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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.

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The building, that is home to the Fraunhofer Building Technology Showcase in Boston’s Innovation District, is a six-story, three-bay loft brick structure with classical revival-style detailing. Originally constructed for a leather merchant, it was designed and built by the Boston Wharf Company in 1913.  Fraunhofer began on a journey several years ago seeking partners to make this historic building into a living laboratory to study energy and how to use it more efficiently in buildings. A retrofit plan that could deliver energy savings and still respect the building’s historic character was developed to renovate the building and the elevator hoistway was no exception.

ThyssenKrupp Elevator approached the project knowing that it would be a research and development opportunity in the long-term and a exciting building challenge in the short –term. Due to the age and material of the existing elevator hoistway, the installation process was different than a typical new construction job. The existing elevator that was removed was an old bi-parting freight elevator with a machine room located on the roof. To accommodate the new highly-efficient six stop synergy gearless machine, the top of the hoistway had to be modified which included gutting the existing equipment in the machine room and adding support inside the shaft for the new machine assembly. The machine and bedplate were then hoisted into place through the shaft resting on the building supports.

The rear of the hoistway consisted of windows that were part of the historic look to the outside of the building and could not be disturbed. After the installation, to meet code requirements, a wall was constructed just inside the glass to maintain the outside facade. The next challenge was to fasten the rail brackets to existing 100-year-old red brick walls inside the hoistway. This is not an easy task with today’s typical installation methods. The pit equipment had to be modified to fit the existing pit layout that has concrete building footers encroaching inside the shaft.

ThyssenKrupp Elevator donated the elevator and the labor to and elevator with high-efficiency features. Energy saving-LED lights and cab fan shut off when they are not in use.  There is also no need for a dedicated machine room since the machine is located inside the elevator shaft, reducing maintenance requirements, and lowering energy consumption.

However, ThyssenKrupp Elevator’s system doesn’t just save energy – it actually regenerates it. In conventional elevators, energy is produced during the elevators descent when the car is heavier than the counterweight; and it is produced on elevator ascent when the counterweight is heavier than the car. Traditionally, this generated energy was dissipated through resistors as heat into the machine room. With the use of regenerative drives, the energy can be fed back into the building or power grid as clean, safe energy. This energy can then be used to run other systems like lighting, heating and cooling.


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