The development of new technologies is prompting manufacturers to rethink their operations and elevator itself, making its use more fluid and its maintenance more efficient. From the use of drones and IoT to augmented reality, players in the elevator market - large manufacturers as well as new innovative companies - have embarked on a race for innovation. But which ones are most likely to revolutionize the elevator? How are the incumbents reacting to the arrival of these ultra-innovative newcomers on the market? Roland Berger has identified the major trends that will shake up the sector in the years to come. 👇
By combining artificial intelligence and technology, Schindler has developed a robot for safe and precise installation of cabins, paving the way for greater automation. This robot is completely autonomous and self-climbing, and moves in the elevator shaft to measure and install anchor bolts necessary for the installation of the elevator rails, with extreme precision.
Robotic installation systems are able to adapt in real time to building constraints, thanks to the digitalization of the environment, and to exchange data with tools used by workers.
Drones are increasingly used in the industrial sector, especially in logistics. The same goes for elevators. The installation of a new machine involves many manual, complex and expensive tasks. From geometric measurements of wells, certification checklists of field processes to inspection activities, amounts charged and time spent can quickly fly away. This is where drones come in. Thanks to their ability to move around and take pictures, they can support the worksite teams. According to Roland Berger, the use of drones as part of the installation process could lead to a time saving of 21 to 26% and a reduces costs up to 11%.
2. Wireless elevators:
Also called multi-directional, it is a magnetic levitation elevator. This technology allows the cab to alternate between vertical and horizontal movements. To move, the device uses a linear electric motor, combining permanent magnets attached to the back of the cabine and a line of electromagnets attached to the duct. Due to the variation in polarity caused by oscillations in electrical intensity, it attracts and repels magnets, allowing the cabin to move.
Developed by ThyssenKrupp, this system makes it possible to place on a single circuit several cabins operating on two vertical axes, one used for ascent, the other for descent. Fluidity is improved, reducing waiting times from 15 to 30 seconds. It also offers much greater transport capacity (up to 50%), and reduced travel times for users.
3. Predictive maintenance:
Thanks to the development of algorithms based on artificial intelligence and powered by machine learning, elevators have become intelligent. It is now possible to obtain real-time information on the status of the elevator. This is the innovation offered by uptime.
Thanks to our IoT device, connected to the elevator controller, it is possible for us to detect faults and weak signals before a failure occurs, to obtain precise information on the elevator components, and then to provide appropriate maintenance recommendations to the technicians.
Before their intervention, they're already aware of the problem and know directly on which part to act to correct it. It allows better maintenance of the device and a longer lifespan. Predictive maintenance makes it possible to reconcile the customer with his service provider, by reducing the number of breakdowns and by concretely justifying each of his actions. ✨