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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.


In public schools, cost and maintenance are priorities and elevators - the installation and the service - are expensive. So making an educated choice will get you high marks with your clients   

Hydraulic elevators cost less. And since many K-12 schools are low-rise buildings, they make a great choice. They also cost less to maintain over the 25 year life of an elevator. But most hydraulic elevators require a mechanical room to store the components that operate the equipment. So there will be added construction costs. Plus the rooms have to be temperature controlled which leads to higher operational costs. And the machine rooms take up space

Sustainability is also important to schools. Studies now show that better indoor air quality in schools results in healthier students and faculty, which in turn results in lower absenteeism and further improves student achievement. Now it is true that hydraulic elevators may use more energy than hydraulic options, but not much. For example, a 2,500 lb. traction elevator traveling a single floor (12 feet) at 100 fpm (feet per minute), that operates 100 runs a day, uses $600 worth of energy in an entire year. A similar hydraulic elevator carrying the same load and traveling the same distance and speed would cost just $150 more to operate. Get bonus points for selecting an elevator that uses low-emitting materials in the elevator cabs and replaces petroleum- based hydraulic fluid with a vegetable –based option.

Consider the endura MRL. It combines the no-nonsense functionality of hydraulics and a truly machine room-less design — perfect for low-rise buildings.This elevator saves building space and takes less effort and cost to install, operate and maintain. The endura MRL’s components are tucked neatly into the space already occupied by the elevator.  So there is no need to design, construct or maintain a machine room typical with hydraulic elevators or restrict the use of space that provides access to a controller closet typical with traction machine room-less elevators. We also did our homework to help customers understand the economic and environmental impact before choosing an elevator for low-rise buildings.  We conducted Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) and Costing (LCC) studies, and when compared with traction MRL products, the new endura MRL elevator saves up to$100,000 on initial, building and operating costs over the product’s 25-year life.  

The endura MRL low-rise elevator was selected by BUILDINGS magazine as a 2014 Money- Saving Product.

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