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Poll - Favorite Elevator Brand  
User currently offline1337Delta764 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 6447 posts, RR: 2
Posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 6442 times:

Well, we have fans of airliners, trains, buses, and ships, so I decided I should come up with a more unusual poll.

So, what is your favorite elevator brand?

I am personally a KONE fan. I really liked those elevators that they had on the Carnival Pride.

Speaking of KONE, here at the University of New Mexico, Mitchell Hall (an all-classroom building built in 1950) is undergoing a major renovation. Improvements to Mitchell Hall include new bathrooms, a new HVAC system, a computer lab, a food mart, and of course, a brand new elevator. The new elevator being installed is a KONE EcoSpace machine room-less (MRL) traction elevator, which will be replacing a Dover hydraulic elevator installed in the 1970s. The KONE EcoSpace MRL elevator uses 1/3 the energy of a hydrualic elevator and does not require hydraulic oil.

However, I wonder if it will have a voice annunciation system. After all, one of the main reasons for its installation is for improved ADA compliance.


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User currently offlineFreckles From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2007, 386 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 6442 times:

Yep, avid Kone fan here, they make some wonderful escalators too!!!

Can't wait to grace one of those tonight on the bakerloo line!!!!!!!!

Morgan


User currently onlineBraybuddy From Ireland, joined Aug 2004, 5647 posts, RR: 32
Reply 2, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 6435 times:

If I were to pick one, it would be Schlinder's lift. Big grin

User currently offlineConfuscius From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 3829 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 6425 times:



Quoting 1337Delta764 (Thread starter):
Favorite Elevator Brand

Cialis and Viagra



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User currently offline1337Delta764 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 6447 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 6401 times:

Good thing we have fans here of elevator brands other than Otis. It seems that Otis is the only manufacturer that most Americans have ever heard of. I know that Otis invented the first passenger elevator, however, it seems that KONE leads the way in advanced technology, as they invented the machine room-less (MRL) traction elevator. From what I have heard, other maufactuers' MRL offerings don't come close to the reliability of KONE's offerings.


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User currently offlineMD-90 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 8502 posts, RR: 12
Reply 5, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 6399 times:

Any and all elevators that don't trap me, injure me, or kill me.

User currently onlineDoona From Sweden, joined Feb 2005, 3765 posts, RR: 13
Reply 6, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 6383 times:

Whichever model they use in the Gateway Arch in St. Louis  silly 

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User currently offlineLincoln From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 3887 posts, RR: 8
Reply 7, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 6375 times:



Quoting 1337Delta764 (Reply 4):
Good thing we have fans here of elevator brands other than Otis. It seems that Otis is the only manufacturer that most Americans have ever heard of.

Otis? Jeez... Do they even make elevators anymore? I'm a fan of any elevator that gets me from floor A to floor B without leaving me stuck somewhere. I also hate the ones that talk to me.

Seems like most of the elevators I've seen recently have been a combination of Thyssen and Kone, but for some reason a lot of the hotels I stay at have Dover... every once in a while I'll come across a Westinghouse



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User currently offline1337Delta764 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 6447 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 6350 times:



Quoting Lincoln (Reply 7):
Otis? Jeez... Do they even make elevators anymore? I'm a fan of any elevator that gets me from floor A to floor B without leaving me stuck somewhere. I also hate the ones that talk to me.

Seems like most of the elevators I've seen recently have been a combination of Thyssen and Kone, but for some reason a lot of the hotels I stay at have Dover... every once in a while I'll come across a Westinghouse

Yes, Otis does still make elevators, and they are still the overall market leader worldwide (not sure about the U.S. though).

Also, Dover is now owned by ThyssenKrupp, and Westinghouse's elevator division was sold to Schindler.



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User currently offlineYooYoo From Canada, joined Nov 2003, 6057 posts, RR: 51
Reply 9, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 6338 times:



Quoting Braybuddy (Reply 2):
Schlinder's lift.

ha ha, clever.  Wink

I deal with many of the elevator companies noted above and i must say from a contractors view point, Otis has caused me the least amount of aggravation.



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User currently offlineEICVD From Ireland, joined Mar 2008, 2149 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 6319 times:



Quoting MD-90 (Reply 5):
Any and all elevators that don't trap me, injure me, or kill me

Those ones get my vote aswell.


