KONE Introduces First Machine Room-Less Freight Elevator to the Americas
CHICAGO, March 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Leading provider of elevator and escalator equipment and services, KONE highlighted the company's leadership position in the machine room-less (MRL) category with the sale of the first commercial MRL freight elevator in the Americas. The Sedgwick County Arena in Wichita, Kansas, is the first commercial property to receive a KONE MRL elevator to be used for freight and cargo transportation. KONE invented and first introduced the innovative MRL elevator in Europe in 1996, and then brought the technology to the Americas for passenger use in commercial buildings. The company is a recognized leader in MRL elevator solutions. MRL elevators offer many benefits, especially their minimal impact on the environment and high-level of energy efficiency. Powered by KONE's EcoDisc(R) system, the MRL elevators do not use hydraulics, which can leak oil from the cylinders into the earth, contaminating the soil, decreasing efficiency and consuming scarce natural resources. Additionally, MRL elevators allow for more usable space in the building and reduce construction costs. In comparison, KONE's MRL system, powered by EcoDisc, proves to be 40 percent more energy efficient than traditional traction elevators and up to 60 percent more energy efficient than hydraulic solutions, which amounts to significant savings to building owners and management, potentially saving thousands of kilowatt hours per year. The EcoDisc system is in line with KONE's commitment to the environment and to delivering Eco-efficient(TM) solutions. At the US Green Building Council's 2007 Greenbuild conference, KONE announced that it would no longer sell or install KONE-manufactured hydraulic elevator systems. The MRL freight elevator in the Sedgwick County Arena is a five-landing, seven-opening (four front openings, three rear openings) 10,000 pound capacity, class A system. Installation will be completed in January of 2009. The 15,000-seat multi-purpose arena is currently under construction, with an expected completion of December 2009. Once completed, the arena will be a modern, first-class, sports and entertainment venue in the center city of Sedgwick County, designed to provide maximum "fan experience" for all guests. In addition to the MRL freight elevator, the arena will also utilize six KONE ECO3000(R) escalators, four KONE MonoSpace(R) passenger elevators, and one KONE EcoSpace(TM) elevator. Both the MonoSpace and EcoSpace systems utilize KONE's EcoDisc(R) technology, and are the ideal choice for sustainable new and existing building designs. "At KONE we strive to leverage our resources, knowledge and experience to deliver innovative products and solutions to our customers," said Vance Tang, KONE EVP and Area Director for Americas. "With this installation, we have reinforced our commitment to deliver environmentally effective solutions for building owners that make good business sense. This new offering also solidifies our place as the MRL elevator leader. KONE invented the MRL technology and will continue to innovate new and better customer-focused solutions." For more news or information on KONE products, visit http://www.KONE.com or call 877-276-8691. About KONE KONE is one of the world's leading elevator and escalator companies. It provides customers with industry-leading elevators, escalators and innovative solutions for maintenance and modernization. KONE also provides maintenance services for automatic building doors. In 2007, KONE had annual net sales of EUR 4.1 billion and 32,500 employees. Its class B shares are listed on the OMX Nordic Exchange in Helsinki, Finland. http://www.kone.com
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