For the third year in a row, Elmas Brasov ranks first in the “Project of the Year” global competition organized by Elevator World
Elmas Brasov, a company specialized in lifting systems, has won the first prize at the Elevator World “Project of the Year 2021” global competition, the category “Special-Purpose Lifts”, with the project “Pasărea Măiastră - Platform for passengers” for the technical solution proposed. With a tradition of over 65 years, Elevator World Inc. USA is the publisher of Elevator World, a magazine distributed worldwide to all specialists in the field of elevators. Participation in the international competition “Project of the Year”, in its 23rd edition, is 100% free and open to all elevator manufacturers in the world.
10 years ago we were contacted by a representative of the Dorin Ștefan Architecture Office, who presented us the project of the Constantin Brâncuși International Centre of Craiova, a tribute to the great Romanian sculptor, a central figure of the modern artistic movement. We were asked for an expert's opinion for a special elevator to be integrated into the architectural project. Due to the complexity of the project initiated for the Constantin Brâncuși International Centre, several of the contacted elevator manufacturers did not believe they could deliver a technical and aesthetic solution that would fit into the theme of the architectural ensemble. In 2018, the meetings and discussions with the architect Dorin Ștefan and the developer of the work were resumed, all the data was analysed and the technical solution proposed by ELMAS was agreed.
ELMAS designers developed the concept and designed the platform for passengers, implementing bold and special solutions, functionally and safely meeting the purpose and offering a distinctive design. The platform was manufactured entirely by ELMAS, and it was assembled and checked in detail in the elevator pre-assembly hall. The components of the platform were transported in several shipments to the facility in Craiova, where specialized teams of ELMAS elevator installers and technicians installed in various stages the entire platform for passengers. At the end, adjustments, tests and trial runs were performed.
Upon the acceptance of the work in September 2020, the project was entered in the “Project of the Year 2021” competition, organized annually in the USA by the prestigious international publication Elevator World. This competition edition has seen the most projects submitted by various elevator manufacturers in recent years, resulting in a tight competition, very challenging for the jury appointed to decide the winners. Following the assessments made by impartial jury of professionals and experts in the field, the project ranked first in the category “Special-Purpose Lifts”. The projects entered in the competition were assessed according to several criteria: innovation, originality and creativity, construction methods and techniques, the use of advanced technologies, etc.
A UNIQUE PRODUCT
An underground wing, dedicated to Brâncuși, covered above-ground by a glass prism, was built within the International Art Centre of Craiova, it is 12 meters high and contains large-scale interpretations of Brâncuși’s works “Ovoidul” and „Pasărea Măiastră”. For this project unique in the world, ELMAS designed, manufactured, delivered and assembled a product that fits into the architectural environment, offering visitors an interesting visual experience during the trip.
The “Pasărea Măiastră” platform is intended for the vertical transport of persons, being manufactured in accordance with the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC for a 25 year long service life. It is hydraulically operated and it is provided with a special technical solution to support the cabin and perform the trip. For the drive system, the Elmas team of designers came up with a special technical solution, consisting of a centrally positioned hydraulic piston and a telescopic metallic structure, composed of two segments. All these elements were installed inside the platform shaft. The platform shaft consists of two sectors: the sector made of reinforced concrete and the sector built inside the architectural composition of glass.
When activating the passenger platform control, the hydraulic piston actuates the inner segment of the metallic structure. After the extension of the inner segment, the trip of the platform continues, by taking over the outer metal segment, until reaching the final stop. To create an emotional and visual effect, when the maximum point of the trip is reached, the platform cabin will be completely inside the architectural glass composition. The passenger is able to experience, in the few tens of seconds of the “ascent”, an immersion into Brâncuși's world. The semicircular cabin of the “Pasărea Măiastră” platform is made entirely of glass, offering a 360º panoramic view. The platform for passengers travels up to a height of 9 meters, at a rated speed of 0.15 m/s, offering a transport capacity of 150 kg (one person).
PREVIOUS EDITION AWARDS
The performance of ELMAS was appreciated at 2 previous editions of the competition “Project of the Year”, 1st place in the category “Special-Purpose Lifts”:
- 2020 edition - “Mega Elevator”, Tel Aviv, Israel;
- 2019 edition - “STONE Elevator”, Time Tunnel, Bran Castle.