User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10893 posts, RR: 37
Reply 11, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 6317 times:

I do not have any favourite elevators make. I just use whatever is available. I know of and have been on the three elevator brands, Otis, Kone and Schindler. I guess I have been on the Thyssens too.  Yeah sure


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User currently offlineCadet57 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 9085 posts, RR: 31
Reply 12, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 6313 times:



Quoting Confuscius (Reply 3):
Cialis and Viagra

 laughing 

Quoting 1337Delta764 (Thread starter):
Favorite Elevator Brand  

The one by my dept at school that 20 of us packed into today, and diddnt kill us!



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User currently offlineAverageUser From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 6294 times:



Quoting 1337Delta764 (Thread starter):

So, what is your favorite elevator brand

I like Kone ("machine" in Finnish) the best. I'm an impatient rider and want to see the doors close or open the split second we arrive or depart. Also I like the guard devices to work at a light touch whenever I'm being friendly to a latecomer. Valmet was also good but they were bought out. We have a number of Italian IGVs from the 1990s and 2000s (also know locally as "TGVs") in two university buildings, and they seem to annoy everyone. They do go up and down most of the time, but nothing is smooth yet everything takes ages.


User currently offline1337Delta764 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 6447 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 6241 times:



Quoting YooYoo (Reply 9):
I deal with many of the elevator companies noted above and i must say from a contractors view point, Otis has caused me the least amount of aggravation.

Well, KONE does all the maintenance on the elevators on the UNM main campus, regardless of manufacturer. However, I don't know if this was a driving factor for choosing KONE for the new elevator at Mitchell Hall. UNM's newest building, the Centennial Engineering Center, in which despite being labeled as an energy-efficient building, uses a ThyssenKrupp hydraulic elevator.

IMO the worst elevator on the UNM campus that I have been on is the one at the Farris Engineering Center. I don't know who made it, as it appears that it was retrofitted with a new button panel and LED floor display a few years ago, which does not have any indication of the manufacturer. That elevator is very slow and jerky.



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User currently offlineACDC8 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 7642 posts, RR: 36
Reply 15, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 6199 times:



Quoting Braybuddy (Reply 2):

If I were to pick one, it would be Schlinder's lift.

All these years and I thought I was the only one with that joke Big grin



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User currently offline1337Delta764 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 6447 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 6094 times:

Sorry to bump, however, since we are talking about elevators, in October 2007, there was an incident on one of ThyssenKrupp's ISIS MRL elevators, where the elevator broke free from its Kevlar ropes. This forced a required inspection on all ISIS elevators installed in the U.S.. The ISIS has been discontinued by ThyssenKrupp and has been replaced by the Synergy MRL elevator that uses more conventional braided steel ropes.

Luckily KONE seems to have a great track record with their EcoSpace and MonoSpace MRL elevators.



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User currently offlineFLY2HMO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 6068 times:

I really like Thyssenkrupp. The most amazing elevator I've ever been on was built by them. It was in a museum in Parque La Fundidora in MTY. It was glass all around and used cables. But the most amazing thing was how ridiculously smooth and quiet it was. I was expecting the usual jolt when you hop in or out but no, it was completely solid and incredibly quiet, like there was no slack whatsoever on the cables. It was waaay smoother than any of the better hydraulic elevators I've been on. An amazing piece of engineering.

User currently offlineCpd From Australia, joined Jun 2008, 4879 posts, RR: 38
Reply 18, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 6043 times:

I haven't come across any that I like. Whether they be OTIS Elevonic, ThyssenKrupp.

ThyssenKrupp holds the title for the most terrifying elevators I've ever been in.  eek   scared 

I remember with those ones, I would actively seek to take the stairs rather than the elevators.

They would always break down, so on a 26 story building, we'd have only 1 or 2 elevators working. Getting out at lunch time or going downstairs to get a coffee at 10:00am would be horrible. You'd wait 10 minutes or more.  Sad


User currently offline1337Delta764 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 6447 posts, RR: 2
Reply 19, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 5943 times:



Quoting Cpd (Reply 18):
I haven't come across any that I like. Whether they be OTIS Elevonic, ThyssenKrupp.

ThyssenKrupp holds the title for the most terrifying elevators I've ever been in.

I remember with those ones, I would actively seek to take the stairs rather than the elevators.

They would always break down, so on a 26 story building, we'd have only 1 or 2 elevators working. Getting out at lunch time or going downstairs to get a coffee at 10:00am would be horrible. You'd wait 10 minutes or more.

