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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.


Hello - My name is Michael Bray and I am thyssenkrupp’s official Engineer on the Run. That means that I travel the country investigating innovations that we can put to use in our business. Ultimately we want to find ways to use alternative materials, reduce the time it takes to manufacture our products and meet evolving customer demands. In this blog, I plan to share what I discover on the way.

Innovation is a new idea, a new device or even a new method. And we believe that a culture that encourages the use of innovation will bolster our ability to meet customer needs. Part of the process means meeting with our employees who walk the day-to-day life of our business and get to know what could use a “fresh coat of paint.” Tapping into the knowledge of our own experts is a great place to mine ambitious ideas.  

Ever since I can remember, I have been curious about how things work. I grew up on a family farm in northeastern Nebraska.  My dad ran the farm and my mom taught at the local school (all students from kindergarten to 12th grade fit into to just two buildings). What this environment provided me was a blank canvas for creation - after the chores were done of course.  I was commonly found in the dirt floor quonset (a quonset is a semicircular steel shed for those of you not raised on a farm) tinkering with whatever caught my eye - taking apart motors, woodworking projects, repairing equipment.  And the old equipment we used continuously provided us with opportunities to be innovative (it broke down a lot and new parts were expensive).  Failing equipment forced me to ask a million questions before I could literally just ask Google...

“Why was it designed this specific way?”

“How do they decide what design to use?”

“What does it actually cost to make this part?”

“What type of a job would I need to be able to do this work?”  

All those questions are what drove me to become a mechanical engineer...I needed my questions answered!  After graduation, I set out for the big city (Lincoln, Nebraska) where I became a mechanical engineer. Nearing the end of my college career, I needed to make an important decision. Should I return to a place close to home where I was comfortable to accept a less than exciting manufacturing support job or leave for a job in product development (what I really wanted to do). I chose the latter and started working with ThyssenKrupp Access in May of 2008. It was the right path and resulted in another move to thyssenkrupp’s research innovation center in Atlanta.

But in a way, I have returned to my comfort zone. I am still tinkering with things that catch my eye but instead of farm equipment, it's more like drone technology and 3-D printing.

Michael Bray is the senior field innovation manager, RIC Atlanta. Email him at micheal.bray@thyssenkrupp.com

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