14 Easy Escalator Maintenance Tips to Avoid Disruption
March 8, 2022
March 8, 2022
Local codes generally do not provide requirements for regular maintenance. The regulations are in place primarily to provide a safe means of transporting people. It’s in the best interest of any facility to adhere to the standards provided by the original manufacturer. Poorly operating escalators, by OEM standards, will likely run into code non-compliance and the risk of having the local jurisdiction shut the equipment down.
Original equipment manufacturers have established solid programs that provide the foundation for a sound escalator maintenance program. After all, they have a vested interest in ensuring the equipment performs well and safely within the expected lifetime. The procedures are well thought out and are in place for a reason—trying to cut corners and save a bit of time or money is a recipe for disaster.
In addition to OEM guidance, a good service provider will often bring insights into performing activities with regards to maintenance that enhances the longevity and reliability of the equipment. They understand it’s in the best interest of the key parties involved (building owner, service provider and the riding public) to do the best job possible with regards to properly maintaining escalators.
Escalators are complex, with a great number of moving and stationary parts; mechanical, electrical and electronic components along with various surfaces and fixtures that interact with the riding public. While no facility owner or maintenance team can be expected to understand all the nuances between brands or product iterations, there are some general practices to follow that will help avoid major issues or disruption.
This surely isn’t a one-size-fits-all list, but the concepts offered do apply generally. Escalator maintenance will vary across manufacturer, application requirements, local conditions and the service provider contract. If you do involve a third-party provider, ensure as best as possible that the service provider is qualified to work on your equipment. Escalators are complex systems and well beyond the basics discussed here, technicians are highly trained to rise to the rigors and safety hazards that come along with the occupation.