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Lift cable - UltraRope

UltraRope

  • Object:

    Lift cable

  • Place of origin:

    Espoo (manufactured)

  • Date:

    2014 (produced)

  • Artist/Maker:

    KONE Corporation (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Polymer coated carbon fibre cables

  • Credit Line:

    Given by KONE Corporation

  • Museum number:

    CD.25:1 to 4-2014

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Traditional steel lift cables are heavy. The longer they are, the heavier they become, which limits the number of floors they can service. The new generation of super-tall towers – such as the 828-metre-tall Burj Khalifa in Dubai and the 72-storey Shard here in London – require transfer floors, where people need to change lifts in order to get to the top.

The KONE UltraRope is a new kind of lift cable, which is technically not a cable at all, but a carbon fibre core contained within a high-friction coating. Super light and super strong, it is able to carry lifts up to 1km, twice the distance currently feasible. The cable eliminates the need for transfer floors and makes the next generation of super-tall towers possible.

The V&A has acquired four lengths of UltraRope, each 2.5m long. A length is comprised of four carbon fibre cores, each 5mm x 3mm, encased in a clear resin high-friction coating. The product has been awarded the 2013 Innovation Award by the Council of Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), a not-for-profit organisation which facilitates the exchange of knowledge on tall buildings.

Physical description

Carbon fibre core with polymer coating in rectangular strip

Place of Origin

Espoo (manufactured)

Date

2014 (produced)

Artist/maker

KONE Corporation (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Polymer coated carbon fibre cables

Dimensions

Width: 2.5 cm, Depth: 0.4 cm

Descriptive line

4 sections of Kone UltraRope, carbon fibre and polymer elevator cable, 2.5 metres

Labels and date

02.05.2014

Traditional steel lift cables are heavy. The longer they are, the heavier they become, which limits the number of floors they can service. The so called new generation of ‘super tall’ towers – such as the 828 metre tall Burj Khalifa in Dubai and the 72-storey Shard here in London – require transfer floors, where people need to change lifts in order to get to the top. The ‘KONE UltraRope’ is a new kind of lift cable, which is technically not a cable at all, but a carbon fibre core contained within a high-friction coating. Super light and super strong, it is able to carry lifts up to 1km, twice the distance currently feasible. The cable eliminates the need for transfer floors and makes the next generation of super-tall towers possible.

Sections of ‘KONE UltraRope’
2013
Designed in Hyvinkää, Finland
Designed and manufactured by KONE Corporation
Carbon fibre with high-friction coating
Given by KONE Corporation
Museum no. CD.25-2015 [02/07/2014]
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Materials

Polymer; Carbon fibre

Categories

Rapid Response Collecting; Architecture

Production Type

Mass produced

Collection

Design, Architecture and Digital Department

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