Components and Peripherals

Components and Peripherals

MCE offers an extensive array of components and peripherals for elevator modernization—from dispatching, drive and landing system options to monitoring, load weighing, serial communication and and traveler and hoistway cable.

From this Components & Peripherals page you can access MCE’s complete line of features and options. Click on a link to the left for access to a specific product.

  • TorQmax AC Drives

    TorQmax™ delivers superior AC VVVF drive performance for geared and gearless applications. Designed specifically for MCE’s PTC-AC Series M and IMCAC control systems, TorQmax is the result of a multi-year development partnership with a leading German drive manufacturer. TorQmax drives have a compact profile, a notable absence of audible motor noise and simple, user-friendly adjustment.


    Benefits

    Performance
    TorQmax high performing drives have refined motion control across the full speed spectrum— and virtually eliminated takeoff lag associated with AC elevators. The car moves away from the floor immediately when door lock contact is made because TorQmax drives build required magnetic flux within 100 milliseconds; a significant advancement over AC drives that may take over one second to build flux. The smooth operation of the TorQmax drive—through acceleration, contract speed and deceleration—helps ensure optimal passenger comfort.

    Simplicity
    Customized software and preset standard parameters minimize installation time—providing a significant level of simplicity to TorQmax drives. A few simple adjustments (for most applications) enable the car to run at contract speed. And all parameters are set and displayed in common elevator industry units of measure—no conversion charts or interpolation are required.

    Reliability
    Since 1983, Motion Control Engineering has developed a reputation as the Premier provider of advanced, non-proprietary elevator control systems in the world. MCE reliability is designed into every product and is supported with unprecedented levels of customer service. MCE’s long list of satisfied customers includes the most trusted names in the elevator industry.


    Features

    16K Pulse Width Modulation
    TorQmax uses leading edge 16K PWM technology to full advantage. Unlike previous technologies, PWM uses sinusoidal pulse-width modulation. A high frequency triangle carrier wave is compared with a three phase sinusoidal waveform. The IGBT power devices in each phase are switched on where the sine and triangle waves intersect. The amplitude and frequency of the output voltage are varied using the amplitude and frequency of the reference sine waves.

    Powerback AC Regeneration
    The MCE Powerback AC Regeneration system recaptures elevator overhaul energy for other uses. This energy is traditionally dissipated in the form of heat through resistors located in the machine room. By enabling overhaul power to be reused, Powerback eliminates unnecessary machine room heat. At the same time, Powerback reduces machine room cooling requirements and associated operating costs.

    Reuse high slip motors
    The TorQmax closed loop drive with encoder allows even existing high slip AC motors to be reused—putting quality elevator performance within reach without motor replacement.

    EMI/RFI compliant
    TorQmax Pulse Width Modulation is EMI/RFI friendly technology. TorQmax meets stringent European Union emissions standard EN12015 and immunity standard EN12016. Emission standards establish limits for generation of conducted or radiated energy that could otherwise interfere with other equipment. Immunity standards measure resistance to disruption by energy from external sources.
  • System 12 DC Drives

    In the mid 1990s, MCE introduced IMC (Intelligent Motion Control) for motor generators. This technological advancement incorporated two key elements of MCE’s product development strategy:

    • The controller would be digital, and
    • It would be characterized by unprecedented integration with the drive.

    By 1995 development engineers at MCE were ready with the third element of their strategy: the introduction of a 12-Pulse elevator drive.


    This new technology doubled the resolution of conventional six-pulse drives. Designed specifically for elevator applications, the integrated, digital drive cut current harmonic distortion in half while delivering an exceptional elevator ride.

    System 12 benefits from literally hundreds of years of drive design expertise.


    Features and Benefits

    Superior Technology
    The System 12 digital drive has been integrated with the IMC-SCR control to provide the very best technology available.

    Designed for Elevators
    The System 12 drive, designed and manufactured by MCE, is optimized specifically for elevator applications.

