Schindler 5500 Brings Flexibility, Efficiency and Performance to Mid-Rise Buildings

  • First mid-rise machine room-less (MRL) elevator with innovative PORT Technology destination dispatching
  • Available myPORT smartphone-based service personalizes elevator service
  • Machine room-less elevator technology optimizes space configurability for mid-rise buildings
  • Highly customizable appearance enables freedom of design
  • Advanced drive technology results in faster, smoother, more efficient ride.

Schindler 5500 MRL elevator brings high-rise performance to mid-rise buildings

MORRISTOWN, NJ, May 19, 2016 – Schindler Elevator Corporation announced today the introduction of its Schindler 5500 machine room-less (MRL) traction elevator, delivering a seamless blend of high-rise efficiency, flexibility and performance to mid-rise buildings. The Schindler 5500, currently available in select North American markets, combines advanced features typically available only in high-rise buildings with proven space and energy saving features.

Schindler’s innovative PORT Technology destination-dispatching system and revolutionary myPORT smartphone-based service for personal mobility are available as options to enhance movement through the building. PORT Technology and myPORT can combine personalized access with faster travel times by grouping passengers with similar destinations, creating a seamless, customizable journey for each occupant and providing building owners enhanced security. The Schindler 5500 is the first mid-rise machine room-less (MRL) elevator system to offer destination dispatching as a standard option.

“The Schindler 5500 is meticulously engineered to bring best-in-class ride quality and performance features from the custom high-rise market to an MRL package for mid-rise buildings,” said Greg Ergenbright, president of Schindler Elevator Corporation. “Now, architects and building owners in the mid-rise space will experience the same unmatched design flexibility, performance and energy efficiency solutions our high-rise customers have come to expect.  

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Freedom of design

Schindler 5500 comes standard with a large array of design choices and flexibility in hoistway configurations, delivering freedom of design to architects. An expansive selection of colors, materials, lighting, mirrors, handrails and fixtures permit the designer to create a unique elevator experience. Among these many choices are standard options including a full glass cab with glass doors and wall panels and integrated LED lighting.

Efficiency and performance

With a lightweight, durable and flexible suspension traction media (STM) replacing conventional steel ropes, the elevator delivers a smooth ride, free of vibrations—all while saving energy, emitting minimal heat and running quietly. Schindler’s STM requires a much smaller sheave, meaning the system saves space and energy by using a smaller motor.

Eliminating the machine room also saves valuable building space and shortens installation time. The highly adaptable system arrives at the building site in shipping modules optimized to ensure on-time delivery and efficient installation.

With high performance comes greater sustainability. Sustainable features in the Schindler 5500 include:

  • Power Factor 1 regenerative drives that use 30% less energy while producing energy that is returnable to a building’s power grid
  • LED lighting that lasts 20 times longer than standard light bulbs & consume less energy
  • New drive and traction configuration weighs up to 50% less than its predecessor, using less oil
  • 30-40% greater efficiency over standard systems with PORT Technology
  • All materials are made with highly-recyclable components.

Schindler 5500 Facts

Built to cover different market applications such as residential, commercial and public transportation, the Schindler 5500 is fully capable of meeting the needs of various building types.

  • Available in multiple configurations: truly machine room-less, control closet or machine room above
  • Car height up to 10’
  • Capacity of 2,100 – 5,000 pounds
  • Travel height up to 350’ (33 stops, 45 openings)
  • Door width up to 4’ 6”
  • Door height up to 9’
  • Lightweight and energy efficient STM technology
  • Power Factor 1 regenerative drive
  • Speed from 200 to 500 feet per minute
  • Up to 6 car groups
  • Can be equipped with Schindler Direct wireless connectivity to provide real-time data 24/7, helping to prevent service disruptions and return equipment to service faster.

About Schindler Elevator Corporation
Schindler Elevator Corporation is the North American operation of the Switzerland-based Schindler Group, a leading global mobility provider of elevators, escalators and related services. Schindler supports sustainable urban development with safe, reliable and sustainable mobility solutions, moving more than one billion people every day all over the world. Behind the company’s success are over 65,000 employees operating in more than 100 countries. For additional information about Schindler Elevator Corporation, visit our North American Web site at or for Schindler Group

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