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