How many times have you found your elevator under maintenance? It isn’t funny to climb stairs, ah? Thyssenkrupp and Microsoft Azure has developed MAX. The aim is to reduce the maintenance time required in elevators. With a predictive method, elements will be changed before they are broken. And, of course, the Internet of Things (IoT) is behind this new service.
MAX. Reducing drastically the maintenance of elevators
As more and more people live in big cities where the use of elevators is absolutely common and necessary, elevators are crucial. According to a study carried out by Columbia University students, in 2010 alone, New York City office workers spent a cumulative 16.6 years waiting for elevators. With MAX, Thyssenkrupp expects to get back more than 8 years.
MAX is made of three main elements:
- Thyssenkrupp Elevator Controls. With real time diagnosis.
- Cloud. Computing on equipment’s operation and remaining life time of components.
- Technician. Alert codes are reported to technician with explanation and list of possible causes.
As you can imagine, receiving alerts on their smartphone is great for technicians. They can know sooner the problem of the elevator and bring the necessary elements to solve the failure. All this data storage and alerts management is possible thanks to Microsoft Azure. A complex algorithm allows calculating the life time of the elements and predict when they will need to be changed. Andreas Schierenbek, CEO of Thyssenkrupp Elevators, thinks that MAX is a revolutionary development:
Our mission is to revolutionize and do something nobody else in our field has done before: To transform a century-old industry that has relied on established technology until now. Cities of today need innovations that respond to the challenges of the massive urbanization we are currently witnessing. We are very pleased to work with Microsoft to truly take ThyssenKrupp into the digital era and change the way the elevator industry offers maintenance services.
We really encourage you to visit MAX website and keep up with the last news of Thyssenkrupp.