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tugela: Performance you can rely on

The higher the passenger volumes, the happier our tugela escalator. tugela safely moves people in high-traffic areas and all types of climates around the globe. Dependable technology and components, such as our certified brake system, make this escalator an exceptionally reliable partner.

tugela. Ruggedly reliable.

  • 22

    Max rise (metres)

  • 24.5 | 27.3 | 30 | 35

    Inclination (degrees)

  • 600 | 800 | 1,000

    Step width (millimetres)

Key benefits

tugela escalator - Sustainable investment

Sustainable investment

A traffic escalator is an investment in your infrastructure. With its high-quality critical components, including the step chain and drive unit, tugela is the investment that lasts. It’s part of the solution to sustaining your infrastructure for decades to come.

tugela escalator - Weatherproof technology

Incredibly versatile

tugela holds steady in any climate, from high humidity to salty environments to ice-cold temperatures. Technical options like heated handrails and automated chain lubrication, along with product features such as a galvanised supporting structure, make tugela totally weatherproof.

tugela - escalator with compact dimensions

Maximum planning freedom

Space, across all three dimensions, is a critical resource in any modern urban environment. That’s why tugela uses it wisely. tugela is one of the segment’s most compact escalators with the highest possible rise for maximum freedom during project planning.

Tugela escalator - Tailor-made solutions

Highly customisable

Some projects are more complex than others and need tailored solutions. Tugela’s scalable technologies, such as its highly adjustable controller, ensure you get an escalator perfectly tailored to your needs.

Stunningly tough

tugela is designed to meet the demands of traffic applications. It scores high on durability and long-lasting looks. A wide range of customisable design options, including diverse outer claddings and handrail colours, let you take the appearance of your installation to new heights.

tugela’s two front skirt options – one made out of scratch-resistant black synthetic material and another out of highly resilient stainless steel – give you different looks while standing up to the abuse of trolleys and carts. A streamlined two-way flap handrail inlet eliminates the need for unsightly brushes or rubbers and improves availability thanks to a kick-resistant safety contact.

tugela - Escalator with unique front skirt
tugela - Escalator with unique front skirt

In traffic applications, lighting is key for efficiently guiding passengers, increasing their safety and optimising your system’s capacity. An important consideration in modern architecture, lighting also influences our mood and enhances urban environments.

Choose from a broad selection of additional features or work with our experts to make your unique vision a reality.

Peerless quality, great performance

tugela’s stellar performance is the result of best-in-class engineering, advanced manufacturing systems and premium components such as our controller system and our efficient ETA drive.

Controller: Performance on command

Whether you go with our programmable controller or our certified controller design, you’re sure to get the performance you need.

Programmable controller

Adapted to your project

This powerful PLC can be programmed according to your individual needs. It also integrates seamlessly with your other controllers.

thyssenkrupp Elevator design

Adapted to your Tugela

We adapt our certified thyssenkrupp Elevator controllers to each product, leveraging our decades of escalator experience to deliver a reliable performance.

Step fastening: Engineered to perform

Our unique fastening concept uses hollow axles that connect the steps and chain using solid bolts. The result? Easier installation, operation and maintenance.

Step bolts

Convenient and failsafe

Connecting the steps and chain with bolts makes assembly fool proof and disassembly a snap for maintenance.

No step chain axles

Easier maintenance

The hollow axle eliminates the need for a step chain axis, providing easy access to the inside of the escalator for maintenance.

Oil caps

Clean and safe steps

Oil caps at the end of the hollow axle prevent oil from leaking and polluting the step tread or riser, keeping steps clean and safe.

Sustainable performance, day in, day out

While an escalator consumes minimal energy, the more you use it, the greater the impact. We strive to continuously improve our escalators’ performance and sustainability.

Energy efficiency class

Highest energy efficiency Class A+++

Based on the ISO 25745-3 standard and depending on your final configuration, tugela delivers the highest energy efficiency.

Energy-saving options

Up to 90% reduction in energy consumption

tugela’s LED lighting cuts energy consumption by up to 90%. You can further reduce the escalator’s CO2 footprint by opting for different operating modes like intermittent operation or for energy-efficiency features like Smart VVVF.

Latest motor technology

Premium efficiency motors

Our state-of-the-art premium efficiency motors reduce power consumption, have longer lifespans and minimise maintenance.

ETA drive

Increased efficiency, reduced maintenance

With its 96% efficiency and lubrication lasting 40,000 hours, our ETA drive is good news for both you and the environment.

Take no risks in high-traffic areas

High-traffic areas require an even greater focus on safety. With tugela, you’re in safe hands thanks to our best-in-class components and more than 50 safety features and options that surpass code requirements.

TK Elevator steps
TK Elevator steps

Certified design exceeding code requirements for static loads and slip properties: Delivers reliability and durability in any environment

Brake wear monitoring
Brake wear monitoring

Automatically switches off the drive when worn brake linings are detected: Helps prevent malfunctioning and flags maintenance requirements

Skirt monitoring
Skirt monitoring

Stops the unit if users are trapped. The optical version distinguishes between types of hits and readjusts: Both mitigate the risk of injuries while the latter also reduces any downtime caused by false alarms

Specifications tugela
Max rise (metres) 22
Max capacity (people/hour) 8,200
Inclination (degrees) 24.5 | 27.3 | 30 | 35
Application Traffic
Step chain roller Inside
Location handrail drive Truss
Handrail shape U-shape | V-shape
Climate conditions Indoor | Outdoor
Nominal step width (millimetres) 600 | 800 | 1,000
Speed (metres/second) 0.5 | 0.65 | 0.75
Horizontal run (millimetres) 800 | 1,200 | 1,600
Transition ­radii
Top | Bottom (millimetres)
1,050 | 1,050
1,500 | 1,050
2,000 | 2,600
Balustrade Robust | Metal | Sandwich
Aesthetic lights Balustrade | Skirt | Truss | Ambient cladding | Soffit cladding
Traffic lights Floor plate | Decking | Newel | Column
Safety lights Step gap | Comb plate
Drive unit Chain drive | Direct drive
Possible energy efficency class A+++

We reserve the right to make technical modifications to our products at any time and exclude all liability. Shown thresholds depend on configuration details and may vary in individual cases. Availability of options and features also depends on individual configurations. Illustrations aid the general understanding and may differ from the actual design.