How Non-Proprietary Elevators May Save You Money Over Time
Non-proprietary elevators may save building owners money over time. In the elevator industry elevators are categorized as either “proprietary” or “non-proprietary”. Having an understanding of what distinguishes proprietary from non-proprietary should be understood as part of your purchase decision.
Proprietary elevators can only be maintained and serviced by employees of the original elevator manufacturer. The elevator manufacturer controls this by making critical technical information, specialized service tools and diagnostic equipment only available to their employees.
This leaves the building owner with limited options for maintenance of a proprietary elevator – all elevator servicing must be arranged through the elevator manufacturer.
Essentially, the elevator manufacturer has control over the costs associated with repairs, replacement parts and maintenance of your elevator.
Third parties may try to service a proprietary elevator but the original elevator manufacturer makes it very difficult, if not impossible, for these service providers to diagnose and repair a proprietary elevator.
Non-proprietary elevators are manufactured and sold without any restrictions on parts, availability of technical information and service manuals.
Service and maintenance can be done by any qualified elevator technician. This means that maintenance providers and installers are competing against each other – so prices remain competitive.
Owners of proprietary elevators must wait for the availability of a technician from the manufacturer’s pool of technicians. In some cases, that may mean a delay before a technician can service your elevator.
With non-proprietary elevators the building owner is free to contact any qualified elevator technician who is available when needed.
Save Money Over Time
You may be asking yourself: If non-proprietary elevators are less expensive to own and maintain, why do people buy proprietary elevators?
The answer lies in the business model of the big manufacturers: proprietary elevator manufacturers are able to sell their elevators for a lower up-front cost because they know they will make up the revenue through service and maintenance over the life of the elevator.
A non-proprietary elevator manufacturer can’t low-ball the price of an elevator in the same way because he may, or may not, get future service or maintenance work from the building owner.
Whether you are looking for a new elevator, or modernization of an older elevator be sure you understand the costs associated not only with the initial purchase of your elevator, but have an understanding of the costs that are associated with maintaining and servicing your elevator over time.
All GMV Elevators are non-proprietary.
It’s not just the controller that’s proprietary with a GMV elevator. It’s the complete elevator.