Taking it to the Next Level

Schindler Lifts

It is natural as human beings to take things for granted. Some of the most important aspects of our day to day existence can become an afterthought, or simply not appreciated. For example, who builds our highways and roads? What about streetlamps and stop lights? Schindler Lifts provide us with another fundamental aspect of our everyday lives… elevators and escalators.

Founded in Switzerland in 1874, the Schindler Group is a leading global provider of elevators, escalators and related services. The company boasts 44,000 employees in over 100 countries. To put things in perspective, Schindler moves over 1 billion people every day – the equivalent of the entire world’s population each week.

In 1981, the company established its subsidiary in Australia, and expanded, acquiring such companies as HD McCreedy and Independent Lift Services. Presently, Schindler Lifts Australia is one of the largest suppliers of new escalators and elevators in the country. Schindler designs, installs, services and modernises transport systems for almost every type of building.

Quality Products

Inside every building in which Schindler operates, reliable and comfortable mobility is its goal. The company covers all facets of building access, from passenger elevators to freight and specialised elevators, to escalators and moving walks. For residential elevators in low rise apartments, the Schindler 3300 is the preferred choice. Thanks to its traction media, the 3300 operates very quietly, which benefits the whole building. This line comes in many different styles, and is environmentally friendly and economical in its use of energy, contributing to lower operational costs. Automatic evacuation is a standard feature, and in the event of a power failure the patron will be safely taken to the nearest floor.

When it comes to escalators and moving walks there is a saying at Schindler Lifts: “Your passengers depend on them and our reputation rides on them too.” The Schindler 9300, for example, is specially developed for commercial and retail application. It is an exceptionally economical model, with highly efficient drive technology matched to demand. The model boasts a reduction in power usage by nearly 30 per cent compared to earlier models, and is quieter in operation than other leading commercial brands.

Comprehensive Modernisation

In the people-moving industry it is not only installation that matters. Schindler Lifts stays on top of ongoing maintenance, or “modernisation.” Every building environment is unique in its usage, but generally speaking, the company advises modernisation when: the equipment is over 15 years old (even if it is well maintained); building usage changes (occupancy patterns, usage hours or change in building population); complaints from tenants have increased, or; d) you’re competing with more modern buildings, their new technologies and features.

“A Schindler modernisation,” reads the company’s comprehensive website, “will not only improve the reliability and performance of your equipment, it will also help improve passenger safety, visitor comfort, building appearance and overall satisfaction.” In short, modernisation provides peace of mind for everyone, including clients and tenants.

Proven Technology

Schindler prides itself on utilising leading edge technology at every step in the process. The Schindler Miconic 10 is the industry’s original destination control system, and uses a revolutionary traffic management system that groups people travelling to the same floor, thereby reducing the number of intermediate stops and improving the elevator system’s efficiency. Schindler ID, an access management system, takes the concept of personalised elevator service to an entirely new level. “Schindler ID allows both passenger and elevator to communicate in a surprisingly new and effective way,” reads the Schindler website. “In-built access control software can now be used in conjunction with a passenger’s individual requirements, including personalised space, accessibility and/or destination control.” And finally, the Schindler TM4 is a remote monitoring system that gives customers peace of mind 24 hours a day, automatically notifying Schindler if any issue develops with the equipment.

One has to imagine that to install elevators and escalators is not the easiest endeavour. Workplace safety is top of mind at all times, and Schindler’s web presence makes this clear. “Safety is a fundamental value of Schindler. It is implicit in our products and services and in the way we work. We do not compromise on the health and safety of those who work for our business. We believe that all injuries, work related illnesses, and accidents are preventable, and we strive for the highest standards of health and safety performance.”

Looking Ahead

Going forward, the freight and special elevators sector will benefit from the company’s new 2400, 2500, and 2600 ranges of elevators. The 2400 is a service elevator for safe and reliable transportation of employees and goods in public and private buildings. The 2500 is specially designed to transport beds and patients in hospitals and nursing homes. And the 2600 is a heavy duty freight elevator capable of moving goods that weigh up to 6.3 tonnes in warehouses and industrial environments.

Schindler Lifts is a proven entity. Any organisation that has been doing business for over 138 years has to be doing something right. In the case of Schindler, the company’s enduring success has been an outgrowth of the symbiotic relationship it enjoys; Schindler has a responsibility to its clients, and its clients in turn have an obligation to their tenants, patrons and customers. One cannot work without the other, and safety and efficiency is a win-win for all involved. With its proven design and leading edge technology, Schindler is truly taking it to the next level.

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May 26, 2020, 7:48 AM AEST