Whilst is it hard to deny that elevators have developed considerably over the past century, the introduction of driverless cars and artificial intelligence means that there is still a lot of room for further advancements to take place. In fact, some predictions suggest that elevators will develop beyond the limitations that only allow them to go up and down by implementing high speed magnets in order to free them of their cables and allow them to travel in all directions. Read on to find out more…

A German company has developed a cable-free elevator called MULTI which suggests that traditional up and down elevators may soon be a thing of the past. After all, the designs implement technology so advanced that it looks like it is right out of a sci-fi movie.

The idea of magnetic elevators comes with considerable benefits. For example, the technology could improve the existing carrying capacity by up to 50% and coupling this with the implementation of lightweight materials in order to construct the cabs; in theory a looping system could be formed. In fact, this would reduce the amount of time people would wait for an elevator to 10 seconds as the design suggests that there will be a cab waiting directly behind it in comparison to current models that rely on you waiting for the one cab to travel back to you.

The MULTI elevator shares a lot of similarities with the magnetic levitation that is used in order to stabilise high speed trains as each cab would have two magnetic linear motors in order to allow them to move both horizontal and vertical and power would be delivered through electronic means, therefore, making a physic attachment unnecessary.

With technology at its peak it is only a matter of time before elevators develop beyond recognition, however, the question is whether they will conform to our predictions for the future. After all, magnet elevators would really revolutionise the industry. Of course, the forefront of the industry today is lift maintenance as without this vital component every elevator would be deemed unsafe for use. Magnets might be a thing of the future but if you’ve noticed that your elevator is making unusual noises get in contact with a member of the Elevators Ltd team today!