August 23, 2005

"Stupid's" killin' us.

When we attacked our "floor levelling" issue this morning, we found out that the issue's we were experiencing were caused by an innattention to detail (which was caused by a particularly focussed attention to another detail). This is so stupid, but I'm happy to say that it wasn't my fault. You see, the floors are labelled as follows:

Ground, Lobby, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 ,7.

It is labelled like this all throughout the controller's computer screens, so we didn't expect a problem. We got one though. The floor level section of the controller is labelled thusly:

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8.

Also, it is a drop down menu, so you don't see the whole list. Yesterday when we were changing parameters for the 4th floor, we were actually changing them for the 3rd floor. Once this was dicovered, things went a lot more quickly. We've got the floor levels within the allotted 1/32" now, so we are very happy with that. After we got the floor levels straightened out, we turned the car loose on "Emergency Dispatch". This is the default mode of all modern elevators when the main dispatching system is disabled. (In Emergency Dispatch mode, the elevator assumes that there is a problem with the "Hall Calls", so it randomly goes from floor to floor to ensure that it picks up anyone waiting.) We ran in in "Emerg Disp" mode mainly because we don't have any Hall Calls mounted for the new controller. There is only one call station on each floor for all three elevators. All of them are currently linked to the old controllers. Nothing we can do until we get the new call's in place.

The night shift crew is mounting the hall calls for the new machine. On the 8th, 7th , 6th, and the Ground floors. We're prepared to turn this mother over. My excitement is only overcome by my trepidation.

I can only hope that "Stupid" doesn't strike again.

Posted by Johnny - Oh at August 23, 2005 09:09 PM | TrackBack
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