Elevator modernizations update your equipment to improve safety, performance, and aesthetics.


Modernization Benefits

Our modernization plans include many features & benefits for your building:

  • Updates electrical and mechanical components
  • Enhances appearance
  • Provides a safer, more pleasant passenger experience
  • Improves ride quality
  • Optimizes performance
  • Minimizes shutdown time
  • Decreases wait time for hall calls
  • Reduces maintenance costs
  • Eliminates airborne carbon emissions
  • Reduces risk of fire
  • Updates system to meet current safety codes
  • Provides considerable energy savings
  • Increases property value

Equipment Removal and New Installation

Removal of Obsolete Control Systems

Many control systems and selector systems are outdated and have older components that are now obsolete. Replacement parts for these components are difficult to obtain and can be expensive, which is why these systems should be removed and replaced.

Installation of New Non-Proprietary Elevator Control System

New microprocessor-based intelligent controllers are highly efficient and reliable. This computerized technology drastically reduces the amount of moving electrical contacts, which decreases system malfunctions. The LED display allows for easy troubleshooting and parameter adjustments. Any reputable elevator company can service the system without the need for handheld diagnostic tools or software upgrades, and parts are available the same day.

Removal of Direct Current Carbon Emission Generators

Motor generators consume AC power as they deliver direct current to the DC hoist motors. These generators are inefficient by today’s standards, and the airborne carbon dust they emit in the machine room is a health hazard.

Removal of Carbon-Emitting DC Hoist Motors

Single speed AC or DC hoisting motors have become inefficient and obsolete. These motors also emit carbon dust throughout the machine room and hoistway, adding to health concerns.

Installation of Code-Required, Unintended Movement Device

The rope gripper was designed to prevent unintended elevator movement while the doors are open. This component is required for all new installations and modernizations for 2004 and older systems.

Installation of New Car Overspeed Safety Governors

Many existing car overspeed governors do not meet today’s elevator codes and only engage when the elevator is descending above the calibrated speed setting. New governors provide protection in both up and down directions, and meet the latest code.

Installation of New Cabs and Signal Fixtures

A lot of existing hall pushbutton and car operating panel fixtures are not current-code compliant. We install new illuminated fixtures which meet ADA requirements for braille and height. We also make sure the top and bottom hoistway access switches are up to code, replacing if needed.

New Car Door Operator Installation

Original car door operators require manual cam adjustments to retain standard operating parameters for opening and closing speeds, transitions, door torque, and closing force. We install new operators with programmable parameters and new infrared safety edges to ensure the operational requirements are always met.

Installation of New Car and Landing Door Operating Equipment

Existing car and landing door equipment often exceed their designed lifespan and don’t meet current codes. We optimize door operations by installing a new door clutch with a code-required zonelock restrictor, door tracks, hanger rollers, lock release rollers, linkages, spirator closers, electro-mechanical interlocks and retention gibs.

Leveling and Landing System Installation

Many existing selector systems are outdated and incapable of re-leveling the elevator within the specifications of today’s elevator code. We install a new automatic, bi-directional landing and leveling system with an accuracy of + or – 1/4 inch.

New Car Top Inspection Station

We install new inspection stations to enable technicians to service the elevator from the car top. These units include a GFCI outlet, work light, and stop switch.

Typical Modernization Schedule

Our endeavor is to care for your building and elevators as if they were our own, with first-class workmanship and a commitment to safety. That is why we’ve designed our modernization plan to be as efficient and thorough as possible, and includes the following:


Shop drawings and cut sheets will be provided for your review in 3 weeks or less.

Manufacturing and Permitting

Upon approval of shop drawings, manufacturing will begin on the new equipment, taking approximately 8 weeks. We will obtain and post all permits prior to beginning work on the project.

Modernization and Inspection

One elevator will be modernized at a time, leaving the other in service for passengers. Modernization will take approximately 10 weeks per elevator. Upon completion of each modernization, we will perform safety testing in the presence of the state elevator inspector for final acceptance.

During the Modernization Phase

  • All work areas will be protected to prevent any property damage.
  • We will hold weekly on-site meetings with building management to answer questions and address concerns.
  • We will coordinate with other trades with regard to your completion date.

At Dura-Lift, it is always our endeavor to provide first-class workmanship and care for your building and elevators as if they were our own.