XEL is currently in the midst of producing a customized bronze round elevator for a project in Florida, US.

Several months ago, we have installed the elevator’s main shaft construction (see article) . Followed by this, we have launched the project’s remaining steel frames into production, which are now being finalized and tested short before these are shipped overseas.

The steel frames are part of a separate (auxiliary) shaft which holds the hydraulic drive system of the elevator. Our engineers have built the system to allow the elevator a full panoramic view, whilst simultaneously overcoming the unique challenges of having a minimal pit and head space. These challenges combined have led to the innovative drive system design engineered by XEL.

Though only minimal spaces were available, the auxiliary shaft frame carries all parts required for safely operating and maintaining the elevator, among which the following:

Hydraulic power unit
Electrical control boxes
Hydraulic cylinder
Safety and catch arrangements
Position and safety switches

This innovative drive system has never been seen before and is fully compliant with functional codes and regulations.

To connect the main shaft and the drive system of the auxiliary shaft, we have designed an attic connection frame. This frame construction is mounted on top of the auxiliary shaft, and is fitted with cable sheaves to guide the (redundant) suspension cable from the drive system to the main shaft.

Another unique invention and specialty that XEL uses in the project is the hidden guiding solution. This solution enables us to fully hide (invisible) the suspension cables inside the panoramic shape. Moreover, it allows to swiftly hide all technology of the elevator providing the client with the desired sleek design and finesse.


The elevator’s car has also been finalized in this phase of the project.

This car if fitted with its own door drive system, and will be cladded in the same bronze material as the shaft.

Also the control buttons will be of special design, allowing it to be cladded with the same material.

No technology will be visible on the inside and outside of the car, as brakes, switches and even the flexible trailing cables are hidden inside the project’s hidden guiding.

Upon completion of all system tests (full scale, full weight), the frames will be disassembled and shipped over to the impressive project site.  After which, all the parts will be installed efficiently –  following the plans developed in collaboration with the contractor on site.

Afterwards, we will supply the remaining glass and the cladding materials; and implement the smaller mechanical items. Altogether, the project will be finished and commissioned in Q2 of 2023.

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