Otis’ flagship products from the Gen2® family leverage our flat, polyurethane-coated steel belts and a compact permanent-magnet gearless machine to deliver outstanding performance, reliability and design flexibility. Some of the key components of the Gen2® range are the coated steel belt, the ReGen™ regenerative drive, the permanent magnet machine and the PULSE™ monitoring system. All of these components working together enhance elevator efficiency, safety and reliability. Otis is the pioneer of this environmentally responsible technology and helps achieve substantial energy savings.
The Gen2 system replaces conventional steel ropes with smooth, polyurethane-coated steel belts, which are up to 20 percent lighter. Since the belts are highly flexible, they have a much smaller bending radius, resulting in a compact machine that is up to 70 percent smaller than a conventional machine. Its long-lasting belts, smooth crowned sheaves and reduction of moving parts in the machine dramatically reduces wear, increases durability and considerably minimizes operational noise. The PULSE system monitors the belts 24 hours per day, seven days a week, providing greater safety and peace of mind through its immediate, automatic reporting of belt status.
Otis has sold more than 500,000 Gen2 elevators worldwide since its launch. The reason for this tremendous success is that developers and building owners alike recognize the value of sustainable buildings and are aiming for green certifications like Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED).
The Make In India initiative will enable a deeper focus on what the Indian customer and building segment is looking for. Otis recognizes the opportunity India presents and recently tripled the size of its Bengaluru factory. The expanded facility includes a state-of-the-art elevator test tower that stands at a height of 51.2 meters and has the ability to test up to five elevators at a time. Otis’ R&D centre in India has also significantly expanded its engineering capacity in recent years.
Last year Otis India also introduced the Gen2 Infinity. Locally manufactured at the Bengaluru factory, this is a higher speed (1.75 meters per second) passenger elevator that will cater to mid-rise residential buildings, which are fast becoming a common feature across tier 1 and 2 cities in the country today. The Otis Bengaluru factory is gearing up to offer even higher speed elevators on Otis’ global flagship technology platform – the Gen2. Otis is committed to the Indian customers, and strives to locally design and manufacture quality products for India’s unique needs.
How big is the market for high speed elevators in India?
Three hundred forty million people, or 30 percent of the country’s population, currently live in cities. According to a recent McKinsey report, by 2030 it is expected that cities will house 590 million people or 40 percent of the population, and that India will have 68 cities with populations of more than one million. As urbanization continues and the need for housing grows, India’s elevator industry will continue to grow just as rapidly. Future cities and developing economies hold a lot of potential for infrastructure growth and therefore, urbanization is a major driver for the elevator segment in India.
How is the safety scenario?
In general, lifts are very safe, particularly when installed and maintained by reputed manufacturers. Compliance with the latest codes and safety requirements is mandatory. Otis also conducts additional internal safety and quality audits.
To our knowledge, statutory requirements apply to only a few states in India and not all. These requirements cover general safety requirements including minimal safety features, frequency of maintenance and annual inspection details. Otis is an advocate of tightening regulations to include safety requirements in all states.