With the growing demands on today's heavy duty vehicle lifts, industry leader Stertil-Koni emphasized the importance of product certification by the Automotive Lift Institute (ALI) combined with a regular program of scheduled maintenance and annual lift inspection to ensure maximum performance and operational safety.
Certification, as ALI notes on its website, "is a system whereby an independent, third-party organization determines that a manufacturer has the ability to produce a product that complies with a specific set of standards. Certification further authorizes the manufacturer to use the controlled label of the third party on listed products representing the certified model." Another component of the program is that certified products "undergo periodic re-evaluation and are required to be produced within the requirements of a documented quality program."
In making the announcement, Stertil-Koni USA President, Dr. Jean DellAmore, stated, "The ALI Gold Label, indicating product certification, is fundamental to ensuring the highest quality standards in the lift industry. It assures the customer that a particular lift model is in electrical and mechanical compliance with established and agreed-upon standards." Dr. DellAmore further noted that ALI does not issue conditional or partial certifications. "In fact," Dr. Dellamore observed, "ALI notes that a 'lift is certified and bears a third-party certification label or it is not certified.' That's powerful."
Stertil-Koni also stressed that heavy-duty vehicle lifts should be serviced regularly in accordance with the manufacturer's recommended schedule. "Safety is paramount," Dr. DellAmore emphasized, "and routine servicing is the way to go." He also added that Stertil-Koni concurs with ALI on the important topic of lift inspections. "We support ALI's recommendation that vehicle lifts be inspected at least once per year, or more frequently if specified."
Concluded Dr. DellAmore, "The combination of certification, servicing and inspection are three key components that can clearly elevate heavy duty lifting safety and performance to new heights."