Elevator and escalator specialist ThyssenKrupp has designed two new escalators – the iwalk moving walk and the Velino Compact escalator – both of which offer increased passenger capacity and a compact design.
“The iwalk moving walk and the Velino Compact escalator both combine forward-looking technology with optimum passenger comfort and environmental compatibility,” says ThyssenKrupp Elevator CEO Dr Olaf Berlien.
The products have smaller external dimensions, the installations are neat in appearance and the space-saving design makes them equally suitable for both new installation and modernisation projects.
Wider steps and pallets provide more space and comfort for passengers and significantly increase the transport capacity of the installations.
The modular design of the iwalk provides versatility and flexibility. “Unlike conventional moving walks, the horizontal model can be installed directly onto existing floors, with no additional construction work required,” says Berlien.
Owing to this, individual segments can be added or removed where necessary in a short period or the entire installation can be moved to a new location. This makes the iwalk suitable for metro stations, train stations, airports and exhibition grounds.
“With these two new products, ThyssenKrupp Elevator is responding to increasing demand from customers for flexibility and sustainability,” Berlien explains.
He adds that the two innovations set new standards in the industry, with their compact design and environmental benefits.
Both the iwalk and the Velino Compact can be fitted with new energy-saving systems and, depending on the number of passengers, the system optimises power consumption without reducing operating speed.
Further, these products cut energy requirements to extend the life span of the drive system. Savings are also achieved through the use of modern components and efficient light-emitting diode lighting and the compact size of the systems adds to their green credentials.
Follow-up Contract in Bulgaria
Meanwhile, ThyssenKrupp Elevator is to manufacture and install a further 19 elevators and 31 escalators for the expansion of the metro system in Bulgaria’s capital, Sofia.
It is the second contract the company has received in connection with Bulgaria’s biggest current infrastructure project.
The elevators and escalators are for four new underground stations in the middle of the city, including the central train station and the Sveta Nedelya Square intersection.
This new intersection between lines 1 and 2 lies in one of the most densely inhabited parts of Sofia, which has a total population of 1.3-million.
The station’s direct catchment area includes the capital’s main shopping street, various sightseeing attractions, as well as various government offices.
ThyssenKrupp Elevator will install eight elevators and 11 escalators at this station to enable passengers to enter, exit and change trains as quickly and conveniently as possible.
The first trains are scheduled to travel on the 11.6 km section from 2012.
Some new stations in the Sofia metro system have been in operation since 2009. ThyssenKrupp Elevator previously supplied 17 elevators and ten escalators for use at these stations.
The overall expansion programme is scheduled for completion in 2015, at which point the extended network will comprise 65 km of track and a total of 63 stations. Planners expect that more than 1.2-million passengers a day will use the system.