Design and Technology is Discussed in Izmir
The Izmir Elevator Symposium and Exhibition, which was organized for the ninth time this year by the TMMOB Chamber of Electrical Engineers (EMO) and the Chamber of Mechanical Engineers (MMO), took place between 18-20 October 2018 at the Tepekule Congress and Exhibition Centre of Izmir.
This year, the event, which was held over 3 days, was organized with the theme of “Design and Technology,” and had the participation of 1,400 people, including 543 registered delegates. During the symposium, which was supported by 13 institutions, 29 notifications were presented in 10 sessions.
Training on the safe use of elevators and escalators in order to raise awareness of primary school children, 2 trainings on “Use of Residual Current Switch in Elevators” and “Welded Manufacturing Methods in Elevators”, and “Informative Meeting for Periodic Control Building Managers” relating to the subject of elevator periodic controls were held. 24 institutions and companies opened booths in the exhibition, organized in parallel with the symposium and thereby giving participants the opportunity to see new products and technologies.
The symposium started with a beautiful concert of the MMO Rhythm Group. After the concert, MMO Branch President Yüksel Yaşartekin spoke during the opening as the first speaker and stated that, “In our symposium, we aim to discuss the effects of legal regulations and standards by examining the technological developments in our country and in the world. With this activity, the problems encountered in the production and post-production processes in the relevant sector and the solution suggestions for these problems in relation to the elevators exceeding the number of 800 thousand in our country will be presented.”
EMO Izmir Branch President Şebnem Seçkin Uğurlu, drawing attention to the importance of engineering in the elevator area, emphasized that planned, healthy, safe and technological production could not be done in compliance with the standards without increasing the proportion of engineering labor in the sector. Uğurlu stated that “In order to compete with multinational companies holding the world market, we have to create an engineering-oriented sector, follow technological developments and give importance to R & D activities. Our well-trained workforce in this field also has the necessary qualifications to conduct R & D, develop the technology.” Yunus Yener, Chairman of the Board of Directors of MMO, said that the Chamber considered enhancing and improving the elevators in the scope of transmission technologies as one of its important tasks. Yener explained that, “Our Chamber, which is working as an A-type inspection institution in the periodical controls of the elevator, has carried out this process with 278 engineers who have completed the necessary trainings and qualifications on the subject, and since the day we started the periodical controls, more than this number of engineers have been added to the sector. As a result of the controls, our Chamber found that 79 percent of elevators in 2012, 63.30 percent in 2013, 52 percent in 2014, 41 percent in 2015, 40.2 percent in 2016, 22.5 percent in 2017, and 28 percent in the first eight months of 2018 were defective.”
In his speech, EMO Chairman of the Board, Gazi İpek, pointed out that public audit was compulsory in the elevator area and stated that, “In the fields of engineering, non-control means both risking the safety of life and property of people who manufacture these elevators and those who benefit from the service produced. However, this process has been opened to companies that exclude engineers.”
The last speech of the opening part was made by TMMOB Board Chairman Emin Koramaz. Koramaz pointed out that “we are passing through a period in which the countries dominating the science and technology also dominate the World,” and emphasized that “R & D studies and national production should be given more importance in the direction of development in the field of design and technology.” Koramaz also touched upon the current economic crisis of the country, and explained that, “The exit from the crisis is possible not by bowing down to the wishes of the imperialist powers, international monopolies, multinational corporations, but by implementing an approach supporting labor and considering the general interest of the people.”
After the speeches, chamber and sector representatives cut the opening ribbon. Afterward, the Symposium Organizing Committee visited the exhibition grounds to have a talk with the participants and get information about the products they exhibited.
AYSAD President Sefa Targıt served as the chairman of the first session, on “Working at Height in terms of Occupational Health and Safety in Elevator Installation Sector” and “Law on Protection of Personal Data and Applications of Adaptation Process in the Elevator Sector” during the Symposium organized with the theme of ”Design and Technology.” Adem Doğan from Kartal Municipality and Oktay Tan from Istanbul Gedik University gave information about the occupational safety for elevator installation and maintenance personnel, especially working at heights. It was stated that “it is not enough for companies to give their staff Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and send them to the field. In addition to this, necessary trainings should be given and follow-up and control mechanisms should be applied.” AYSAD Legal Consultant Ali Osman Özdilek pointed out that there was a need to be very careful about the sharing of information about companies and employees, and warned about VERBİS (Data Responsibility Registry Information System) ,which would be implemented in the near future.
