Monitoring Solutions

Monitoring Solutions

Motion Control Engineering allows Building Management to access and monitor elevator systems simply and easily with a variety of tools. With iMonitor you can monitor elevators in real time, whether they are across the hall or across the country, iMonitor provides real-time viewing and access.

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With iReport, you can take advantage of the intelligence and communicating power designed into iControl elevator controls. Allowing you to automatically collect detailed information about minute-to-minute operations, system events, faults, and operating status.

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  • iMonitor

    Monitor and control elevators in real time — across the campus or across the country

    Monitor elevators in real time with iMonitor from MCE. For elevators just across the hall, in multiple buildings across a campus, even multiple sites across the country, iMonitor provides real-time viewing and access. iMonitor's sharp graphical presentation and real-time connectivity provide you up-to-the-minute information and allow you to take control if needed.

    iMonitor provides general views of multiple elevator groups, hoistway views of multiple cars within a group, or detailed views of selected cars. You create "connection sets" to display - each connection set consists of up to fifty connections to elevator group dispatchers, each of which may be at a different physical site.

    In addition to monitoring and dispatching control, iMonitor allows you to configure hall and car call security, enable or disable special group modes of operation (i.e., lobby peak operation, flood operation, etc.), recall a car to a floor you specify and control its door operation at that floor, and enable or disable individual car operating modes including swing operation and auto-stop behavior. (Auto-stop pauses a car at a specified floor and momentarily opens its doors for content inspection before allowing it to continue its run.)

    High level multi-group view

    Use iMonitor's high-level views to keep a broad eye on many groups simultaneously.

    Detailed single-group view

     Narrow your attention to cars in a particular elevator group with a click of the mouse.

    Security control view

     Block floor and/or hall calls easily in emergency situations. Simply drag across the block of calls you want restricted, click Lock, then Apply to immediately place the restriction.

    Monitor

    • Group status
    • iMonitor connection status
    • Group/car connection status
    • Car operating mode
    • Current travel direction
    • Next (preferred) travel direction
    • Live front and rear door activity
    • Current floor
    • Call type
    • Next destination
    • ETA information
    • Emergency power status
    • Seismic status
    • Load weigher indication
    • Swing operation status
    • Security settings
    • Control
    • Place car calls
    • Place hall calls
    • Set hall call security
    • Set car call security
    • Enable/disable lobby peak
    • Enable/disable flood operation
    • Configure and initiate car recall
    • Enable/disable auto-stop
    • Enable/disable swing operation

    Operating modes displayed

    • Inspection
    • Construction inspection
    • Cartop inspection
    • Car panel inspection
    • Hoistway access
    • Machine room inspection
    • Test mode
    • Fire recall main
    • Fire recall alternate
    • Fire service in-car
    • Independent service
    • Attendant service
    • Capture mode
    • Passenger mode
    • EMS recall
    • EMS in-car
    • Special service recall
    • Special service at-floor
    • Special service in-car

    Per car modes displayed

    • Emergency power status
    • Seismic mode status
    • Load weigher status
    • Swing operation status
    • Sabbath operation status
    • Flood operation status
    • Auto-stop status

    Dispatching information

    • Traffic mode
    • Balanced
    • Lobby peak
    • Demand up peak
    • Demand down peak
    • Automatic
    • ETA
    • Hall call
    • Non-directional call

     

  • iReport

    Capture, log, report and notify all key elevator data in just one tool


    iReport from MCE takes advantage of the intelligence and communicating power designed into iControl elevator controls to automatically collect detailed information about minute-to-minute operation, system events, faults, and operating status. More than just a passive database tool, iReport is easily configured to automatically contact those maintenance and administrative personnel who need to be advised whenever specific events occur. You can even choose days and times when contact should be initiated.

    iReport is a Windows XP native program running on a powerful Server that communicates with elevators and group dispatchers through Ethernet and TCP/IP. The Server resides on the Local Area Network with the elevator equipment. You can log on to the Server using any Windows XP PC running the iReport Client application. Your PC can be on the Local Area Network or in a remote location communicating with the Server through the Internet.

