Rebuilding Ironers Saves Prison
Excerpted from American Laundry News
Correction Enterprises recently completed the rebuild
of three older flatwork ironers at its Chase Laundry plant
in Goldsboro, N.C., a move designed to save state taxpayers
hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Chase Laundry employs 13 staffers and manages more than 75
inmates in a 43,000-square-foot facility that is annually
responsible for processing an average 5.5 million pounds
of inmate rough dry, fluff and finish laundry, as well as
state hospital linens.
The plant's aging American Laundry Machinery Hypro flatwork
ironers had processed millions of pounds of laundry over
more than 30 years in service. Though production rates
remained relatively high and linen quality remained
acceptable, the ironers had begun showing increasing signs
of wear and tear.
"We were having more trouble than we should've been having,
but it happened so gradually over so many years that the
decline was almost invisible until, suddenly, it was a
costly issue," says Jon Robbins, the facility's veteran
laundry manager with nearly 40 years of experience.
While replacement parts were often sourced and installed
in-house to keep the ironers operational, it was becoming
clear to Director of Laundry Operations Ronald Young and
Deputy Director Andrew Artola that the ironers might need
to be replaced or completely refurbished.
Through required state purchasing protocol and procedures,
Talley Machinery was selected to rebuild the equipment, and
a timetable was established.
To avoid disrupting Chase's mid-week operations, Talley's
operational staff met with the affected plant manager in
advance. A three-man crew arrived on a Thursday evening
with a truckload of replacement parts and equipment,
including their own grinders, drillers and other machinery
for repairing any existing parts that could be reused.
Working straight through to Saturday night, they dismantled
the first ironer, checked every part—from the largest rolls
to the tiniest drive train components—against the original
specifications and determined whether each of the hundreds
of parts could be repaired or returned to service, or if it
had to be replaced.
The ironer chests were... Click for whole article as pdf.
The Right Springs Support Heat Transfer, Vacuum
Nearly everyone responsible for keeping flatwork
ironers up and running knows the importance of placing a
layer of metal springs between the roll and the padding.
The springs promote even air flow and consistent heat
transfer to ensure an even rate of moisture removal without
any damp patches. Springs also help compensate for padding
as it wears to maintain roll to chest contact.
But not all springs work as well or as long as others.
Our TingueSprings, for example, use a proprietary, square-
punched design with perforated bands that promote maximum
airflow and allow the vacuum systems to capture and
evacuate moisture at peak efficiency.
Check with your rep for TingueSprings installation
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Sorting Table with Four Wings – New!
Now, our sanitary, all-plastic laundry Sorting Table
has wings rising from all four sides (optional). The raised wings help
corral linens on the table and keep them in easy reach of
workers. This model is in use for catching clean linens
from slings and for sorting soiled.
See more photos of our new table in action here.
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