PROFESSIONALISM GIVES RISE TO PERFORMANCE
For the technical solution adopted, Elmas Brașov, a company specialized in lifting equipment, has won for the third consecutive time the Elevator World “Project of the Year 2021” global competition, the category “Special-Purpose Lifts”, with the project “Pasarea Maiastra - Platform for passengers”.
This competition edition has seen the most projects submitted by various elevator manufacturers in recent years, resulting in a tight competition, very challenging for the jury appointed to decide the winners.
The prize will be awarded at the beginning of 2021, after being nominated and highlighted in the January 2021 issue of the ELEVATOR WORLD specialized magazine.
After analysing the architectural project Constantin Brancusi International Centre of Craiova, the ELMAS specialists designed a unique product that meets all technical, safety and aesthetic standards in force, in order to be successfully integrated.
For this project unique in the world, ELMAS designed, manufactured, delivered and assembled a product that fits into the architectural environment, offering visitors an interesting visual experience during the trip.
The “Pasărea Măiastră” platform is intended for the vertical transport of persons, being manufactured in accordance with the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC for a 25 years long service life. It is hydraulically operated and it is provided with a special technical solution to support the cabin and perform the trip.
For the drive system, the Elmas team of designers designed a special technical solution, consisting of a centrally positioned hydraulic piston and a telescopic metallic structure, composed of two segments. All these elements are installed inside the platform shaft. The platform shaft consists of two sectors: the sector made of reinforced concrete and the sector built inside the architectural composition of glass. When activating the passenger platform control, the hydraulic piston actuates the inner segment of the metallic structure. After the extension of the inner segment, the trip of the platform continues, by taking over the outer metal segment, until reaching the final stop.
To create an emotional and visual effect, when the maximum point of the trip is reached, the platform cabin will be completely inside the architectural glass composition. The semicircular cabin of the “Pasărea Măiastră” platform is made entirely of glass, offering a 360 degrees panoramic view.
Elmas Brasov considers this award to be prestigious, in line with the company's philosophy: Let's respect our profession, let's persevere and give value to our work.
The announcement of the winners of the Elevator World Project of the year 2021 competition can be accessed online at this link (News section of 25 November 2020)..
With an experience extending over 3 decades, ELMAS is the regional specialist in the field of lifting systems and continuously develops optimal solutions for use in different sectors. 400 employees, eight national places of business and subsidiaries in Moldova, Hungary, Bulgaria, Israel, with facilities for research and development, design, production, service and with sales divisions, make ELMAS a Romanian company with a dynamic development in the national economic landscape.
Winner of Elevator World Project of the Year 2020 with MEGA ELEVATOR
After the success registered last year with the unique elevator from Bran Castle, the Romanian company based in Brasov, ELMAS, was awarded this year as well, at the world competition organized by Elevator World USA, "Special purpose lifts" category, with the lift #MEGAELEVATOR delivered and mounted in Tel Aviv, Israel.
In order to meet the customer demand in the automotive industry, the engineering team of the design department from ELMAS Company developed the best technical solution to ensure the highest safety standards, with daily service of at least 25 years. The request of the beneficiary consisted in the vertical movement, inside the plant, from one level to another, of heavy duty industrial equipment and of the elements from the production line, with atypical dimensions and loads.
The elevator manufactured by Elmas is unique due to its dimensions and integrated special safety devices. It can carry 6.000 kg vertically, having 3 stops, a cabin with stainless steel finish, a travel distance of 11 meters and a speed of 0.38 m/s. The cabin of the elevator is 5 meters wide, 4 meters deep and 4 meters high, being equipped with 2 control operating panel, door lock button, alarm button, LCD display with cabin location, direction indicator, intercom, overload device and remote monitoring system. In case of power failure, the elevator is equipped with a PowerScale 10-20 kVa uninterruptible power system (UPS), with flexible battery management. In order to ensure a high degree of safety, the main control panel of the elevator does not allow the doors to be closed or the elevator to leave the station, if not all the safety circuits provided are confirmed.