During the second session of the first day, under the chairmanship of Gülefer Mete, presentations were held on the topics of “Use of People and Goods Elevators as Firefighter Elevators,” “What’s New and Need to Be Known in Hydraulic Elevators” and “81-70: 2018 Accessibility for Passenger Elevators.”
The last event of the day was the workshop on the Conformity Evaluation Process of the Notified Bodies. In the event in which Bülent Çarşıbaşı from EMO Izmir Branch chaired the workshop, Gökhan Yazıcı, from the Ministry of Industry and Technology, gave information about the rules to be followed by the Notified Bodies and their approval and inspection processes. Ümit Sevim provided information about TSE’s activities in this area as a Notified Body. Ömer Karavelioğlu, who participated in the workshop on behalf of TÜRKAK, explained the accreditation process of Notified Bodies to the participants. Fevzi Yıldırım, who participated in the workshop on behalf of AYSAD, evaluated the developments with the Notified Bodies as a member of the sector and expressed his suggestions about the problems. On behalf of EMO and MMO, respectively, Serdar Tavaslıoğlu and Berkay Eriş evaluated the situation from the point of chambers. In the workshop, it was pointed out that the situation in which the elevators were approved by the notified bodies in accordance with the regulations, and then given them non-compliance in the registry control, was contrary to the regulation.
On the first day of the symposium at the side events, Bülent Çarşıbaşı from EMO Izmir Branch made a useful presentation for children. Children showed great interest in the training on the “Safe Use of Elevators and Escalators / Tapes” which was organized in the Child Education Event. On the other hand, İrfan Arabacı from EMO Izmir Branch informed the participants about the issue on the “Use of Residual Current Switch in Elevators” at the side event in the afternoon.
People relieved tiredness of the first day in the cocktail arranged in the Tepekule Terrace with the support of GENEMEK. All the participants had the opportunity to meet at the cocktail party and had the opportunity to have a talk and evaluate the first day.
The second day of the symposium was opened by the 3rd session, which was chaired by İsmail Odabaşı. Abdülhamit Adsoy from Istanbul Arel University, who made a presentation on the topic of “Design of the car skeleton of a hydraulic elevator with a capacity of 1,600 kg and finite element analysis with Ansys.” In this session, Onur Tuncer, Cihan Aşkın and Hikmet Ağar from OHC Lift made a presentation about the “General Overview of Design, Manufacturing, and Installation of Lifting Platforms.”
In the last session of the second day before noon there were presentations on the topics of “L-frame Elevator Designs for Narrow Wells,” “Stresses in the Console and Connection Parts in Elevator,” and, Yücel Kuloğlu from Yeterlift made a presentation about “Double Drive Elevator System and Gigalift Elevator.” At the side event at the same time, “Informative Meeting for the Periodic Control Building Managers” organized by MMO brought together building managers from Izmir and its surrounding area. In the meeting, the responsibilities of the building managers in the Elevator Regulations and what they should do were explained.
In the afternoon, the 5th Session themed “Energy consumption and efficiency improvement of elevator control systems,” “Energy recovery and harmonic induced problems in inverter-controlled elevator systems” was held. At the side events, information about the measurement devices and their usage points, and the behavior of slip safety devices in the periodic inspections before the registry and the training requirements of the elevator assembly personnel were given.
The last activity of the second day was the panel on “Elevator Periodic Control Regulation,” which was followed with interest by the sector. In the panel organized by Yunus Yener, Menderes Büyüklü from the Ministry of Industry and Technology, Abdurrahman Aksöz from ASFED, Sefa Targıt from AYSAD, Adnan Yedikardeş from EAYSAD, Yavuz Çetinkaya from TSE, Onur Ercan from EMO Izmir Branch and Selda Ünver from MMO took part as a speaker.
Although the panel was the last event of the day, it attracted great interest as in every symposium. In the panel where periodic control of the elevators, which was the first in the agenda of the assembly companies since 2012, was put on the table, Menderes Büyüklü from the Ministry shared the innovations brought by the Elevator Periodic Control Regulation, which was published in May 2018. Büyüklü gave information about the Elevator Maintenance Operation and Periodic Control Regulation and stated that they were still working on this regulation and the process for the publication. The representatives of the associations and federation of the sector also conveyed the feedback they received from their members and presented their solutions to the problems and expressed their expectations from the Ministry and the related inspection institutions. The representatives of TSE and MMO, the Inspection Organization, shared their experiences in the field and stated that they carried out bridging tasks between ministry and assembly companies.
