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Lifts generally have a long lifespan, however over time things can start to go wrong, and parts will eventually deteriorate. This can affect the safety of the vehicle and experience for passengers. In cases where general lift maintenance isn’t an option anymore, it is time to look at lift modernisation. Quite simply, lift modernisation involves upgrading key parts of a lift to ensure it operates efficiently while keeping in line with the latest safety regulations. Here’s what you should know.

What is involved?
The modernisation process is rather straight forward; however it does depend on the scope of the project – i.e., what needs modernising and how long it takes to complete. Before work gets underway, an engineering survey will need to be carried out to collate details, such as confirming which parts will need to be upgraded and measurements, as well as assessing the building’s traffic.

Once all details have been finalised and documented, the parts can be ordered in preparation for the work to begin. Once completed, the lift can be tested to ensure it performs as it should and meets the necessary regulations. A final test will also need to be carried out in front of the client before the lift is handed back over.

What are the benefits?
Not only is lift modernisation more economical in comparison to replacing the entire lift, but in the long run, it will help lower the cost of maintenance. Additionally, the amount of energy consumed will be reduced, lowering the operating costs, and making it a more cost-effective solution overall.

Another clear benefit is the lift will undoubtedly perform better – even just upgrading a number of components will make a huge difference to how the lift works and its reliability. This in turn lowers the risk of the lift breaking down, making it safer for passengers. The safety of any lift modernisation project is greatly enhanced by the fact that all works will need to follow the latest standards and regulations.

Standards to follow
When modernising a lift, there are some main standards that will need to be followed, including:

– BS 5655-11:2005 & BS 5655-12:2005
– the code of practice for undertaking modifications of electric/hydraulic lifts.
 – BS EN 81-80:2003 – rules for improving the safety of existing lifts
 – BS 7255:2012– the code of practice for safe working on lifts
 – CEN TS 81-83:2009 – rules for upgrading existing lifts to improve vandal resistance

How we can help
If you are planning a lift modernisation project and are concerned about being compliant with regulations, then you have come to the right place. Our team of experienced experts can help you meet all aspects of your legal requirements.

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