Another challenge of this project was to find the most efficient solution for equipping the elevator with robust automatic doors with vertical opening in two sections, produced by Peelle Company, from Canada. The doors of the elevator have the dimensions: 5000x3000 mm and are equipped with light curtain, a limit system buzzer, a safety mechanical lock, an interlock, an area switch and an unlocking device. Due to the heavy load of MEGA ELEVATOR, the Elmas engineering team adopted an additional safety solution during the elevator loading, consisting of 4 hydraulic locking devices (Algi GmbH manufacturer) placed under the cabin to limit spring deflection during loading. The hydraulic drive system of the elevator is manufactured by Bucher Hydraulics, with tandem version, the hydraulic cylinders having a length of 11.26 meters and being operated by two hydraulic groups.
STONE elevator, 1st place at the "Project of the year 2019" contest, ELEVATOR WORLD
A 100% Romanian project, the elevator installed in the Time Tunnel of the Bran Castle was internationally recognized as the uniqueness of this model made the jury members of the "Elevator World" contest that took place in the USA award it the 1st prize in the "Special-Purpose Lifts" category. Among the elevators that competed in this World Contest and that won prizes in other categories there are models produced by well known manufacturers of Germany, UK, USA or Japan (Mitsubishi Electric).
Through this project, the Bran Castle increased the range of services it offers to the tourists fascinated by history, the beautiful story of the Queen Mary and the myth of Count Dracula. Present in Bran for the official award of this prize, Mr. Bülent Yilmaz, Managing Director of Elevator World, Europe Division, said that the elevator designed by Elmas company of Brasov is like a diamond. "This is a very special prize as it was awarded to a truly special elevator, different from the one used every day. According to the statements of Technical Committee specialists, the name of the company, Elmas, means diamond in various languages and this project also is like a diamond" , explained Bülent Yilmaz.
The construction of the entire Time Tunnel is a unique, 100% Romanian and it was executed in a historical monument in special conditions, in the underground, using special technologies because the geometry of the tunnel and of the dome requires sections that never repeat and that are highly difficult to execute. 12 miners displaced 330 cubic meters of rock of various hardnesses to increase the section of the shaft and the horizontal tunnel. There were 29,000 hours of work performed with a total of 1,900 cubic meters of digging, the equivalent to 100 trucks, and 420 cubic meters of special concrete were cast, the equivalent of 100 concrete mixers.
Moreover, the elevator cabin is specially designed for this tunnel, it is unique, it has the longest travel distance licensed in Romania, 31 meters, between the two stations, the start and the stop. A challenge for the designers who had to find an innovative solution for the emergency exit: a trap door in the roof of the cabin and an electric lifting mechanism which was assembled in the upper part of the elevator. At the same time, the elevator is equipped with earthquake, smoke, temperature and humidity sensors and also with gas detection sensors. If they activate, the elevator cabin shall be directed to the upper station. The travel speed is flexible so that it can adapted to the needs and the media scenarios and inside the elevator we assembled state of the art screens, photo and video cameras making it possible to change the video show whenever desired.
"This trophy we have been awarded is for all the team who completed the project. Performance was made possible only by the collective effort of all 420 employees of the Company. It is a unique project for which we obtained all the necessary operating certificates and licenses", said Marton Geza Roth, the General Manager of Elmas.
STONE elevator, part of the Time Tunnel project, Bran Castle
As a Romanian manufacturer of elevators, Elmas designed and manufactured a unique elevator called the STONE elevator.
Assembled inside the famous historical monument, Bran Castle, this elevator is intended for the tourist circuit in the castle area.
The STONE elevator has a 25-year guarantee of daily operation and holds a special record: it performs the longest travel distance licensed in Romania, of 31-meter, between the two floors.
The panoramic cabin of the STONE elevator has a circular shape, with glass walls and doors, capacitive control, and a transport capacity of up to 8 people, namely 600 kg.
We have the pleasure to invite you to discover the steps to implement this ambitious project.
Mitsubishi Electric Elevators seminar
As an authorized distributor of Mitsubishi Electric - Elevators & Escalators in Romania, on 25th of October 2018 Elmas held a seminar on "Quality in Motion", in Bucharest.
The participants who attended the event were provided with full details of the current technical solutions in the Mitsubishi elevators field and the ways to integrate into the architectural projects.
The MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC premium elevators are marketed in Romania by Elmas company, since 2011.
Transport solution for people with locomotor disabilities,
delivered to the Dolphinarium of Constanta
ELMAS delivered and installed at the Dolphinarium in Constanta, the HIRO 320 platform, the standard inclined platform developed by HIRO LIFT Germany, from the category of wheelchair lifts.
