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Influence of Technology on the Elevator and Escalator Industry

Logan Joseph,Director, Information Technology,John Deere

Influence of Technology on the Elevator and Escalator Industry

What New Elevator Technologies are on the Horizon?

Construction Tech Review | Friday, April 29, 2022

People see technological advancements in the elevator and escalator industry by embracing IoT and smart building technology.

FREMONT, CA: Elevators and escalators have facilitated vertical expansion over the years, critical to the urbanization of the world's fast-paced cities. Elevators and escalators have developed into a necessary component of everyday transportation. Elevators and escalators have evolved significantly over the last two decades. The Internet of Things (IoT) and smart building technology have had a transformational effect on this sector.

Advances in IoT and smart building technologies have expanded the utility of elevators and escalators beyond their primary mechanical function of quickly and comfortably transporting people up high-rises. They are growing more sophisticated as they link to the cloud platform, which stores their data following analysis. Predictive maintenance is critical for IoT usage in the elevator and escalator industry. Frequently, maintenance can cause disruptions in the flow of people within buildings, particularly during unexpected breakdowns. Elevators and escalators, in such instances, can instantaneously communicate real-time performance data and conduct predictive maintenance via IoT without the need for human intervention.

Additionally, smart building technologies enable the mobility of people to be smooth, safe, and efficient. Elevators and escalators with intelligent controls are the future of vertical mobility. They quickly discover technological issues and make maintenance decisions. In general, elevators and escalators will have a life of their own in this age of smart buildings.

Elevators are evolving to increase utility and speed of movement to keep up with superstructures. The following are some significant developments in the elevator industry.

Elevators to Reduce Travel Time: Due to the heavyweight of steel rope, elevators with traditional cables have a limited travel distance of only a few hundred meters.

For instance, a KONE UltraRope is ultralight and dramatically enhances travel distance by eliminating cable weight and friction. It is composed of a carbon-fiber core covered by a proprietary high-friction coating and weighs approximately one-fifth the weight of a comparable standard steel rope. As a result, elevators require less energy than regular wires, allowing them to move more quickly.

Elevators with a High-Speed Capacity: Leading manufacturers are developing high-speed double-decker and high-rise elevators that provide rapid, comfortable rides while being extremely eco-friendly. These svelte elevators drastically shorten travel time, allowing for a more efficient flow.

Elevators Without Touch: One of the most intriguing thoughts to emerge from the pandemic is the concept of touchless technologies. The elevator industry is pioneering a range of health and well-being solutions that have significantly aided in creating safer user journeys and healthier places within buildings.

Users can use the touchless elevator call feature to summon an elevator without touching potentially contaminated buttons or screens. Physically separating elevator floor stickers and adjusting the elevator's full load limit help to a healthier atmosphere by reducing crowding.

Elevators that are digitally connected: Elevators will now change with use for a building's life, with digital connectivity as a standard. With pre-programmed themes featuring selected music and animated lights, Ecosystem partners, an information screen, and touchless signaling, elevators are future-proofing buildings with market-leading elevator technology.

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