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This is a guide of some notable elevator fixtures used in Toshiba.

1970s to 1980s

1970s to 1980s batch of Toshiba fixtures

Round and rectangular buttons

From the early 1970s until in the late 1980s, Toshiba uses buttons that are rectangular and round, had black halo and lights up in white. The round button version of this fixture are still being made as of today for their heavy-duty freight elevators which are only available in Japan.

Touch sensitive buttons

The touch sensitive buttons looks the same as the rectangular buttons, but had rectangular metal surface on the center and an illuminating halo. These buttons came out in the early 1980s.

Square buttons

Some of late 1970s until in the early 1980s, Toshiba uses buttons that are square had black halo and lights up in white.

Floor indicator and hall lanterns

During the 1970s-1980s, Toshiba uses a simple analog floor counter with a black background and numbers lights up in orange, going horizontally. Another version comes with square acrylic lenses that lights up in orange or white. Digital indicator had also been used in the 1980s but they were still quite rare at that time. [1]

Vandal-resistant fixtures

In the 1970s-1980s, Toshiba also make the vandal-resistant version of the rectangular floor buttons and round call buttons both with small light-bulb but not as common as their original 1990s ones[2].

Black round buttons

These fixtures consists of black round buttons with illuminating lamp and an analog floor counter with illuminating numbers. They are usually found in Japan but can rarely be found in other countries.

Square touch sensitive buttons

These fixtures consists of square buttons with round metal surface on the center and the illuminating halo, and an analog floor counter or a digital floor counter. Like black round buttons, They are usually found in Japan. It is unknown if they were available in other countries.

Computer Control

These fixtures appeared in the mid-1980s when they introduced their "Computer Control" elevators. There are two types of buttons; round and rectangular buttons. The round buttons are grey round buttons enclosed in a black square frame which looks like GAL Jet Plus buttons (for flush mounted panels only, except call buttons which used in all situation)[3]. They also had illuminating lamp on the center. The rectangular buttons had small green lamp next to the button (for non-flushed panels only). Floor indicators are horizontal analog floor counter with flashing green lamp. [4] Some late models have digital segments floor indicators. [5]

Non-proprietary fixtures

Some Toshiba elevators built in 1980s, mainly in Hong Kong were using Dewhurst fixtures such as the US81 buttons.

1990s

1990s batch of Toshiba fixtures

Black square buttons

In the 1990, Toshiba uses black square buttons that are flushed, had a grey or black frame and illuminates in green and orange (for down hall call button only). It had a very distinctive look and were fairly common. Standard 1990s Toshiba fixtures had a light brownish plastic panel with metal frames on the sides and has two rows of buttons flushed on the panel. Some elevators may also have a digital floor indicator on the panel or above the car doors. There was also a custom flat panel with no metal frames, and could accommodate up to three rows of buttons for high-rise buildings (or install with other buttons such as Dewhurst, see the related section below).

This fixture set has been discontinued in mid 2000s. However, spare part of this fixture set are currently still in-production.

Vandal resistant buttons

These fixtures looks just like the regular black buttons, but the buttons are silver with a grey frame and floor number or arrow illuminates in green and orange (for down hall call buttons only, except the alarm button which same as regular black buttons and door control buttons are solid). These fixtures were uncommon in the 1990s and still being made in nowadays[6]. A strikingly similar buttons like these are also being made by their Malaysian subsidiary company Mashiba.

Floor indicators

Most 1990s Toshiba elevators uses digital segmented indicators. On the outside, they are often found on the hall station and sometimes above landing doors. On the inside, they are either mounted on the car station or above the car doors. There was also an analog version which was a redesigned version of the 1980s Computer Control indicators (this time they comes in a form of illuminating numbers and do not flashes) although they are less common compared to the digital versions.

Hall lanterns

These lanterns have mostly green lamp for up and red for down. Some lanterns also lights up entirely in orange.

Non-proprietary fixtures

Many Toshiba elevators built in Public Housing Estates and government buildings in Hong Kong in 1990s are using Dewhurst US81 braille fixtures.

2000s to present

2000s batch of Toshiba fixtures

These are the fixtures used in Toshiba elevators produced in the early 2000s. These fixtures might have been discontinued.

Rounded square buttons

In the 2000s, Toshiba uses newer fixtures which consists of rounded square black buttons which lights up in either green, orange or even white.

White square buttons

Another version of buttons used on this batch of fixtures is a square buttons which resembles Otis's square touch sensitive Lexan buttons. These buttons had white illuminating halo and grey frame. They were only available in Japan.

Glass buttons

Vandal resistant buttons (1990s)

Please refer to Vandal resistant buttons section above.

