Ever since we mastered the technology for the vertical elevator, scientists have been busy trying to revolutionise the mechanics in order to take us in every direction possible. After all, it seems that going up and down just isn’t enough in the 21st century! Here at Elevators Ltd, we may specialise in the traditional elevator however that doesn’t stop us questioning what the future could hold. Read on as we look into some of the developments in the elevator industry and question whether horizontal elevators are realistic or not…
Perhaps one of the biggest inspirations for the horizontal elevator has got to be the Wonkavator: an infamous elevator from the 1971 movie Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. After all, this elevator had the ability to go sideways, slantways and longways. The problem with such an aspiration is that it is based on a movie and novel that was made to be unrealistic for the purpose of entertaining children, calling into question whether a horizontal elevator really is possible or not.
When you put aside your doubts, it is interesting to learn that a company called ThyssenKrupp began testing a horizontal elevator in 2017. Known as the ‘Multi’, this one of a kind elevator is housed in a German tower and will be there for another two years whilst final checks and safety certifications are carried out. According to reports, the elevator is able to travel up down, left, right and even diagonally.
Design wise, the Multi switches out infamous elevator cables in place of magnet levitation. In fact, strong magnets are coupled with a magnetised coil that allow the elevator cabs to literally float in the shafts. When these coils are turned on and off rapidly, a magnet filed is created that is apparently able to pull the cab in a variety of different directions.
When it comes to changing direction safely, the cabs travel through exchanges which work in order to ensure that none of the cabs ever collide with one another. According to ThyssenKrupp, the design is not based on speed, it is about efficiency. After all, when an elevator cab moves too quickly it can cause ear problems or sickness.
It is clear that the future of the elevator industry is just around the corner. After all, who would have thought that the same technology used in high speed trains could be applied to the elevator industry! Whilst our elevators here at Elevators Ltd are only able to travel up and down as of 2018, we believe that our high quality customer service more than makes up for it. To find out more information, get in contact with the best lift company around today!