World’s first cable free elevator begins testing

The MULTI elevator can move in the traditional vertical way and also sideways. The elevator replaced old school ropes and pulleys for the magnetic levitation that moves trains

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The MULTI elevator can move in the traditional vertical way and also sideways. The elevator replaced old school ropes and pulleys for the magnetic levitation that moves trains

The MULTI elevator brought the contraption from “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” to life. The elevator replaced pulleys for the same magnetic levitation that powers high-speed trains.

According to archinect.com, the global transportation manufacturer ThyssenKrupp started testing in 2016. The testing tower was located in Rottweil, Germany.

The design is based off of another company’s, TWIN, control system and safety features. The cabin’s multi propulsion and braking system are claimed to keep the passengers inside safe.

New York City office workers spent a cumulative 16.6 years in their life waiting for elevator carts to arrive, according to a study performed by Columbia University students. MULTI’s elevators can reduce the time to 15-30 seconds with the multiple carts in a single shaft.

The new system of elevators also reduced weight and mass by a drastic amount. The brand new lightweight design reduced the cabin and door weights by 50 percent, according to thyssenkrupp.com.

The new elevator system also guaranteed smaller footprint, or space taken. Traditional elevators usually have one cabin per shaft. But MULTI fits multiple cabins into fewer shafts reducing the footprint by 50 percent.

This also accommodates with building designs and shapes. Now without any ropes or pulleys, the elevator does not restrict designers to certain building shapes.

MULTI elevators are planning to make their debut in 2021 in Berlin, Germany. These elevators can change the way people move around in their everyday lives.