KONE offers a modular solution for escalator modernization, so you can replace individual components or complete functional packages, as needed. This enables you to improve safety or enhance the aesthetics, for example, while leaving the mechanical components intact. So you can have a modern-looking escalator that meets the latest regulations, with minimal disruption to employees and customers.
Replacing the old worm gear with the highly efficient KONE ECO3000™ Drive reduces energy consumption and increases reliability and performance. The chainless drive minimizes downtime and increases the availability of your escalators. The KONE ECO3000™ Drive requires an oil change only after 30,000 operating hours. This reduces downtime and oil disposal costs, and increases availability. And there are no more oil leaks or oil smells.
By replacing the old step chain with the unique lubrication-free KONE ECO3000™ Chain, you eliminate oil smell and the risk of oil leaks through the cladding. It also reduces the risk of fire. The entire installation is cleaner and safer and requires less downtime for maintenance.
Replacing the old controller with a new microprocessor-based controller significantly improves safety and energy-efficiency. The state-of-the-art KONE ECO3000™ Controller connects to the latest safety monitoring systems. For example, handrail speed monitoring measures the difference in speed between the steps and the handrail. If the speed variation exceeds a pre-defined limit, the escalator stops, assuring the safety of passengers. In order to minimize energy consumption, you can upgrade the escalator to EcoStart operation, so that it will stop running when there are no passengers and start immediately when people arrive.
Improving the aesthetic appearance of the escalator can make it an eye-catching feature of the building. Numerous upgrade packages are available to integrate with the design of the building, and to look good for years to come. Some of the possibilities include new balustrades; new access covers, comb plates, skirts and deckings; cleaning and balancing steps; and attractive lighting systems.
Safety requirements have changed a lot in the last 20 or 30 years. Upgrading an old escalator to meet the EN115 norm or national requirements assures that your escalator meets the latest safety standards. For example, a brush deflector system can prevent clothing and shopping bags from getting trapped between the steps and the skirting panels. Dynamic braking can be fitted to maintain constant stopping distances under all load conditions. Additional safety signage on the steps is also available to ensure safe behavior on the escalator.
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