Floor indicators and hall lanterns

Floor indicators which are either digital segments or LED dot-matrix. Hall lanterns, if present, consists of square lenses with an arrow and lights up in green and red.

Dewhurst-liked fixtures

Some of the Toshiba elevators in Hong Kong installed or modernized in 2000s were installed with this fixtures. These buttons look similar to Dewhurst US90 and Schaefer MT 42 button fixtures but the door control buttons and alarm button are solid and non-illuminated.[8][9]

Current batch of 2000s fixtures (late 2000s-present)

These fixtures consists of various button types and LED (either digital segments or dot matrix) floor indicators. They are commonly found in Southeast Asia and also Japan. In Southeast Asia, these fixtures are used in ELCOSMO compact traction, SPACEL-UNI and SPACEL-III machine room less elevators.

Buttons (Southeast Asia)

  • UB-1: These are the most common type of buttons found used in many standard Toshiba elevators in both Southeast Asia and Japan. These buttons are round black with grey halo and orange-illuminating tactile legend on the center. In Japan, the series is known as C-21.
  • UB-2: Similar to UB-1 but they are rounded square. In Japan, the series is known as C-22.
  • KB-1: Round glass buttons, fully illuminates.
  • KB-2: Square glass buttons, fully illuminates.
  • KB-3: Round black plastic buttons with orange-illuminating lamp on the center.
  • KB-4: Square black plastic buttons with orange-illuminating lamp on the center.
  • KB-5: Round stainless steel buttons with illuminating halo.
  • KB-6: Square stainless steel buttons with illuminating halo.
  • KB-7: Round stainless steel buttons with braille and both illuminating halo and number/symbol.
  • KB-8: Square stainless steel buttons with braille and both illuminating halo and number/symbol.

Buttons (Japan)

These are the buttons that are only found in Japan, which can illuminates orange, white or blue.

  • C-01: Black round buttons with illuminating lamp on the center.
  • C-02: Round glass buttons, fully illuminates.
  • C-03: Black round buttons with illuminating halo.
  • C-04: White round buttons with illuminating halo.
  • C-05: Black square buttons with illuminating lamp on the center.
  • C-06: Square glass buttons, fully illuminates.
  • C-07: Black square buttons with illuminating halo.
  • C-08: White square buttons with illuminating halo.
  • C-11: Square metal buttons with illuminating halo and lamp.
  • C-21: Black round buttons with white halo and illuminating tactile. These are the standard buttons. Outside Japan, these buttons are known as UB-01.
  • C-22: Black rounded square buttons with white halo and illuminating tactile. These are the standard buttons. Outside Japan, these buttons are known as UB-02.
  • C-35: Large black square buttons with orange illuminating lamp.
  • C-39: Rectangular glass buttons, fully illuminates in orange.

Other buttons

Floor indicators

Toshiba mostly uses dot matrix LED floor indicators for this batch of fixtures. Most elevators in Japan uses orange LEDs while those in Southeast Asia mostly uses red and sometimes orange LEDs. Some elevators in Southeast Asia also uses a digital segments display instead although not as common as in the past few years. There are also LCD display ones which are only available in Japan.

Hall lanterns

Fixtures used in Mashiba/Malaysian Toshiba elevators

Main article: Mashiba Fixtures Guide

Non-proprietary fixtures

Many Toshiba elevators built in Public Housing Estates[10], government buildings and other buildings[3] in Hong Kong built in modern days are still using Dewhurst fixtures, mainly US90-15 but some Everbright buttons also founded.

In Indonesia, some Toshiba elevators are using generic buttons that were made by an unknown company[11].

Trivia

  • Dong Yang also uses the 1970s-1980s rectangular buttons and 1990s black buttons fixtures with minor differences.

Notes and references

List of elevator fixtures guide

Main topic: Elevator fixtures


Official fixtures by elevator companies: ArmorBennie LiftsBoralDeveDong YangDoverElevators Pty. Ltd.Evans LiftsExpress EvansExpress LiftFiamFujitecGoldStarHammond & ChampnessHaughtonHaushahnHitachiHyundaiIFEIndoliftJohns & WaygoodKleemannKone (American)Kone (worldwide)LGLinesLouser LiftMarryat & ScottMashibaMitsubishi (worldwide)Mitsubishi (American)MontgomeryMPOronaOtis (American)Otis (South Korea)Otis (worldwide)PaynePickerings LiftsSabiemSchindler (worldwide)Schindler (American)SchlierenSeabergShanghai MitsubishiSigmaStaleyStannahThymanThyssenthyssenkrupp (worldwide)thyssenkrupp (South Korea)thyssenkrupp (American)ToshibaU.S. ElevatorWestinghouseXizi Otis


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

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

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