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For the fixtures found in the United States, Please refer to Otis Elevator Fixtures Guide (American).

This is a guide to some notable Otis elevator fixtures found outside North America.

Age unknown, but very old

These fixtures consist of red buttons that do not light up. These fixtures are used in France. It is unknown if these fixtures were used in other countries.

1900s

Manually-controlled

When manually-controlled elevators were common before in 1920s, most Otis elevators at that time are using old deadman controls, which is usually a car switch used by elevator operators to move the elevator cars. If the crank moved to the left, the elevator car goes down and if the crank moved to the right, the elevator car goes up. Some elevators have a vintage hall call annunciator to announce elevator operator that a hall call outside has been registered on certain floors.

Black buttons

In the 1900's, Otis used black buttons that do not light up. These buttons are different from Lexan fixtures. The floor numbers are not on the buttons, they are on the panel. These fixtures were used in the UK. It is unknown if they were used in other countries.

1920s

In the 1920's, Otis used black buttons that do not light up for car stations. These buttons are different from the 1900's buttons, and Lexan fixtures. The floor numbers are on the buttons. These fixtures were used in the US, and UK. It is unknown if they were used in other countries. For hall stations, different black buttons were used in the UK. It is unknown if these different black buttons were used in other countries.

1930s to 1970s

Manually-Controlled

Black Buttons

In this era, most standard elevators are using the old black round buttons with classic white letterings; in the case of Otis, these buttons were first made with bakelite, then later, they were made out of Lexan fiberglass[1]. These buttons are very simple with no illumination indication. Also, there is no door close button; pressing a floor will quickly close the door and the car starts. There are 5 variants of these buttons. One is a smaller button with smaller numbers (the oldest variant, probably bakelite), one with a bigger button and bigger numbers (probably Lexan), one with a bigger button, and bigger numbers, which are in a different font (probably Lexan, might only be used in select countries), one with gray buttons (car station only, probably Lexan), and one that is very rare, with white buttons (probably Lexan). There is also a vandal resistant version, with metal buttons. The Lexan buttons were discontinued in 1989-1990, However, the spare parts version of this button is currently still available.

YouTube elevator enthusiasts mistakenly refer to these fixtures as Pre-Lexan since they referred to the black illuminating fixtures as Lexan. However, the term Pre-Lexan is misleading because some black buttons are made out of Lexan.

Regular black buttons

Vandal resistant

Otis's black buttons also came out as solid stainless steel ones with black marking, making them to look like vandal resistant buttons. These buttons are extremely rare. So far these buttons are only seen North America, it is unknown if they are also found in other countries.

Australian small black buttons

These fixtures consist of small black buttons that do not light up. These fixtures might also be used in other countries.

Lexan black buttons with halo

Otis updated the black buttons making them flush buttons with an illuminating halo. There are 3 variants of these buttons. One with raised buttons without the halo (the 1950s and 1960s version), one with flush buttons (the 1960s and 1970's version), and one with larger, clearer halo, recessed buttons (the 1980's version). By the mid-1970s, digital floor counters began appearing, and in some elevators, the directional indicator was on both sides of the floor indicator. The Lexan black buttons with the halos were discontinued in 1989-1990.

UK/Singapore Lexan

These fixtures consist of black buttons that do not light up. These fixtures were used in the UK, Singapore, and possibly other countries.

UK vandal resistant

These fixtures consist of metal buttons that do not light up for earlier examples of these fixtures. These fixtures were used in the UK, probably Singapore, and possibly other countries. Later examples of these fixtures have numbers cut in the buttons, which light up. In some cases, these fixtures are paired with UK Lexan for door/alarm buttons.

Mexico vandal resistant

These fixtures were used in Mexico. It is unknown if they were used in other countries. It is unknown exactly when these fixtures were used, but these fixtures were used in the late 1960s-early 1970s.