A question-and-answer session of the panel focused on the problems experienced by the assembly companies with the inspection organizations, and the expectations of the companies from the Ministry. A company employee conveyed to the representative of the Ministry that they brought the inspection staff with their own vehicles in line with the auditors’ request, otherwise they had a negative attitude toward them. Following this explanation, Büyüklü stated that there was not such an obligation and the companies should have reported such cases to the Ministry or the Provincial Directorates. Menderes Büyüklü warned that “especially the inspection organizations should not issue new duties to them other than the duties stated in the published regulations and their annexes.” Büyüklü also touched upon another issue and explained that “It creates a contradiction that the organizations that are both the Notified Body and the Type A Inspection Organization do not approve the elevator in the pre-registration inspection, although they approve in the Final Inspection.”
After the panel, the participants came together for dinner at Meba Fish Restaurant in Güzelbahçe, İzmir with the invitation of Genemek. Day 2 ended after a pleasant dinner.
On the last day of the symposium, of which the 6th session was chaired by Alpaslan Temur, the participants were informed about the Online Monitoring of Elevator Systems via Mobile and Computer, and the EN 81-28 Standard and Emergency Alarm System. At the side event, Volkan Erdem from MMO talked about Welded Manufacturing Methods in Elevators.
The most interesting event of the last day was the 7th Session. In this session chaired by EMO Zafer Gunes, Menderes Büyüklü, Bülent Çarşıbaşı, Mustafa Görmüş and Mehmet Ziyaeddin Çelik gave information about cable and rope transportation. Menderes Büyüklü, the representative of the Ministry, talked about the requirements of the Regulation on Cable Transportation Facilities (2016/424 / EU) which was published in the Official Gazette in 2017. He warned about the production, placing on the market and safe use of these systems, which are not as common as the elevators but which are especially used in holiday resorts and ski resorts. Bülent Çarşıbaşı from EMO stated that they did the control and licensing activities of 46 cable cars, chairlifts and ski lifts, and he also stated that they carried out their inspections as a Chamber. Çarşıbaşı stated that, unfortunately, they could not find any interlocutors in these facilities and that this situation created difficulty in terms of the people or institutions that would take responsibility for possible accidents. General Director of D Square Surveillance and Certification Mustafa Görmüş also gave information about the stages of the certification of the cable car, ski lifts and chairlift systems. Mehmet Z. Çelik, who took the floor in the production and sales of the subject, informed the participants about the production and market supply of these systems.
In the last session of the last day, Cem Bozdağ from CE Engineering and Fatih Babalık from Has Elevator gave information about the importance of R & D in the elevator sector. After these presentations, Ali Baygur and Uğur Orhon from GETA shared their presentations on “Special Production Elevators and Production Data with Parametric Design Process,” which was presented at Elevcon.
In another presentation at the same time, information on the topics of “PSoC Based Luminous Level Control for Panoramic Elevators,” “Machine Learning Approach in Group Elevator Control System” and “Building a Hydraulic Elevator Control System with FluidSIM Software” was given.
HAS Elevator introduced its new patented car door in the symposium.
Guests visited the booths in the exhibition area and found the opportunity to have a talk and get information about the exhibited products. The patented door exhibited at the CE Engineering and HAS Elevator booth, and the products of Aybey Electronics, such as AE-Maestro, were among the most prominent products exhibited on the booths.
The door that was designed and produced at HAS Elevator R&D Center and exhibited in the CE booth attracted attention as a product protected by six different patents of the Turkish Patent Institute as of June 2016. Cem Bozdağ, General Manager of CE Engineering, explained the Mechanism Technical Specifications as:
A compact and innovative design with its narrow structure, 4 different applications with a single mechanism, and thanks to the special fasteners, 8 pieces of boltless mechanism can be assembled with the help of the panel, innovative and seamless unlocking system, and non-failing plug contact system.
He also explained short panel technical specifications as a case design that can have right and left center, the first case panel produced by the tightening method without welding, spot and gluing, easy installation with no need for adjustment with the use of rivet nuts, non-hand-cut surfaces by the folding method, high resistance compatible with EN 81-20.
In the closing part of the 9th Elevator Symposium and Exhibition, EMO Izmir Branch Technical Officer Zehni Yilmaz made a thank you speech to all participants and visitors. The symposium ended with participation in the family photo by the members of the organizing committee, the participants, the visitors and the group, including the staff on the factory floor, who contributed to the perfect performance of the event for 3 days.