• Elevators
    • Passenger elevators
      • Elevator finder

        Find the ideal Schindler elevator for your new installation building requirements.

      • Schindler 3100 low-rise

        The Schindler 3100 is a cost-effective, machine room less traction elevator for two- to three-story buildings.

      • Schindler 3300 low- to mid-rise

        The Schindler 3300 MRL traction elevator for low- to mid-rise buildings is the ideal hydraulic elevator alternative.

      • Schindler 3300 XL low- to mid-rise

        The Schindler 3300 XL traction elevator delivers more space with capacities ranging from 3,500 lbs. to 5,000 lbs. General purpose and hospital service applications available.

      • Schindler 5500 mid-rise

        The Schindler 5500 is a high-performance, gearless MRL traction elevator for mid-rise buildings. It offers glass and bare car options too.

      • Schindler 7000 high-rise

        The Schindler 7000 traction elevator for high-rise buildings fits the need of taller buildings with even more efficient and innovative mobility solutions.

      • Schindler 330A hydraulic

        The Schindler 330A holeless hydraulic elevator is the smarter, more efficient solution for a wide range of low-rise applications.

    • Freight & custom elevators
    • Modernization
      • Overview

        A Schindler elevator modernization can help improve your equipment's reliability, performance, and aesthetics.

      • Schindler HXpress low-rise

        A Schindler HXpress hydraulic elevator modernization delivers improved performance and reliability to low-rise buildings.

      • Schindler 6400 mid-rise

        A Schindler 6400 elevator modernization brings the benefits of gearless technology and Schindler's suspension traction media (STM) to mid-rise buildings.

      • Schindler Miconic TX high-rise

        With a total modernization or phased approach, Schindler's products and expertise can bring your high-rise elevators up to their best performance.

      • Elevator upgrades

        Choose from a variety of affordable, versatile elevator upgrades that can enhance safety, boost performance, and improve aesthetics.

      • Energy savings

        A Schindler elevator upgrade can improve reliability and aesthetics while helping reduce energy consumption.

      • Capital planning & financing

        Let us help you develop a customized capital plan to upgrade and modernize your elevators over time.

      • Destination interface

        A destination interface elevator modernization converts conventional controls to destination dispatching, giving you all the benefits of Schindler PORT quickly and easily.

    • Destination control
      • Schindler PORT

        Schindler PORT optimizes traffic flow, alleviates congestion, and reduces elevator wait times while offering personalized service and access control.

      • Schindler myPORT

        With the Schindler myPORT smartphone app, users gain convenience, security, and comfort with features that can be programmed to verify user identity and summon an elevator based on user needs and preferences.

      • References

        Hear from customers who've installed or modernized their elevators with Schindler PORT.

    • CleanMobility solutions
      • Overview

        Clean and touchless products for elevators. Simple to use and easy to install, Schindler CleanMobility products can accommodate nearly any type of installation.

      • ElevateMe App

        With Schindler’s ElevateMe mobile app, users can call elevators and select their destinations on their own smartphones.

      • CleanAir Ion

        Schindler CleanAir Ion cleans the air inside passenger elevator cabins, providing continuous reduction of airborne viruses and bacteria.

      • CleanCall Hover

        Schindler CleanCall Hover lets passengers call elevators or select their destinations by hovering their finger over elevator pushbuttons.

      • CleanCall Grid

        Schindler CleanCall Grid provides a touchless option for elevator passengers to place their landing floor request on the Car Operating Panel.

      • CleanCall HoloVoice

        Schindler CleanCall HoloVoice supplements elevator pushbuttons with fully functioning virtual hologram buttons and voice command capability.

      • CleanCall Wave

        Schindler CleanCall Wave motion-activated elevator fixtures allow passengers to place elevator calls with a wave of their hand.

      • CleanCall Tap

        Schindler CleanCall Tap foot-activated elevator fixtures allow passengers to place elevator calls with a tap of their foot.

      • Touchless Operation

        Schindler’s Touchless Elevator Operation option eliminates the need for passengers to press any buttons.

      • Visual Guidance Options

        Schindler CleanMobility decals can help manage elevator traffic while assisting passengers in finding and assuming positioning that may help reduce exposure to communicable germs and viruses.

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    • Escalators
      • Schindler 9300AE

        The Schindler 9300AE escalator is ideally suited for commercial applications, but can also be adapted for transport applications including stadiums, airports, and exhibition halls.

      • Schindler 9700

        The Schindler 9700 escalator is ideal for large public spaces with high-traffic demands such as airports, subways, and railroad stations.

    • Moving walkways
      • Overview

        Schindler moving walkways combine comfort with safe, rapid horizontal and inclined transportation, and are ideal for use wherever the elimination of long walks is desired.

