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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.


Did you know that September 30th is National PrepareAthon Day?   Organizers from the Federal Emergency Management Agency have joined other agencies to encourage citizens to make plans to prepare for disasters including severe weather this month, which is National Preparedness Month

So sometime before October 1st, building and facility managers should take measures to prevent elevator damage that could be caused by severe weather and more importantly, keep building tenants safe.

Preparations to make now;

  • Create a diagram showing the location of the elevators in your building.  Include car numbers and the elevator car phone number in your designated security area.
  • If your building has a machine room, inspect vents, windows and doors for possible leaks. Install splash guards around vent openings to prevent water from reaching electrical panels. Add weather stripping around any machine room doors that open to the outside.
  • Replace corroded doors.
  • Check that sump pumps and float switches in the elevator pit are operable.
  • Ensure elevators have a surge protection system.
  • Determine if the buildings power generation system is reliable.
  • Check that emergency lighting and elevator communications are operable. 

Preparations to make if storms are headed your way; 

  • Make sure building occupants who rely on elevators for transportation have evacuated the building.
  • In one-story buildings, run each elevator car to the center of the hoist way. In multi-story buildings, run the elevator car to the top floor.
  • If elevators are in parking garages or exposed to the outdoors, run the car to the floor below the top floor.
  • Remove power from the elevator.

After the storm, keep in mind water can disable elevators and lead to potentially dangerous passenger entrapments. Check for water on the control panels or in the machine room before restoring power. If you have a hydraulic elevator, don’t resume elevator operation until your elevator has a thorough inspection by a technician. Open any vents or openings at the top of the shaft sealed before the storm.

It is also important to practice so when bad weather approaches quickly, facility management staff knows how to act fast.  Set up a process ahead of time and run some drills.

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