With a history of over 40 years, since August 2016 the Dolphinarium in Constanta has a new, modern identity, pleasant and comparable to any other European dolphinarium, it is very appreciated by tourists due its class performances.
The HIRO 320 inclined platform is a perfect means of moving for people with locomotor disabilities up to the new bench arranged in the Dolphinarium. It has an easy positioning of the commands, silent movement, and especially a protection and safety system in operation. The platform can be operated very easily by means of a radiocommunication or a cable command. The equipment is equipped with a patented traction drive system and can be mounted for both curved and straight stairs applications.
The travel is smooth, at a speed of 0.1 - 0.15 m / sec, slowing down in the curvature areas for maximum safety. During the travel the person is protected by 2 safety bars on all sides. The maximum admissible weight of the platform is 225 kg.
By Elmas, in Romania access to high quality products that ensure vertical movement in comfort and maximum safety is always possible.
Mitsubishi Electric to Install World's Fastest Elevators in Shanghai Tower
Mitsubishi Electric Corporation announced at the end of September 2011 it has received an order from Shanghai Tower Construction & Development Co., Ltd. for the installation of the world's fastest elevators, travelling at 18 meters per second, in the Shanghai Tower currently under construction in the Pudong district of Shanghai, China.
The current world record for elevator speed is 1,010 meters per minute, which is approximately 16.8 meters (or 55 feet) per second, according to Guinness World Records.
Elmas sells Mitsubishi Elevators & Escalators products
Elmas Company has been selling in Romania the products developed by Japanese Company Mitsubishi Elevators & Escalators, since the beginning of 2011.The own range of products is thus extended and Elmas lifts can be offered together with Mitsubishi elevators and escalators.
Mitsubishi Elevators & Escalators is a major name in the field with over 80 years of experience. The innovative products of Mitsubishi have opened up new possibilities in public space design. Their development required years of dedicated effort to overcome the immense physical, technical and mechanical challenges involved. The culmination of decades of engineering experience is represented today by the high-speed elevator. It offers an reliable riding experience with an imperceptible vibration and noise level. Now you have access in Romania, through Elmas company, to high quality products that will offer you a special experience in use.
Hydraulic platform for heliport
A new solution developed by our company for the following application: vertical transport of passengers and goods from a helicopter landing platform on a building and the next level of access to an conventional elevator. The main features of the equipment mounted on a building with a high of 14 levels:
- hydraulic drive, load 750 kg, platform travel 7 m, opposite entrances, IP 55 protection, main control panel with Elmas software.
We are able to develop customized and innovative solutions in material handling field, thanks to more than 20 years of experience and with the entire support of design department.
Elevator for trucks and buses
To meet our customers needs we have developed two special solutions for vertical transport: elevator for buses and trucks (lorries).
2011 March - April
By: Ovidiu Stefanescu
“Leaders in the elevators industry are moving to service activities”
Last year, our company registered a turnover of around 14 million euros and for the current fiscal year forecast a 10% increase in revenues. Upfront estimate based on signed contracts lately and on strengthening of exports deliveries. It should be noted that at this time, nationally, we have a market share of 8% on elevators segment.
Based on experience gained in the field and using high quality assemblies for Elmas elevators, we provide to our customers customized products (non-standard), which optimally meet the clients demands. We recently started a collaboration with Mitsubishi Elevators & Escalators (part of Mitsubishi Electric corporation), so from January this year we started to sell in Romania a wide range of standard elevators and escalators manufactured by the renowned Japanese company.
It should be noted that we provide a full range of services (consulting, design, installation and service) including for this type of installations. With the development of the company, it was decided setting up a department of design and concept, through which we provide specific services for production and delivery of customized products and solutions that meet the most demanding applications in the field. We have the ability to continuously promote innovative models and applications in electrical industry, which can then be embedded easily in the Elmas elevators.
We support this activity and we launch in the latter part of 2011, a testing laboratory, which will actively contribute to the improvement of applied research. Regarding the impact of economic recession on our company, the sharp drop recorded in recent years, the number of new real estate projects - and beyond this - has led to the contracting of sales volume, but we succeeded to some extent to counteract this negative trend, by increasing the orders and assembling works on various foreign markets, where the overall situation is more favorable..
"Pasărea Măiastră" video
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