Funifor

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A funifor is a type of aerial lift or aerial tramway patented by Doppelmayr Garaventa Group which consists of two guide ropes and a haul rope loop per cabin.[1] The drives of the two cabins are not interconnected with two reversible cabins running on parallel tracks. At the top of each track, the haul rope for that track loops back to the bottom instead of looping over to serve the other track as occurs with a normal aerial tramway. In other words, a funifor's propulsion is not returned to the opposite direction for use by the other vehicle.[2] Because of this unique feature, a funifor offers the following advantages when compared to an aerial tramway:

  • Cabins operated independently of each other which allows higher capacities and reduced wait times;
  • Intermediary stations possible in locations other than midpoint;
  • Maintenance/shut down of one line does not affect the operation of the other line;
  • In event of emergency evacuation, cabins can be equipped with bridging equipment to allow passengers to move from disabled cabin to the operational line;
  • High wind stability owing to horizontal distance between the two guide ropes comprising each track;[1][3]

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  1. ^ a b "Funifor". Doppelmayr Garaventa Group. Retrieved 2014-03-24. 
  2. ^ The Gondola Project Aerial Technologies, Lesson 8: Funifor - Retrieved on 2010-06-26
  3. ^ "Doppelmayr: A convenient trip to the Portavescovo with the Funifor". ropeways.net (SEC - Software Engineering Center, Wanker & Viehauser OEG). 2006-08-11. Archived from the original on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2007-01-13. 

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