Not to be confused with Kone, which using similar Chinese name.

Tonic Electronic Engineering (Chinese: 通力電子工程) is a company based in Hong Kong, People's Republic of China since 1989. They also operate the manufacturing facilitates in Shenzhen, China, under their subsidiary, Smartonic Technologies (Chinese: 萬事通科技).


Tonic Electronic Engineering was established in 1989. They also operate the manufacturing facilitates in Shenzhen, China, under their subsidiary, Smartonic Technologies. They were certified comply the ISO 9001 in 1999 and ISO 9001:2000 in 2001.

In 1998, the "Design Manual: Barrier Free Access 1997 (設計手冊:暢通無阻的通道 1997, BFA 1997)" standard by Buildings Department has established. They produce the "Automatic Floor Announcement Unit" and "Lift Intercom System" to comply the BFA 1997 standard. Almost both major elevator companies and third-party elevator maintenance companies in Hong Kong were choosing their components[1].


Arrival gong

Their arrival chime are usually can be placed in the floor indicator wiring box, for generating the up direction ring at once and down direction at twice[2][3][4].



2016 ThyssenKrupp elevator with Tonic Arrival gong in Hong Kong

Alarm buzzer

They only produce one type of elevator alarm buzzer, as they easily identify by the orange box with the "LIFT ALARM" (Chinese: 升降機警報器) word etched on the front panel and sound only in certain tones[5]. It could be a replacement of the original alarm bell or installed for the new installations.

LED and LCD floor indicators

They provide different types of the floor indicators. 16-Segmented (DS), LED dot-matrix (DM) and LCD (LDM or LDC) floor indicators. Most of their LED dot-matrix floor indicators are higher density, to display Chinese characters.

Intercom system

Their intercom system can build-up with the three way communications connected between elevator car, lobby security counter/security room/shroff office and machine room/MRL control panel.

Lift Access Control system

The access control system can choose either password keypad or the smart card with the card reader[6].

Backup power supply for lift car

Those usually installed on the car-top for lighting, intercom and ventilating in the elevator car.

Automatic Floor Announcement Unit

"Automatic Floor Announcement Unit", which also known as "自動樓層發聲器" in Chinese. A common type of the floor announcement for the accessible elevators[2][3][4][6][7][8][9][10][11][12][13][14][15]. Cantonese, Putunghua (or Mandarin) and English are supported by default[15].

An announcement sample recorded from the elevator installed with the Tonic "Automatic Floor Announcement Unit". From the Sigma Muse NV on the footbridge in Hong Kong, China.



2004 Sabiem elevator with Tonic "Automatic Floor Announcement Unit" (Chinese: 自動樓層發聲器) in Hong Kong

Notable projects

  • Most of the Public Housing Estate blocks built by Hong Kong Housing Authority, Hong Kong, China (1999 to present, with multiple contractors)
  • Seaview Crescent, Tung Chung, Lantau Island, Hong Kong, China (2002, by Otis)
  • Two International Finance Centre, Central, Hong Kong, China (2003, by Otis)
  • Hong Kong Police Headquarters, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, China (2005, by ThyssenKrupp)



  • From the elevator enthusiasts in Hong Kong, China, they always called the Tonic "Automatic Floor Announcement Unit" voiceover as the either "Otis Voice" or "Schindler Voice", when those components mainly installed in the both Otis and Schindler elevators in Hong Kong, China[16]. However, these terms were misleading as those can be installed on the elevators installed by other companies[15].

Notes and references

  1. [冷門話題]點解香港近年d lift掣全部一式一樣,毫無特色? (Discussion conversation in
  2. 2.0 2.1 OTIS Traction Elevators-iTOWER at iSQUARE-Hong Kong
  3. 3.0 3.1 赤柱美利樓OTIS升降機
  4. 4.0 4.1 [NO 13 FLOOR] 2 New Schindler MRL Service Traction Elevator @Star House, Tsim Sha Tsui
  5. Expensive flight adventure to Hong Kong (part 1)
  6. 6.0 6.1 ThyssenKrupp Traction Elevator at Highgrade Building,Tsim Sha Tsui,Kowloon,Hong Kong
  7. Fujitec Traction Elevator at Youth Square,Chai Wan,Hong Kong
  8. Otis Traction Elevator at Harbour Plaza 8 Degress Hotel , To Kwan Wan , Kowloon , Hong Kong
  9. ThyssenKrupp M.R.L.(Machine-Room-Less) Traction Elevator Jordon Centre, Jordon, Kowloon, Hong Kong
  10. Schindler Traction Elevator at Jockey Club Hall, Centennial Campus, Hong Kong University, Pok Fu Lam, Hong Kong
  11. Schindler Traction elevator Elevator at Hong Kong International Trade & Exhibition Centre, Kowloon Bay, Kowloon, Hong Kong
  12. OTIS Traction Elevator at Shan Chuen House, Shui Chuen O Estate, Sha Tin, N.T., Hong Kong
  13. ThyssenKrupp Traction Elevator at Lift Tower, Camellia House, So Uk Estate, Cheung Sha Wan, Kowloon, Hong Kong
  14. 14.0 14.1 《井道守護者》(機構組) (The video confirmed that the Schindler will use the Automatic Floor Announcement Unit by the Tonic Electronic Engineering).
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 日常我們聽到d電梯迷常話某公司品牌廣播其實是錯誤的觀念 應叫共用廣播 奧的斯、迅達、Thyssen、日立、其士是用通力電子為主的共用件 (Facebook Group:
  16. OTIS Traction Elevator at Po Shun House, Po Heung Estate, Tai Po, N.T., Hong Kong

See also

External links

Non-proprietary/third-party elevator components companies
Full list of companies List of non-proprietary elevator component companies
Companies AdamsArkelAutomatisation JRTBUT-SANCEACEDESC. E. ElectronicsChina Electronics Service/CESCehamC.J. AndersonDewhurst/Dupar Control (ERM) • DMG (MAD) • ECIELMIEPCOESIEverbrightFermator GroupHissmekanoHong JiangInnovation IndustriesJinlixKindsKDSKronenbergLiSALanger & LaumannLester ControlsMagnetekMCEMeiller GroupMico ControlMonarch ControlMonitorNewLiftO.ThompsonPeellePTLSalientSchaeferSematic GroupSmartriseSodimas AscenseursSTEPTonic Electronic Engineering/Smartonic TechnologiesTorin DriveTung Da ElectricVander Electronic TechnologyVantage Elevator Solutions (GAL • GAL Canada • Hollister-WhitneyCourion • Bore-Max • Elevator ControlsThames Valley Controls) • VegaVirginia Controls, LLCWittur Group/Selcom
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