    Once you are connected, all information in the current log is immediately available. Select from nine pre-configured reports, pick start and end times, and the Server instantly pulls the desired information from the database and presents it in an easily understood, graphically simple format.

    Periodically, you'll want to save collected data to a file on your PC hard drive. Simply select the Export command and save all data in the current log as an XML file. If you want to review that data later, iReport easily imports the stored file and you again have report-generating capability from that data.

    iReport also allows you to log maintenance activity, providing valuable information that, when correlated to event log data, may provide a predictively useful picture of system status just prior to a failure or fault.

    iReport automatically collects and puts at your fingertips the kind of data you need to track the performance of your elevator systems and to monitor elevator traffic over historical periods. Samples of some iReport screens are shown below.

    The Hall call log allows you to analyze hall call wait times with intelligent filtering for detail including date, time, car number, initiating call floor, riser, travel direction, door location, and minimum/maximum wait times. You may elect to flag data meeting selected wait time criteria.

    The Hall call analysis report displays all hall calls placed and groups wait times according to user criteria.

    Applications

    • MCE iControl
    • MCE IMC (reduced function set)
    • MCE PHC (reduced function set)
    • Motion 2000
    • Motion 4000

    Benefits

    • Collect, store, recall system information for performance analysis or other need
    • Automatically alert maintenance and other selected personnel when required
    • Retain records of building elevator traffic
    • View or print report screens
    • Save historical data to XML files
    • Log maintenance activity

    Preconfigured reports

    • Hall call performance
    • Hall call analysis
    • Traffic analysis
    • Hall call log
    • Car call log
    • Event log
    • Emergency log
    • Maintenance log
    • Percent in service

    More information

    • Please contact MCE for more information about iReport. We will send you the iReport Benefits Paper detailing all reports and screens and providing other useful information.
    • Call Sales Support at 916.463.9200.

  • MSD Multiple System Display

    The Multiple System Display (MSD) software allows the personal computer (PC) user to monitor a number of MCE control systems simultaneously, providing an easy-to-understand display.

    A typical application for MSD is a lobby display where several elevator systems must be monitored at the same time. Rather than an individual display device for each system monitored, the MSD software allows many systems (up to eight direct connections and up to twelve if you have an Ethernet option) to display simultaneously.

    The display provides information about each elevator including its location (PI), direction of travel, the status of its doors and its general operating status.

    The display is easy to view from a distance for application where the monitoring device is mounted up on a wall or viewed by a number of people at the same time.

    Multiple connectivity options are available:

    • Serial cable
    • Line driver
    • Ethernet

    Elevator operations at a glance

    MSD Multiple System Display for Windows® is a comprehensive elevator management tool for institutions, contractors, building managers and owners with any number of elevators in the same building or even in multiple buildings. MSD provides a graphical view of your elevators in operation at a quick glance.

    Elevators are easily added to the system without having to set complicated setup screens. One simple screen can take the job information and automatically connect to the job when MSD is started.

    Once a job has been entered into the system the connections can easily be enabled or disabled. This allows the user the control of which elevator systems are being viewed at any time.

    Customizing the Display

    • The display view can be customized through the following preferences:
    • Door Status
    • Position Indicator
    • Direction
    • Car Status

    The Door Status can be turned on or off, be displayed in text format or as a graphic representation of the doors. The door color can be set to one of many different colors along with a separate color for the inside of the elevator cab.

    The Position Indicator is an alphanumeric representation of the floor the car is currently on.

    The Direction table allows the user a choice of arrow styles that indicate the direction of travel for each car.

    The choice of direction arrows include:

    • Text
    • Bold Arrow
    • Skinny Arrow
    • Hollow Arrow
    • Circle Arrow

    The Car Status tab allows the user to show or hide the car status messages from the display.

    Car status messages include:

    • Automatic
    • Fire Phase 1
    • Fire Phase 2
    • Independent Service
    • Inspection/Access
    • Out of Service

    These messages are displayed below each car to show the general operating mode of the car in real-time.

    A single MSD screen displaying multiple hoistways and/or groups can be placed at a security monitoring station, in the lobby, in the building manager’s office and/or other locations throughout the building.

    MSD will run on Windows 9x, NT, XP or 2000 Professional edition. For installations where several elevator groups are monitored, a 17” or 21” monitor is recommended to display elevator’s information legibly.

