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What Goes On At Otis Elevator's Bri...
What Goes On At Otis Elevator's Bristol Testing Tower?
Otis Elevator Company, a division of Hartford-based United Technologies Corp., tests and develops elevator components in Bristol at the company's 117-meter test tower. The facility has a quality control and new product testing lab as well as 13 test elevator shafts: three high ones, four mid-level, and six low ones.
Elevator markets differ around the world. In Paris, elevators are smaller, and more intimate, than they are in New York City. Thank both local customs and regulations for that. Click here for a photo gallery of iconic buildings with Otis elevators.
The Bristol center tests parts for the range of systems needed for elevators around the world: cable, belt, and hydraulic systems; small and large motors; the lifting hardware and "destination management systems," where you put in your desired floor and are assigned the most efficient elevator to take.