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.


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.


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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Avire to showcase all product brands at Interlift

Products on display from E-Motive, TL Jones and Memco

Leading provider of lift safety and communication systems Avire will be presenting its new corporate identity at Interlift 2013.

Avire will be showcasing all three of its product brands – E-Motive, TL Jones and Memco – and focusing on the Panachrome range of light curtains, the Panorama LCD media display and the Memcom emergency telephone.

A number of Avire representatives will be present to explain the customer benefits of the new combined product portfolio, including managing director Paul Simmons, sales and marketing director Andy Harbidge and displays general manager Siew Tan Chong.

Interlift 2013 will be held at the Augsburg Trade Fair, Germany, from 15-18 October. Avire will be stationed in Hall 3, Stand 3158.

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Avire approaching two millionth set of Memco light curtains

Leading provider of lift safety and communication systems Avire is about to supply its two millionth set of Memco light curtains.


Photo caption: (l—r) Avire’s elevator safety products protect visitors to the British Library (top left) and travellers at Paris’s Charles de Gaulle Airport

To celebrate this key milestone, Avire is running a global competition. Five customers lucky enough to find a gold ticket included with their set of Panachrome, Pana40 Plus or E-Series detectors will be able to claim a special prize.

Memco’s products are installed all over the world, from Europe and the Americas to the Middle East, Asia and Australasia. Buildings and transport facilities protected by the company’s light curtains include the London Underground, the British Library, Paris’s Charles de Gaulle Airport, the Delhi Metro and Terminal 3 at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport.

The Panachrome range combines a 154-beam light curtain with coloured door indicators, which alert passengers when the doors are opening (green) or closing (red). If the beams are interrupted, the indicators will revert to green as the doors open again. The Panachrome is also available with 3D detection in the landing zone for maximum passenger protection.

The E-Series reduces installation time for engineers as no setting-up or configuration is required. Designed with flexibility in mind, the range of detectors offers 16-40 diodes with beam patterns ranging from 74-194. E-Series is also available in a number of different profile options to suit most elevator applications.

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Janus Elevator Opens New Web Store

Purchase elevator phones, line monitoring, intercom systems and safety edges at
Hauppauge, N.Y. (June 13, 2013) –Janus Elevator Products has opened a new online store at Developed for the convenience of U.S.-based elevator contractors and end users, the shop carries a broad inventory of ADA compliant elevator phones and communication equipment by EMS, elevator displays by E-Motive, and Janus elevator safety edges including the premium Panachrome.

Purchase Janus elevator phones, line monitoring, intercom systems and safety edges at

Customers familiar with Janus products can quickly navigate to and add products to their cart while the site’s Order Builder configuration tool assists new and existing users with selecting the correct products to fit job requirements. Full features and specifications are listed for each product, along with downloadable data sheets. A Comparison Tool lets customers see product details side by side to see feature differences.

The secure site was designed for maximum customer convenience. Registered customers may access their order history for even faster re-ordering. Credit card or PayPal account payments are processed securely through PayPal services. Products ship within three business days of ordering.

For more information, or to order Janus products visit For more information, or to order Janus products visit or call 800-527-9156. or call 800-527-9156.


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Avire chooses Dewhurst as Hong Kong distributor

Leading provider of lift safety and communication systems Avire has chosen Dewhurst as its supplier in Hong Kong and Macau.


Photo caption: Dewhurst’s general manager Eric Fung in front of the company buidling in Hong Kong

Dewhurst has manufactured quality lift components for over 90 years and will now supply light curtains from Avire’s Memco and TL Jones brands.

“We are very excited about this partnership,” said Eric Fung, Dewhurst’s general manager. “We feel that a market like Hong Kong, where there are many prestigious buildings, will welcome state-of-the-art equipment. When it comes to light curtains, Memco leads the way with the Panachrome range.”

Andy Harbidge, Avire’s sales & marketing director, added: “We look forward to working with Dewhurst to develop the Hong Kong market. They were a logical and easy choice of supplier, given our current distribution relationships with them in the UK and Australia.”

Dewhurst is probably best known for its high-quality push-button products, often sold under the Dupar brand. With its office and warehouse located in central Kowloon, the company can easily supply goods to all of Hong Kong’s lift companies.

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Three elevator brands merge to form Avire

E-Motive, TL Jones and Memco reveal new corporate identity

Three of the elevator industry’s market-leading brands have today joined forces under a new company name.


Avire (pronounced to rhyme with “fire”) – the new home of E-Motive Display, TL Jones and Memco – offers an extensive range of safety and communication products. With manufacturing locations in Singapore, China, India and the Czech Republic, and sales offices in 13 locations worldwide, Avire is a truly global brand.

