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2022

Top Suggested Elevator Modernizations for Revamping Your Building

June 28, 2022: Elevator modernization is the process by which elevator equipment is upgraded to meet modern standards. Creating foot traffic flow, reducing congestion in the lobby and giving the passenger an easy ride are items on every property manager’s wish list, but knowing which feature of your elevator system to focus on can be difficult to choose. Learn how TK Elevator can help.

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What is a “Gearless” Traction Elevator?

June 20, 2022: There are two main types of machines that power traction elevators: geared and gearless. How do gearless machines work? Learn about it here.

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How Exactly Does a Hydraulic Elevator Work?

June 14, 2022: Hydraulic applications are often overlooked, even when they might be a better fit for your building. But how do you make that decision? Read on to learn more.

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Three Ways Elevator Modernization Will Benefit Your Building

June 7, 2022: Modernization is the process by which elevator equipment is upgraded to meet modern standards. Learn more about how these upgrades could benefit you, your building and your elevator passengers.

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Could Your Building Benefit from a Moving Walkway?

May 31, 2022: Moving walkways can change the way traffic flows for the better. Could your building benefit from a moving walkway installation? Read more to find out.

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What to Expect from Your Elevator Inspection

May 24, 2022: Elevator inspections can be stressful, but they don't have to be! This article highlights several of the common items examined during an inspection along with tips to ensure that the elevator passes on the first try.

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Benefits of Replacing Your POTS Line

May 17, 2022: POTS lines are quickly becoming outdated as technologies like VoIP and cellular allow for less upkeep, lower costs and increased functionality. Read on to learn more about benefits of replacing your POTS line.

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TK Elevator sponsors Walk to Make Cystic Fibrosis History in honor of employee and
inspirational advocate Meaghan Addante

May 11, 2022: Meaghan Addante joined TK Elevator Canada six years ago tasked with raising awareness within our company and communities around Cystic Fibrosis (CF). Not only was she a voice for finding a cure for CF, but she also lived with the disease.

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Fear of Elevators: Are Elevators Safe?

May 10, 2022: Elevator phobias are very real. We're here to help you overcome your fear by knowing the facts. Read on to learn about what makes elevators the safest form of transportation.

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Inside the IQC Pt. 4: Overview

May 3, 2022: After years of planning and construction, TK Elevator is proud to have our new safety-focused headquarters established in Atlanta. Learn more about this facility and our elevator company in Atlanta.

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Inside the IQC Pt. 3: R&D Lab

April 26, 2022: Testing isn’t the only thing happening inside the Innovation and Qualification Center (IQC). The building is also home to International Technical Services, an interactive digital showroom, our research and development lab and more.

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Inside the IQC Pt. 2: Digital Showroom

April 19, 2022: The Digital Showroom in the IQC is your destination for the history of TK Elevator and elevators in general as well as a showcase of our technologies, employees and community. Learn more about it in this week's Insights.

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Inside the IQC: International Technical Services

April 12, 2022: ITS is a global network of elevator engineers and experts who are readily available to help support our technicians. Read on to learn more about them and their new home.

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Service Elevator vs. Freight Elevator: What’s the Difference?

April 5, 2022: Have you ever wondered about the differences between service elevators and freight elevators? This article is for you.

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Autism community is full of elevator fans

April 2, 2022: Andrew Reams says TK Elevator is one of the best out there at connecting with elevator fans. Learn more about his story and our Safety Ambassador Program for World Autism Day!

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Spring Cleaning: When did your elevator technician last check your elevator?

March 29, 2022: Spring cleaning is a phenomenon that has affected all of us on a personal and national scale. Cleaning the pit not only ensures that technicians will have a tidy and safe working environment, but it is good for your elevator as well.

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Upgraded Elevators Can Save Your Building Energy

March 24, 2022: The average elevator today accounts for about 2 to 3 percent of a commercial building’s energy consumption. Learn how TK Elevator can help.

