KONE Innovation Technology

A Proven Elevator Technology Leader

Together with our partners, we constantly strengthen our position as an innovation leader in the elevators and escalators industry. At KONE, our track record in research and development means we hold more than 3,000 patents across our businesses.

It is by understanding urbanization, focusing on improvements for people, and anticipating the needs and opportunities for people – that we can develop flow innovations and modern elevator breakthroughs that help improve buildings and make our cities better places to live in.

And as new ecosystems emerge around smarter cities and smarter buildings, there is a huge potential for the integration of building design with residential and commercial elevators, escalators, passenger lifts, services, and other utilities in the most sustainable ways possible.

KONE’s Innovations and Elevator Solutions

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The latest in a long line of technological breakthroughs and elevator innovations, KONE UltraRope™ sets a new benchmark for elevators for high-rise buildings. The super-light, eco-industrial elevator, KONE UltraRope technology provides unrivaled elevator eco-efficiency, reliability, and durability while also improving elevator performance. It eliminates the disadvantages of existing steel ropes – high energy consumption, rope stretch, large moving masses, and downtime caused by building sway. KONE UltraRope can enable future elevator travel heights up to 1,000 meters.

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The KONE EcoDisc hoisting motor is the heart of KONE’s elevator solutions. The machinery was completely renewed in 2012, which provided several advantages. The new innovative copper winding system reduces the amount of energy lost as heat, making KONE home elevators even more energy-efficient elevators than before. The new motor control system and brakes provide a smooth and quiet elevator ride, while the more compact design frees up space.

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KONE revolutionized the industry in 1996 with the world’s first machine-room-less elevator – the KONE MonoSpace® elevator for low- to mid-rise buildings. In 2012, a completely new range of KONE MonoSpace elevators was launched. The new solutions are significantly more energy-efficient than before, provide industry-leading ride comfort, and feature award-winning car interior design. With increased space efficiency, the KONE MonoSpace is ideal for buildings in need of an elevator modernization project.

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The KONE MiniSpace DX is a modern elevator with a small machine room and is the ideal solution for the most demanding high-rise buildings. KONE MiniSpace elevators for high-rise buildings are powered by the energy-efficient KONE EcoDisc® hoisting machine, offer superior ride comfort, and feature award-winning car interior design.

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An innovative and systematic approach to replacing the entire workings of your escalator. The solution delivers brand-new technology without expensive and disruptive truss removal. The solution also reduces the escalator power consumption and operating costs of the new and installed equipment.

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Move people quickly and smoothly over long distances. KONE InnoTrack autowalks are easy to install without making changes to floor structures, and their modular design means you can easily change their length or location.

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KONE Polaris increases elevator passenger capacity, improves passenger comfort, and reduces waiting times. It also improves security through integration with the building’s access control system. With the latest capacitive touchscreen technology and a highly intuitive user interface, our new destination operating panel ensures an effortless passenger experience. For even greater convenience, building tenants can make elevator calls directly from their mobile devices with the KONE RemoteCall™ smartphone app.