Thyssenkrupp’s maglev Wonkavator can go in any direction (Wired UK)


The ThyssenKrupp Multi elevator uses magnetic levitation to travel vertically and horizontally

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It’s not quite the Wonkavator, but Thyssenkrupp’s magnet-propelled elevator comes
close. The new elevator technology, nicknamed Multi, can
go sideways as well as up and down and will begin testing in
2016.

The innovative new elevator uses magnetic levitation
(maglev) technology and can operator multiple elevators in the same
shaft without any ropes or wires. The system has been compared to
how modern underground train networks operate, with multiple
elevator cabins running in a loop. As there are no cables the
elevators can go forwards, backwards, up and down. The
new elevator system could allow architects to create more
innovative buildings.

As well as going in every direction the new elevator
system can also run faster and more efficiently. Thussenkrupp has
done the maths and reckons that every year all of New York’s office
workers spend a culmulative 16.6 years waiting for elevators and
5.9 years inside them. As Multi can run multiple cabins in the same
shaft wait times for elevators could be significantly reduced.

The elevators move at a speed of around five metres a
second with access to an elevator every 15 to 30 seconds. The
cabins are also smaller than those in conventional elevators with
the size of the shaft reduced as well.

Thussenkrupp aims to have a prototype Multi elevator
running on its new test tower in Rottweil, Germany by the end of
2016.

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2 December 2014 | 12:40 pm – Source: wired.co.uk

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