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Compact Elevator Operators

Thursday, December 22, 2016

In today’s new-construction and modernization environment, it’s all about compressing time to save money and idealizing space to achieve maximized rental revenues. “To look at this in ‘elevator’ terms,” says Louis “L.J.” Blaiotta, Jr., CEO of Columbia Elevator Products Co., Inc. “The less space our elevators occupy, the more space the building owners have available to rent, and the more quickly and cost efficiently we can deliver these space-saving products, the more competitive and, therefore, happier, are our customers.”

Evolving the LU/LA Elevator

Thursday, June 9, 2016

LU/LA, that melodic-sounding descriptor of a certain kind of elevator, leaves people, even some industry professionals, scratching their heads as to its meaning and applications. The most common perception is that LU/LA cabs are used in commercial applications where hoistway space is confined, but, because of ongoing technological innovation and increasing demand, there is a rapidly growing LU/LA presence in the residential sector, as well.

Elevator Cabs as Art - The Evolution of Cab Aesthetics

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Elevator cabs today can be seen as moving works of art in more ways than one. Louis “L.J.” Blaiotta, Jr., CEO of Columbia Elevator Products Co., Inc., opines: “It is incredible to me, in just the few decades that I have been involved in the elevator industry, cabs have progressed from being merely functional, sometimes-pretty vertical conveyances to serving as canvases upon which designers and architects express profound, revolutionary ideas — so much so that, in fact, the goal of today’s elevator ride can include extraordinarily delightful sensory experiences for the riding public.”

Focus on Modernization - Solving Two “Modern” Problems

Monday, February 8, 2016

As time has passed, and both the commercial and residential real-estate environments have continued to evolve, the concept of modernization has itself evolved to consider two very modern concerns: saving time and saving the planet. There is a variety of circumstances under which elevator modernizations may come into play. Owners of older buildings are increasingly “elevating” the looks of their cabs and entrances to compete for tenants with the many new, architecturally driven structures constantly joining the landscape. For similar reasons, some owners are completely emptying and rehabilitating entire properties, turning them into virtually new construction projects.

Industry Comes together at Columbia Headquarters

Thursday, October 8, 2015

To mark its 50th year in business (ELEVATOR WORLD, September 2015), on August 5-6, Columbia Elevator Products Co., Inc. hosted a two-day event at its corporate headquarters in Bridgeport, Connecticut. the milestone gathering launched with a cocktail party and dinner at Vazzy’s Restaurant in nearby Shelton, Connecticut, attended by principals and representatives from numerous segments of the elevator industry.

Columbia Elevator at 50

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Columbia Elevator Products Co., Inc. began over a half century ago with the word “no.”

Door Operators Presentation from NAEC Boston 2015 Convention

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Download and view this Powerpoint presentation offering history of door operators up to the most current technology for harmonic and linear operators. You will gain a better understanding of the evolution and technology of harmonic and linear operators.

Let There Be Light

Monday, June 1, 2015

Virtually everyone riding an elevator over the past several decades knows the feeling of their persons, children, pets and possessions being annoyingly “bumped” by an automatic door that withdraws upon contact by the mechanical shoe, or buffer, at its edge. Many people take advantage of the way these work by using them to hold the car for delayed passengers, or to load/unload belongings on a particular floor, inconveniencing others up and down the line.