Escalator and Elevator Upgrades for Performance & Safety

You can't afford to fall short on safety. Elevator and escalator safety levels are continually improved through the development of innovations and the introduction of new legislation. Advancements in this critical area have probably been made since your elevator and/or escalator was first installed.

When you put the safety of your tenants and visitors first, you not only deliver an important message to them, but you also minimize your legal risk exposure.

Door Operation

Doors that function improperly can create a negative impression among visitors. Constant shutdowns hurt the efficient operation of a building, reflect poorly on its management and increase downtime and expense.

Upgrading their components is a cost-effective way to dramatically improve elevator service and restore passenger confidence.

KONE offers door operation upgrade packages for every elevator. Every component is designed and engineered to stringent KONE standards. You get the best – without compromise. That's our commitment to you.


Whether it's a complete upgrade or partial upgrade, KONE offers safety enhancements for your escalators.

  • KONE EcoStart™ energy performance control saves up to 40% in energy costs, extends motor life, and provides a smooth start.
  • KONE Avert™ skirt deflector brushes encourage safe escalator use by providing a subtle indicator to passengers riding near the step’s edge.
  • Escalator step/skirt performance index - The latest ASME code specifies a new standard for new and existing escalators. Your KONE representative can assess your escalators and work with you to achieve code compliance.

Various important safety code requirements have been added in recent years, including:

  • Missing Step Device - Designed to detect a missing step. When a missing step is detected, power to the motor is turned off and the brake is activated to stop the escalator.
  • Step Level Device - Designed to detect a step that is about to enter the comb area at a "lower elevation" than the combplate. If a "low step" is detected, the escalator motor power is interrupted and the brake is activated to stop the escalator.
  • Comb Impact Device - Designed to detect combplate movement in either the horizontal or vertical direction. When activated, this device is designed to shut the motor power off and activate the brake.


KONE offers numerous hydraulic elevator system upgrades ranging from a new tank heater, new oil cooler, or a new controller to the more major repairs of the hydraulic cylinder or valve.

KONE can help increase your sense of security regarding these issues. These Hydraulic system upgrades can provide smoother operation, improved leveling, minimized downtime and, most importantly, they can help you meet the latest code and current ADA requirements.

Contact your local KONE Sales Professional to find out if your hydraulic elevator is equipped with all of the upgraded safety devices available.