This is a list of elevator fixtures that have been used/made by Thyssen.
These fixtures consists of illuminating round glass buttons, and analog floor counter with illuminating numbers.
The fixtures used in early 1980s Thyssen elevators were round illuminating plastic buttons, and analog floor indicator with lamps positioned vertically. The hall call button panel looks the same as the 1970s type. These fixtures might have been made by Schaefer.
Schaefer MT 28
These fixtures uses Schaefer MT 28 square metal buttons with a yellow lamp on the top left side of the button. Floor indicators were segmented LED dot matrix with triangular arrows.
These are round metal buttons with red illuminating halo. Usually the floor numbers are not indicated on the buttons, instead they are engraved on the car station just next to the buttons.
Floor indicators and hall lanterns
Most later Thyssen elevators installed in the 1980s have red LED digital floor indicators and hall lanterns which lights up orange. Some of these hall lanterns have small digital floor indicator.
Thyssen made various types of buttons in the 1990s, of which most of them were given names, while some others have their names not officially known. However, Thyssen also used fixtures made by non-proprietary companies such as Schaefer and sometimes Dewhurst.
A lot of Thyssen elevators in the 1990s used the STEPMODUL series buttons. These are black square buttons made of plastic polycarbonate with green numbers/symbol and a red dot lamp on the top of the buttons. ThyssenKrupp continued on making the STEPMODUL buttons as the STEP Basic series after the merger in 2001. However, they were later discontinued.
STEP Classic are square push buttons made of aluminium with a red illuminating halo. They look similar to the STEPMODUL buttons except that they were made of different material and with different colour. Today, ThyssenKrupp still makes these buttons as the STEP Module/Module Classic series in Asia and STEPMODUL series in Europe.
STEP Solid is a series of vandal resistant-style buttons. They are stainless steel buttons with small concave button, engraved legend and a small red dot lamp on the top. Like the STEPMODUL, ThyssenKrupp continued on making the STEP Solid buttons for a short period after the merger.
MT 42 was a series of push buttons that was made by Schaefer, a German company specializes in elevator fixtures. The buttons are square made of stainless steel, with an illuminating halo (usually red) and engraved legend. These buttons are usually found in some late models of Thyssen elevators. After the merger, Schaefer's MT 42 buttons were continued to be used by ThyssenKrupp as optional fixtures, often used in modernizations in several European companies like Germany, Denmark, Sweden and others. As of today, MT 42 are still offered as optional fixtures for new ThyssenKrupp elevators.
These are round and stainless steel with either red or amber illuminating halo.
These fixtures were originally made by Cenia, a defunct Spanish elevator company that have been bought by Thyssen. After the buyout, Thyssen adopted these fixtures for their elevators. The buttons are square stainless steel with rounded corners, engraved legend and a small red dot lamp on the left side of the buttons. They look more like MP Lifts's Compact series buttons. The name of these fixtures is unknown.
Another button Thyssen made in the 1990s, was this type, which appears to be touch sensitive. They are square stainless steel buttons with a red illuminating strip on the top and a metal button plate next to them. The name of these buttons is unknown, and appears to be only found in Central and South American countries. Further the emergency call button is a gray button with rounded corners, a small lamp and small red dot. The name of that button series is unknown.
These were another type of buttons that Thyssen made in the 1990s. They were grey square buttons with rounded corners, braille marks, tactile and a small red dot lamp next to the buttons. The name of these buttons is unknown. These buttons are only found in Spain, Portugal and certain South American countries.
Thyssen's Studio buttons are very rare. They are very similar to the North American ThyssenKrupp Signa4 buttons, but have a second halo in the shape of a rounded square that does not light up. The call button plates are just like a regular rectangle call but plate but are rounded on the corners. These fixtures are mainly found in South American countries, Spain and possibly Portugal.
Green LED floor indicators and hall lanterns
These are rectangle shaped floor indicators on the car stations with either a green LED digital segments or dot-matrix display. There was also an analogue display version, with printed numbers and red dot lamps on the display. The hall lanterns are black squares with green LED triangle shaped arrows, often with a digital floor indicator. There was also in-car lanterns with red LED dot matrix display which are only found in Thyssen elevators installed in South America.
Segmented floor indicators
Thyssen often use digital segmented floor indicators on some elevators from the late 1990s to 2000, usually when Schaefer's MT 42 series buttons are used.
U.S. Soft-Touch fixtures
A few Thyssen elevators in Canada use U.S. Soft-Touch fixtures. It is unknown if any of them use the U.S. vandal resistant fixtures.
Top Line (also known as "Frequencedyne" and sometimes "Discovery") was a fixtures line first developed by a defunct Brazilian elevator company Elevadores Sûr in the 1990s. These fixtures consists of small, black plastic buttons with grey number/braille plates and digital segments floor indicator displays. Thyssen continued on the production of these fixtures when they acquired the company in 1999. The design remained largely the same like it was except that the logo was changed from Elevadores Sûr to Thyssen. They were later re-produced by ThyssenKrupp during the 2000s for the Central and South American market.
Besides their own fixtures, Thyssen also used fixtures made by third-party or non-proprietary elevator component companies. For example, some 1990s Thyssen elevators found in England and Hong Kong, China are using fixtures made by Dewhurst. There are also a few Thyssen elevators in the United States using Innovation Universal fixtures.
- List of thyssenkrupp elevator fixtures - for fixtures found in thyssenkrupp elevators (after the merger) in countries other than the United States and Canada.
Notes and references
- The ThyssenKrupp Aufzüge Design Collection: Operating and Indicating Elements (all 1990s fixtures mentioned above are from this document)