ThyssenKrupp Unveils the World’s First Sideways-Moving Elevator System

By on July 13, 2017

From Dezeen:  The world’s first rope-less, horizontal-vertical elevator system – akin to Willy Wonka’s glass elevator – has been installed inside a purpose-built innovation test tower in Germany.

Called Multi, the groundbreaking system has been developed by German elevator manufacturer ThyssenKrupp.

Through the use of multiple magnetised cabins, which operate in the same shaft on an electromagnetic track, it makes it possible to travel sideways as well as up and down.

Leveraging the linear motor technology developed for the magnetic levitation Transrapid train, the cabins move up one shaft, travel horizontally, and then come down another in a continuous loop, much like a metro system inside a building.

Exchanger mechanisms like railway switches help to guide the cars, which are mounted with carbon-fibre bearings called slings that allow them to change direction.

Antony Wood, executive director of The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat has hailed the system as “the biggest development in the elevator industry since the invention of the safety elevator some 165 years ago.”

ThyssenKrupp first unveiled its ambitions to build the system back in 2014.

The company now reports that Multi can achieve up to 50 per cent higher transport capacity and reduce peak power demand by as much as 60 per cent when compared to conventional elevator systems.

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