Signs Point to Prevention
from Textile Rental
equipment manufacturers often include a host of safety precautions
in their designs such as red automatic stop buttons and conveyor
guardrails, the automated machinery is still mindless. It’s
indifferent as to whether it’s pressing a sheet, 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.
movement of today’s automated processing lines may create
a false sense of security among workers. In their desire to
perform their jobs well, they may skirt safety procedures
to free a jammed article. Freeing a towel by hand when it’s
caught on a metal shelf in an old, aluminum laundry cart is
hardly dangerous. But freeing a towel caught in the feed roll
of a flatwork ironer can be a perilous act. It must be discouraged.
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 could pose a safety hazard. A consistent,
preventative maintenance program covering gears, chains, steam
and electrical systems, pads, springs, covers and other aspects
also minimizes the potential for machinery miscues. For example,
consider ironer lubrication and cleaning. Performed on each
ironer at regular intervals throughout the day using the proper
wax, lubrication/cleaning allows flatwork to glide through
the ironer with ease.
even one wax session allows dirt and grime to build up. That,
in turn, degrades product quality and triggers ‘go backs.’
Critically, it also can cause the feeding difficulties that
tempt workers to manually adjust or coax the flatwork into
the feed roll, thus risking injury. Workers need to learn
a healthy respect for the front roll.
more ideas to strengthen safety in the laundry.
Casters and Save
carts have become larger and tougher as they’re asked
to haul bigger, heavier loads and casters have been improved
to keep up with the demands. Then why do your casters keep
failing while the carts remain perfectly intact?
because casters have improved doesn’t mean your cart
supplier is specifying quality casters. If your casters can’t
handle the weight of your laundry, if your people complain
they don’t roll smoothly or if they make too much noise
then don’t wait until they collapse as your clean linens
tumble out of the truck in front of your biggest customer’s
hotel or hospital and your worker grumbles about your carts
on his way to the emergency room.
line of replacement casters delivers the heavy
load bearing strength needed to handle your biggest carts
with the smooth roll of premium casters at an economy price
averaging 20% less than comparable casters. We put every model
through punishing tests in our test laboratory and every one
of them earned high marks.
here for sizes and photos.
Maxi-Press Membranes Names Talley Machinery Exclusive Distributor
press manufacturers often provide membranes that quickly deteriorate,
contaminate the cake and demand replacement in as little as
10 to 12 weeks. But Maxi-Press Elastomertechnik, a high-tech
elastomer company in Germany, has developed more durable press
membranes that last up to twice as long as many OEM press
press replacement membranes are fitted for several models
They are in stock
today and ready for immediate shipping to your laundry from
Talley Machinery, the only source for this advanced membrane
line in North America.
here for details and free literature.