    Single Source
    One vendor for both drive and control; one telephone
    number for technical support and problem resolution.

    Non-Proprietary Freedom
    Fully “Serviceable and Maintainable” equipment.

    Lower Harmonic Distortion
    System 12's Lower Total Harmonic Distortion, documented in extensive lab and field tests, provides a greater margin of protection from power corruption.

    A Wealth of Drive Knowledge
    System 12 benefits from literally hundreds of years of drive design expertise. Check out our elegant feedback loops and precise control algorithms.

    Quieter Drive
    For compliments instead of complaints.

    Drive of Choice
    For buildings with sophisticated computer equipment (ie: hospitals, data centers, universities).

    Smaller Filter Components
    A large machine room filter cabinet can typically be eliminated, saving installation labor time and cost.

  • Landing Systems

    Landing System Options for IMC controllers

    LS-QUIK employs a cartop mounted encoder to provide precise, reliable car position information for premium applications.

    LS-QUAD provides positioning information for control of car motion utilizing industry standard perforated steel hoistway tape.


    Landing System Options for PTC and PHC controllers

    LS-QUTE is a compact, economical system providing accurate and reliable car positioning using steel hoistway tape, magnetic targets and cartop-mounted sensors.

    LS-STAN provides precise control of car motion using hoistway vanes and MCE's reliable VS-1L infrared switches.
  • SmartLink Serial Communication
    SmartLink™ serial communication networking technology provides digitized signals for Car Call and Hall Call signals.

    Car Call

    SmartLink for Car Call signals provides simplified wiring, reduced installation time and elimination of heavy multi-strand traveling cables for MCE Intelligent Motion Control (IMC) systems.

    Benefits

    • Reduces installation costs
    • Adaptable to most fixtures
    • Fewer traveling cable wires
    • Car station pre-wiring available
    • Emerging industry standard

    At the heart of SmartLink for Car Call signals is LonWorks® networking technology from Echelon®. LonWorks integrates advanced communications and networking technologies using Echelon’s Neuron Chip—a semiconductor device specifically designed for providing intelligence and networking capabilities to low-cost control devices.

    In a LonWorks network, intelligent control devices (nodes) communicate with each other using a common protocol. Each node in the network contains embedded intelligence that implements the protocol and performs control functions. Consistent with MCE’s non-proprietary philosophy, LonWorks technology has helped accelerate the trend away from proprietary network control schemes and centralized systems.

    Thousands of companies have developed and installed LonWorks products, and more than 30 million LonWorks enabled processors have been shipped for use in homes, buildings, factories, trains, and other systems worldwide.


    Hall Call

    SmartLink for Hall Call fixtures combines electronics, node power and two-way communication on a single-twisted-pair—the MCE bus—which results in reduced wiring requirements, shortened installation time and simplified diagnostics.

    Benefits

    • Two-wire solution (single twisted wire)—including power
    • Automatic, self-test identifies location of most node or lamp failures
    • Overall system performance is not affected by node failures
    • Constant lamp intensity is ensured via power regulation at each node
    • Fast, simplified integration with third-party fixtures
    • Node boards can be hot-swapped

    The basis of SmartLink Hall Call system is a unique node designed by MCE. Each system will handle up to 98 floors with 10 sub-addresses per floor. MCE’s robust circuitry uses high voltage logic and a low frequency clock to provide EMI/RFI immunity, high ESD protection and minimal radio frequency radiation.

  • TLS-C Terminal Limit Switch System

    The TLS-C Cartop Terminal Limit Switch System is a highly accurate, maintenance-free replacement for old style mechanical TM switches and contacts that are often incompatible with today’s computer based control systems. State-of-the-art TLS-C eliminates noisy rollers and cams, cumbersome lever arms and the necessity for regular cleaning and adjustment.

