The 65th Annual Convention and Exposition is underway for the National Association of Elevator Contractors. This year, it is being held in San Antonio, Texas. One of the important elements of the NAEC is the educational sessions, where attendees can learn about various topics affecting our industry and enhance their certifications as Certified Elevator Technicians and Certified Accessibility Technicians.
Here, James Boydston of Handi-Lift Inc., long-time Garaventa Lift representatives, teaches a class on the certifications programs, C.A.T. and C.E.T.
Garaventa Lift is once again very proud to be associated with The New American Home, a state-of-the-art show home being built in conjunction with the International Builders Show. We originally became involved when another home elevator manufacturer fell through on their promise to provide an elevator for the project, apparently due to quality concerns with the product. The day it was supposed to ship, they informed the builder that they were pulling out of the project.
That left the builder in a very difficult position, as the time for ordering a replacement elevator was extremely tight. Fortunately, they contacted Garaventa Lift and we were able to come to the rescue, installing a brand-new Elvoron In-Line Home Elevator in record time. Needless to say, the organizers were very impressed with Garaventa Lift. We are now the preferred home elevator manufacturer for the National Association of Home Builders.
Angelo Sahagun shows off his work area to Peter Rice, an auditor who is conducting an independent audit of every work station at Garaventa Lift, including all of the offices. He is looking for conformance to the principles of “5S” – sort, simplify, sweep, standardize and sustain.
Each department is rated on each of the 5 elements using a five point scale. Every work station, every department, and the company as a whole are all expected to show significant continuous improvement.
The scoring criteria for every element are posted in all departments, along with the most recent audit results and action items to be completed in order to increase the score for the next audit. Weekly “walk around” inspections ensure that the program remains a top priority.