thyssenkrupp wins Gold for the MULTI elevator at the 2017 Edison Awards
thyssenkrupp receives Gold award for the MULTI elevator in the category Transportation and Logistics / The world's first rope-free elevator revolutionizes urban mobility by moving multiple elevator cars in a single shaft both vertically and horizontallyEssen, )
The Edison AwardsTM is an annual competition honouring excellence in new product and service development, marketing, human-centered design and innovation. The award honors the ground-breaking technology and concept of MULTI which harnesses the power of linear motor technology to revolutionize urban mobility by moving multiple elevator cars in a single shaft both vertically and horizontally.
“With MULTI, we are heralding the end of the 160-year reign of the rope-dependent elevator”, says Markus Jetter, Head of Product Development at thyssenkrupp Elevator and the chief engineer of the MULTI. “We are thrilled to receive the highest honor with a Gold award for this technological innovation that brings a completely new dimension to urban mobility and marks the beginning of a new era for the elevator industry.”
Re-imagining the elevator to open up new directions
While cities are getting bigger, so do skyscrapers. Buildings are becoming like vertical cities, and they need a flexible transport system similar to a metro. Efficient mobility in buildings is no longer a luxury, but an absolute necessity, making MULTI one of the most significant innovations in urban mobility. Using the power of linear motor technology, MULTI breaks the tradition of rope-driven elevators, opening the door to design possibilities in all directions. It combines ground-breaking technology with a simple operational concept and convenience of passenger use.
Markus Jetter adds: “As the nature of building construction evolves, it is also necessary to adapt elevator systems to better suit the requirements of buildings and high volumes of passengers. We at thyssenkrupp believe MULTI will transform the way people move inside buildings, reduce waiting times for passengers and take up significantly less space.”
MULTI has been designed to increase passenger shaft capacity by 50 percent. It also requires smaller shafts than conventional elevators, and can increase a building’s usable area by up to 25 percent. The increase in efficiency also translates into a lower requirement for escalators and additional elevator shafts, resulting in significant construction cost savings as well as a multiplication of rent revenues from increased usable space.
The Edison Awards honor excellence in new product and service development, marketing, design, and innovation. Named for famed innovator Thomas Alva Edison, the Edison Award is one of the most prestigious accolades a company can receive for innovation and business success. The nominees for the Edison Awards were judged by a panel of over 3,000 business executives, including past award winners, academics, and leaders in the fields of design, engineering, science, and medicine.