Volume 4, No. 2

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Now, see what’s hot at the laundry.

Ty Acton, Editor






You Said It!

"With the Wax Caddie, our wax cloths last about three months instead of two and it rolls to whichever ironer is being worked on. It’s very useful.”

- N.R. Kalra, vice president of Mayflower Textiles, Baltimore, Md.






Corner Quotables

“You can't put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the farther you get."
-- Michael Phelps, 8-time Olympic gold medalist, 2008

“The triumph cannot be had without the struggle.”
-- Wilma Rudolph, 3-time Olympic gold medalist, 1960

“Determination and perseverance move the world; thinking that others will do it for you is a sure way to fail.”
-- Marva Collins, educator

Enjoy a favorite quote? Share it with Tingue Topics. Send it to tacton@tingue.com.

Keep Your Hands To Yourself
Excerpted from Executive Housekeeping Today
By Ty Acton

While equipment manufacturers often include a host of safety precautions in their designs such as red, automatic stop buttons and conveyor guard rails, the automated machinery is still mindless and indifferent to whether it is washing or pressing a uniform, a napkin or a human. Reducing the need for contact with moving parts and making it physically difficult to access the machinery internals play key roles in preventing accidents.

The smooth movement of today’s automated processing lines may sometimes create a false sense of security among workers, who in the desire to perform their jobs well, may skirt safety procedures to free a jammed article. Freeing a towel caught on a metal shelf in an old, aluminum laundry cart by hand is hardly dangerous but freeing a towel caught in the feed roll of a flatwork ironer can be a perilous act that must be discouraged. A better, more modern way to free a jam in an ironer is to install a raising rig system, which instantly raises the rolls and stops their rotation at the push of a button.

Another effective method is to dress the ironer with the proper roll cover in the first place to promote smooth feeding and eliminate the problem that entices workers to engage in risky behaviors. Workers need to be trained and retrained to recognize when such a situation may present a safety hazard. A consistent maintenance program with regular cleaning of appropriate equipment also minimizes the potential for machinery miscues.


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From the Editor

Finding and hiring talented people of good character who enjoy the rewards of hard work has always been a key responsibility of any sales manager. I received an email today from someone interested in becoming a Tingue rep and as I considered his skills and experience, I wondered if this person would still be with us in 30 years. Was he a person of good character? Someone I could entrust to work with people who have been our customers since I was in grade school? Would he value the rewards of hard work?

What I was really asking myself was, “Would this person be like Don Nauta?”

Don Nauta, our rep for New York joined the company in 1979. Congratulations to Don on his nearly 30 years of service.

Call me anytime with questions or email tacton@tingue.com.

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