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Proprietary vs. Non-Proprietary Equipment Which Is For You?


Elevators are complex systems that require specialized equipment to ensure safe and efficient operation. When it comes to selecting elevator equipment, building owners and managers often have to choose between proprietary and non-proprietary solutions. In this blog, we’ll explore the differences between proprietary and non-proprietary elevator equipment and the benefits of choosing a non-proprietary approach.  


Proprietary Elevator Equipment

Proprietary elevator equipment refers to components and systems that are designed, manufactured, and maintained by a single manufacturer or supplier. These proprietary systems are often customized to work exclusively with each other, limiting compatibility with third-party components and service providers. While proprietary solutions may offer certain advantages, such as seamless integration and dedicated support, they also come with drawbacks, including:

  • Limited Choice: Building owners may be locked into using a single manufacturer for maintenance and repairs, limiting their options and potentially leading to higher costs.
  • Higher Costs: Proprietary equipment and services can come with premium price tags, increasing the total cost of ownership over time.
  • Dependency: Relying on a single manufacturer for maintenance and support can create dependency and reduce flexibility in managing elevator systems.


Non-Proprietary Elevator Equipment

Non-proprietary elevator equipment, on the other hand, refers to components and systems that are standardized and compatible with a wide range of manufacturers and service providers. Non-proprietary solutions offer greater flexibility and choice, allowing building owners to select equipment from different manufacturers and choose service providers based on their needs and preferences. The benefits of non-proprietary elevator equipment include:

  • Freedom of Choice: Building owners have the freedom to choose from a variety of manufacturers and service providers, enabling them to select the best options for their specific requirements.
  • Cost-Effectiveness: Non-proprietary equipment tends to be more competitively priced, offering cost savings over proprietary solutions.
  • Flexibility: With non-proprietary equipment, building owners can easily switch service providers or upgrade components without being locked into a single supplier.

As an American Elevator Group company, we specialize in non-proprietary elevator equipment, giving you the freedom to choose your service provider moving forward. Our non-proprietary solutions offer unmatched flexibility, cost-effectiveness, and peace of mind, allowing you to manage your elevator systems with confidence. With American Elevator Group, you’re not just getting superior equipment—you’re getting the freedom to make the choices that are right for your building.  



In conclusion, the choice between proprietary and non-proprietary elevator equipment can have significant implications for building owners and managers. While proprietary solutions may offer certain advantages, non-proprietary solutions provide greater flexibility, choice, and cost-effectiveness. With American Elevator Group’s expertise in non-proprietary solutions, you can trust us to deliver superior elevator equipment and unparalleled support, empowering you to make the best decisions for your building’s needs.