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ThyssenKrupp Elevator develops TWIN system where cars share an elevator shaft

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ThyssenKrupp Elevator develops TWIN system where cars share an elevator shaft

According to the developers, the system will handle more passenger traffic and save energy costs.


By Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor | April 11, 2016
ThyssenKrupp Elevator develops TWIN, a system where two cars share the same elevator shaft

Images courtesy ThyssenKrupp Elevator.

As anyone who works in a building with more than four floors can tell you, vertical travel via the elevator can be fairly inefficient. 

To remedy this, ThyssenKrupp Elevator created TWIN, a new system where two elevator cars share the same hoistway. According to the developers, TWIN handles more traffic, improves grouping, and reduces energy consumption. It also saves builders money on machinery costs and maximizes the amount of floor space since fewer elevator shafts are needed.

The cars have their own equipment (traction drive, ropes, counterweight, controller, and governor) while they share the same guide rails and landing doors. The cabs will always have a minimum separation of at least one floor.

Several notable buildings are using TWIN, including the United Tower in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and the European Central Bank in Frankfort, Germany.

More information is available on TWIN’s brochure.

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