In Georgia, ThyssenKrupp Elevator Americas has introduced enviromax, the elevator industry’s first performance-improving vegetable based-hydraulic fluid for use in hydraulic elevators.
“Enviromax is formulated from materials that have minimal effects on the environment and offers building owners benefits that can extend the life of their elevator. It reduces energy consumption and the possibility of temperature related performance issues,” explains Brad Nemeth, ThyssenKrupp Elevator’s director of sustainability.
ThyssenKrupp Elevator Americas partnered with BioBlend Renewable Resources to co-develop enviromax. The product is formulated from rapidly renewable, canola basestocks and is designed specifically for use in elevators. It is a USDA biopreferred product with 92 percent biobased content. It is also 95 percent petroleum free and 100 percent recyclable.
Enviromax uses high oleic base oils that reduce the tendency of the oil to oxidize. Oxidation decreases the effectiveness of oil and results in increased service calls. Enviromax also promotes consistent performance across a broad temperature range so valves that maintain elevator entryway leveling do not need to be frequently adjusted during extreme weather.
Using enviromax can also eliminate the need for temperature control devices used to prevent oil from thickening. “Now, building owners can save money by eliminating these devices that waste energy because they cycle on even when the elevator is not in operation,” explained Nemeth.