DEARBORN - Employees at Building 1 are reaping the benefits of a nine-year partnership between Ford and ThyssenKrupp. The escalator manufacturer selected Ford’s Building 1 as the final location to pilot its all-new I.MOD escalator.
Work on the new escalator began in August 2012 and was completed in January 2013.
The new I.MOD escalator has enhanced features including improved appearance, functionality and capability. What sets it apart from other models is how it’s constructed: the entire escalator can be removed and replaced without the building itself undergoing extensive restoration. Previously, because of component size, escalators had to be built during initial building construction and updates to the units were difficult. The only other two I.MOD escalators are located at Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix, Ariz.
“We’re pleased that Ford employees will be among the first to experience this new ThyssenKrupp model,” said Gina Waggoner, director, Ford Land Facilities Management. “The I.MOD escalator has improved safety features, higher reliability and will provide energy savings to the company.”
The Westinghouse escalator that was replaced was originally installed in 1958. The old escalator and all of its existing components were removed from the existing truss superstructure and an entirely new, state-of-the-art, heavy-duty escalator system has been installed.
“Everyone here at ThyssenKrupp Elevator, from the local Detroit branch to our corporate headquarters, is thrilled with the opportunity to partner with Ford on this escalator modernization,” said Richard A. Glanzmann, general manager, ThyssenKrupp Elevator. “The entire project went well and we look forward to Ford’s continued satisfaction and support.”
The all-new I.MOD escalator modernization package features a clean, modern design with superior quality, fit and finish and operates at 55dBA – which is the quietest escalator system in the industry. Passengers should notice its smooth operation and significant noise reduction.
The I.MOD also plays a role in Ford’s sustainability efforts. The escalator is equipped with the ThyssenKrupp’s Energy Efficiency Control system, which can provide up to 26 percent electrical energy cost savings when compared to existing equipment. The new equipment generates less heat thereby contributing to reduced building air conditioning costs.
In terms of safety, the new I.MOD product is designed to the latest safety standards. Modern advancements, ranging from a heavy duty handrail drive system to lighting located at the foot of entry ways, all work together to help to prevent injury and provide a smoother, safer ride.
“Ford is trying to make employees more comfortable,” said John Hoppe, Ford account representative. “They are brining employees the latest technology and we hope that it will be rolled out in more Ford location in the future.”