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A Sustainable Future for Hydraulic Elevators

March 22, 2022: Hydraulic elevators are ideal for low- to mid-rise buildings and have gained popularity since the technology first debuted in the 1800s.The hydraulic fluid that is needed for the proper function of this elevator was typically petroleum-based. To move away from reliance on a non-renewable resource, TK Elevator has worked towards finding a viable solution.

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Florida Building Code Update

March 15, 2022: For the State of Florida Elevator Code, it was recently determined that all elevators must now comply with part 3.10.12 of ASME A17.3-2015, Safety Code for Existing Elevators and Escalators by December 31st, 2023. Learn more about what you need to do to keep your elevators up to date.

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Benefits of TWIN: Why You Need Two Elevators in One Shaft

March 8, 2022: TWIN is a fantastic progression in elevator technology. With two elevator cabins operating independently in one shaft (aka hoistway) — the possibilities are endless. Here you will learn a few key benefits of TWIN and why you need two elevators in one shaft.

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Masters of Freight

March 1, 2022: Freight elevators do the heavy lifting that make some the most powerful and unique equipment, facilities and tools in the world operate. They are unsung heroes who deserve our respect and admiration for the seemingly miraculous feats of strength they perform on a daily basis.

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The Evolution of Elevator Phones

Feb 22, 2022: For much of the early history of elevators, passengers would communicate directly with elevator operators who guided traffic, opened and closed elevator doors and directed the movement of the elevator car. In the late 1800s, this all started to change.

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Everything Made Possible through APIs

Feb 15, 2022: Within the commercial building industry, APIs enable systems to integrate a wide range of building control functions. Previously, key systems such as HVAC, lighting and security used to be completely independent and required manual adjustments for operation.

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The DMC Controller End of Product Life

Feb 8, 2022: The DMC was a microprocessor controller manufactured by TK Elevator when the company was known as Dover Elevator. This control system was once recognized as an innovative and reliable marvel of engineering, but it is now over 35 years old and should be upgraded.

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What Should You Expect from Comprehensive Elevator Services?

Feb 1, 2022: Elevator function doesn’t begin and end with installation. An elevator is like any other machine and requires care for peak function. But what does it mean for company to provide comprehensive elevator services?

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When Does a Double-Sided Elevator Make Sense?

Jan 25, 2022: Considering a double-sided elevator in your building? Learn more about when these elevators are most useful and how they can change the flow of traffic in your building.

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How Is Elevator Capacity Calculated?

Jan 18, 2022: Functionality and safety are planned before interior design — so understanding how many people can fit in your building’s elevator is a priority. Elevator Capacity can fully alter the type of elevator you'll want in your building.

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When Does Your Escalator Need Modernizing?

Jan 11, 2022: In the United States alone, over 245 million people take an escalator each day. While this large number may not seem to hold much significance for the average commuter, it is important to keep in mind when thinking about escalator care.

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What Is Destination Dispatch?

Jan 4, 2022: Did you know that there is a form of math that focuses exclusively on the study of how people wait in line? One of the most frequently used illustrations is the example of waiting in line for an elevator. The idea and invention of destination dispatch has become critical in rectifying this issue.

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2021

Traction Conventional vs. Traction MRL

Dec 21, 2021: Traction elevators are a classic, timeless option that caters to a large variety of building heights and are a common go-to staple for building owners and managers. The question is: which is better? Traction with a machine room or without?

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Hydraulic Conventional vs Hydraulic MRL: What is the right choice for your building?

Dec 14, 2021: If you've ridden in an elevator in a two to five-story building, there is a very good chance it was a traditional hydraulic or hydraulic MRL elevator. But which one is the right fit for your building?

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The Power of Color

Dec 7, 2021: Innovative designers are constantly trying to leverage color to communicate wayfinding, infuse energy or simply to elevate a space from drab to dramatic. Elevators and escalators can be transformed with unique placements of accent lighting, paint or contrasting materials.