Touch sensitive buttons

In 1948-1960s, Otis made touch sensitive black buttons with illuminating halos; they were either rounded or square shaped. These buttons used vacuum tubes so that the passenger would only lightly touch the button to go to his or her floor, which are actually worked by completing a circuit when your finger comes into contact with the button. This all works through a spring behind the touch plate that runs to the Thyratron tube behind the button, which serves as the switching circuit and the light bulb. The square ones were used in some Otis Autotronic elevators in the 1960s-1970s.

The touch-sensitive buttons were discontinued later on as they were claimed to be a fire hazard[2]. Also, many elevators with touch sensitive buttons were modernized for the same reason.

Square version

These buttons were also used on some non-Autotronic elevators.

Round version

Autotronic touch sensitive call stations

These call buttons are black concave with illuminating halo shaped like an arrow, placed over a glass panel.

Square-Lexan

These fixtures consist of square push black buttons with a halo that lights up (either white, green or red). The name Square-Lexan is not the official name of these fixtures, it is a name given to these fixtures by elevator enthusiasts. These fixtures were used in Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, and possibly other countries.

White buttons

There are two types of white buttons used on Otis elevators in the 1960s; the first ones are the bigger one which looks the same as the large black buttons, the second ones are smaller buttons with numbers engraved, and the third ones are slightly smaller but without engraved number which are usually found in Japan.

On elevators with smaller white buttons there are usually floor counters with orange illuminating numbers, and were used in Hong Kong (China), Japan, and other countries.

Smaller white buttons

Japanese white buttons

Vintage analog indicators

In the 1940s-1980s, Otis used floor counters that were simply metal plates with illuminating numbers, going horizontally. Later ones have arrow indicators which light up in orange, red or green. They were also illuminating squares positioned vertically (commonly found in North America and Hong Kong), as well as illuminating circles (commonly found in England) positioned horizontally.

Rotodial indicators

Rotodial indicators first appeared in the 1940s or 1950s. These indicators have rotating disk with floor number printed on it. The disk is enclosed with a round dome glass and has an arrow on the center of the dial to point the current car position. When the elevator car is moving up, the disk rotates to the right and when the car moves down, the disk rotates to the left.

In later models, the Rotodial indicators are vertical roller type, which means that the number rolls upward when the car goes up and rolls down when the car goes down. Rotodial indicators usually have the typical Otis black call buttons below the indicator.

Vintage hall lanterns

LM

These fixtures are used on Otis Bitsa model elevators (low-rise) in Europe. These fixtures have wedge-shaped buttons[3]. The floor buttons are white that do not lights up when they are pressed (except for the call button). The door open button is painted in red (but sometimes it simply white) and the alarm button is painted in yellow. The indicator, if present, is a 7 segment display with red digits.

System 260

These are the fixtures used in Otis System 260 elevators which are found in Europe (it is unknown if they are also found outside Europe). They have round touch sensitive buttons (except the door control and alarm buttons) with illuminating lamp placed on a black plate. Floor indicators are most likely LED dot-matrix. These fixtures look a bit similar to LM (see above) and also resembles Series 1 fixtures.

IEE indicators

Also from the 1960s to the 1980s, Otis uses the "IEE indicator" in very few elevators at that time. This indicator is unique because the floor number display disappeared when the car passed between two floors. This type of indicator has a rack of 9 bulbs on each side of the display that sit behind a piece of film with numbers cut in it. A mirror directs the light towards the viewing screen, and you get the number of the floor.[4] The IEE indicator is often called "Otis vanishing indicator" by several YouTube elevator enthusiasts.

Lexan analog indicators

1980s to 2000s

Series 1

Series 1 is fairly common, and is normally seen in Otis Elevonic 401 and some normal hydraulic and traction elevators in the early 1980s. It has a very distinctive look. Normal Otis Series 1 buttons are raised off the elevator panel. It has black plastic trim with either a silver or bronze face plate. Indicator is slanted down towards the floor. Some elevators may also have a slanted up panel with some of the floor buttons on it. Has a green indicator, and is normally a segment indicator for 4 floors and under, but it has a digital indicator to support more floors. Some Series 1 panel also have a horizontal bar which displays text in green. It also has some custom installations which only have 2 rows of the buttons for every panels and the floor indicator is located on the other way. Another version which are found in Europe (commonly on Otis Europa2000 model) comes with only one row of buttons and there is no door close button. Door control buttons were made green and the alarm button was made yellow.

