Kurt Reubi is project manager for elevator systems at Wincasa. He knows the lift industry like the back of his hand - from installation, service and repair to the sale of systems, he has worked in a wide variety of positions. In this interview, he explains what is important when installing a lift and why the Panorama elevator at the Rhine Falls was his most important project to date.
Kurt, your job title is project manager for elevator systems. How did you get this job?
I decided to switch to the lift industry after my apprenticeship. Since then, I've worked in a wide variety of positions - from installation, service and repair to team leader and sales of lift systems. Thanks to my many years of wide-ranging experience and my further training as an operating technician HF, I was able to take on the role of project manager for elevator systems at Wincasa. Here I am the contact person for various stakeholders in complex issues relating to elevators.
What does your day-to-day work look like?
As I have a central hub function, I am always in contact with various stakeholders such as owners, elevator manufacturers and internal specialist departments. I deal with issues such as budget planning, support for complex problem solutions, quality assurance and contract negotiations.
Do you do this job as a member of staff or as part of a team?
As a project manager for elevator systems, I am an expert in the field of transport systems, but I work closely with internal specialist departments. Together, we look for innovative solutions that help us move forward as a company.
What should you pay particular attention to when installing lifts?
Lift installations must be planned properly and carefully. It is particularly important to follow legislation, standards and guidelines precisely, as personal safety and system safety are paramount. A lift installation is dangerous due to the fall height. Therefore, all necessary precautions must be taken to minimize the risk of accidents as much as possible.
Do you sometimes take the stairs despite your job?
Not on principle....No, just for fun. To stay fit, I try to get enough exercise every day and sometimes take the stairs.
Your biggest/most important project to date? And why?
The panoramic elevator at the Rhine Falls was a very interesting project, as this place is visited and used by thousands of travelers worldwide. Technologically, it was also a very challenging project, as this elevator has to withstand all weathers and the demands on the design were very high.
What is your favorite lift music?
I like lounge music in the elevator, as this type of music has a relaxing effect on me.