Competition winner thanks emergency telephone’s speed of programming

Memcom’s new quick-start menu in spotlight at Liftex 2013

Avire ran a competition at this year’s Liftex to demonstrate how quickly its latest Memcom emergency telephone can be programmed.

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Photo caption: Avire’s Adam Sykes (left) presents Orona’s Trevor Biggs with his prize of a brand new plasma TV

Trevor Biggs, from Orona, won a brand new plasma 43” TV after programming Memcom to complete an alarm call in just one minute 23 seconds.

“The new quick-start menu has made Memcom even faster to program,” said a grateful Trevor.

Memcom is the first emergency telephone on the market that can be programmed without codes or a programming tool. Thanks to a new interface that relies on a tick-box system and drop-down menus rather than code-based prefixes and suffixes, programming the unit is a simpler and more intuitive process.

The challenge involved programming the emergency telephone to be fully functioning, with alarm telephone, technical and background numbers. The system also had to be set up to accept an external microphone and GSM, and transmit a voice message detailing Avire’s stand number. The alarm button could then be pushed and the call received by the call centre on Avire’s stand.

Featuring a keypad, backlit LCD display and built-in microphone, Memcom is quick and convenient to set up. Research during product development showed that the most common cause of autodialler returns was incorrect unit programming, rather than actual hardware faults. The backlit LCD display decreases this likelihood as engineers can clearly see what they are programming into the unit, even in a dark lift shaft.

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Avire Shanghai moves to new factory

Avire has moved its Shanghai factory to new premises in the city.

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Photo caption: (l-r) Andy Harbidge (sales & marketing director), Martin Zhang (director – Halma China), Nigel Trodd (chairman), Paul Simmons (managing director), Jonathan Hou (general manager, China), Jan Doubal (manufacturing director), Karl Westhead (R&D director) officially open Avire’s new production facility in Shanghai

Avire Elevator Technology (Shanghai) Ltd now manufactures TL Jones and E-Motive products on new premises– three times larger than its previous facility – in an industrial hub on Duhui Road, in Shanghai’s Minhang District.

The addition of this new production facility takes Avire’s global capacity to over 500,000 light curtain units per year. The factory also features a brand new lab with a dedicated R&D team to develop new products for the thriving markets of China and the Asia-Pacific region.

Avire’s former factory in Shanghai’s Caohejing area was set up in 1999 to produce TL Jones light curtains. As the company kept growing, it became imperative for Avire to expand its manufacturing facilities.

China is the world’s second largest economy. As the country’s urbanization drive provides sustainable investment and works as a key factor in bolstering China’s growth, new commercial, mixed-use and residential high rises are mushrooming in both coastal and inland cities across the country. China has become the global centre of the elevator industry; 60% of the world’s new elevators are now built in China.

Paul Simmons, managing director of Avire, said: “We are very excited to be moving to this new factory. Over the years we have built up a very strong team in China and we are making it stronger still by recruiting excellent new employees. We have a very well developed sales and distribution network across China and the Asia-Pacific region, and this is bringing us high levels of growth.

“The new facility, alongside our factories in India, Singapore and Europe, gives us the capacity we need to meet our new and existing customers’ needs.”

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