Otis Series 1 fixtures were discontinued in the early 2000s, but are still offered for custom installations (not appeared in the places other than America).

Call stations

Hall indicator and lanterns

Car station

Car floor indicators

Car lanterns

These lanterns looks the same as the outside hall lanterns but they are flushed with the inner door jamb.

Vandal resistant Series 1

Series 1 also came out as vandal resistant. It has a metal button plate and a round silver convex button with a orange lamp on the center. These vandal resistant version of Series 1 fixtures were commonly found in Europe. Another version was also used in the Otis Europa2000 elevators in the 1980s, which were some sort of custom installations of Series 1.

Asian Lexan

These are the Asian version of the Otis Lexan buttons, which first appeared in the early 1980s. They are divided into two generations.

First generation (early 1980s)

The first generation of the Otis Asian Lexan buttons were used between the late 1970's to mid 1980's. They look almost similar to the round US-version Lexan buttons. Floor indicators were mostly digital segmented display mounted above landing doors which the number faded then re-appeared again when the car passed through floors. This is because the limit from the selector of the relay logic. However, they could only support 7 segments display, and as the result the ground floor is displayed as "0" instead of "G" and the basement floors are displayed with a negative/minus (e.g. -1 for basement level one).

Second generation (mid 1980s-1990s)

In the mid-1980s, the Asian Lexan fixtures were slightly updated with larger buttons, clearer halo, and slightly different floor numbering font. In addition, the buttons now had two red lamps on the halo. They are branded as AK-21. The use of digital floor counter above the inside landing doors were continued but the numbers do not faded and had transparent triangular arrows[5]. Just like the first generation (early 1980s), the indicators could only support 7 segments display. As the result, the ground floor is displayed as "0" instead of "G", and the basement floors are displayed with a negative/minus (-). Many Otis elevators during this time had aluminum car station panel.

In the early 1990s, these fixtures were slightly updated. The inside digital floor indicator was moved to the car station panel and now support 16 segments display where it can display "G", "B" and other characters. The emergency buttons were made rectangular instead of round. In addition, the some of the aluminum car station panels were slanted diagonally. They were used on the Otis Spec 60 elevators. These fixtures were probably discontinued in the late 1990s.

In 2003, Asian Lexan fixtures have one installation in Hong Kong used with Otis Hong Kong standard dot-martix display.[6]

Nowadays, the button fixtures are currently used on Otis Gen2 Nova elevators which are only sold in India[7].

2000

Otis 2000 fixture started in 1993 and was used in Otis 2000 elevators. These fixtures consist of concave buttons with red, blue or green illumination halo and LCD floor indicators. There are two types of concave buttons; regular, touch sensitive/capacitive[8] [9] and vandal-resistant. The vandal resistant concave buttons does not have illuminating halo, instead they have a small red lamp on the center. This fixture was continued by Otis in the early 2000s when the Otis Gen2 was launched for the European market, and are still being made today under three different styles; Lumina, Selecta, and Optima.

3200

These fixtures are found in the Otis 3200 elevators in Asia which was introduced in the mid 1990s. They resembles the 1990s Asian Lexan fixtures except with newly changed buttons and revised floor indicators. Panels comes in either stainless steel or black/white aluminum. Both the black and white aluminum panels don't flushed with the cab wall.. There are also arrival chimes that sounds like Mitsubishi arrival chimes on that period but it ring once only when the doors are opening, although some elevators may have the chime ring until the doors are been fully opened.

Plastic buttons

These are either white or black square plastic buttons with illuminating halo.

