World’s first horizontal/vertical elevator

World’s first horizontal/vertical elevator

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MULTI, the world’s first rope-less, multi-directional elevator, has been awarded the Innovation Award at the 16th Annual CTBUH (The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat) Awards Program.

MULTI, world’s first horizontal/vertical elevator, is developed by Thyssenkrupp. The elevator, harnesses the power of linear motor technology to move multiple cars in a single shaft, vertically and horizontally. The potential that can be realized from this innovation is extensive. MULTI requires fewer and smaller elevator shafts, and can thus increase a building’s lettable space by up to 25 percent. Perhaps most exciting, the introduction of a multi-directional elevator opens up infinite combinations of vertical and horizontal building design opportunities.

“MULTI’s innovative exchange system allows the linear drive and guiding equipment to make 90░turns. How? By leveraging the linear motor technology developed for the magnetic levitation Transrapid train,” says company’s statement.

With MULTI, multiple cabins travel safely up one shaft and down another in a single continuous loop, much like a circular train system on a vertical plane. The only visible difference to passengers and it’s a welcome one is that the doors open every 15 to 30 seconds, despite having fewer shafts compared to standard elevator systems.