ThyssenKrupp Elevator AG revealed a new elevator concept at its Global R&D Centre in Gijon, a centre where the prototype was designed.
On 5th November, the German company globally presented the revolution in transporting people within buildings. The MULTI elevator, the first in the world to move without cables, will allow for both vertical and horizontal movement. The presentation event, held in the Gijon Thyssen Innovation Centre, welcomed guests that included the Principality president, Javier Fernández, the CEO of Industry, Luis Ángel Colunga, and the CEO of IDEPA, Eva Pando Iglesias.
Just a year after the announcement of the development of this new concept, Thyssen has demonstrated, using a 1:3 scale prototype, the potential that this new technology could have with a function similar to that used in the Metro. Using multiple self-propelled cabins that travel at the same time through a single shaft and with a braking system on multiple levels and inductive transmission of MULTI energy, it will allow for a reduction in time and an increase in the capacity and efficiency of the transport.
Reducing the size of the elevator shaft and improving time and movement efficiency, this new technology will allow for an increase of up to 25% of usable construction space in new buildings.
Both demographic and architectural trends reveal a continuous expansion of cities, and in 2020 it is predicted that some 70% of the global population will live in large urban areas. Faced with the trend for constructing ever-taller high rises, companies like Thyssen look for solutions to the subsequent challenges that arise. The German company “wants to meet the requirements of buildings and large volumes of passengers”.
Furthermore, the recent meeting with Microsoft led to Thyssen implementing a system that predicts and detects problems with elevator operation before they actually occur, cutting down waiting times.
The design, manufacture and presentation of the new and pioneering elevator concept in Asturias demonstrates the clear support of both the city of Gijon and the Principality, for the development of innovation and technological research.