    Features

    • Switches are mounted in a cartop box—while actuating magnets are mounted on brackets attached to the guide rail.
    • Clearances up to 1/2 inch (13mm) help maintain a high level of accuracy over the complete range of possible car movement.
    • Designed for computer based control systems’ need for reliable contacts at speeds up to 2,000 fpm (10m/s).
    • Use for Normal Terminal Slowdown Device, Emergency Terminal Stopping or Speed Limiting Device, Access Limit and Earthquake Car to Counterweight Switch.
    • Switch is direction-dependent with bi-stable memory.
    • Choose from 12 or 16 switch models (TLS-C-12, TLS-C-16).
    • Switches on 1 5/16 inch centers (33.3 mm)

    Benefits

    • Superior level of accuracy
    • Quiet operation
    • Easy installation and adjustment
    • High temperature and humidity tolerant
    • No RFI/EMI sensitivity

    Switches Required

    Car Speed (fpm) Pre A17.1-2000 Switches A17.1-2000 Switches
    200 and below 6 6
    201-350 10 12
    351-500 12 14
    501-800 14 16
    801-2000 16 18*

    ETS included above 200 fpm

    *(TLS-C-16) & (TLS-2-2) Switches

  • Load Weighing

    LWI Load Weighing for Isolated Platform provides signals for various load dispatching operations and pre-torquing for IMC family controllers.

    By identifying whether the load in the car is light, heavy or an overload, the system can activate loaded car hall call bypass, anti-nuisance car call cancellation, and lobby up peak mode.

    The load weigher=s pre-torquing signal is used to adjust the amount of torque produced by the motor B as the brake lifts B to provide smooth starts. Every time the car leaves a floor, a new value is computed, based on how the car is loaded, insuring that every start is the smoothest possible start.

    Without pre-torquing, some slight initial armature rotation occurs as the brake is lifting in order to gain complete control of the motor. As a result, the start may not be as smooth as it could be. With LWI, an initial torque value is determined to exactly counteract any tendency for the motor to move in the direction of the load as the brake is lifted, thereby insuring ideal starts under all load conditions.

    How it Works
    The LWI system uses a proximity sensor and amplifier, which are both mounted under the cab floor. The proximity sensor bracket is typically attached to one of the car sling channels underneath the car. A target bracket is attached to the floor itself. The clearance between the sensor and target varies with car loading, generating a signal value from 0 to eight VDC.

    Applications/Limitations
    The LWI system is for isolated platform elevators (70-80% of all elevators with contract speed of 500 fpm or more have isolated platform cab construction). The condition and composition of rubber isolation pads (4-6 per cab typical) is critical to successful, reliable operation. Pads should be replaced every five years, or whenever any cracking or damage is detected.

    Advantages
    The LWI system provides premium load weighing performance at lower cost.

    • Field-proven hardware components
    • Software and amplifier board used successfully in other MCE products
    • Wiring is easy
    • Rugged components will provide years of reliable, trouble-free operation
    • Simple installation and adjustment
  • Powerback AC Regeneration

    The MCE Powerback™ AC Regeneration system provides impressive financial payback by recapturing elevator overhaul energy for other uses. Traditionally, this energy is dissipated in the form of heat through resistors located in the machine room. By enabling overhaul power to be reused, Powerback eliminates unnecessary machine room heat, and reduces machine room cooling requirements and attendant operating costs.

    Advantages

    • Recaptures Overhaul Energy
    • Reduces Machine Room Heat
    • Cuts Cooling Requirements
    • Short-Term Financial Payback
    • “Bolt-On” Simplicity
    • Multiple Connection Schemes
  • Door Operators

    Building on technology pioneered in our development of digital elevator controls. MCE introduced SmarTraq—a limitless, closed-loop door operator. The SmarTraq product line addresses the most visible part of an elevator system…door operation.

    SmarTraq is an advanced solution that ensures smooth, quiet, reliable and safe operation of elevator doors. SmarTraq dramatically reduces installation time, recurring maintenance and mechanical problems associated with conventional door operators.

