Russo states that an incorrect assessment of the building’s needs can have a long-lasting negative effect on its people flow. “To prevent this, thyssenkrupp provides support from the very early stages of a project, performing traffic analysis studies and advising the project’s stakeholders on their actual needs and proposing suitable dimensioning configuration for the elevation systems in each project,” he explains.
Innovations and Trends
Elevators are no longer simply about getting from A to B. In fact in the grand spectrum of a building’s management, a number of aspects are currently being considered by developers in regards to elevator access.When it comes to trends and recent innovations in the market, Russo states that there has been an increasing awareness from many project stakeholders on sustainability and energy efficiency. Citing an example, Russo explains, “With regenerative drives, the energy generated during the descent of a loaded car is captured and it can then be reused throughout the building, not only saving energy costs, but also helping owners fulfill their building’s goals,” says Russo, who goes on to add, “We have also witnessed that, especially in GCC countries, clients are becoming more and more driven by the use of innovative technologies in their projects. In this field, thyssenkrupp has presented several industry-changing solutions, such as the TWIN elevator system, which has two cars (arranged on top of each other) operating independently in one single shaft; ‘MULTI’, the world’s first rope-free elevator, which harnesses the power of linear motor technology to move multiple cars in a single shaft both vertically and horizontally; ‘ACCEL’, an accelerating moving walk which is capable of moving people in metros and airports up to three times faster than conventional moving walks.”
At KONE too there are a number of innovations that have created a buzz in the market. The ‘KONE MonoSpace’ elevator revolutionized the industry in 1996 with the world’s first machine-room-less elevator. ‘KONE UltraRope’ is a revolutionary hoisting technology that enables elevators to travel distances of more than 1000 meters.
Luczak expresses how some of the innovations at KONE have changed the industry. “As new ecosystems emerge around smart buildings and cities, we believe this brings great opportunities. We are, for example, investing significantly in connectivity and diagnostics for our services to improve quality and predictability for our customers. For example, the agreement we recently announced with IBM will bring cognitive analytics to our services through the use of their Watson IoT platform,” adds Luczak. Shamsulhaq, says that on a positive side there is now more sustainability consideration while selecting the vertical transportation equipment. “On the downside, customers are sacrificing the quality of service by opting to get into agreements with third party providers who are not equipped to meet the requirements at a lesser price,” he adds.
Energy conservation and sustainable practices is a recent focus area in the market. KONE aims to be a leader in sustainability, and their Environmental Excellence program supports the ongoing transformation of the built environment into smart eco-cities, low carbon communities, and net zero energy buildings. “For us, sustainability is embedded in our organisational culture. It means a combination of offering our customers innovative solutions that are both energy and cost-efficient, and actions that reduce the adverse environmental impacts of our own operations. From an equipment point of view, our current volume elevators are up to 90% more energy efficient than our elevators from the 1990s. And over 90% of the materials used for manufacturing and packaging KONE elevators and escalators consist of metals that can be recycled at the end of product life cycle,” says Luczak.
With the GCC elevator and escalator market continuing to grow it is a positive sign that they are opening up to not only new innovations but also incorporate green technology.