      • Schindler 9500 horizontal

        The Schindler 9500 horizontal moving walk is the ideal solution for public transportation lengths up to 328 feet.

      • Schindler 9500 inclined

        The Schindler 9500AE inclined moving walk is one of the most efficient moving walks in retail applications and requires minimal installation space.

    • Modernization
      • InTruss

        The Schindler InTruss escalator upgrade solution uses your existing truss and turns your old escalators into better than new condition.

      • Replacement

        Replace your older equipment with new, cutting-edge Schindler escalators - both an affordable and efficient solution.

      • Upgrades

        Schindler offers upgrades in all different areas to make your escalators run smoother, safer, and more reliably.

      • Capital planning & financing

        Let us help you develop a customized capital plan to upgrade your escalators and moving walks over time.

    • CleanMobility solutions
      • Handrail options

        Explore our Schindler CleanMobility handrail options for escalators and moving walks.

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    • Maintenance
      • Overview

        Extend the lifetime of your elevators, escalators, and moving walks. Our maintenance plans and repair services are tailored to fit your building needs, no matter what brand or model.

      • Service programs

        Explore Schindler's preventive maintenance options for elevators, escalators, and moving walks. Schindler service programs have the flexibility to adapt to your building's unique environment and requirements.

      • Portfolio Management

        Schindler's Ahead ActionBoard tool for building owners/managers provides real-time access to performance and maintenance records for your elevators & escalators. Our mobile app puts it in the palm of your hand.

    • Repair
      • Elevator upgrades

        Choose from a variety of affordable, versatile upgrades for elevators that can enhance safety, boost performance and improve aesthetics.

      • Escalator upgrades

        Schindler offers upgrades in all different areas in order to make your escalators run smoother, safer and more reliably.

    • Strategic Accounts
    • Digital Services
      • Overview

        Schindler Ahead is the digital building solution that connects elevators, escalators, and moving walks to the IoT Cloud.

      • Schindler Ahead solutions

        Schindler Ahead offers three equipment service level options for elevators, escalators, and moving walks to meet your budget, monitoring, and diagnostic needs.

      • Schindler VCS

        The Schindler Visual Communication System (VCS) brings enhanced safety and convenience for passengers, while meeting the latest elevator emergency communications code requirements.

      • Schindler SafeCall

        Alleviate the worry of failed elevator inspections due to phone line non-compliance while enjoying responsiveness and potential cost savings.

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        Our global presence gives us access to the full spectrum of human diversity – reinforcing our ability to adapt and innovate.

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        Some things never go out of style. Our values support everything we do, and allow us to remain a leading global player in the elevator and escalator industry.

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        The key to maintaining Schindler’s proud legacy of Swiss precision engineering is making sure that all our people – at every level – remain trained and ready.

      • Work-life balance

        Finding the right balance between work and life can be tough. At Schindler we make it easier through flexible work policies. Learn more.

      • Career development program

        Discover how we take our most talented young professionals on an international & multidisciplinary journey to develop their long-term careers at Schindler.

      • International careers

        Grow your elevator & escalator career internationally with Schindler. International assignments are a key part of how we develop people. Learn more.

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      • Clinton

        Discover our escalator manufacturing complex located in Clinton, North Carolina. The complex comprises both a 38,000-square-foot escalator step facility and a 155,000-square-foot escalator assembly plant.

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        Our products and services are designed for architects, contractors, building owners, and managers with society and the environment in mind.

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        Find out how Schindler's green technology can help improve efficiency and save energy. Schindler incorporates green technology in elevators, escalators and destination dispatch technology.

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        Schindler doesn't only offer green products, our offices and manufacturing facilities are sustainable. Learn more about the sustainable solutions integrated into Schindler's daily operations practices.

    • Safety
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        Discover Schindler's safety materials and see that elevator & escalator safety is a top value. Our products are built with many safety features to help give riders peace of mind while using them.

      • Tips for riders & owners

        Enjoy safe and pleasant, elevator and escalator rides by following these safety tips from Schindler Elevator Corporation. Also learn more about what to do before calling for service, and get tips to prepare your equipment for extreme weather.

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Elevator Design: 5 Tips To Help Your Project Go Smoothly

Elevator planning is a vital part of many building projects, but it’s not usually at the forefront of developers’ or architects’ minds. Here are our tips to help you find the best elevator design for your project and ensure a properly functioning building.


Elevators have something in common with other vital but unflashy technologies in our lives: We take them for granted. But, much like the internet or the hot water in your house, when elevators don’t function properly, we are quickly annoyed.

As elevators are arguably the overlooked heroes of a building, you won’t necessarily receive high praise for good elevator design. Still, it’s important to approach the design process carefully so all elements of the building work together.