    View our:

    Complete Door Operators
    Upgrade Kits


    Complete Door Operator

    Modernize & Repair with SmarTraq™

    MCE is proud to introduce a state-of-the-art ‘true’ closed loop door operator controller for modernization and repair.

    True Closed Loop Technology
    Closed loop technology is part of an electronic revolution that is changing the way elevators are designed, manufactured and modernized. It replaces older mechanical circuits, cams and resistors with a digital control system that provides precise door operation. Closed loop technology smooths and dramatically improves door operation regardless of lobby door mass and wind loading. Its motor-mount encoder does this by providing constant distance and velocity feedback.

    Why Modernize?
    Elevator door operation often creates the first impression of your building. It is the most visible part of your elevator system and the source of the majority of all service calls.

    Upgrading with SmarTraq provides a noticeable performance improvement at a fraction of the cost of their system upgrades. SmarTraq returns your investment with increased reliability and safety, and reduced down time for repair.

    From the Leader in Controller Upgrades
    MCE, the company known for designing the world’s finest controller modernization solutions, now offers an upgrade solution for door operators. Whether you are a building owner, a contractor, a consultant or a maintenance provider, SmarTraq door modernization solutions will benefit you with superior technology and a measurable return on your investment.

    • Automatically Adjusts for Lobby Door Mass and Wind Loading
    • Brushless Motor with Integrated Encoder
    • Adapts to Widest Range of Door Operators
    • Inverter Drive-Based Controller
    • Built-in Short Circuit Protection
    • A17.1, CSA-B44.1 Compliant
    • Cartop Controller Mount

    Superior Performance Adds Value, Keeps you Competitive
    In the competitive landscape of commercial and residential rental property, an older building requires key upgrades in order to continue to attract tenants and maintain rental rates. SmarTraq™ is just such a key upgrade, providing smoother, quieter door operation—and operation that is more efficient. Closed loop technology ensures high performance regardless of door weight temperature or atmospheric conditions.

    Reliability Means Reduced Downtime
    Over their installed life, door operators open and close millions of times. Older, out-of-date operators are prone to frequent and unexpected downtime—this means higher maintenance costs and dissatisfied tenants. A modernized SmarTraq door controller greatly reduces downtime and saves you money.

    Easy Adjustment
    There are no special tools required. Access to the built-in cartop adjustment panel is easy.

    Safety—It’s a Smart Investment
    In addition to providing a safer work environment for your tenants, SmarTraq is an important element in protecting yourself against potential litigation arising from faulty door operation or fraudulent claims. Once door closing speed and still pressure are set within code tolerances, you can be certain the SmarTraq digital technology will maintain these settings. Consider SmarTraq an inexpensive alternative to the cost of a legal judgment.

    Widest Adaptability
    SmarTraq offers the widest mechanical and electrical interface on the market today. Regardless of your existing door operation, SmarTraq provides a cost-effective modernization and repair solution.


    Upgrade Kits

    Fast, Reliable, Safe Door Operation
    Introducing SmarTraq Closed Loop Upgrade Kit

    MCE is proud to introduce a state-of-the-art ‘true’ closed loop door operator controller for modernization and repair. Closed loop technology smooths and dramatically improves door operation regardless of lobby door mass and wind loading. Its motor-mounted encoder does this by providing constant distance and velocity feedback.

    Enhanced Performance

    Door operation is the most visible part of your system—upgrading with SmarTraq provides a noticeable performance improvement at a fraction of the cost of other system upgrades.

    SmarTraq returns your investment with increased reliability and safety, and reduced down time for repair.

    • Automatically Adjusts for Lobby Door Mass and Wind Loading
    • Brushless Motor with Integrated Encoder
    • Cartop Controller Mount
    • Inverter Drive-Based Controller
    • Built-in Short Circuit Protection
    • A17.1, CSA-B44.1 Compliant
      Adapts to Many Operators
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