Accelerating the world’s progress. Hitachi Elevators

Throughout Hitachi’s 90-year history of elevator development, we have remained at the forefront in elevator development capabilities, always looking to the future in order to realize cities of high-rise buildings and of high functionality. We would like to take this opportunity to introduce our technological progress and our efforts aimed at ensuring safety, security and comfort.

The Technological Development of Hitachi Elevators

Looking to the future, our research and development efforts have remained focused on the creation of safety, security and comfort. With Mito Works as our global mother base, we concentrate on conducting precise simulations and operational tests using actual machines on a daily basis at our G1TOWER, the world’s highest-class elevator research tower. The advanced technology developed through these efforts is used in our production of elevators in order to provide customers with even higher levels of safety, security and comfort.

G1TOWER. Elevator research tower boasting world top class height (213 m)

1260 m/min: approximately 3 minutes to the mountaintop of Mt. Fuji.

  • This image is used to express the speed of 1,260 m per minute and may differ somewhat from actual results.

The Technology That Supports 1,260 m/min

To provide society with the technology for ultra-high speed elevators. In June 2017, Hitachi’s ultra-high speed elevator achieved a world record-breaking* speed of 1,260 m per minute (75.6 km per hour). The elevator is scheduled for delivery to the super high-rise complex building, “CTF Finance Centre”, in Guangzhou, China, which is currently under construction. Traveling from the 1st Floor to the 95th Floor, a 440 m distance, in just 42 seconds, the technology attained from the development of this ultra-high speed elevator will be applied in a bottom-up approach to all Hitachi elevators. In doing so, Hitachi will produce elevators that ensure further safety, security and comfort.

  • As of November 2017, according to Hitachi research

Streamlined capsule structure for noise reduction

The Technology That Supports 1,260 m/min Streamlined capsule structure

Streamlined capsule structure for noise reduction

Controls air current turbulence that occurs at high speed and allows the reduction of noise generated outside the car to achieve quiet performance.

Strong and lightweight rope

The Technology That Supports 1,260 m/min Rope

Strong and lightweight rope

The rope for an elevator installed in a skyscraper is extremely long and its weight puts a stress on the traction machine. With this in mind, Hitachi newly uses a high-strength material that reduces the weight by approximately 30%. This, in turn, contributes to an elevator’s speed by relieving the traction machine’s burden.

Emergency stop device to securely halt the elevator even in the case of emergency

The Technology That Supports 1,260 m/min Emergency stop device

Emergency stop device to securely halt the elevator even in the case of emergency

We developed a braking device that can withstand the high heat generated by friction even in the unlikely event of descent at rapid speed.

Active guide roller for suppressing vibration

The Technology That Supports 1,260 m/min Active guide roller

Active guide roller for suppressing vibration

When car vibration is detected, the active guide roller controls and suppresses it to a level that does not cause discomfort.

Hitachi Group Synergy

The Hitachi Group operates numerous businesses which provide a rich source of experience and know-how that are applied in the development of elevator products.

The streamlined form features the technology obtained from rapid transit railway development.

The flow analysis technology obtained from the car design for rapid transit railways was used to develop the streamlined capsule structure that reduces noise.

Wind tunnel testing using reduced scale models

Evaluated the aerodynamic sound generated by a 1/12 scale car model to confirm the noise reduction effects of a streamlined capsule structure.

Uses steel plant technology for smooth acceleration and deceleration

Using the control technology for rolling machines which ensures smoothness and uniformity in thickness of iron products, we prevent any irregular rotation of the traction machine’s motor to allow smooth acceleration and deceleration of the elevator car to ensure riding comfort.

Supporting Product

High standard of safety and comfort has always been in our DNA.

Elevators

Escalators and Moving Sidewalks

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Services

Hitachi supports performance retention and problem resolution in the long term to maintain product quality.

Maintenance

Maintenance system

Professional maintenance is crucial for safe usage of elevators and escalators in the long term. Hitachi has professionally trained engineers and maintenance tools at each service base.

Technical support from Japan

Hitachi has an established supply system of maintenance parts. Hitachi also organizes technical trainings and seminars both in Japan and over-seas to inform the latest maintenance skills to engineers.

Modernization

Hitachi proposes a variety of modernization options for aging elevators and escalators such as control system modernization, interior design modernization, and complete modernization in a short period.

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Global Network

With building growing higher and higher in cities around the world, Hitachi is expanding its bases operating in Asia, the Middle East and Europe to provide customers with high quality elevators.

Delivery Record

Hitachi’s elevators are operating in buildings, shopping malls, airports, train stations and other facilities around the world.

  • Shanghai World Financial Center

    Shanghai, China

  • Park Hotel Alexandra

    Singapore

  • Al Hamra Tower

    Kuwait City, Kuwait

  • Al Othman Office Tower & Kempinski Al Othman Hotel

    Dammam, Saudi Arabia

  • The Gramercy Residences

    Makati, Philippines

  • Sedona Hotel Yangon

    Yangon, Myanmar

  • Hang Seng Management College

    Hong Kong, China

  • Phuket International Airport

    Phuket, Thailand

  • JW Marriott Mumbai Sahar

    Mumbai, India

Education

As the essence of maintenance services is excellent human resources, Hitachi operates four education bases that work closely with the bases in each country to provide training programs with actual elevators and escalators, as well as education in technologies and skills in areas that include, installation and maintenance.

  • Global Training Center (Japan)

  • Training scene (Escalator)

  • Guangzhou Training Center (China)

    Shanghai Training Center (China)

  • Asia Training Center (Thailand)

  • Education scene

  • Training scene (Elevator)

The History of Hitachi Elevators

Throughout Hitachi’s 90-year history of elevator development since 1920’s, we have remained at the forefront in elevator development capabilities, always looking to the future in order to realize cities of high-rise buildings and of high functionality. “Creating elevators that are the best in Japan as well as the world” is the pioneering spirit that pulses in the heart of every Hitachi engineer.

Timeline of Hitachi’s development of high-speed elevator technology

Year Speed Description
1920 Started elevator research at the Kameido Works (Tokyo)
1964 300 m/min 300 m/min elevator is delivered to Japan’s first skyscraper building
1993 810 m/min The world’s first elevator with a speed of 810 m/min developed
2016 1,200 m/min The ultra-high-speed elevators achieved the world’s highest speed of 1,200 m/min
2017 1,260 m/min The ultra-high-speed elevator reached the world’s fastest speed of 1,260 m/min