How to Accurately Order Your Elevator Interior System

When filling out your order form, remember to complete every space. Omissions on the form can prevent your customers from receiving their products on time. So, even if you think your elevator interior partner doesn’t need to know your existing ceiling details, , or front wall information, these details are critical. Without them, a project can stall for days, or even weeks, while an additional field visit is necessary to gather the pertinent information.

A proactive approach, and a small amount of time now, ensures your customers get their elevator interiors on time and that your project can proceed as scheduled.

Measure Twice, Cut Once

Accurate measurements ensure optimal results, so it’s worth taking the time to measure twice. It’s important that your elevator interior partner knows everything about your cab. Some tips to help you get started:

  • Always measure from the cab itself – not the drawings.
  • Measure to the nearest 1/16th of an inch. Some manufacturers have a built-in safety margin, so if you’re slightly off, it won’t show up on the wall.
  • For accurate wall measurements, measure from one corner to the middle and make a mark. Measure from the other corner to the mark, and add those two figures.
  • If you’re not sure how to accurately measure a feature (e.g. a radius), snap a picture and email it to your interior provider for more information. A technician will be able to walk you through it.

And remember: fill in every space! This includes transom dimensions, COP location, and more. Blank spots can delay your project and cause errors.

Elevator interiors should be easy and convenient on installation day – but that’s not enough. The entire process, from start to finish, should be designed to help your team get the job done on time and on budget. The ordering process sets the tone for the entire project. Is it simple? Expedient? When it is, not only will customers be highly-satisfied with their interiors – they’ll know who to turn to for their next project.

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What Custom vs. Modified vs. Standard Means at SnapCab

Elevators rely on balance to operate safely and efficiently. Balance is equally essential to the success of your elevator interior projects: you need to evaluate timelines and budgets – without compromising aesthetics – and deliver solutions that work. Which is the best way to do that: standard, modified, or custom interiors? Read on to weigh your options.

SnapCab: Redefining “Standard” Elevator Interiors

SnapCab’s patented system of interlocking panels work with virtually any elevator cab. You simply choose a design and the features your client wants from our comprehensive catalog. It’s that easy.

Benefits of opting for a standard SnapCab elevator interior model include:

  • Major Efficiencies. Modular systems allow for maximized yields on raw materials, streamlined production practices, and utilization of standard components. Every step of the process, from quoting and approvals, to ordering and installing, is faster – and much less expensive.
  • Wide array of Design Options. Often, though, when people hear “standard,” they think “boring Z clip laminate panels.” And that can be true – of other systems. SnapCab’s interiors are designed for adaptability. A modular system starts with a standard panel configuration. The composition of the layers has a myriad of color and texture choices built in that allow for flexible design combinations.
  • Code Compliance without the Hassle. Standard products are end-use configuration tested. For example, wall panels consist of a surface material, substrate, and adhesive. All of these are tested as a complete assembly to ensure they comply with applicable codes. Straight out of the catalog, you can be assured that these systems meet applicable fire regulations.
  • Innovative Materials. Through the use of innovative materials, notably Gorilla® Glass, Móz, and Gage, standard cabs can pop with color and come alive with clarity and beauty. You can achieve exact color matches and take advantage of beautiful patterns and textures.

Other materials, such as Wilsonart® Laminate, Wilsonart® Compact, and Rigidized® Metals, offer the perfect blend of form and function, helping achieve the right look and feel.

SnapCab’s standard models offer versatility, variety, and results that won’t break the budget or your schedule. Not to mention, they look great.

Need Something Else? Modified Elevator Interiors

Modified elevator interiors use existing designs and layouts as a foundation and alter them to fit the cab and the client’s needs. Say, for instance, that you like the Prism model, but you only want the Gorilla Glass on the back wall to save some money or it better fits your buildings design. SnapCab will then quote you a Modified Prism with whatever material from the catalog you want on the side walls. This is one case in which a modified interior can help you achieve your project goals.

Benefits of working with a modified elevator interior include:

  • Greater Flexibility. If the standard model doesn’t have quite the right look, you can alter standard catalog models to create a perfect fit. We can modify layouts, material combinations, inlay styles, and other elements to accommodate your needs.
  • Cost- and Time-Savings. Modifying an existing model is less expensive and requires far less lead time than undertaking a full custom job. The base for the modified interior already exists: you don’t have to wait for manufacturers or suppliers to reinvent that wheel. They just need to enhance it a bit.
  • Code Compliance. Because you’re not building from scratch, the modified SnapCab models will still be end-use configuration tested. This ensures they’re code-compliant when you receive them.

