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Pushing the Innovation Envelope:
MAX and environmax: thyssenkrupp technology on Microsoft corporate campus in Redmond, Washington
thyssenkrupp has grown its number of MAX clients to more than 41,800 since unveiling the predictive-maintenance technology in October 2015.In August, thyssenkrupp added a major new customer: Microsoft, which is using MAX on 69 of the 337 elevators thyssenkrupp maintains on the Microsoft corporate campus in Redmond, Washington. The partnership makes sense, as MAX is powered by Microsoft's Azure Internet of Things platform.
thyssenkrupp has three full-time service technicians who oversee the elevator system onsite in partnership with property manager CBRE on the 8-million-sq-ft. campus, which employs more than 50,000 and spans multiple office buildings, a shopping mall and a visitors' center. thyssenkrupp spokesman Dennis Van Milligan described the vertical-transportation system that keeps workers and visitors moving:
"There are a variety of manufacturers and types of elevators, so the type, speed and capacity vary. The hydraulic/traction elevator split is virtually even across the campus. There are no escalators, so we have MAX installed only on elevators at this time."
thyssenkrupp states MAX is the elevator industry's first real-time, cloud-based predictive maintenance solution that identifies issues before they occur, increasing elevator availability and reducing downtime. As of summer 2018, there were more than 80,000 MAX units installed in the U.S. and more than 120,000 worldwide.
Powered by the Microsoft Azure machine-learning platform, MAX's connectivity enables CRBE to monitor all elevator functions, including operating speed, capacity and individual components. This provides service technicians and building managers with data-driven solutions that help support smarter management.
The campus — established in the mid 1980s — continues to grow. The most recent expansion, announced in November 2017, involves demolishing 12 older buildings and replacing them with 18 new buildings. Scheduled to be complete by 2023, the move will add 2.5 million sq. ft. to the campus and bring its total number of buildings to 131.This, along with the City of Redmond increasing the height limit of campus buildings from six to 10 stories, will undoubtedly mean more elevators and, potentially, additional MAX units.
MAX isn't the only thyssenkrupp innovation on the Microsoft campus. CRBE also recently completed testing of thyssenkrupp's enviromax, a vegetable-based, biodegradable fluid formulated from canola oil. It is rapidly renewable, readily biodegradable and has minimal effects on the environment. The formula can reduce energy consumption, operating temperatures, friction and component wear in hydraulic elevator systems. thyssenkrupp Vice President of Sustainability Brad Nemeth stated:
"enviromax pushes the envelope in ecologically friendly lubrication by providing high-temperature fluid stability [and] reduced friction. On top of its high-performance benefits, enviromax provides peace of mind for building owners . . .. Oftentimes, building owners have to choose between high performing and eco friendly, but with enviromax, you can have both."
Cutline:Microsoft West Campus, studios, commons and garage; photo courtesy of Coughlin Porter Lundeen, Inc.