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emptied at day's end and sheets are not left dangling overnight will ensure unnecessary problems don't creep in." David added that if drying out was a problem, it could be a matter of adjusting press pressure to leave them slightly damper. This innovation could be retrofit to older machines, but it is designed to work with Logic 2000, Logic and Logic Plus and Quickfeed. Logic Plus Feeder automation takes people off the ironer, but there is an option of manual and small piece folding. It is height adjustable, according to ISO standards, to accommodate shorter people. In Queensland it works with a QuickFeed. "It rejects from the feeding station -- or you can put a scanner on -- JenScan. Length of linen measured by photocells within a minimum of 200 mm "The optimised switch track design is capable of 1800 sheets per hour, though we have counted slightly less. There are a few Logic Plus Feeders in Australia now getting 1500 sheets an hour. "We prefer a six station feeder, but you can have the recommended 4 station feeder. "RFID is reasonably cheap today, RFID chips are less than 50 cents each and have a life expectancy of 2 -- 3 years. The technology is available." Anthony Kingsley asked how long before feeders operate without people at the sheet feeder. David remarked that a Jensen towel folder -- Evolution -- already has this technology, which may become commonplace five years from now. "But to my mind, one of the most interesting things on the horizon is the steamless laundry. The first gas heated oil ironer, with adjustable temperatures of 180˚C -- 220˚C is available. Jensen is looking at a gas tunnel and it will be on the market in two years. The technology is developing and steam free laundries are coming "It takes out a piece of equipment, and with it will go dosing chemicals, water, housing, footprint, boiler certificate, and the dangers of explosion. "In Sydney, a gas ironer was installed in three hours and the customer is very happy. While it costs 10% more than a standard ironer to buy, it costs less to run: energy is not lost through the steam piping. This is particularly important in those areas which experience colder temperatures, and where long steam lines lose energy through radiant heat. "The heated oil flows through the gas ironer in about 20 minutes and you could literally come in on a Saturday morning, just run the ironer to do a load of sheets, without firing up any other plant." Nick Rakic added that another advantage is that you can now locate the ironer in an area of the plant convenient for you that it might not have been suited to before, due to piping. Additionally, consider that with a steam ironer you have to reduce pressure and wait for it to cool to go from 220˚C to 180˚C if you are dropping from cotton sheets to polyester table clothes. With the oil heated ironers the temperature difference is almost instantaneous from the moment you dial it up. Q: Peter James: "Jensen certainly look after big laundries. What about the small laundries out there? 46 THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL DRYCLEANER & LAUNDERER, MAY/JUNE/JULY 2008 S. L. P. SERVICES PTY LTD Dick Smith Manager, 24 Loretto Ave., Fern Tree Gully 3156 Mobile: 0407 586 682 'Phone: (03) 9758 6682 Fax: (03) 9758 1877 SL P Specialists in Industrial Laundry Equipment New Members from Kangaroo Island Laundry, Angela and Peter Kildea felt right at home at the Welcome Party, seen, here chatting with Brenton Barker (Minda Inc.), a Filterfab National Awardee, and a former TRLA SA President.
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