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Thyssenkrupp opens new test tower for lifts

13 Dec 16 Research activities have been officially launched at Thyssenkrupp’s 246m-tall elevator test tower in Rottweil, Germany.

Contractor Züblin has handed over the tower, which will be used to test Thyssenkrupp’s latest systems. A solution that will soon be tested in Rottweil is the Multi, with three of the twelve shafts in the test tower designed exclusively for this new elevator system. The magnetic levitation technology developed for the Transrapid train is used in linear motor drives; the rope-less construction allows several elevator cabins to operate in a single shaft (link opens in new tab). This increases the transport capacity by up to 50% and simultaneously reduces the space requirement of the elevator shaft in the building by half. The elevators can also move sideways and without any height limitations, opening up new pssibilities in the design of buildings.

"The introduction of our predictive maintenance solution Max and the integration of Microsoft's HoloLens in our service processes [link] has shown that even a conservative sector such as the elevator industry, which has not undergone any major change for the last 150 years, can be revolutionized through innovation and digitalization," said Andreas Schierenbeck, CEO of Thyssenkrupp Elevator. “With the Rottweil test tower, we now strengthen our core business - elevator construction - with pioneering solutions that allow us to redefine mobility in cities and make them the best places to live."

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A current draft law of the German federal government is looking to revise previous height restrictions for residential buildings to create more living spaces in cities. Accordingly, conventional rope hoists are also a focus area for Thyssenkrupp’s engineers, with the 246m-high tower enabling high-speed tests of up to 64.8km/h (18m/s).

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