Newest Tech Lands on the Market
A Middle East debut, long-lasting light sources, mobile-connectivity, VR and Industry 4.0 capabilities highlight offerings.
Otis Products Debut in Middle East
Otis introduced the connected Gen2® Life elevator and expanded its SkyRise® product family in the Middle East with an event for customers in Dubai. One of its bestselling elevators ever, Otis’ Gen2 is built upon in the Gen2 Life, its cab serving as what the company calls “a fashionable and functional room in the core of the building,” combining interior designs with connected functionality, including a customizable in-cab display and the ability for passengers to call the elevator from their phone.
The recently expanded SkyRise product family, designed for the world’s tallest buildings, now includes the SkyBuild™ construction elevator. At the initial stages of construction, the self-climbing SkyBuild elevator uses a hydraulic piston system to move one floor at a time as the building rises. Construction teams can use it to move through the building, while being protected from the weather and not need an external lift. Once construction is complete, the SkyBuild elevator transitions for immediate service as a SkyRise elevator.
LEDs for Elevators
Mathis Electronics has released a new LED lamp, ForeverBright, specifically for the elevator industry. These small but powerful LEDs put out the same lumens as 5-W incandescent bulbs but only use 0.5 W. They emit a warm white light at a 360° viewing angle that can be dimmed with a dimmer switch. They replace a wide range of wedge-base incandescent bulbs, have a life expectancy of 50,000 hr. and come with a lifetime warranty.
New Drives, Industry 4.0 Technologies
Invertek Drives has launched the Optidrive E3 IP66 Outdoor Rated range of outdoor-rated general-purpose drives and Industry 4.0 enabling technologies. The drives were designed specifically for outdoor applications, built with tough polycarbonate plastics chosen to withstand degradation by ultraviolet light, greases, oils and acids. With coating of all printed circuit boards conforming to the C3C environmental class, developed for arduous applications, flexible communication and reliable performance are key features of this new range. Ethernet Internet Protocol is included as standard, and it is available in four frame sizes in power outputs up to 22 kW. Multiple types of motors are offered with 14 parameters for basic setup, in addition to preset modes.
The Industry 4.0 enabling technologies were designed for drive commissioning, monitoring and communication. A new Optitools Mobile drive commissioning and monitoring app is supported with the introduction of the new Optistick Smart communication module, which uses the latest mobile, cloud-based and contactless technologies. The app enables drive commissioning, programming and parameter backup capabilities previously only available in the company’s Optitools Studio PC software.
Optistick Smart is the new generation of the company’s parameter copying tool, intended to complement the benefits of Optitools Mobile and extend flexible communication with any Optidrive variable-frequency drive (VFD). It can be used to create a Bluetooth-enabled Optidrive VFD by being plugged into the front of the drive. Its onboard Bluetooth then enables wireless real-time monitoring of the drive from a Bluetooth-enabled mobile device, laptop or PC.
VR App for KONE Israel
Edge-MT, a developer and provider of virtual-reality (VR) and augmented-reality (AR) applications, has developed a VR application for KONE Israel. The app can be viewed through VR goggles and is used to demonstrate entering a virtual elevator climbing more than 100 floors. During the climb, various messages are projected to the viewer. Bright light enters the elevator from above, and on arriving at the top floor, the elevator continues to rise, hovering in the air above the Earth, before it slowly descends. After a slight drop, the elevator begins moving forward past high-rise buildings and towers in which KONE has worked. The viewer sees a caption on each building with information about the project and the elevators. At the same time, other elevators emerge from various buildings and begin floating in the air.