While a great solution for any number of projects, modified interiors do have a few drawbacks:

  • Increased Cost. Yes, we did just say modified interiors saved you money! And they do – compared to custom jobs. Alterations, though, may push the cost higher than a standard model. Swapping finishes or switching for a higher-end material, for instance, will likely increase the price.
  • Slightly Longer Processes. Again, this is compared to standard models. Catalog versions, for instance, can be quoted in minutes. For a modified interior, that can slightly extend the quoting time-frame to a day or two. Likewise, lead times can be longer and, depending on the modifications, installation may be more time-consuming.

Starting from Scratch: Custom Cabs

Custom interiors are built from the ground up, so to speak, with each detail tailored to the exact specifications of the client. This can apply to every aspect of the interior, from panel size, material, and finishes to ceilings, inlays, and toe kicks.

Now, when most people hear “custom,” they tend to think “better!” There is certainly a cache to custom models, and the results can be stunning. The benefits of customized cabs include:

  • They can meet client specifications exactly. This enables architects and designers to create interiors that complement the rest of the building without compromising on any detail.
  • They allow unlimited freedom. While professionals still have to work within applicable guidelines and regulations, they are not limited to specific color pallets, finishes, or material choices.

Here comes the “but.” But custom does have a number of disadvantages, including:

  • Lost Efficiencies. The efficiencies offered by standard is lost with custom jobs. Manufacturers essentially have to start from zero and build something they’ve never built before. This means it takes longer to do everything – from quoting to ordering to installing. As we mentioned earlier, for example, a standard cab takes a few minutes to quote, while a modified interior may take an extra day. Custom quotes can take a week or longer. And this is just one piece of the process.
  • Increased Cost. The lengthened processes and need to custom-manufacture each element drives the cost higher.
  • Mandated Testing. Custom interiors are not usually covered under the end-use configuration testing that SnapCab conducts on its standard models. This means that each assembly has to be tested to ensure that it meets applicable regulations. Failure to comply can cause costly delays.

Before you set your mind to custom, though, make sure you talk to one of our Interior Specialists to see if there is a standard or modified interior that closely meets your projects needs. Often, alternative materials or methods can render a custom job unnecessary. A value-engineered solution may be able to save customers money – and save you time and headaches. The lead-time for Snapcab to fabricate an interior can fluctuate based on design. For instance, and standard interior will take less time to fab a cab compared to a custom design, so get started today!

When completing an elevator interior build or remodel, you have to weigh budgets, timelines, and aesthetic concerns and help your customer install a solution that will meet their specific needs. In most cases, standard or modified can help you find the right balance.

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Everything You Need To Know About the SnapCab Elevator Interior System

The elevator was the key to the modern city; it revolutionized the entire nature of buildings – and how people interact with them. In an industry built on innovation and problem-solving, SnapCab continues to develop creative solutions for 21st century needs and challenges.

With over 15,000 installations across the continent, strong relationships with all major elevator maintenance companies, and strategic partnerships with heavyweights like Corning Incorporated, SnapCab has become the undisputed leader in elevator interior systems. But we’re not letting that slow us down; continuous innovation and improvement continues to be the foundation of our high-rising company.

What Is The SnapCab System?

The SnapCab elevator interior system consists of modular, interlocking panels that stack one on top of the other. Thanks to this streamlined installation method pioneered by SnapCab Founder and CEO Glenn Bostock, the job can be done in a fraction of the time and at a fraction of the cost. Instead of days, elevators can be remodeled in hours. One-day installation delivers significant cost savings to customers and ensures minimal downtime for their elevators.

Our system makes remodeling elevators interiors a far more efficient process in two main ways:

    1. Before Installation: SnapCab’s modular systems relieve the headache of code compliance and weight restrictions when planning and designing new elevator interiors. All SnapCab products are E84 tested in their end use-configurations, so that the interiors meet the ASME code requirements. And every quote comes with the product weights listed so there’s no guesswork.