    MSD is one of many monitoring options available for MCE controller systems. Ask your sales representative about other MCE monitoring systems.

  • BMS LINK

    MCE BMS-LINK provides elevator visibility and control through your Building Management System

    BMS-LINK™ from Motion Control Engineering allows integration of iControl, Motion 2000, and Motion 4000 into your Building Management System and third party monitoring systems.
    Powered by ASHRAE’s standard and developed by MCE, BMS-LINK makes available the BACnet™ open protocol to Building Management Systems.

    For the first time, vertical transportation systems are open to the BMS, providing occupant visibility on real-time car position, current and intended floor information, door position, direction of travel, active floor calls, selected direction, and current car mode/service status. Each BMS-Link can connect to up to 4 elevator systems
    (groups or simplexes) to the buildings monitoring system. Additional BMS-Link gateways can be added to scale to any project size.

    Through BMS-LINK, you can connect the elevators to any third party monitoring systems that speak BACnet™ over IP. Our gateway has two independent ethernet ports to allow for keeping the elevators detached from the building monitoring network.

    The BMS-Link provides a data connection to system integrators. Graphical user interfaces are not included, but can be developed outside of MCE with this data to match the rest of a smart Building Management System.

    Test screen included in BMS-LINK to verify proper receipt of data. Use as a data template to create a screen to suit your environment.
     

    BMS-LINK Connectivity

    BMS-LINK uses the Niagara Framework developed by Tridium. The framework is a field-proven Java implementation that provides a reliable structure through which intelligent equipment may connect in a machine-to-machine environment. Motion Control Engineering and Gemini Information Systems developed the software structure that integrates MCE iControl, Motion 2000, and Motion 4000 elevator controls and Motion 3000 escalator controls into this robust environment.

    *MCE Legacy and third party manufacturer controls require an MCE-provided interface and must meet certain criteria. Please contact MCE for more information.

  • Destination Based Dispatching

    Greater efficiency with less passenger stress in high traffic conditions

    MCE, the market leader in nonproprietary elevator controls, provides a scale-to-fit destination based dispatching system precisely suited to your buildings unique requirements. The MCE system features touch screens for call registration and car assignment allowing the maximum degree of panel customization. Our system is completely scalable; you may start with lobby boost alone and proceed through a mixed traditional and destination based implementation on to full destination based dispatching on all floors. Choose just the system you want. If you choose to expand later, the MCE implementation allows seamless, easy addition or change to your initial installation.

    MCE touch-screen technology provides highly visible, on-screen operating panels and allows unique customer options to be easily implemented. After a destination selection is entered, the screen displays a map for easy elevator location. Entry screens can switch to conventional up/down button entry for conventional operation on a timed or user input basis.

    Traffic handling benefits

    Traditional dispatching results in a high mix of destinations per car, requiring more stops and taking more time.

    Destination dispatching results in a low mix of destinations per car, requiring fewer stops and taking far less time.

    ADA compliance

    Activation of the Accessibility Function button enables a speaker that verbally requests the button be pressed and held until the desired floor is called out. When the correct floor is called and the button released, the speaker announces the car designation and provides directions. A unique tone is also played.

    The assigned elevator annunciator repeats the unique tone to further assist car location. Arriving car annunciators announce the car label and floors serviced. Passenger boarding time is extended.


    Applications

    • Building modernization
    • New installations

    Benefits

    • Reduces passenger stress in high traffic conditions.
    • Improves elevator trip efficiency by assigning passengers with like destinations to the same elevator — resulting in fewer stops and improved transit time.
    • Superior dispatching logic: The dispatcher has more information about passengers, destinations, predicted load per elevator, and number of stops - the result is more effective dispatching.
    • Total scalability. Choose any level of mixed destination based and traditional hall-call dispatching or a full destination based system.
    • Logical, stepped implementation for modernizations.

    Features

    • Complete touch-screen implementation for easiest possible customization or re-purposing (Hardware button per code for ADA compliance).
    • Integration with building security.
    • ADA voice instructions and tone guidance features.
    • Seamless addition, enhancement, or re-structuring at any point.
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