News 2013 › 2013-06-25
Go taller with KONE
A breakthrough from KONE, one of the leaders in the global elevator and escalator industry, will enable elevator travel heights to be increased to 1 kilometre, twice the distance feasible using existing technology.
Known as KONE UltraRope™, the breakthrough represents a completely new hoisting technology that eliminates the disadvantages of conventional steel rope and opens up a new world of possibilities in high-rise building design. Featuring a carbon fibre core and a unique high-friction coating, KONE UltraRope is extremely light and enables elevator energy consumption in high-rise buildings to be cut significantly.
The lower rope weight offered by KONE UltraRope translates into a dramatic reduction in the moving mass of an elevator, in other words, the weight of everything that moves when an elevator travels up or down, including the hoisting ropes, compensating ropes, counterweight, elevator car, and passenger load.
Due to the significant impact of ropes on the overall weight of this moving mass, the benefits of KONE UltraRope increase exponentially as travel distance grows.