OEMs and Their Equipment
An innovation debuts, an honor is bestowed, and a baseball stadium gets a lift.
KONE Follows Through With U.S. JumpLift Debut
KONE has begun to utilize its JumpLift self-climbing elevator as it constructs two of the elevators in Seattle, where it is fulfilling its contract to supply the 45-story Hyatt Regency Seattle Convention Center Hotel (ELEVATOR WORLD, February 2016). The event marks JumpLift’s U.S. debut. Once construction is completed, KONE will deliver and service 16 MiniSpace™ elevators in the hotel tower, 12 TravelMaster™ escalators, six KONE MonoSpace® elevators and two large freight elevators. Upon completion in 2018, the building will be the largest hotel in the Pacific Northwest with 1,264 rooms.
Larry Wash, executive vice president for KONE Americas, said KONE believes the technology will enable it to “move the site workforce more efficiently and safely than ever, while delivering construction projects faster,” as Aaron Ites, senior vice president, New Equipment Business for KONE Americas, explained was the case in Toronto’s One Bloor (EW, May 2017).
thyssenkrupp Receives Top Accolade for MULTI
thyssenkrupp received the top Gold honor in the Transportation & Logistics category for MULTI (EW, February 2015) at the 2017 Edison Awards in New York City. The awards recognize excellence in new product and service development, design, marketing and innovation each year. Utilizing linear-motor technology, thyssenkrupp describes MULTI as “one of the most significant innovations in urban mobility that breaks the tradition of rope-driven elevators, opening the door to design possibilities in all directions.” Award nominees were judged by a panel of more than 3,000 experts, and winners included notable breakthroughs such as edible six-pack rings (for consumption by animals).
Atlanta Braves Ballpark Outfitted With Otis Solutions
SunTrust Park in Atlanta, new home of professional baseball team the Atlanta Braves, has been outfitted with United Technology Corp. (UTC) equipment that includes 26 Otis units: 14 Gen2® elevators, one service and one freight elevator, and 10 NCE “green” escalators. Part of a package that includes climate control, security and fire protection, the Gen2 elevators use flat belts instead of ropes, which provide “a more comfortable ride, greater reliability, more efficient operation and increased energy efficiency” compared with roped elevators. Describing SunTrust Park as one of the most technologically advanced ballparks in the U.S., UTC states its systems will make baseball fans “safer, more secure and comfortable.”