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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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Unlike new elevator installations, modernizations involve operating in a ‘live environment’. This means working each day in building full of tenants, visitors, patients, students, or in some cases all of the above. Modernizing elevators is a systematic process that works best when everyone involved understands what to expect.  There are a lot of moving parts and open communication helps keep everyone safe while also keeping them up-to-date on what to expect.

Some of the biggest things to help prepare tenants and building owners are as follows:

1. Duration of your car(s) being out-of-service; depending on the scope it could be as little as two weeks or as much as a couple of years depending on the number of units, sequence, landings served, and scope of work.  It is important for building occupants to be aware of units being out of service well in advance of the start-of-work so they can make arrangements accordingly.

2. Noise, the bottom line is that construction makes noise. Drilling holes, moving equipment, using special tools – sometimes this can be quite loud and being prepared can avoid upset tenants and help the building work around these particularly loud times.

3. Dust can be a factor in installation as well. Many times parts will be cut onsite and this can inevitably lead to the creation of dust. While we take every effort to avoid this – it is going to happen, so open communication and preparation are key.


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