The FALLBLOC climbing protection is attached to the ascension ladders at the towers of practically all cable transport systems, protecting against falling.
Imoos turns twenty
IMMOOS has used its inventive genius and innovative ideas to launch numerous products to the market. This year, this manufacturer of recovery systems is celebrating its 20-year anniversary, looking back upon a large portion of the eventful history of cable lift rescue systems. Particularly the SS1 self-propelled cable carriage was an important milestone for IMMOOS. Using the SS1, one rescuer can perform a recovery all by himself so the traditional two-man rescue system is more and more being replaced.
“Previously, a second rescuer was needed to retard the primary rescuer on the cable using a cable brake. Communication was difficult and very long cables were often required”, explains Managing Director Florian Immoos. Using the SS1, however, only helpers are required to collect the passengers on the ground. “Professionally trained secondary rescuers are not needed.
As the recovery process using the SS1 is also faster, the number of trained rescuers can me more than cut in half”, Immoos points out. More than 1,000 SS1 cable carriages have been sold so far. The system can be fitted with a power drive enabling it to go up slopes as steep as 1 : 5.
The IMMOOS field sales consultants Guy Morier, Florian Immoos, Thomas Reisch, Sepp Immoos and Patrick Gschwind
Solutions saving a lot of money
At any rate, IMMOOS is the partner to turn to when it comes to difficult cases of challenging recoveries. Where rappeling was impossible, a rescue cable line was often required. “In several instances we were able to develop rescue solutions in which the passengers were recovered along the transport line’s cable.
In many projects we get involved during the planning phase before the line even gets built”, Immoos explains. Due to his rich experience working with the authorities, IMMOOS knows what is needed to get construction permits.
1997 Beat Immoos started the company
IMMOOS BERGUNGSTECHNIK in
Oberarth, Switzerland, using his 25-year
experience in the field of cable transport
1999 Immoos converts the company
to a limited company, reacting to the
company’s solid growth and to a permanently
changing economic backdrop.
2003 IMMOOS Bergungs- und Sicherheitssysteme
GmbH expands to Austria,
establishing a subsidiary with the same
name in Lauterach.
2017 IMMOOS celebrates its 20-year
The evolution of cable carriages from the A, B and C type carriages (from left) to the self-retarding SS1. Photos: IMMOOS
Firmly anchored in the industry
The huge know-how IMMOOS commands is based on many years of experience. It all started on February 1, 1997.That was the day when Beat Immoos opened his own business following several years’ employment at cable transport system manufacturer GARAVENTA. “20 years ago, my uncle Beat hit the ideal moment in time to specialize in cable transport rescue systems.
He managed to build partnerships that still last to this day with nearly all system manufacturers”, says his nephew Florian Immoos who took over the company in 2013.Florian‘s father Sepp Immoos has been working for IMMOOS since the early days, too.
He was significantly involved in the design of many of the innovative new products. The Swiss company currently employing 15 people is well-established as a specialist in cable transport rescue systems. The company is based in Oberarth, Switzerland, with a subsidiary in Lauterach, Austria.
IMMOOS managing director Florian Immoos (center) was rewarded the ski area test bowl for designing the innovative SS1 cable carriage while Beat and Sepp Immoos received honorary awards for their lifetime achievement.
Quallity rather than quanty
Using these locations, IMMOOS developed superior customer orientation. “We mainly focus on the Alps. For us, quality is more important than quantity. Or highly competent field sales consultants are doing excellent jobs, customer satisfaction is very high. We like to keep it that way“, says Immoos. Only then will IMMOOS remain what it is today for the next 20 years, a guarantor of revolutions of rescue systems. ts