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Freight and Service Elevators in the E-Commerce World

Nov 30, 2021: Two converging trends — the rise of e-commerce and growing urbanism — are creating big challenges for cities and commercial buildings. The impact of that growth has massive implications for our infrastructure — both inside and outside of the buildings we call home.

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Hybrid Work Schedule

How Elevator Activity Reveals the Future of Working from Home

Nov 16, 2021: Not only has the TKE Index Report given us insight into the volume of commuters going into their offices but also how they move through their buildings and when they leave for their homes. Through this data, we were able to identify the things that help tenants feel comfortable entering their place of work.

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Sustainability: It's in Our Elevators

Nov 9, 2021: We at TK Elevator recognize the critical role we play in moving people through the built environment. That’s why we strive to create more sustainable products and to be transparent about our ecological impact.

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Cloud-based Predictive Maintenance Maximizes Uptime

How IoT Has Revolutionized the Elevator Industry

Nov 2, 2021: One of the major trends that was predicted to have a significant impact in the future is that of cloud-based predictive maintenance through IoT systems. In order to see less of that “Out of Order” sign, we must adopt new technology that will help us to render an issue obsolete before it can even present itself.

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Smart Building Technology Provides Real-Time Visibility into the Status of Your Elevators

Oct 26, 2021: The first trend that was identified in the TKE Index Report was that smart building technology provides real-time visibility. 5G solutions offer instantaneous processing speeds to collect data from equipment that is connected through the Internet of Things (IoT).

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How Intelligent Dispatching Improves the Flow of People in a Building

Oct 19, 2021: The future of advanced elevator technology and innovation is here, and intelligent dispatching is a tool that’s at the forefront of it all. Not only can intelligent dispatching provide necessary health benefits by limiting interactions in tight spaces, but it can shorten the length of time that tenants wait in the lobby for an elevator.

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AGILE Mobile: How TK Elevator Makes Your Building Digital

Oct 12, 2021: This mobile solution can be applied to existing two-button elevators, as well as those with Destination Dispatch. AGILE Mobile can be added to any building with a modern elevator control system, at any point in its lifecycle.

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An Interview with Henry Chamberlain

Oct 5, 2021: With a mission to advance a vibrant commercial real estate industry through advocacy, influence and knowledge – BOMA successfully represents owners, managers, service providers and all property professionals for any type of commercial building. One of the key leaders of this renowned association is Henry H. Chamberlain.

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Introducing the 2021 TKE Index Report

Sept 28, 2021: The TKE Index Report is a brilliant mine of data collected from over 86,000 elevators across the U.S. and Canada which illustrates business activity in commercial spaces. We are able to see a contrast in how life was before the pandemic and the impact it’s had on our present.

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Touchless Technology

Sept 21, 2021: Each day, thousands of commuters will pass through a single office building, all pressing an elevator call button before tapping on their respective floor button inside the cab. This task that presents itself as a part of our everyday lives, can pose a health risk as the pandemic carries on.

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TK Elevator Emergency Elevator Services

Sept 14, 2021: Each hour, day, and week - countless commuters expect to have your elevator system carry them seamlessly to their destination. One of the most remarkable elements of this process is that every passenger will step into the cab of your elevator without needing to think twice, trusting in the reliable engineering of modern vertical transportation.

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TK Elevator's "Uplifting" Culture

Aug 31, 2021: TK Elevator is one of the largest elevator manufacturers in the world. You can find our elevators in all inhabited continents, São Paulo to Singapore, Pittsburgh to Paris. However, our global reach does not detract from our commitment to community, both ours and those around us. With over 120 local branch offices in the United States, TK Elevator associates and technicians are never far from home and value relationships formed over time.