 

  • During Installation: Not only are the interlocking panels simple and quick to install, the process is also streamlined because we include every single item elevator mechanics need to complete the job – right down to the garbage bags to dispose of the waste. This entirely eliminates the downtime for trips to the hardware store or back to the shop. At the same time, we do not sacrifice aesthetics for ease and convenience. Customers can choose from an enormous variety of quality materials, finishes, and styles so that they meet their unique design goals and create the look and feel they want.

 

Why Elevator Interiors? SnapCab: A History of Craftsmanship and Problem Solving

The seeds for SnapCab were sown in Glenn Bostock’s parents’ basement, where, as a child, he spent hours working with wood. After studying Fine Wood Working at Bucks County Community College and apprenticing as an ecclesiastical furniture maker, Glenn opened his own shop specializing in high-end furniture and custom cabinetry, as well as wood repair and refinishing.

One day, a company contacted Glenn about remodeling its elevators to match the reception desk. As word got out, he spent more and more time remodeling elevator interiors, a job few people did – and one that was slowed and complicated by the arduous practice of removing the entire cab to work on it, or using complicated clip systems that took 3 to 4 days to install.

To remedy this, Glenn developed his patented panel system: SnapCab was born, and we have been helping customers save time, money, and aggravation on remodels and new builds for 20 years.

A craftsman at heart, Glenn and the SnapCab team devote exacting, meticulous care into all of our work. The result is visually stunning interiors that meet applicable codes – and customers’ high expectations.

Less Hassle, Better Results: The Simple SnapCab Philosophy

SnapCab’s philosophy can be summed up easily: Elevator interiors simplified. Everything – from designing to ordering to installing – is designed for ease, convenience, and superior results. The emphasis on simplicity, value, and exceptional customer service is intertwined through every facet of the business:

  • On Time: Panels – and everything teams needs to install them – are delivered on time, as evidenced by our better than 98% on time delivery over the last 3 years.
  • Ready To Go: Our team completes as much work in the factory as possible to save clients’ install time and to reduce the impact on the building’s occupants.
  • Tailored To the Customer: We respect the individual budgets and timelines of each unique project – and the team will work tirelessly to meet each customer’s individual needs.
  • 360 Degree Support: Friendly, expert advice is available throughout the process from start to finish.
  • Safety Obsessed:Quality, Compliance, Ease, and Efficiency – these are pillars of the SnapCab system. But they all take a backseat to the most critical factor: safety.
  • No Fear Culture: Innovation is a way of life for the SnapCab team; we encourage our employees to solve problems with creative collaboration.

Ordered, Personalized, Delivered: A Look at the SnapCab Manufacturing Process

SnapCab panels and systems are made to order and manufactured in the USA, as well as Canada. After customers select the panel style they want and we receive the measurements, we get to work manufacturing them in one of our facilities.

The models in our catalog can be modified to fit specific aesthetic requirements, so clients always have the ability and flexibility to achieve their design goals. Altering their design to fit within standard models cuts down on the cost and time of fully custom jobs – without cutting down on aesthetics and quality.

Additionally, with free design services, including presentation boards and 3D renderings, customers can see their design coming to life before their interior ever arrives in the building.

All of our catalogue models are E84 end-use configuration tested. That is, the individual components are assembled as a unit (as they will be in the customer’s elevator interior) and then tested to ensure safety and code-compliance.

Lean and Mean: How Smarter Manufacturing Enables Better Customer Service

SnapCab values continuous improvement. The Lean Manufacturing model encourages our entire team to innovate ways to improve quality, reduce lead-time, decrease waste, and focus on teamwork and effective communications. What does this mean for our customers? High-quality products delivered on time, at the lowest possible cost and with greater efficiency.

We employ methods such as 5S (Sort, Shine, Set in order, Standardize, and Sustain), Total Productive Maintenance, Kanbans, Value Stream Mapping, and more, to efficiently and quickly provide high-quality products for exceptional elevator interiors – and pass the cost and resource savings on to our customers.

Our Lean manufacturing process was one of the factors that caught the eye of Corning Incorporated (creators of Gorilla® Glass). Together, we can leverage our respective histories of innovation to develop creative solutions for the next generation of elevator interiors.

Remodels and New Builds: Simplify Your Elevator Interiors

SnapCab systems work with all elevator cab shells; our versatile solutions can and will enhance the appearance and durability of our customers’ interiors. In addition to world-class interior panels and ceilings, we provide thoughtful, timely, and high-quality service and support to simplify remodels – or new builds – every step of the way.

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