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Star Trek elevators become reality

Postby Unit_1 on Thu Dec 04, 2014 4:40 am

the man that invented the cell phone admits he got the idea from Star Trek, and now we have Trek-like elevators that go sideways and are more like individual subway cars than elevators so there can always be an elevator waiting at each station since each station would just be a few feet sideways from the main track.... :shock:


The humble elevator looks set to get its first major makeover since their invention some 160 years ago with a new design that means we can pretty much leave our legs at the door.

German engineering giant ThyssenKrupp has come up with a system that does away with ropes and cables and instead utilizes magnetic levitation technology. Now, while this is indeed the same ‘maglev’ technology associated with some of the world’s fastest trains, ThyssenKrupp’s elevators will obviously travel at a more leisurely speed, ensuring your stomach doesn’t exit through your mouth.

So what exactly makes the design so special? First, it can travel sideways as well as up and down, making it ideal for building designs such as Google’s under-construction “groundscraper” in London, which, as it’s nickname sort of suggests, is longer than it is tall.

Secondly, multiple capsules can run throughout the building at the same time, offering a subway-like service that should mean vastly reduced waiting times and therefore fewer manic presses of the ‘call’ button.

It’s also designed to do away with that uncomfortable sensation associated with high-speed elevator rides where it feels like your head’s about to cave in on itself, a boon for anyone whose office or apartment is located toward the top of a building.
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The good news is that this groundbreaking design isn’t just sitting on some dusty drawing board surrounded by excited engineers pointing at it in awe. ThyssenKrupp has been making solid progress with its idea and is set to have a prototype installed inside a 787-feet-high building being constructed right now in the city of Rottweil in south-west Germany.

Once initial tests are complete, it plans to open the building and its maglev elevators to the public, probably in 2016.

The company says that with more and more people living and working in ever-expanding cities, it’s important to reevaluate building design and to examine ways of making the most of available space.

Patrick Bass, who leads R&D at ThyssenKrupp’s elevator unit, told the Financial Times its technology could revolutionize high-rise structures resulting in “futuristic buildings that previously could only be dreamed of.”

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Re: Star Trek elevators become reality

Postby Jamie on Thu Dec 04, 2014 2:34 pm

It's all fun and games til there is a power failure..
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Re: Star Trek elevators become reality

Postby Tman on Wed Dec 10, 2014 3:29 pm

I'm sure they will design in a system that operates on reserve power in the event of a power outage that brings your car to the next available landing and opens so you can exit. They already have that now with the elevators currently manufactured. Otis calls their version the Aut-o-safe. In the event of a power outage the car is returned to a designated lower level floor and the doors open. It's powered with batteries. The question is did the building owner buy that option or not. I do A LOT of business with Thyssenkrupp and Otis here in the U.S. and sell to both the field service offices and the factories. Elevators are sold with a boatload of options and can range from the standard cookie cutter bare bones hydraulic systems you find in most 5 story or less hotels to very elaborate systems found in high end highrise buildings. From a manufacturing standpoint managing all of the materials required to build and maintain such a diverse machine offering can be quite challenging. Add to that all of the major manufacturers have maintenance contracts one their competitions machines and let's not forget they are installed in buildings so the life cycle for a system can be several decades. That means a lot of electrical & electronic components are discontinued over the lifetime of an elevator which adds to the fun.
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Re: Star Trek elevators become reality

Postby Jamie on Wed Dec 10, 2014 5:09 pm

I assumed there would be backup for power failure, it was a tongue in cheek post..;)
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Re: Star Trek elevators become reality

Postby Tman on Thu Dec 11, 2014 2:55 am

I know, I got it and even though you were joking to some degree you're right. That was kind of what I was saying. They make systems to deal with just about all situations but there are a lot of elevators that don't have them due to age or because the building owner didn't want to pay for them.
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