The National : THE NATIONAL Jan - Feb 2015
• missing feedbands and folder bands. • missing or sticking guide tape tensioners. • A cheap camera and tv screen from Dick Smith might be all you need to check that what goes into your feeder does in fact come out through your folder. You don’t want pieces getting caught. GENERAL. • incorrect weight or length of clothing being used. • keeping needlefelt on ironer too long. • keeping base clothing on ironer too long. • using incorrect guide tape for roller diameters. IRONER CLOTHING. If your ironer has poorly fitted cloth- ing, that is, it is not squarely fitted, is creased or has uneven overhangs, you will have problems. If your reclothe your ironer when it is cold, you can’t fit the clothing correctly. If you don’t cut back overlaps on ironer clothing, including base clothing, or if the base clothing is fit- ted incorrectly (folded back in leading edge) or not inter-lapping needlefelt into base clothing half a turn. If you are using incorrect needlefelt. (e.g. over permitted working steam pres- sure), you will have problems. If you are reclothing rollers individually instead of doing all of the rollers at the same time ... you create problems. Remember, you are PULLING linen through the ironer, not pushing it. Your first roller should be slightly faster, and then the next and so on. The folder should run slighter faster. PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE Weekly • clean dust out of motor fans • trim any fraying belts • vacuum inside panels monthly • check belts and banding adjust tension if required • check for steam and air leaks 3 monthly • check cleanliness of chest • inspect vbelts • check locknuts in bed alignment six months • check oil levels in gearboxes and replace annually • lubricate bearings as required • check springs • check thermal fluid • check burner SAFETY You probably think your staff know how to stop the ironer. Chances are they don’t. I have met people who have worked on ironers for 15 years, feeding linen every day, and they have no idea how to stop the ironer. If there is a problem you think they just have to hit the STOP button, right? What if the hit the stop button for the ironer, but the problem is the feeder, and they aren’t connected? Your electrician can, for a very small fee, wire your feeder, folder and ironer so that ONE BUTTON can turn the whole line off. Which is exactly what you want in the event of an emergency. You need to have Safety Drills with your staff so they don’t hesitate to Hit The Button when they need to. Accidents are rarely one thing, it’s usually a number of things. If you do have an accident on the ironer, the Health and Safety Inspector will want to see a record of train, for every employee who uses the ironer. Check the Filterfab website, there is a whole Training section available to you and your staff. Look at your staff and the clothing they wear. Winter is coming, keep a sharp eye out for bulky cardigans with trailing sleeves. Look out for people who wear flowing clothes, have their long hair loose, wear dangley jewellery. All of these things can, in a moment, cause a terrible accident. You need to have a staff meeting, follow it up with written confirmation, of what you will not allow at the feeder, and ironer. You understand better than your staff what the dangers are. You have a Duty of Care to enforce safety. SUMMARY This was actually just a small part of Anthony’s presentation, he is an absolute goldmine of information for launderers and you could have heard the proverbial pin drop as they took in every point. He is such a passionate speaker even the drycleaners were glued to every word. Perhaps one of the main points to take away is that you can have a great wash program but if you mess up at the ironer your client will just see second rate product, and will be unhappy. A good finish on linen is an essential part of providing a professional laundry service. As Filterfab customers are aware there is much more to know. You can benefit immeasurably from using a professional company to correctly fit quality ironer clothing. Do take time to visit their website www.filterfab.com as it has a wealth of information on product, maintenance, and safety. n 30 THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL DRYCLEANER & LAUNDERER JANUARY FEBRUARY 2015 Morning Tea at the Allied Trader displays, Craig Anderson, Jensen Laundry Systems, with Ross Braisby, Tytex, and Roy Williams of Williams Dry Cleaners.
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