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Video: A Test Tower For Lifts
The starting shot for research: Elevator developments for future cities will soon be developed in the test tower at Thyssenkrupp. The test tower in Rottweil is scheduled to be handed over to Thyssenkrupp by the general contractor Züblin in December. With the handover, the official research operation in the tower starts, future elevator developments will then be developed and certified for the metropolises of the world at the Rottweil location. “With the test tower, our company has a modern research center for elevator technology. Together with our technology park in Neuhausen, an innovation forge for urban mobility is emerging here in the region,”explains Andreas Schierenbeck, CEO of Thyssenkrupp Elevator.
Magnetic levitation technology for elevators
The Multi is one of the elevator technologies. In the test tower, three of the twelve tower shafts are intended for the multi-elevator system. Magnetic levitation technology from the Transrapid is used as the drive. This should bring many advantages: Due to the rope-less design, several elevator cars can be operated in one elevator shaft. This increases the transport capacity in a shaft by up to 50% and at the same time reduces the space requirement of the elevator in the building by half. For this purpose, the elevators can move both sideways and upwards, which could allow a new architecture for the buildings.
The plans for the official inauguration of the test tower are also in full swing: the opening ceremony is currently being planned together with the Trend Factory. Together with the city of Rottweil, the finished tower is to be officially opened in the “Year of the Towers” and the then highest visitor platform in Germany will be released to the public. The Managing Director of Trend Factory Thomas Wenger is looking forward to the event in 2017: “We want to deliver an emotional highlight with the opening of the test tower. Planning and implementing this together with the city and Thyssenkrupp in our hometown makes us very proud. We cannot give any details yet, but we can be curious.”
There is still some work to be done on the tower until the joint appointment: The construction of the facade made of polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) glass fiber, which is currently the highest membrane project in the world, has been delayed due to extensive tests of the material. Since the facade plays a key role for the tower as a landmark and architectural highlight, the extended tests are in line with the company's high standards in terms of quality and durability. After the final phase, the company wants to celebrate the opening ceremony together with the people of Rottweil.
"The citizens of Rottweil are looking forward to the tower opening and the joint opening party with Thyssenkrupp," said Rottweils Mayor Ralf Broß. "Successful throughout Germany and at the same time familiar with the hometown of Rottweil, the Trend Factory will surely organize an unforgettable event." Based on the date of completion, the city administration, in close coordination with Thyssenkrupp, will determine a suitable time for the opening celebrations. "In 2017 we are planning an entire themed year with further cultural events so that our citizens can look forward to a 'Year of the Towers'." (kj)
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