So far, the best elevators that I have been on are the MacGREGOR/KONE elevators on the Carnival Pride. I don't know if they are MRL elevators or not, however they are definately not hydraulic elevators. The elevators on the Carnival Pride even talked, indicating the deck they arrive at.

KONE actually offers two MRL products: the EcoSpace and MonoSpace. The EcoSpace is designed for low-rise buildings as an energy-efficient alternative to hydraulic elevators, while the MonoSpace is designed for medium-rise buildings as an alternative to conventional traction elevators.



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User currently offlineKaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12411 posts, RR: 37
Reply 20, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 5936 times:



Quoting Braybuddy (Reply 2):
If I were to pick one, it would be Schlinder's lift

You beat me to it; I recall that their advertising tagline was "people moving people" which I thought was rather appropriate.

Quoting 1337Delta764 (Reply 8):
Yes, Otis does still make elevators, and they are still the overall market leader worldwide (not sure about the U.S. though).

Isn't their UK headquarters in Reading* (Otis, Reading?)

I guess some are more prominent than others; like every industry, it goes through its ups and downs.


(*It's pronouned "redding").


User currently offline1337Delta764 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 6447 posts, RR: 2
Reply 21, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 5908 times:



Quoting Kaitak (Reply 20):
You beat me to it; I recall that their advertising tagline was "people moving people" which I thought was rather appropriate.

Well, there are hardly any Schindler elevators (if any) at the UNM main campus. Dover seems to be the most common, with some KONE and Otis elevators in a few places. UNM's two newest buildings (Centennial Engineering Center and George Pearl Hall) both have ThyssenKrupp elevators, although I don't remember if the two at George Pearl Hall are hydraulic or traction since I don't go there very often. However, KONE provides all the maintenance on all campus elevators regardless of brand.



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User currently offlineJCS17 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 8065 posts, RR: 39
Reply 22, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 5875 times:

I've never given elevator brands a thought even though I was employed as a courier for a few months after college, and subsequently took many elevator rides per day. However, I encountered an interesting statistic the other day on Wikipedia (which is always right), that Italy has more elevators than the US (#2).


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User currently offlineAirbuske From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 466 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 5866 times:

My uncle owns OTIS in East Africa so you know where I pledge my allegiance.  Wink

User currently offlineCpd From Australia, joined Jun 2008, 4879 posts, RR: 38
Reply 24, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 5835 times:



Quoting 1337Delta764 (Reply 19):

So far, the best elevators that I have been on are the MacGREGOR/KONE elevators on the Carnival Pride. I don't know if they are MRL elevators or not, however they are definately not hydraulic elevators. The elevators on the Carnival Pride even talked, indicating the deck they arrive at.

I'll elaborate on my story a little. Big grin In my old office, you'd hear a lift come rushing down very fast, and then the doors would open and you'll see a whole group of pale-faced public servants stumble out, in absolute silence!

Everyone would else would nod, they knew.. It's why we avoided those lifts as much as possible.  Wink I had the plummet from hell a few times, and the getting stuck once. They were sheer terror.


25 1337Delta764 : Interesting. I wonder who is the dominant brand there. It seems that Otis and ThyssenKrupp seem to be the largest brands in the U.S., although it see
26 Thetuna : Otis for the win! I think they are the company that first invented the lock if the cables snap,
27 1337Delta764 : Um, they invented the first passenger elevator period. I know the Otis name has lots of prestige, however, I wouldn't say that their quality is any b
28 LH526 : DEFINITELY the ones that offer a "close door" switch / key!!
29 Aaron747 : Over in this neck of the woods, I nominate ShinMaywa, small as their market may be. Mitsubishi and Hitachi elevators blow goats.
30 1337Delta764 : Most newer elevators will generally have a door close button. There are a few on the UNM campus that don't, however, most of them do. However, on som
31 1337Delta764 : Sorry to bump again, however, today I have just gotten an email from the project manager for Mitchell Hall, and have just learned that the new elevato
32 RussianJet : Anyone but Kone. I can't believe how popular they are on here! We have them at work, and they are ALWAYS doing something stupid, or being 'maintained'
33 AverageUser : The fact that the floor button needs to be pressed again is the sign of a passenger protection device having been activated to prevent the lift from
34 RussianJet : All the lifts do the same thing, and I don't think they're all that heavily used. Anyway, I'm no expert on lifts of course, all I know is that they'v
35 LASOctoberB6 : You know, I thought buses were far enough, but elevators? Really?
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