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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.


When it comes to servicing your elevators, experienced technicians and engineers can recommend cost-effective sustainable products and practices that help to achieve reductions in material use, energy and waste.

Upgrading the Motor

Upgrading from a motor-generator (MG) drive to a variable-voltage variable frequency (VVVF) drive could save approximately 40 percent on energy consumption, depending on the elevator type and size. Because of required power conversion, MG sets require one motor to run solely as a generator to power another hoisting motor. More current technology, like VVVF drives, has eliminated the need for this unnecessary redundancy, thus greatly reducing the amount of energy needed to power elevators. Moving away from the old MG sets also eliminates potential indoor air quality issues associated with carbon dust created by the use of carbon brushes in the motors themselves and waste heat.

Regenerative Drives

Building owners can implement technical advances, like installing regenerative drives, which revert some of the elevator’s unused energy back into the building. The power that is transferred back into the building would traditionally be dissipated via heat into the machine room. With the regenerative drive, the excess energy is captured and reused, and the system reduces costly traditional cooling of the elevator machine room. Building owners, facilities managers, elevator consultants and architects can utilize energy calculators to help customers identify estimates of energy savings from regenerative options.

Destination Control Software

Installing destination control software can create more efficient passenger transportation, ultimately improving building efficiency – not to mention the “cool” factor – which can increase the building’s overall property value. Destination control software improves routing by grouping elevators by the floor the passengers intend to travel to in a building.

Buttons are not required inside each elevator car because passengers designate which floor they are traveling to using a centralized screen input system in the building’s lobby. The touch screen directs passengers to their designated elevator as determined by a formula that considers requested destinations and estimated time to destination. Riders are evenly dispersed to their appropriate elevators. The destination control software groups all passengers traveling to the same floor in the same cab, reducing the number of stops and improving the elevator’s efficiency. This practice can increase handling capacity up to 30 percent. Systems equipped with destination control software also allow building owners to accommodate tenants with high-traffic needs during peak travel times of the day.

Sasha Bailey, LEED AP BD+C is the Strategic Communications Manager for ThyssenKrupp Elevator Americas. Email her at Sasha.Bailey@thyssenkrupp.com.


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