in a carrying case with the corresponding calibration report.

In addition, Check Ingegneria e Servizi relies on Sama Italia to keep their instruments calibrated by sending them to us periodically for calibration certification.

Calibration plays an important role in guaranteeing that their activities provide highly accurate results. You can learn more about instrument calibration here.

Periodic verification on the lift directive

As we have already explained, in addition to lift industry instruments, we offer a wide variety of non-destructive testing tools and measuring instruments for different purposes, as the mechanical field.

Because our mission is to support our customers in their quality control activities, we strive to provide them with the best solutions to satisfy their needs every day. Here you can read our customers’ feedback.

Check Ingegneria e Servizi is one of many companies that have trusted us with their business and is always careful with quality control.

Therefore, if you need help with lift industry instruments or would like advice on the best instrument for your specific needs, do not hesitate to contact our technical department.

You can reach us at 0584/392342 – 0584/392453 or, alternatively, fill in the online form to contact us in writing.

 


Not everybody knows the relationship between lift inspection and instrument calibration. Lifts, also called elevators, have been part of human life for many years and people often take for granted all that is behind their proper operation and safety.

First of all, there are different types of lifts and they operate according to the purpose of their use. This means that some of them are used for lifting people, others cargo, and so on.

Among the most common types, there are:

  •  Lifts for people transportation
  •  Lifts for disabled people
  •  Freight lifts
  •  Construction lifts
  •  Facade lifts
  •  Hydraulic lifts
  •  Cable lifts
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Of course, all of them require to meet some operational and safety standards, and here is where inspection and certification are important.

What is lift inspection?

Lift inspection involves a series of activities that are meant to help verify the conditions of the lift systems in order to certify they are operating as expected and in accordance to operational, health and safety standards.

These activities cover inspection of the site before commissioning and installation, inspection of systems in operation and other complementary inspections such as environmental impact.

How is lift inspection performed?

To perform properly a lift inspection, several tools and instruments are needed, and the choice of instruments used in each inspection will depend on the system being inspected.

For example, part of the inspection may not require any instruments, since it may be only a visual inspection to assess the general state of the components of the elevator. However, while testing specific systems like the power supply, measuring instruments like an AC/DC Clamp Meter may come in handy.

They general idea is to measure the operational parameters of the system at the moment of the inspection and comparing with the expected values for a proper and safe operation, hence the importance of having high-quality properly calibrated instruments to perform the inspection.

 

Here is the complete KIT for lift inspection

One of the most popular solutions proposed by SAMA Tools is the Complete Kit for the Lift Directive.

The tools contained in the KIT complie with the requirements of directive 2014/33 / EU and includes calibration reports.

Watch the Kit in the video below!

 

Why is instrument calibration so important?

Apart from complying with UNI EN ISO 9001, which in section 7.6 deals with the management of the measuring equipment, instrument calibration and adjustment will guarantee that the results you are obtaining are reliable.

Therefore, the information collected during the inspection can be used to certify the proper operation of the lift or to identify any possible malfunction of it and take the corresponding measures.

Using instruments that are not properly calibrated during inspection may result in false information that may lead to keep a malfunctioning lift in operation. Obviously, this represents a safety hazard, and it could lead to serious problems such as:

  • Injuries or even death.
  • Loss of reputation for the inspecting and operating companies.
  • Increased costs due to extra maintenance and repair activities.
  • Financial loss due to legal actions against the inspecting and operating company.

It may sound dramatic, but it is a reality.

Calibration report

Lift Inspection by Sidelmed S.P.A.

Sidelmed S.P.A is a company that mainly operates in the sector of systems and products certification.

They currently have three major authorizations in the lifts sector, including:

  • Lift checks by the Ministry of Economic Development.
  • Grounding electric systems inspections by the Ministry of Economic Development.
  • Working teams verifications by the Ministry of Labour.

Therefore, these authorizations, together with their 120 technical experts and 21 years of experience make Sidelmed S.P.A. the top entity for lift inspection and certification, serving around 27000 clients in the public and private sectors.

Of course, knowing their craft very well, they make sure they use high-quality tools and instruments to guarantee the reliability of their inspections and certifications.

The instruments they frequently use during inspections include:

  • AC/DC Clamp Meters
  • Insulation testers
  • Tachometers
  • Pressure gauges

Of course, this is only a limited list of all the equipment that is required to cover all the inspection activities. However, the most important is that their code of ethics include making sure that the information provided is trustworthy and their certifications are fully reliable.

Sidelmed Spa systems and products certification

How does Sidelmed S.P.A. guarantee their reliability?

Lift inspection and instrument calibration go hand by hand when it comes to guaranteeing reliability. To make sure their tools and instruments are fit for the inspection tasks Sidelmed S.P.A. trusts SAMA Tools for the required periodic calibration and adjustment.

Since 2018 we have verified the correctness of all their instruments, thus collaborating with them in the matters of instrument and equipment management. This has resulted in a close and long-lasting relationship, the same type of relationship we strive to build with all our customers.

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We offer a comprehensive service that can be provided in-house or by sending the equipment to our premises.

The service includes laboratory test reports and/or ACCREDIA calibration certificates for our own instruments or equipment already possessed by our customers.

You can learn more about this service by clicking here.

Final thoughts

Apart from instruments for the lift industry and calibration services, we offer a wide variety of non-destructive testing tools for different purposes.

Because our mission is to support our customers in their quality control activities, we strive to provide them with the best solutions to cover their needs.

Sidelmed S.P.A. is a good example that customer’s satisfaction is our main goal, and we would be more than happy to see you becoming one of them.

So, if you need help with lift inspection instruments and their calibration, or would like advice on the best instrument for your specific case, do not hesitate to contact our technical department.

You can call us at 0584/392342 – 0584/392453 or, alternatively, fill in the online form to contact us in writing.