What makes it difficult to create an elevator design?

Put simply, because elevator design requires a high-level of attention to detail. The right elevator design varies depending on the size and type of building. There are hundreds of decisions to be made. A hospital may need separate elevators for patients and staff. High-rise buildings need fast, wide elevators to keep traffic moving smoothly. Elevators on cruise ships must be able to withstand the pitching and rolling of the ship caused by weather. Every building has challenges for an elevator to overcome.

What are the benefits of a good elevator design?

A good elevator design helps a building to work efficiently and safely. Well-planned elevators also complement the overall look and feel of a space. This means passengers enjoy a seamless experience when moving throughout the building and using elevators.

If an elevator design isn’t handled correctly from the outset, it can lead to costly delays later in the process. The worst-case scenario is a poor design that gets past the planning stage, into construction, and, finally, operation. Elevators that are too few, too small, or just plain ugly can all detract from the passenger experience.

It’s normal for projects to have hiccups, but following these tips can help you avoid major setbacks and set yourself on the path to success.


Top 5 tips for effective elevator planning

1. Start the elevator design process early

Designing an elevator system is not something you can do at the last minute. Building design affects the elevator and vice versa. The New York Marriott Marquis hotel, for example, has a spectacular atrium designed around a circular bank of 16 elevators. The elevator plan is, quite literally, central to the overall design of the building.

It’s also important to remember that the entire process from design finalization to installation can be lengthy, and there’s always the chance your client will change their mind about something in the design. If you start early, you’ll have time to accommodate amendments with minimal stress.

2. Understand the building

Good elevator design is based on a thorough understanding of how a building will be used. This means scrutinizing the brief and having detailed conversations with your client. They’re probably not aware of all the factors affecting elevators and the number of decisions that have to be made. It’s your job to ask the right questions and avoid nasty surprises.  

A traffic analysis can be helpful and involves modeling expected passenger movement as accurately as possible so the required equipment performance (including handling capacity and waiting time) can be properly judged. Important factors are considered in the analysis: 

  • How many people will use the elevator? 
  • What are peak-use periods?
  • Are there busy building locations, such as restaurants and gyms?
  • Do people need to move large items around the building?
  • Do you need a dedicated elevator for emergency responders?
  • Does the elevator need to serve floors used for parking?
  • Will you need to accommodate people with limited mobility?

3. Don’t forget the foundations and the roof

Travel speed impacts elevator shaft dimensions, including pit size and headroom. This information must be incorporated into foundation planning. At the other end of the structure, will there be a machine room above the top floor? This affects roof design and building height.

To prepare drawings and get accurate cost estimates, you need to know the elevator dimensions as soon as possible. It’s vital not to start construction work without knowing the exact dimensions of the required elevators. If you do, you can severely limit your choices later on. Ask yourself how fast your elevators need to be to serve the building properly. Generally, 20 to 45 seconds is considered the maximum acceptable time for an elevator to travel from the bottom to the top of a building (excluding any stops and travelling at full speed).

4. Consider elevator aesthetics

Many clients don’t consider elevator interior design at all. That job might be left to you. An elevator interior should suit its use, its passengers, and the overall aesthetic of the building.

An elevator is a functional system but also an extension of a building’s style. Choose suitable finishes that can withstand the expected traffic in the building. Where to start? For elevator wall panels and flooring, you can select from many options, including stainless steel, laminate, glass, vinyl, carpet, and stone. Then there are custom finishes—the sky’s the limit here. Other things to consider include whether the finishes need to be easy to clean and if the floor needs to be anti-slip for trolleys and goods.

Lighting is another important factor. Get it right, and you enhance the design while keeping energy consumption down. You should also consider mirrors, which can add to passenger comfort and safety (for example, to safely reverse a wheelchair out of an elevator).

5. Stay on top of local regulations

Just like the building itself, both commercial and residential elevators have to meet local standards. There’s a mind-boggling array of regulations and safety codes, and they’re being updated all the time. They vary between countries but also between cities and regions.

If you design elevator systems for a particular area regularly, you may become familiar with the regulations in that location. If not, you’ll need to seek advice.


How to look like an elevator expert with Schindler Plan

Elevator design has always been a unique and challenging part of the building process, but the way it’s done is changing. The old way meant pouring over books of elevator specifications and asking more experienced colleagues for advice. Now there’s a faster, easier way.

Schindler Plan is an online application that takes the hassle out of elevator design. It’s simple to use, requires no knowledge of our products, and covers aspects of elevator design you might not have even considered.

Plan and design your elevators, then download specifications, technical drawings, and 3D BIM models. Schindler Plan is the easy way to look like an elevator design expert (even if you’re not).