Floor indicators

This type of floor indicator resembles the ones used in 1990s Asian Lexan fixtures; the digital segments have been slightly improved (now orange) and the arrows have been totally changed (green for inside and orange for outside). Arrows on the inside indicators mostly flashes when the elevator moves. Hall indicator position may vary; some are mounted on the hall station, some are above the landing doors as separate panel. A horizontal analog floor counter with square acrylic lenses was also existed[10], although very rare.

Hall lanterns

Hall lanterns, if present, are square made of clear acrylic, has a transparent arrow and lights up in orange.

Series 3

The Series 3 fixtures are normally found in Otis Elevonic 411, 411 M and Double Deck elevators in the 1990s. It consists of round concave touch-sensitive/pressable buttons with green or red illumination halo, green (for up) and red (for down) hall lanterns and digital segmented floor indicators. Some elevators with Series 3 fixtures have yellow Electro Luminescent Display (ELD) indicators. The Series 3 fixtures is often called "Otis Luxury Fixtures" by several elevator enthusiasts. It also has two chimes for up and down directions, and female automated voices as an option[11].

Most of Series 3 elevators found in United States have floor beeps and button beeps, however some Series 3 elevators found in other countries like Thailand and Hong Kong, do not have beeps. Some Series 3 elevators may have only floor beeps.

Series 3 fixtures, are still offered in the Asian market, usually for the high-rise Otis 4000 and fewer models, as well as special orders. Also in the 2000s, the Series 3 buttons now have a blue or white illuminating halo lamp as an optional feature.

In Hong Kong, some Series 3 fixtures in the 2000s have a variation of braille and tactile symbol beside the buttons that's make easier to meet the requirement for the disabled[12]. Sometimes, it also replaced the indicator from digital segmented to LED dot-matrix for some reasons, which nowadays combined with the newer Otis fixtures.

Call station

Hall indicator and lanterns

Series 3 hall lanterns have either a green (for up) and red (for down) triangular arrow, or just a blank square lanterns with green/red lamp which lights up transitionally. Some hall lanterns are combined with a digital floor indicator, and they can also be installed horizontally or vertically.

Car station

Floor indicators

Most Series 3 fixtures comes with a digital floor indicator, either with an arrow or not. Some fixtures also comes with a yellow electroluminescent display with a text or date and time below the number.

2000s to present

2000

Please refer to 2000 section above.

The current Otis 2000 fixtures used on Gen2 and 2000 elevators in Europe are divided into three styles; Lumina[13], Optima[14], and Selecta[15]. The Gen2 Switch elevators are also use the 2000 fixtures, but only for the European elevators.[16]

Lumina

These fixtures, unlike other Otis 2000 fixtures, do not have two vertical lamps on the sides of the panel and are flat flush mounted panels. Also the buttons do not have plates, instead there are only white illuminating tactile symbols and braille next to the buttons. The floor indicator and data plate do not have chicklet plates on them. As the panel can accomodate more floor buttons, Lumina fixtures are also found in mid-rise Gen2 elevators.

Optima

Optima fixtures looks the same as the older and Selecta Otis 2000 fixtures, with curved, surface-mounted panels and two vertical illuminating lights on the sides of the panel. The floor buttons and indicators remain unchanged, except that the floor button plates has changed to a shape of oval.

Selecta

Selecta fixtures looks the same as Optima and older Otis 2000 fixtures, but some buttons do not have button plates as an option. There are also yellow electro luminescent display and black LCD floor inducators instead of normal blue LCD indicators.

Resista

Resista is the vandal resistant version, with silver concave buttons equipped with a small LED dot lamp in the middle. They also have braille plates with white scripted numbers or symbol, similar to the American Otis Series 5 fixtures.

American style

The American style of Otis 2000 fixtures has the American style braille similar to Otis Series 5 fixture in the US, unlike the other style braille. The braille are black with white scripted numbers.

Australian version

This is the version of Otis 2000 fixtures used in Australia, mainly in Gen2 elevators. Unlike European Otis 2000, the buttons have black braille plate and are flushed on a normal panel. However, it uses the European Otis 2000 button beep, chimes and LCD floor indicator[17], but some also uses the Otis 3200 digital floor indicator with green triangular arrows.