Avire’s products include light curtains, electronic displays, emergency telephones and LED lighting. Explaining the new company’s mission, managing director Paul Simmons said: “Avire is dedicated to innovation and excellence and is united in a single goal: to give our customers unrivalled quality and value, in a name they can trust.”

For 20 years E-Motive has been producing premium-quality displays and accessories for elevator cars and landings. The brand recently added touch control panels to its product portfolio. E-Motive displays are used in high-profile modernisation and new build projects.

TL Jones has a 70-year history and has established a strong reputation in the Asian elevator marketplace for passenger detection devices for doors. The brand’s light curtains can be found in some of the most iconic buildings across Asia, Australasia and increasingly in other parts of the world. TL Jones products are predominately manufactured in China and assembled in India.

Memco has been manufacturing innovative, high-quality elevator safety devices, designed and built in Europe, for over 40 years. Memco’s product portfolio includes emergency telephones, passenger detectors for doors and LED lighting systems.

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Memco to reveal new corporate identity at LIFTEX 2013

Leading provider of lift safety and communication systems Memco will be revealing its new corporate identity at LIFTEX 2013.

Memco has joined forces with two other market-leading brands from the lift industry under a new company name, which will be unveiled at LIFTEX.

Sales and marketing director Andy Harbidge, sales managers Paul Monger and Steve Lowe, and marketing manager Faye Wilson will be on hand to explain the customer benefits of this combined product portfolio.

Products on display will include Panachrome and Pana40 detectors, the Memcom emergency telephone and accessories, LED lighting, the ultra-wide Panorama LCD display, the L1 touch landing call station and the T1 glass touch car operating panel.

LIFTEX takes place at London’s ExCel from 22-23 May. Visitors will find Memco on stand E24.

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Rath Elevator Phone Drop-In Replacement from Janus

PNB-R line powered phone from Janus fits existing brackets
Hauppauge, N.Y. (September 7, 2012) – The PNB-R elevator phone from Janus Elevator Products provides an easy-to-install replacement car panel phone. The phone line powered unit, designed expressly as a drop in replacement for Rath phone units, is fully code compliant.

Rath elevator phone drop-in replacement from Janus

Rath elevator phone drop-in replacement from Janus

With a phone line monitoring feature as standard, the PNB-R complies with 2009 and higher ASME code requirements. The compact board fits into the existing bracket on the back of the elevator car panel without modification, connecting to existing wiring and 24v ac/dc power, if needed for phone line monitoring option.

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Janus Elevator Products Spins off Monitor Controls

Elevator fixture line to operate independently of safety edge and communication business

Hauppauge, N.Y. (September 23, 2011) – The Board of Directors of Janus Elevator Products, Inc., has unanimously approved a separation of the company’s two core businesses – Janus elevator safety edges and Monitor Controls elevator fixtures. The board plans for Janus Elevator Products to continue as an independent company focused on its safety edge, emergency phone, and digital display components business, and spin-off its Monitor Controls elevator fixtures and touch-panel display business into an independent company. Each business has leading consumer brands and the new structure, effective October 1, 2011, will allow each to better serve its customers.

The new company, named Monitor Controls Inc., will continue to provide elevator fixtures and touch-panel display technology for the elevator industry. Rob Isabelle, currently vice president of engineering and manufacturing, will lead the new Monitor as president. Monitor will join Janus in Halma p.l.c.’s elevator division, along with TLJones, Memco and E-Motive.

As an independent entity, Monitor will be able to more effectively address customer priorities with cost effective and innovative solutions, as well as enhance its operational efficiency. Janus will retain its elevator safety edge, emergency phone, and digital display businesses. Mike Byrne will continue as president of Janus.

Both companies are well-positioned for the split with financial strength, flexibility and highly skilled, dedicated employees. The transition is expected to be transparent to customers. All current orders will be processed without interruption.

“The separation of these businesses will allow Janus to better execute a focused strategy to the benefit of consumers of all our product lines,” said Mike Byrne, Janus president. “In March we outlined a plan to address the changing requirements of our customers. Since then, we have observed the acceleration of these market trends, which has led us to take additional steps to transform Janus to meet emerging opportunities.”

“Monitor can now more effectively focus on enhancing service and streamlining the introduction of new products than we could as an operating segment of Janus,” said Rob Isabelle, president of Monitor Controls Inc. “With a renewed focus on our core design and manufacturing business, continued investment in new technology and commitment to build on the potential in the display business, we see a bright future for Monitor as an independent company.”

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