04 August 2020

Company Profile- ThyssenKrupp Elevator

Tech leap

With a clientele in about 150 countries, ThyssenKrupp Elevator is among the world's leading elevator companies. The German manufacturer has now introduced new additions to its product line in keeping with its plan to qualitatively contribute to India’s smart cities programme.


Ever increasing urbanisation and the prospects of a rise in tall building construction promises unprecedented opportunities — for companies that offer speedy, safe and effective technologies in vertical transportation like elevators and escalators. These are increasingly being installed not just in commercial, retail and industrial spaces but also in residential and individual housing units.


ThyssenKrupp Elevator is one of the world's leading companies involved in the elevator and escalator business. Elevator technology is a major business area for the company which has been at the forefront of innovations in passenger transportation systems. With sales of €6.4 billion in fiscal 2013-14 and customers in 150 countries, ThyssenKrupp Elevator, thanks to its 50,000 skilled employees, has today built its position as one of the world’s leading elevator companies. The company offers innovative and energy-efficient products designed to meet customers’ individual requirements. It enjoys a presence in 900 locations around the world and has an extensive sales and service network to guarantee closeness to customers.




ThyssenKrupp Elevator’s portfolio includes passenger and freight elevators, escalators and moving walks, passenger boarding bridges, stair and platform lifts as well as tailored service solutions for all products. The company has always been a frontrunner in redefining industrial standards through its unique product innovations. Repeating its operational success, ThyssenKrupp recently introduced two new revolutionary systems in the elevator industry for creating efficient transport solutions not just for mid and high-rise buildings but also to make commuting easier in cities and urban areas.


MULTI: A benchmarking innovation from ThyssenKrupp in the field of passenger transportation is MULTI -- the world’s first rope-free elevator system which applies the linear motor technology of the magnetic levitation train Transrapid to the elevator industry. The new design can incorporate various self-propelled elevator cabins per shaft running in a loop similar to a metro system. This increases the shaft transport capacity by up to 50 per cent, making it possible to reduce the elevator footprint in buildings by as much as 50 per cent. The rope-free technology also allows the cabin to move horizontally as well as to unrestricted heights. Furthermore, this also permits the architects to adapt buildings to new heights, shapes and purposes. Andreas Schierenbeck, CEO of ThyssenKrupp Elevator AG elaborated, "From the one dimensional vertical arrangement to a two dimensional horizontal/vertical arrangement with more than one or two cabins operating in each shaft, MULTI represents a proud moment in ThyssenKrupp’s history of presenting cutting-edge transport technologies that best serve current mobility needs."

MULTI requires no cables, and uses a multi-level brake system and inductive power transfers between shaft and cabin. This allows the elevator to occupy smaller shafts than conventional elevators, which can increase a building's usable area by up to 25 per cent. The overall increase in efficiency also translates into a lower requirement for escalators and additional elevator shafts, resulting in significant construction cost savings as well as multiplication of rent revenues from increased usable space. Although the ideal building height for MULTI installations starts at 300 meters, the system is not constrained by a building's height. MULTI is based on the concept of ThyssenKrupp TWIN's control system and safety features, but includes new features such as new and lightweight materials for cabins and doors, resulting in a 50 per cent weight reduction as compared to standard elevators, as well as a new linear drive which uses one motor for horizontal and vertical movements.


ACCEL: As congestion in urban transport networks rises in tandem with the population increase in cities, governments are under continual pressure to reduce road traffic congestion and combat the costs it imposes in terms of immense wastage of time, energy, and environmental resources. To address this need in the multimodal transportation network of large cities, ThyssenKrupp has developed and launched ACCEL, the game changing moving walkway system offering high capacities and high speeds for short distances, with no waiting times for passengers and low implementation costs. ACCEL is the only moving walkway system which slows when passengers board and exit, but accelerates in the middle. Sensors ensure a smooth, safe and above all continuous ride.

For instance the system allows the passenger to enter at a regular walking speed and then gets accelerated at high-speeds to the other end. A passenger can step onto the belt at normal walking speeds of 0.65 m/s (2.35 km/h), accelerate smoothly up to 2 m/s (7.2 km/h), and then decelerate back to normal walking speeds before leaving the system. For passengers who continue walking while on the belt, speeds of up to 3.3 m/s (12 km/h) can also be achieved. Applying linear motor technology from the Transrapid magnetic train, the ACCEL transportation system will facilitate fast access to metro stations, making it possible to have a station entrance at less than 600 metres from any commuter, attracting up to 30 per cent additional passengers.

ACCEL also benefits airport operators looking to improve transit times between gates or between distant parking bays and the airport. With no waiting times or barrier gates, passengers need only 140 seconds to cover a distance of 270 metres, instead of the earlier 415 seconds, resulting in an impressive time saving of 66 per cent. For airport operators, it eliminates the need and high costs associated with providing buses, automated people movers, or sky-trains for distances of up to 1.5 km. In addition to being easy to use, ACCEL does not require large teams to operate and maintain, is a perfect solution to fill the current gap in short distance transportation in cities and airports, and is a very competitive alternative to existing automated people movers for distances of up to 1.5 km. With this product, ThyssenKrupp’s engineers have again increased safety and ease of maintenance while concurrently saving on operating costs.

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