This year's European
Lift Congress on 27 and 28 October in Heilbronn will deal with the challenges
and opportunities the lift industry faces currently. It is hosted by the
Technical academy of Heilbronn and will take place on October 27 and 28, 2020
in the congress center Harmonie in the city center of Heilbronn. We
believe that personal encounters and networking activities are essential
elements of a congress and are therefore planning the ELCH2020 as an event
attended in person.
Because nobody currently knows how the situation around the CoViD pandemic will
develop, we prepare for alternatives, if a meeting face-to-face will turn out to
be impossible. By all means our paramount commitment for all upcoming
desicions is the well-being of the participants, their colleagues and
families and behind the whole elevator industry.
Again the congress is supported ideally by the European Lift
Association (ELA), the two
German manufacturer associations VDMA and VFA
and the association of technical supervisers VdTÜV.
Professor Wolfram Vogel,
who took over the conception of the European Lift Congress, will open the
congress and introduce the specialist subjects.
• In the opening talk,
will speak about current and planned work in international standardisation in
CEN TC10, based on his own experience as its longstanding chairman.
• "The market for lifts
and escalators is growing": Ebru
Gemici-Loukas from the VDMA lift and
escalators trade association, which also plays an active role in the European
Lift Association (ELA), will give a report on current European market
statistics and emphasize the
development of safety and accident occurence.
• Dr Roberto
Zappa - president of the ELA - will
present the global Initiative World Elevator and Escalator Federation (WEEF),
which is intended to promote common worldwide understanding and a method
• Dr Paula
Casares from thyssenkrupp Elevator
Spain will address the topic of the evaluation of the lift product life cycle.
• Lexiang Zhang
- president of the China Elevator Association - will report on the market
situation and image of the lift industry in China and on experience with
European EN and international ISO standards outside the European economic area.
Popielas - General Secretary of the
Polish Association of Lift Manufacturer (PALM) - will speak about the market
in his country and focus on the measures of his association to support the
lift industry in personnel development with further training and
Dr Gabriele Semino,
CEO of NEXT prototype, will consider alternative passenger conveyance
technology. He will talk about the hyperloop, which is based on an idea
of Elon Musk about future means of transport: levitating vehicles, also
called pads, move through air-free tubes at almost the speed of sound
from A to B. Pads will be on display in Heilbronn.
• Dr Christian
Studer from Schindler AG will take
up the idea that a great many existing lifts have to be modernised. The
integration of these lifts in the process of digitalization and networking
Hoppenstedt from Ziehl-Abegg SE will
deal with the topic of functional safety in his talk. He will discuss
whether a new safety level can be achieved with functional safety.
• Götz Weinmann,
TO of Thinking Objects GmbH, will take the stand that an effective cyber
security strategy is based on three aspects: people, processes and
compliance. The importance of this interplay will be explained and demonstrated
• Matt Davies
from Avire Ltd will provide an overview of the currently available techniques
for lift monitoring and will map out the primary expectations of lift
monitoring related to the Internet of Things and predictive maintenance in
the lift industry.
Gorilovsky from LiftEye Ltd, in
cooperation with Stein, will demonstrate the visualisation of the outside
world, transported inside the car. Pictures of the surroundings will be
coupled with augmented reality approaches in real time.
• Dr Nicola
Imbimbo from the Prismian Group will
present the Internet of Things related to the lift and its possibilities. His
focus will also be on the integration of monitoring of components and assemblies.
Klingler from Chr. Mayr GmbH will
deal with the safety brakes of electric drives in connection with
lightweight construction. The mechanics are obviously only a part of
the brake system. Sensors and controls are other flanking elements.
A brief summary and closing
discussion will complete the 9. European Lift