by Russ Ward
It makes me chuckle when I hear people say there are several elevator manufactures. In reality, there are precious few that actually engage in manufacturing. The definition of manufacturing is the making of goods or wares by manual labor or by machinery, especially on a large scale. The rub is that the big four elevator companies do not make goods or wares.
Instead, what they actually do is produce some elevator parts. The rest of the parts are produced by subcontractors that supply several companies. When an order is placed and the elevator leaves the warehouse, it is not recognizable as an elevator at all, but several components that then need to be screwed, wired, bolted, hung and placed inside a pre-existing or stick-built vertical shaft. The real elevator manufacturing takes place inside the vertical stick-built elevator shaft on the job site. Until it is assembled, it is not a ware or a good but a box full of parts.
It would be the same if you ordered a car from your local dealership and were handed the keys and a giant crate full of parts. In a few months, at their convenience, they would send a technician to trudge over to your driveway and put it all together. Of course, because the assembly takes place outside, the work would only be conducted when the weather was nice, and if the manufacturer forgot any of the pieces, work would halt until the part was found and shipped. No one would make the argument that the car was manufactured until the technician was finished putting the pieces together.
You may be thinking I am nitpicking or playing semantic games. Who really cares if the elevator was manufactured or just thrown together on the work site? You should care if you are considering a project that requires an elevator because true manufacturing creates a dynamic where price is lowered as efficiency and quality is increased.
Manufacturing increases efficiency by smoothing out the process of building an elevator into a seamless, step-by-step progression that creates a final product. Adjustments and improvement can be made during the manufacturing process so production time is shortened. Phoenix Modular Elevator’s lead time is only eight weeks for a standard model. Not only that, because it is a finished product, ready for installation, the time to get the elevator up and running on-site is measured in days, not weeks or months. Also, the weather is never a factor in manufacturing an elevator. It is produced on an assembly line indoors with no delays due to rain, snow or sleet.
Also, having a manufacturing process is a way to decrease product cost. Logically, it follows that if it takes a shorter time to manufacture an elevator, fewer costs are incurred during manufacturing. Total man hours are reduced, and having all of the parts available line side means a smooth-running process that cuts costs. There are no charges for travel time to and from the job for the whole installation crew and there is rarely a time that the elevator is in the way of the rest of the construction taking place. Don’t believe me? Here is a video testimonial of an actual customer that was amazed at the process and the results.
The secret to the Phoenix Modular Elevator manufacturing process is that our elevators are built horizontally. This makes it easier and faster to make, resulting in increased quality. More attention to detail can be accomplished in a horizontally-built unit in a factory setting, where strict tolerances are observed.
Lastly, manufacturing an elevator increases safety not only during the manufacturing phase, but also for the overall job site. Workers are not vertically assembling parts and pieces in less than optimal weather conditions. Most fatal accidents in construction zones are due to falls from heights, and open elevator door hatches and a protruding elevator shaft only exacerbate this problem. Until the elevator contractor finishes the installation, accidents and injuries are an increased probability. With a factory-built elevator, the finished product rolls off the factory line onto a truck and is freighted to the job site, where it is craned into place. All the while, the doors for all of the floors are closed and locked. There are no open hatches to contend with, just a finished and set elevator. Reduced injuries and work hazards are always a benefit for the contractor and workers.
Manufacturing is the best option when the project requires an elevator. Just remember there are only two true manufacturers, and Phoenix Modular Elevator is one of them. We are ready to provide you with the best manufactured, quality elevator built to your specifications. For more information about what makes manufactured elevators a better option, visit www.phoenixmodularelevator.com.
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