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Flat is better

KONE – the creator of the world's first machineroom-less elevators – has now developed the world's flattest-ever autowalk technology. Thanks to an innovative pallet-return mechanism and a new type of motor solution, autowalks can now be installed entirely at floor level in virtually any location.
KONE Corporation
KONE InnoTrack™ systems live and evolve with the needs of buildings and their users. Their surface-mounted modular design enables units to be modified or moved easily.

KONE introduced an elevator innovation that changed the face of the industry in 1996: the KONE MonoSpace®. This was the first elevator ever that did not require a machine room, giving architects new design freedom and saving on construction costs, space, and energy usage.

KONE has now sold over 150,000 of these elevators globally, and they have established an excellent track record of operating reliability, and become the new standard in the industry.

KONE followed this revolution up recently with the launch of another product that it believes will have a similarly major impact in another area – autowalks – with the introduction of KONE InnoTrack™, the world's first flat autowalk.

All the benefits

The motor, drive system, and pallet return tracks of conventional autowalks have always required a pit to house them, placed up to one metre below floor level. This becomes a thing of the past with the KONE InnoTrack™, however, as it does away with the need for a pit completely.

It does this by feeding the pallets that arrive at the end of an autowalk to return tracks placed just below walking level, and by locating the drive motor inside the balustrade.

The new technology will allow space to be used more efficiently and flexibly, and gives architects a greater degree of freedom in designing buildings. Thanks to their flat and light structure, KONE InnoTrack™ autowalks can also be installed in the upper floors of existing buildings without having to make changes in the floor structure.

A choice of decorative pallets, together with a unique add-on pallet cover system, make up the KONE DecoPallet™ system – and provides a wider range of options for customising designs, and for changing designs at a later date.

Autowalks utilising KONE InnoTrack™ technology weigh significantly less than conventional autowalks, and are designed on a modular basis, making it possible to deliver a walkway to a site in parts. The installation method used means that the size and location of autowalks can be easily altered at a later date as well, giving greater lifetime flexibility. An entire walkway can be moved to another location in a building or to another location entirely with a minimum of hassle.

These benefits contribute to reduced design and installation costs. Savings of this type can be so significant, in fact, that they can easily pay for the total cost of a system.

An optimised maintenance programme will help minimise stoppages and ensure reliable operation throughout a unit's lifetime.

Thanks to its oil-free OptiDrive™ silent belt drive system and pallet chain, and the fact that it uses significantly less material than traditional solutions, KONE InnoTrack™ technology is also an environmentally friendly solution.

The use of KONE PowerDisc™ machinery, which has proved itself as a reliable and energy-efficient solution in KONE's elevators, keeps energy usage in check.

KONE InnoTrack™ is ideal for locations where traditional systems are impossible to install. Thanks to modular construction, site deliveries are much easier to organise as well.

Schipol to be the first

The modular-based flat technology platform represented by KONE InnoTrack™, and the flexible installation options it offers, means that it is ideal both for traditional locations, such as airports, railway stations, and commercial buildings, as well as buildings and premises where autowalks have not been used before.

The first six KONE InnoTrack™ units will be installed at Schipol Airport in Amsterdam, one of the world's most modern airports with a reputation for advanced people flow management, handling as it does over 44 million passengers a year.

The new autowalks will be installed in the airport's expanded Terminal B in April 2007, and are the latest example of a partnership with KONE that dates back to the early 1960s.

The benefits are obvious:

Conventional walkway KONE InnoTrac™
Site-specific, built to measure Modular construction, made of standard elements
Requires a pit No pit, can be installed on a finished floor
Impossible to relocate or modify Can be re-positioned, shortened, or lengthened
Higher total cost of ownership Lower overall lifetime costs
> Susanna Hermalahti
(Published in High Technology Finland )