Division 14: Conveying Systems
May 2002 updated
KONE's EcoSystem is a family of AC gearless elevators. The technology saves electricity by lowering power consumption by about 40 percent, compared to conventional AC-powered traction elevators. The EcoDisc, a compact and lightweight permanent-magnet motor, supplies the power. Unlike hydraulic elevators, EcoSystem requires no hydraulic fluid, a powerful groundwater contaminate.
The KONE ECO3000 escalator, recently introduced to the North American market, saves space, and reduces oil consumption and energy. The escalator offers a smaller footprint, a wide selection of finishes, and the 96 percent efficient KONE ECO3000 Drive System. A compact, chainless drive eliminates the need required in standard escalators to lubricate the drive chain, and the optional KONE EcoStart conserves energy by adjusting voltage and current up to 120 times per second in response to escalator workload.
The KONE ECOMOD Complete Escalator Modernization solution offers a systematic way to replace working components of existing escalators with new technology while avoiding significant disruptions and construction costs that can be associated with conventional escalator replacement. The system is comprised of new modular components that fit inside the existing escalator truss and offers lower life cycle costs, quiet operation, and lower energy consumption.
Now available in U.S. and Canadian markets, KONE’s TravelMaster 110 escalator is an energy-efficient platform targeted primarily at the retail segment, including supermarkets, superstores, department stores, and shopping centers. According to the manufacturer, the escalator can provide an estimated 13 percent savings on annual energy costs, reducing its total energy use over its life cycle by up to 93,000 kWh and reducing total life cycle carbon emissions of the product by up to 114,000 pounds of carbon dioxide. The energy-saving features include a standby speed operation that provides an energy savings of up to 40 percent, depending on passenger traffic, load, motor, and drive.
Otis Elevator Company
Gen2 is the first elevator to use flat coated-steel belts to lift the elevator careliminating both the need for a separate machine room and for lubrication.
Schindler Elevator Corp.
The Personal Occupant Requirement Terminal (PORT) system integrates seamlessly with any elevator system regardless of original manufacturer, and is ideal for use in both new and existing buildings. Featuring a sleek, touch-screen user interface (shown) the intuitive elevator control system learns and adapts to the specific traffic patterns of each tenant. Each PORT features a processor designed to consume the lowest amount of energy possible, reducing a building’s total energy consumption.
The Amee G Series system is a two-stop hydraulic elevator that offers capacities up to 2,500 pounds and operates at a low speed and at a lower weight. Cab panels can be installed from the elevator platform, and structural supports are all pre-positioned in the factory, minimizing installation time. The elevator uses mineral-based biodegradable oil that meets the EPA’s low-acute-toxicity criteria