Schindler's 5500 elevator promises a whole new level of performance and efficiency


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(From left) Ashok Ramachandran, General Director and Thanh Tran Commercial Director of Schindler Vietnam Limited with the Schindler 5500 elevator

Ho Chi Minh City, 26 July 2013 – Schindler, the leading global provider of mobility solutions, today launched the next-generation Schindler 5500 elevator in Vietnam. Combining state-of-the-art engineering and top tier performance levels, a single modular system adaptable to a wide variety of applications, energy efficient technologies and materials as well as a lavish range of interior decoration lines and features, the Schindler 5500 offers a perfect fit for most building and architectural designs.

Engineered at Schindler’s global research and development center in Switzerland, the Schindler 5500 sets new industry precedents in terms of speed and efficiency, including a machine room-less version that can travel up to 50 stories in 50 seconds.

The innovative solution can be configured to maximize shaft space utilization and rentable floor areas, while showcasing Schindler’s most advanced technologies in reducing a building’s carbon footprint, providing a smooth and quiet ride, and optimizing traffic flows. The elevator also comes with an impressive range of interior design lines, from the functional to the sophisticated.

High-level performance
Thanks to system architecture based on Schindler’s highly advanced Suspension Traction Media (STM) technology, which allows for a traction sheave that is 72% smaller compared to traditional steel ropes and the use of a smaller and energy efficient motor, less valuable building space is required while passengers are provided with an exceptionally fast and pleasant ride experience.

The Schindler 5500’s use of advanced control systems makes it an ideal solution for heavy traffic environments. When powered by Schindler’s revolutionary PORT technology, an intelligent transit management system, the Schindler 5500 elevates a building to a whole new level of traffic performance, security and user experience through a sophisticated touch-screen interface befitting luxury offices, hotels and residential buildings.

“The Schindler 5500 represents the latest technological advances in speeds, capacity and ride comfort that clearly meet the elevating requirements of today’s modern cities,” says Thanh Tran, Commercial Director of Schindler Vietnam Limited. “It offers speeds of up to three meters per second up to travel height of 150 meters, handles loads of up to 2,500 kilograms and provides an extensive range of features.”

Space configurability
Among the Schindler 5500’s most outstanding features is its singular modular system and scalable car sizes, allowing the elevator to be easily customized to fit into various shaft dimensions. The flexible car dimensions and door options can cover various applications from apartments and offices, to hotels, hospitals and shopping centers, as well as stations, airports and stadiums.

The Schindler 5500 boasts the best shaft space utilization in the industry with a shaft footprint ratio in excess of 60%, thanks to the STM technology that allows the compact drive to be installed directly in the elevator shaft. The Schindler 5500 offers both mini-machine-room (MMR) and machine-room-less (MRL) options with the capability to install the controller on different levels.

Green mobility
As with all Schindler’s products, the Schindler 5500 is designed not only to be highly efficient and clean, but also to support the overall energy efficiency of the building. In particular, the new elevator uses the clean Power Factor One (PF1) regenerative drive technology enabling power generated by the elevator to be fed back into the building’s electricity grid, consuming up to 30% less energy than comparable elevators. Its permanent magnet motor reduces heat dissipation thus cutting energy losses during transmission and eliminating the need for additional ventilation.

With its enhanced standby mode, use of durable and efficient LED lighting, carefully selected environmentally friendly materials, a light weight gearless motor with no oil or lubricant needed, the Schindler 5500 has achieved a class A energy rating, the highest rating under VDI 4707, an elevator energy efficiency classification guideline established by the Association of German Engineers.

Freedom of design
Aesthetics play a significant part in the Schindler 5500. The Italian designed elevator comes with a choice of four decoration styles, and a remarkably comprehensive choice of materials, colors, lighting and fixtures gives free rein to imagination and seamless integration with a building’s unique architectural concept. The sleek and classy full-height, glass touch sensitive panels lend the elevator a cool modernity, as well as tactile appeal.

The bare car option allows for up to 50% of the rated passenger load to be given over to interior decoration features, which include glass doors and wall panels, modern ambience ceiling with integrated LED lighting, back painted glass and digital printed glass walls with color gradients, digital printed stainless steel walls and illuminated handrails, among others.

“The Schindler 5500 is designed to anticipate and meet the needs of architects, builders and developers alike, by bringing together the best of Schindler’s engineering as well as an innovative modular concept and refined interior design options,” says Ashok Ramachandran, General Director of Schindler Vietnam Limited. “The Schindler 5500 was designed with no less ambition than setting the trend for the next generation of elevators.”