Recap of Meeting of February 19, 2008

February 19, 2008

As President Mike Shaw was out of town on business, this meeting was chaired by our esteemed and capable Vice President, Allan Lloyd.

Alan called upon our Treasurer, Estella McIntosh who delivered a detailed financial report.

Secretary John Brannon told us of the untimely passing of Cathy Engel (nee Rueschli). Cathy, a long time industry member, employed by ADAMS Equipment and SCHINDLER Elevator, passed away at her home in San Diego on February 17, a victim of Cancer. Cathy, who was only 50 years old, leaves behind her husband and two teen age children. The group extends sincere condolences to her family and friends.

We have since learned that services will be as follows:

Friday, February 22, 2008
Congregation Beth Israel
9007 Towne Centre Drive
San Diego, CA 92122
Phone (858) 535-1111

John also noted the “Cracker Barrel” scheduled for our April meeting. He explained where to get more information and suggested everyone review the available information and submit written questions in advance, as explained in a recent email and reprised on our web site: http://www.elevatorindustry.org/

Our presenter was Patrick Tobin of MINNESOTA ELEVATOR INC. MEI was founded in 1971 and entered the manufacturing segment in 1980. They supply complete elevators, geared traction and conventional and holeless hydraulics and also sell sub systems and components to the industry. They presently produce about 500 elevators per year, of which they install about 100. They number KONE and SCHINDLER among their many customers.

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Patrick Tobin – (click picture to make larger)

Patrick showed us details of some of their major components, widely used in the industry. Among these is their line of oil coolers for hydraulics with capacities up to 21600 BTU per hour. They produce a very effective silencer to reduce noise and vibration on hydraulics. A very unique and useful item is the Pully Bully, This is sort of an “A frame”, which can be used to “pull” submersible hydraulic pump/motor assemblies. The components can be serviced or replaced while suspended on the Pully Bully. The Pully Bully is compact and easy to transport, weighs only 185 pounds, but will lift 500 pounds. It is furnished with its’ own wheeled cart for easy handling.

Literature and CD’s were available for all who needed them. Thanks very much, Patrick, for an informative and entertaining presentation!

Our regular raffle closed the meeting, with prizes provided by JANUS Elevator Products, John and Doris Brannon, Steve Grainer and Duane Klechner of MITSUBISHI, Bernie Tillipman, Mary Thomsic of ALPS Wire Rope, Stan Schultz and Allan Lloyd of DRAKA.

The winners included Steve Grainer, Jack Parker, Doris Brannon, Duane Klechner, Harvey Ledesma, Joe Gonzalez, Tim Hawkins and Sam Farooqi.

The monthly attendance prize provided by the group went to Tim Hawkins.