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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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Noise, jerky stops and starts and frequent callbacks - these are just a few warning signs that your elevators may be leaving your tenants at a standstill.  Although professional maintenance will keep your elevators safely on the move for nearly 20 years, eventually your elevator, just like any machine, will reach the end of its service life.

An elevator modernization is a considerable investment, so use the following list to help you determine if the time is right.

Warning signs your system is likely to fail sooner than later.

  1. Is your system over 20 years old?
  2. Is your elevator noisy or does it make jerky starts and stops?
  3. Does the elevator cab smell like hydraulic fluid or is stuffy or not well ventilated?
  4. Do your tenants have to wait long for the elevator to arrive?
  5. Once the elevator is moving, is the travel slow?
  6. Does your elevator need frequent repairs and service calls?

Start by having your equipment surveyed to reveal deficiencies in performance, safety and code compliance. This process measures acceleration, deceleration, vibration, door opening times and sound and will target the components most in need of improvement.

Once you have the results, work with an elevator professional to determine if a full scale modernization is necessary or if there are other solutions more tailored to your budget.  You can also develop a plan to phase in larger improvements which will help keep your budget in line.

And you must also consider your tenants. Unlike new elevator installations, modernizations involve operating in a live environment. This means there will be construction crews working each day in building full of tenants. There will be a period of inconvenience so work with professionals that have the ability to quickly dissect, understand and avert problems.

Each building and modernization project is unique, so reach out to us because having knowledgeable and resourceful experts is a must.


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