Other styles of Otis 2000 fixture

These are some other styles of Otis 2000 fixtures that are either custom made or made exclusively for special elevators only in certain countries.

3200

In the 2000s, Otis introduced concave buttons to be used for Otis 3200 elevators and some modernizations.

Plastic buttons

Otis continued using the square plastic buttons with illuminating halo for the Otis 3200 elevator model. They remain unchanged since in the 1990s. These buttons are also used by Xizi Otis for their OH 5000 series (high-rise) elevator[18].

Concave buttons version

These buttons are the same as the ones used in Series 3 and are used in Otis 3200 (low to mid-rise model) as an option[19],Otis 4000 (high-rise) elevator[20], Gen2 Comfort as well as some modernizatons in Asia. Most of these buttons have braille plate although some may not have ones. For the buttons used in Gen2 Comfort elevators, the braille plates are small half-oval shaped.

Floor indicators

Otis also used the same style of digital floor indicators which have been used in 1990s, only this time all arrows don't flashes when the car moves. During this time, a new yellow electroluminescent display was introduced as an option.

Hall lanterns

Series 3

Otis Series 3 fixtures are still offered in the Asian market for special orders. Only the call stations and hall lanterns are known to have been used. It is unknown if a standard set of Series 3 car station is also offered. In addition, the hall lanterns are now powered by LEDs instead of conventional bulbs.

Japanese fixtures

Fixtures used on OrderRevo elevators

These fixtures are normally found in Otis elevators in Japan (often branded as National OTIS) for their OderRevo elevators, but they are also found outside Japan. These fixtures have round grey plastic buttons with orange lamp and orange digital segments floor indicator displays with flashing triangular arrows. Some elevators also have the Otis style round concave buttons.

Fixtures used on Japanese Gen2 elevators

These are the fixtures used in Gen2 elevators sold in Japan. They have stainless steel round buttons with illuminating tactile and LED dot matrix indicators with flashing arrow.

Current batch of Otis fixtures (Asia)

These are the latest batch of fixtures used in most Otis Gen2 and some mid-rise elevators in Asia since in the late 2000s[21][22]. They can also be combined with newer Series 3 call station and hall lanterns as custom.

Buttons

  • BR27A/BR27A(B) - These are round concave buttons with button plate beside them, similar to the newer Hong Kong version of Otis Series 3 buttons. BR27A only have tactile while BR27A(B) have both tactile and braille.
  • BR27B/BR27B(K) - These are round concave buttons similar to those used in Otis Series 3 fixtures. BR27B(K) is a version that comes with a tactile number next to the buttons. The BR27B buttons (without tactile) are commonly used as landing call buttons.
  • BR32A/(B) - these are surface mounted round buttons with braille and blue/red/white lamp. The non-braille version is called BR32A.
  • BS34D(B) - these are square buttons with illuminating halo, braille and tactile.
  • BS34E/BS34F/BS34F(B) - these are square metal buttons with illuminating halo and lamp. BS34F(B) is the braille version.
  • BR35B - these are white square buttons made of glass and have either blue or red lamp.
  • BR36A/BR36A(B) - these are similar to BR32A/(B) except that they have tactile legend, braille and illuminating halo. BR36A is the version without a braille.
  • Unknown buttons used for modernization - these are round surfaced mounted buttons with blue halo, which are different from BR32A buttons. This fixture is often combined with a STN-LCD floor indicator display (see below).
  • Unknown square buttons - these are rounded glass square buttons with illuminating halo.

Floor indicators and hall lanterns

Newer Otis elevators mostly use these types of floor indicators and hall lanterns.

