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Jono G. [[log in to unmask]] writes:

> huh???  so, they're getting some one-off single custom made
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I'm betting ALL chairlifts are pretty much custom made. There isn't
enough worldwide volume of any one particular type that they're getting
mass-produced 100,000-1000,000 at a time in some super-factory in
Austria or China. While the design from any one manufacturer may be
fairly stable, the fabrication processes would be pretty straight-ahead,
with very little custom tooling for mass production. The bench and yoke
assemblies may be simply contracted out to smaller fabricators, and
there surely aren't huge warehouses full of lift-chairs in distribution.
Instead they likely get built up as the orders come in. The design &
fabrication of a hundred single-chairs isn't dramatically more expensive
than anything else.

What probably DOES have a fair amount of custom-tooling are the cable
grip components for detachable chairs simply because they have to-
forging dies are required, whether you're building 100, or 100,000, but
if you've paid for the dies, you tend to use them until they're toast
rather than build new ones every 10 orders. Some of the components for
the transmission & braking systems are in this category too.  Fixed-grip
attachments my or may not be custom, depending on the type (some are
welded directly to the cable, some have forged hinge pieces that get
clamped or welded to the cable, and it may depend on the pulley system
design how that all works.)

How much does it cost for a one-off custom made dump of 24" of snow for
southern New England, d'ya figure? :-) (These thaws are MISERABLE!)

dana
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