A test tower for elevator technology has opened in Germany. It has a lift that not only goes up and down, but side to side.
Thyssenkrupp’s 232m tall test tower in the city of Rottweil includes its ‘Multi’ system in three of the tower’s twelve shafts. Magnetic levitation technology is used as the drive, so the lifts don’t have ropes. This means that several cabins can be operated in one shaft, which it says increases capacity but decreases the amount of space needed.
Main contractor Züblin used a reinforced concrete structure for the tower’s construction and it has translucent polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) cladding is installed.
“The opening of the test tower is an amazing feeling for me”, Thyssenkrupp Elevator chief executive Andreas Schierenbeck said. “During the entire construction phase, hardly anything went wrong and I am very proud that the building was completed within the planned budget and time frame. Our employees have already started research on our high-speed elevators on site.”