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We'd like to answer some of your Frequently Asked Questions

I have questions regarding a new ropeway project. How should I proceed?

You can go to our contact page and get in touch with us. We are looking forward to assist you. If you already have more detailed information about the project, you can also send us the completed form “technical questionnaire” directly.

Are ropeways safe means of transport?

Ropeways are the safest means of transport worldwide. Among other things, this is due to the strict safety standards.

Are ropeways easily accessible for all passengers?

Yes. All passengers benefit from barrier-free and easy access to the cabins on our ropeways.

What happens in an emergency situation?

All ropeways are operated by properly trained personnel. They practice all possible emergency scenarios. They are well prepared in an emergency situation.

How is the capacity specified?

Unless specifically mentioned, the conveying capacity always refers to the number of people who can be conveyed in one direction at maximum operating speed. That means people per hour in one direction.

Can a ropeway make a curve?

Basically no. A ropeway can only travel in a straight line between the stations. If a ropeway is to be diverted, it always needs a station in which the diversion takes place.

Does the altitude at which a ropeway is installed matter?

Yes, with increasing altitude, the cooling capacity of the air decreases due to the lower air pressure. Since most electrical drives and units are cooled with air, the cooling performance must be adapted. In addition, the temperature of the drives can also be kept lower by oversizing them. The heat development of a drive depends on how close it is operated to its performance limit. A larger-sized drive generates less heat because it rarely or hardly works at its performance limit.

Are there guidelines for the distance between towers?

The distance between the towers depends on various parameters such as:

  • Course of the ropeway (horizontal or incline)
  • Shape of the terrain
  • Conveying capacity (number of vehicles between towers)
  • Rope diameter (weight of the rope between towers)
  • Tensioning of the rope
  • Required ground clearance

These parameters result in the sag of the rope between the towers. The distance between the towers must then be selected so that the minimum distance between the rope and the ground can be maintained. These distances are different for each ropeway and are not given as a blanket. In the graphic below you can see an example of the relationship between tower distance and rope sag on a horizontaly running ropeway with a capacity of 500 P/h.