INNOVATION AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL

The requirements of our clients are the starting point of all FacadeXS solutions. That is how we came up with several innovative features that make our BMUs exceptionally easy to use and to maintain.

The innovations described here are driven by the kind of challenges and demands that come with the design of FacadeXS solutions for some of the world’s most prominent buildings. All of these technologies were developed by our own engineers.

SIMPLICITY AS A PRECONDITION

Our customers mostly need solutions to rather complex facade access challenges. As a result, demands in terms of functionality often put pressure on our commitment to design solutions that excel in simplicity.

Yet, we manage to tackle complex projects with simple and efficient facade access systems. Simplicity in design is one of our important end goals. It is a top priority in developing a FacadeXS solution.

OUR INNOVATIONS

Hoisting Gondolas

Different hoisting options are available for FacadeXS solutions that include roof cars with gondolas. A self-hoisted gondola is one option, in which case a gondola is equipped with one or more separate hoists that bring it to the desired height. This is a highly cost-effective solution which suits low-rise buildings. In addition, self-hoisted gondolas can be detached from the system, which means they can be parked out of sight.

The more sophisticated solution for medium- and high-rise buildings, is to integrate the hoisting mechanism in the roof car, which allows for a more advanced hoisting systems with a higher capacity. Our roof cars are generally equipped with two types of sophisticated hoisting mechanisms. The first option is a hoisting system that works with a so-called ‘pancake’ winch (a flat winch with a larger diameter), in which the steel cables are reeled in on top of each other. Alternatively, a ‘drum’ hoisting mechanism (a wide winch with a small diameter) places the steel cables besides each other, which allows this system to reel in more cable. The latter system is often used in situations that demand a gondola to cover a great height.

BMS Integration

A Building Management System (BMS) is a central system that monitors and controls all of building’s  mechanical and electrical equipment. With all our solutions, the status of our BMUs  can be made available in the building’s BMS. Among other things, this alerts building managers in case of any malfunctions.

Camera monitoring

Our building maintenance units are also equipped with a camera that allows you to monitor the system 24 hours a day wherever you are. This feature makes it possible to visually track the movement of the BMU when conducting maintenance remotely.

Remote maintenance

In addition, the PLC (Programmable Logic Controller) for our equipment is designed in such a way that it can be monitored remotely. This means that data about movements of the BMU can be displayed in the BMS.

More importantly, this allows for remote inspection and analysis of system faults, which means that we are usually able to detect the cause of a malfunction from our headquarters in The Netherlands. Our experts can often resolve issues by making changes to the software remotely, so we rarely need to send a technician to the location. This is the kind of service that really add value for our customers – swift problem solving that limits costly downtime.

Wireless radio frequency control

The electronics of a gondola, which enable users to operate the BMU, are normally connected to the roof car with a separate cable. This results in a major limitation: it limits the maximum height that a gondola can cover to a mere 100 meters (328 ft.).

Covering greater heights means using special conductor cables (E-leiters), which are integrated into the steel cables from which the gondola is suspended. Albeit effective, this solution is about ten times more expensive than using a separate cable. Plus, E-leiters require annual inspection and need to be replaced every four to six years.

Radio frequency control is an innovative and cost-efficient solution to this frequently-encountered problem. It requires a one-time investment that enables a gondola to communicate with a roof car over a distance of max. 500 meters (1640 ft). This solution needs no regular maintenance and precludes the risk of misuse, because no cables need to be connected.

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