The elevator has essentially been the same for 160 years — using a rope-dependent system. ThyssenKrupp is changing that with what they are calling MULTI elevator technology, which “places linear motors in elevator cabins, transforming conventional elevator transportation in vertical metro systems.”
According to the press release on ThyssenKrupp’s press page, this new technology will increase transportation capacities and efficiency, reduce the footprint and peak loads from the building’s power supply and reduce passenger wait times to between 15 and 30 seconds. You can expect to see buildings take on new designs, shapes and purposes, as this system no longer limits building architects and developers to the height and vertical alignment of conventional elevator shafts.
You might be thinking this is some ‘concept’ idea. Well, that’s where you’re wrong. ThyssenKrupp plans on having the first MULTI unit in tests by 2016.
It is also worth mentioning that MULTI seems to be a futuristic version/update of an old system known as paternoster, which was first used in the late 1800s (check out this Wiki page for more info and an archived post from EW Unplugged for a video of a paternoster system still in use today!) As one of the world’s leading elevator companies, we think ThyssenKrupp can drastically improve on the nearly 150 year old paternoster technology.
Check out this video to see how MULTI works. Also be sure sure to visit ThyssenKrupp’s press page for more information and videos.
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