Technological advancements and revolutionized several industries. Artificial intelligence, virtual reality, and many other technological developments are reshaping the industries forever. Such technologies have also affected the dynamics of the elevator industry. High-tech machines, software, and other equipment are being embraced by the elevator manufacturers for increased efficiency, convenience, safety, and cost savings.
Here are the new technologies in the elevator installer industry that are revolutionizing the way elevators are installed
This technology has often been associated with trains but now it has made its way into the elevator industry as well. There are mainly two ways in which this technology is altering how elevators operate:
- By introducing cable-free operation
- By allowing both vertical and horizontal movement
This technology is making use of linear motors for the movement of cabins through shafts. Maglev elevators were first introduced in Germany where their prototype model was tested. These elevators move of rails that basically work as linear motors. Their cabins are moved using the magnetic fields and the rails rotate to change directions between vertical and horizontal movements.
If this linear motor-based technology becomes fully operational, it can help address the problem that has become common in elevators of high-rise buildings. The standard cable designs that are currently used in elevators cannot rise up to more than 1600 ft. in a single go. Therefore, multiple elevator shafts are required to allow users to travel to the top. Maglev elevators have the potential to resolve this problem by providing considerably more flexibility.
With the introduction of Maglev technology, buildings can be designed without limitations in terms of flexibility. Architects will be able to design the building shapes more creatively without any restrictions due to traditional elevator shafts. This technology also can free up a lot of valuable space. It’s expected that Maglev technology will allow multiple buildings to be linked through elevators.
VIRTUAL REALITY SIMULATORS
While Maglev technology is bringing ground-breaking developments in the elevator operation, virtual reality training simulators are altering the way elevators are installed. This technology is based on an efficient simulation environment that allows the trainers to experience the entire installation process. These simulators use virtual reality to create three-dimensional models of the elevator components. There are several objectives of virtual simulators including:
- Helping the trainers to properly learn and understand the elevator installation technology
- Educating them about safety and other standards
- Supporting them to complete the assembly of the lift space
There are several ways in which virtual reality simulators can make elevator installation safer and more efficient:
- Improved Safety: This technology can simulate the operational environment accurately without putting the installers at risk. The installation team can collect all the required data and conduct safety risk evaluation using this technology before actually starting the installation process.
- Versatile Training for Installers: By using this technology, installation systems can be set for various kinds of operational conditions.
- Better Evaluation of Employees: Another benefit this technology offers is that it allows the companies to evaluate the new team members in a better way. The installers can continue their training until they become proficient in this work.
- Reduced Cost: Safer, better, and more efficient pre-planning results in considerably reduced cost when it comes to elevator installation.
- Elevator Design Optimization: Also, virtual reality-based technology has made it much easier for engineers to optimize the elevator design in a way that maximizes riders’ comfort. They can test out various types of materials, colors, and lighting to see which ones would be the best for riders. This technology allows them to simulate human stand-ins while designing the elevators and then calculate the comfort-based capacity rating to supplement the weight-based capacity estimates. This information also helps the architects in deciding the number of elevators needed when they design a building.
This new tech is also expandable and can be upgraded with the changing market demands. As more advanced elevator technologies, safety standards, and installation processes are developed, this virtual reality-based technology can easily adapt to all such changes. There are several other areas where new technologies are being developed for more efficient elevator installation. These areas include artificial intelligence, augmented reality, robotics, intelligent sensors, 3D scanning, building information modeling (BIM), holography, and radio-frequency identification. It is expected that these technologies will make the elevator industry and all its processes more cost-effective, efficient, and safer in the coming years.