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181 Fremont: Elevators with World-Class Safety for San Francisco

Aug 24, 2021: Buildings are central to a city’s identity, shaping the skyline and becoming icons within themselves. Every city has different needs that require cutting edge, highly customized architectural solutions. TK Elevator works with architects and developers to create high-tech solutions which push the industry forward and benefit all our customers.

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Hydraulic Heritage: How the Modern Hydraulic Elevator is in TKE’s DNA

Aug 17, 2021: We at TK Elevator build our products with over eight decades of experience. We make pioneering technology part of your everyday life, but that’s just in our DNA. Our story begins when we brought the modern hydraulic elevator to the masses.

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Change is Good: The Power of Non-Rhythmic Sensory Stimulation

Aug 10, 2021: Zoos across the world increasingly measure and monitor the psychological well-being of their animals. Based on this research, they have devised environmental enrichment techniques to provide anti-depressive and stress-reducing mental stimulation.

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Digital Technology and Automation: Innovations Past and Future

Aug 3, 2021: Because of the pandemic, we rely on technology more than ever. However, this newfound reliance only accelerated existing human-machine integration. To remain competitive in the digitizing landscape, industries must embrace the power of technology to improve human interaction with their spaces.

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How Hospitality is Adopting to the Economic Recovery

July 27, 2021: Last week, we reported TK Elevator Index insights into the economic recovery in office buildings. While the June data revealed a strengthening return to the office, building use patterns have undoubtedly shifted.

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What Urban Data Reveals About Shifting Centers Of Activity

July 20, 2021: The Centers for Disease Control now reports that nearly two-thirds of US adults are inoculated against COVID-19. Meanwhile, the Bureau of Economic Analysis has reported above average growth in GDP, led by sectors like professional services, real estate, retail and accommodation.

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Stormy Weather Ahead? Act Now to Protect Your Elevators

July 13, 2021: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecasters predict a 60% chance of an above-normal Atlantic hurricane season in 2021. Catastrophic weather brings torrential downpours and flooding that can damage your elevator system.

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Keep Your Elevator Machine Room Cool

June 29, 2021: If your elevator machine room gets too hot, your elevator system can experience erratic performance and even shutdowns.

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Five Things to Check Before Requesting Elevator Service

June 22, 2021: In an unexpected elevator shutdown, there are five things you can quickly check that could potentially get your equipment back on the move.

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How is this Hybrid Office Situation Working?

June 15, 2021: We’re seeing very interesting new patterns on which days we’re coming into the office — if we’re coming at all.

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Traction Versus Hydraulic Elevators

June 8, 2021: Learn about the differences between traction and hydraulic elevators, and what they mean for your building.

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Elevator Enhancements to Keep Returning Workers Safe

June 2, 2021: There are a variety of elevator enhancements that building owners and managers can implement to ensure their facilities handle workforce returns and, more importantly, keep workers safe.

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What Elevator Data Tells Us About the “New” Office Workday

May 25, 2021: As we return to post-pandemic normality at work, it’s safe to say that life will be different in many ways. COVID-19 accelerated technological and social change. It transformed how we shop, consume media and now, where and when we choose to work.

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Elevator Traffic in the COVID Era: One Year Later

May 19, 2021: Month by month, we continue to see encouraging signs showing the economy recovering and commercial building traffic on the rise.

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Six Warning Signs Your Elevators Need to be Updated

May 11, 2021: Noise, jerky stops and starts and frequent callbacks - these are warning signs your elevators are leaving your tenants at a standstill. Although reliable service and maintenance can keep your elevators safely moving for 12 to 15 years, eventually your elevator, like all machines, will reach the end of its service life.

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The Changing Landscape of Georgia Elevator Activity

April 21, 2021: With the nation’s eighth largest population and a red-hot economy, Georgia has experienced significant urban mobility changes since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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TK Elevator Data Reveals Significant Urban Mobility Changes Over Last Year

April 8, 2021: Month by month, we continue to see encouraging signs showing the economy recovering and commercial building traffic on the rise.

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