All About Signal Fixtures

Signal fixtures: what are they and what significance do they have for elevators? Well, you need signal fixtures in order to operate the most basic functions of a lift: up, down, door open, door close: these are all the most common examples of signal fixtures. You need them to work properly in order to guarantee a functional and safe elevator.

Here at Mowrey Elevator, signal fixtures mean a lot to us, and we take great care to make sure ours are manufactured in accordance with the highest standards. They’re assembled with precise attention to detail in our Florida headquarters, with every item being subjected to lots of testing before leaving our facility for distribution.

What are the Different Kinds of Signal Fixtures?

Common signal fixtures you will find on most elevators include:

  • Floor buttons (registers the floor you want to visit)
  • Door open
  • Door close
  • Inch up and inch down buttons
  • Door control buttons
  • Key switches
  • “Firefighters’ Operation” Cabinet
  • Alarm, phone or intercom buttons
  • Deadman controls or car switches
  • Call cancel button
  • Door hold/door delay button
  • Destination dispatch keypad
  • Arrival chimes or lanterns
  • Directional indicators
  • Operating status indicators
  • Car operating panels for wheelchairs
  • Floor announcement
  • Attendant control switches
  • Destination indicators

What Do Signal and Other Fixtures Do?

There are many kinds and uses of signal fixtures. Let’s take light fixtures, for example, which provide audible and visual indication that a car is set to arrive. They can also display the direction of travel when the car leaves, or where the car is within the hoistway. Additionally, they can refer to the arrangement of buttons used by passengers to indicate where they want to travel. You may find these in the lobby, at the entrance, in the hallways at each landing, or within the car itself.

Fixtures come with a variety of standard and custom designs to choose from to meet your needs. Plus, there are many safety regulations that must be met to be ADA compliant. For example, visible and audible signals have to be positioned at all hoistway entrances that illuminate which car will answer a particular call. Audible signals have to sound once for the up direction and two times for the down direction OR have verbal annunciators saying “up” or “down.”

Our Products: How They Help You

  1. Hall Fixtures: These are vandal-resistant and come in stainless steel or muntz finishes.
  2. Vandal-Resistant Buttons: Durable, designed for high use applications, featuring low-voltage LED jewel center that lights up when car is called.
  3. In-car digital position indicator: When car is moving, these show you which floor the elevator car is on at the moment.
  4. Code Compliant Operating Panels
  5. Expandable features are comprised of key switches, pads, and emergency phone.
  6. Hall Digital Position Indicator or Hall Lantern, tells waiting passengers in the hall where the elevator is when called.

As you can see, there are many factors that come into play when designing and implementing signal fixtures for any kind of elevator, whether for residential or commercial applications.

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