New Technology Variance NTV 13-01 Schindler STM

October 24, 2013

Mr. Vincent Robibero - Corporate Codes Consultant
Schindler Elevator Corporation
20 Whippany Road
Morristown, NJ, 07869

Re: September 26, 2013, Application for New Technology Variance - “Suspension Traction Media (STM) coated steel suspension, terminations, and monitoring

Dear Mr. Robibero

The Department is pleased to inform you that your request for a New Technology Variance for the STM coated steel suspension and termination devices for the suspension means has been approved contingent on the following conditions:

1. This approval is based on information submitted for the STM Coated Steel Suspension means, terminations, and monitoring. In particular, Schindler submitted 3rd Party ANSI AECO A17.7-2007 certification of the STM, terminations, and monitoring that states in Section 4: “After examination of the CCD, the risk assessment, test reports etc., the technical documentation was found to be in accordance with the requirements including A17.1-2010 and A17.6-2010”. Be advised that only this Coated Steel Suspension means, terminations and monitoring is included in this approval. Specifically prohibited are any STM products that contain any materials covered by Part 2 of A17.6-2010.

Any deviation from the STM Coated Steel Suspension product and conditions submitted in the referenced application would require another New Technology Variance application and approval by the Department.

2. The requirements for which these New Technology Variances are based on the ASME A17.1-2007 edition of the Safety Code for Elevators which is the currently adopted standard. The approvals are granted for:

a. Requirement 2.20.1 cars to be suspended by wire ropes

b. Requirement 2.20.9.3.4 un-welded cast or steel wire rope sockets

3. Until such time as the approved Coated Steel Suspension product is fully compliant with the adopted standard in Texas, all sales contracts for equipment utilizing the STM product will contain a notice that informs buyers that this product has been approved under the New Technology provisions of Chapter 754. The contract notice required by this paragraph must be bold and conspicuous on the contract and may not be combined with any other bolded text.

4. All purchasers of this product shall receive a copy of the manufacturer’s Maintenance Control Program for all equipment provided as part of the installation. A copy of this approval letter shall be maintained in the Maintenance Control Program for the life of the equipment or until such time as the equipment meets all adopted standards in the State of Texas.

5. Until such time as the approved Coated Steel Suspension Product, terminations and monitoring is fully compliant with the adopted standard in the State of Texas, a quarterly report of the installation(s) of the STM product shall be provided to the Department within 10 calendar days of the end of each quarter, beginning with the quarter ending December 31, 2013. The report shall contain, at a minimum, the street address; manufacturer’s identifying number and decal number.

This approval shall apply to all Schindler equipment utilizing the Coated Steel Suspension (STM) product installed anywhere in the State of Texas prior to or subsequent to the effective date of this new technology variance, except the City of Houston. You will need to seek the approval of The City of Houston to install this product within their jurisdiction. That approval must be requested directly from the City of Houston.

This approval by the Department shall remain in effect unless revoked. A copy of this approval will be forwarded to all licensed inspectors via email and will be posted on the Department website. Inspectors shall be informed that the requirements covered by the above variances are not to be cited on any inspection reports. No waivers or delays will be required.

If you agree with the conditions contained in this approval letter, please so indicate by signing and dating a copy of this letter and returning it to me for our files. If we can be of any further assistance in this matter, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Sincerely,

Lawrence Taylor
Chief Elevator Inspector
Building and Business Section
Compliance Division-TDLR

Accepted by the Applicant, Vincent Robibero, Corporate Codes Consultant, Schindler Elevator Corporation, October 25, 2013