  • STN-LCD display - these are plain blue or black LCD displays with white segmented numbers and arrow.
  • User Interface LCD-TFT display (smaller) - these are 7" LCD-TFT displays with different types of background; UI 1, UI 2, UI 15, UI 16 and UI 18. UI 1 is similar to Otis Series 3's electroluminescent display. There is also a plain blue ones with a simple white triangular arrow.
  • User Interface LCD-TFT display (larger) - these are 10.4" LCD-TFT displays with different background types and multimedia. The series are UI 10, UI 11, UI 12 and UI 13. UI 13 is made by Hong Jiang Electronics (Taiwan), known as Multimedia System (EIMS) PNL-150[23].
  • Segmented floor indicators - these looks the same as the 3200 digital indicators but with orange arrows instead of green.
  • Hall lanterns - these are similar to European Otis 2000 hall lanterns but the faceplate are flat. There are also very few elevators using newer Series 3 hall lanterns which are powered by LEDs.

i Touch

This fixture is a touch screen pad, resembles a Schindler PORT Series 1 touch screen pad with black stainless steel frame. It is used either as car operating panel or hall call button panel[21].

Compass

Otis's destination dispatch system, named Compass, replaces the conventional call buttons in the elevator lobby on each floor with either a wall-mounted keypad panel or large LCD touch display. It also replaces the floor buttons inside the cab, as the floor number is entered outside the cab, except for Hybrid Configuration where floor buttons inside are functional. For the wall-mounted keypad panel, it has the telephone-style keypad buttons and LCD screen above the buttons.

CompassPlus

This is a touchscreen hall station for the new Otis CompassPlus destination dispatch elevators[24].

Other fixtures

Some other elevators are using generic buttons like Dewhurst or Everbright buttons, STEP elevator buttons, Jinlix panel set and other generic fixtures. Custom fixtures also exists.

Dewhurst

Shanghai STEP

Jinlix

Other/custom fixtures

Trivia

  • The "Series" name is given by the Unitec Parts Company, which is an Otis company which provides Official Genuine Otis Elevator and Escalator Parts for preservation and modernization.
  • The non-illuminating old black Lexan buttons are often nickamed as "mushroom buttons" by some Hong Kong elevator enthusiasts.[26]
  • The non-illuminating old Smaller white buttons are often nickamed as "sesame buttons" by some Hong Kong elevator enthusiasts.

Note

  1. June 7, 2014: A Tour Of DieselDucy's Museum
  2. Discussion board in The Skyscraper Simulator Forum
  3. Search "lm"
  4. Otis Projecting Readout System retrofit brochure (from CEElectronics of England)
  5. This means Otis has upgraded their elevator controllers with solid-state/computerized system.
  6. Otis Traction Elevator at Kiu Fai Mansion, North Point, Hong Kong
  7. Otis Gen2 Nova brochure
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 EXTREMELY RARE!! - OTIS 2000 VF Elevator at Melia Bali, Indonesia
  9. Otis 2000 with capacitive buttons
  10. Otis Traction Elevators @ Phayathai Plaza, Bangkok (Low Zone G-9)
  11. Female automated voices in Asia are optional.
  12. Design Manual : Barrier Free Access (2008), Division 19 - Lifts
  13. Lumina
  14. Optima
  15. Selecta
  16. Gen2 Switch Brochure
  17. Otis 2000 fixtures fact sheet (Australia)
  18. Xizi Otis OH 5000 elevators brochure (Hong Kong)
  19. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named otis3200hk
  20. Otis 4000 elevators brochure (Hong Kong)
  21. 21.0 21.1 Otis XO 8000 brochure
  22. Gen2 Regen brochure
  23. Hong Jiang Electronics - Multimedia System (EIMS) PNL-150
  24. CompassPlusTM
  25. Like Mitsubishi and Express (Hong Kong)
  26. hkelev.com - Elevator button (translated version)

See also

External links

List of elevator fixtures guide

Main topic: Elevator fixtures


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Generic elevator component companies fixtures: AdamsC.J. AndersonDMGDewhurst (ERM) • EpcoEverbrightGALInnovationJinlixLester ControlsLiSAMonitorPTLSalientSchaeferSTEP

For the other unknown fixtures, please refer to unknown elevator fixtures‎‎ page.

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