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Yes, you read that right. I assert we will need to miniaturize our products’ burden on buildings while having bigger experiences and faster delivery times which requires stronger materials. 

Remember Ironman’s super-cool digital screens inside his ocean-side lair? Well today, thyssenkrupp announced that our service technicians will use HoloLens technology in its elevator service operations worldwide.

There is no getting around it. If your building is two stories or hundreds of feet, you are going to need an elevator. You have to meet the American Disabilities Act codes but what you don’t need is a complicated elevator system to travel just a few feet.

The term “smart city” can be open to interpretation. Here are a few prerequisites established a few years ago.  A smart city uses technologies to be more intelligent and efficient when using resources.

thyssenkrupp is currently putting the finishing touches on the installation of 30 elevators and 2 escalators that will serve 52 floors at River Point, a new office tower located on a prime piece of property overlooking the Chicago River.


Take a minute to think about the last elevator you used. What did it look like? Was it well-lit or dark? Were the walls lined with dingy wood paneling or sleek stainless steel? Were the floors clean?  First impressions last, so it may be time to update your elevator cab interiors. Because a dated interior can give the impression your building is old, not well maintained and even unsafe. And that is not the impression you want to make.

Aesthetics aside, mileage really matters when it comes to your cabs. The National Elevator Industry, Inc. estimates that elevators in the U.S. and Canada travel a whopping 1.36 billion miles per year. That’s more than 2,700 trips to the moon and back. And over time, elevator interiors can take a beating. Freight, furniture movers, stretchers and suitcases ding and mark the walls and doors. Elevators have a fairly long life expectancy – up to 25 years or more – and it is feasible that cab interiors should be upgraded at least twice during this time period.

The elements that make up an elevator cab include the walls, the ceiling, the flooring, the lighting, the handrails and the controls people use to operate the elevator.  Each should be considered carefully in the planning a renovation.There can be literally thousands of finish combinations to choose from and the process can be puzzling. Luckily, there are companies that offer standard finish interior panels designed with interlocking joints and clips that can be pieced together like a puzzle in just a few steps.​Cab upgrades can be also be included with mechanical modernization as well as handled by a company that solely offers new cab interiors.Or you can choose to use conventional methods and customize your own look.


Cab walls come in many forms; plastic laminate, wood veneer laminate, wood panels, glass or steel. The elevator walls are likely the most important element. They set the tone for the style but choose carefully. Yes it is important that the finish looks beautiful but it must be durable.  Remember that elevator cabs can take a lot of abuse.

People are more comfortable in a well-lit interior and a brighter ceiling can make the cab look newer and cleaner with an increased lighting output. Cab ceilings come in a down light style with recessed lighting or a suspended style with fluorescent lighting behind a grill. Also consider upgrading to LED over incandescent and fluorescent bulbs. LEDS are up to 50,000 hours –that’s 45,000 hours longer that others and they decrease energy consumption in some cases up to 90 percent. When it comes to flooring, there are many material options. But keep in mind that an elevator is a moving device. Adding or reducing weight can affect the performance of the equipment. It may not be possible to add the marble floor because of weight restrictions.

Lastly, make sure that materials meet and exceed all safety standards and fire code requirements. 

Ask your thyssenkrupp representative about our Premium Cab line that offers the look and feel of custom designed interiors without the custom price tag. Choose from our pre-designed panel arrangements and combinations of thousands of finish options. You can easily piece together the perfect look while keeping your budget and schedule.

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