Many people have probably never heard of Bristol, Connecticut, but it is home to some of the world’s largest companies. Not only does ESPN call Bristol its hometown, the Otis Elevator company’s testing tower is also located there. So what actually goes on at the testing tower?
Otis Elevator is one of the world’s largest elevator and escalator companies. They are often at the forefront of the latest lift technology and need a place to test all of their newest ideas. That’s where the Bristol testing tower comes in. The testing tower in Bristol is 117 meters tall and allows the Otis to develop and test all of its elevators and components. There facility has a quality control and product testing lab, along with 13 test elevator shafts.
The elevator market differs across the world. Places like Paris have smaller, more intimate elevators. While New York City has large elevators in commercial buildings for the business people. The Bristol facility has three high elevator shafts, four mid-level, and six low ones to accommodate for the differences around the world. They have the capabilities to test a range of systems that are needed for elevators, including cables, belts, and hydraulic systems. This is also where Otis tests its destination management systems, which they hope will make elevators more efficient and change the way we travel in elevators forever.
The Bristol testing center is an integral part of Otis’ success. They rigorously test all of the new systems they are going to use around the world. Check out the video below to see an inside look at the Bristol testing tower.