Northampton, UK, 29 September 2011


Delegates gathered at the University of Northampton on 29 September 2011 to listen to an interesting and informative series of papers on lift and escalator technology.

The “Symposium on Lift and Escalator Technologies” was organised jointly by the Lift Engineering Section of the School of Science and Technology and the CIBSE Lift Group, and was supported by the Lift and Escalator Industry Association (LEIA) and the Institution of Engineering and Technology.

The event was part of the 2011/12 Inaugural Lift Engineering School in Northampton scheduled for the week starting 26 September 2011.

The Lift Engineering programme offered at the University of Northampton includes postgraduate courses at MSc/ MPhil/PhD levels that involve a study of the advanced principles and philosophy underlying lift and escalator technologies.

The programme aims to provide a detailed, academic study of engineering and related management issues for persons employed in lift making and allied industries.



The “Symposium on Lift and Escalator Technologies” brought together experts from the field of vertical transportation and offered an opportunity for graduates and final year students of the Lift Engineering programme at the University of Northampton to present papers on the subject of their research projects.

The event was a combination of invited speakers and students on the MSc course in lift engineering run by the university to students all across the globe.

The students were selected from recent graduates of the MSc course and some who are still studying for the award.


 Stefan Kaczmarczyk                                                  Phillip Andrew

The students were judged by a number of industry veterans and an award of £500 (some €580) given to the best presentation with a copy of the new book on lift systems by Dr Stefan Kaczmarczyk and Phillip Andrew being given to the winner and runner up.



The event was opened by John Sinclair of the University of Northampton who welcomed us to the Newton Building which had been recently refurbished having been a girls school for many years but had become semi derelict and revived by a multi million pound investment by the University.

John Sinclair

Newton Building

The opening lecture entitled “Energy Models for Lifts” was presented by Dr Gina Barney and was followed by Tim Ebeling of Henning GmbH who presented a paper entitled “A reliable forecast of lift system wear”.


Gina Barney                                                         Tim Ebling



Session 2 was opened by Phillip Andrew who gave a fascinating presentation about thoughts on progressive safety gears and modernisation. Following this the first of the MSc Graduates, Peter Feldhusen, then presented a paper on the development of belt type suspension and transmission. The paper was well received and was awarded the first prize by the judges. Two further papers from MSc Graduates followed from Julia Munday who explored the subject of “Is the gearbox dead” which caused some debate amongst the delegates.


 Peter Feldhusen  

 Julia Munday

 Mohammedreza Nahi

The final paper of the session was presented by Mohammadreza Nahi who reviewed the application of linear motors in vertical transportation.

During the lunch delegates were invited to experience the 3D graphics system purchased by the University where components can be visited in a 3D format from drawings.



Immediately after lunch delegates listened to two industry veterans in Adam Scott and Rory Smith. Adam spoke on the practical application of a multi car system which has been installed in London and Rory spoke about modern estimates of passenger demand. The session was closed by Matthew Revitt who presented a paper entitled “The reliance on testing for modernised lifts”.

The final session was opened by yet another industry veteran, Dr Lutfi Al-Sharif who gave a lively paper about the use of Monte Carlo simulation to evaluate passenger average travelling time during up peak situations. Keisuke Mori then presented the first of two papers about escalators and presented his research and solution to prevent speed pulsation in escalator step chains.

The second paper was presented by Elena Shcherbakova and presented mathematical modelling which indicated that the Levytator curvilinear escalator required less energy to operate than an equivalent conventional escalator.


 Adam Scott                                                        Richard Peters

Dr Richard Peters closed the event and presented the prizes to the winning presenters.

The event was deemed a great success and plans are being made to repeat the event on an annual basis.