The National : THE NATIONAL Issue 1 2009
Telephone (02) 8850 1300 FREECALL 1800 222 119 email: email@example.com More Colmac Automation! • SkinnyMac - specialty applications • 3-CPU - triple buck shirt press 240 poh • Pant-A-Matic - one step pant pressing with full crease 150 poh • Laser 1 Sleever - Collar ‘n Cuff, TopCat topper and Buckup legger presses • Smart Veyor and Infiniti - conveyor systems • Nanny Hanger Stand • AutoMac - hangering and pendant conveyor loader • AccuTrak - garment ID system for hangering systems • AccuStat - production tracking for hangering and pressing • Counts, manages and tracks inventory • Interfaces with route accounting software • Monitors operator performance • Easy to use touch screen operation – AccuSort • Soil sort direct to sling or rail system Automated Soil Counting Systems – AccuCounter • Medical Market Marvel – add profits to your business • Only triple buck long garment press in the world! • Up to 240 garments fully pressed per operator hour • Lab coats, chef coats, executive shirts and more Automated hangering system: • Small footprint to save production space • Loads up to 400 hangers per hour • Saves 40% or more in labour costs over manual loading • Superior airflow pattern for unmatched wrinkle removing power • A tunnel for every application • 40 years of steam-air finishing innovation • Fully powered add-on modules for capacity expansion and redundancy Start with accuracy, finish with quality. CFS 2100 Straight Through U-Mac Triple Connie Turbo – when quality matters Butler Colmac Tunnel Finishing COLMAC 38 THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL DRYCLEANER & LAUNDERER, JANUARY/FEBRUARY/MARCH 2009 ANEWERAIN RECLAMATION AND RECYCLING OF WATER CHRISTIAN UHRIG, ECONOVA Econova and other companies have previously addressed the possibility of using recycled water in laundries from both a technical, cost and envi- ronmental point of view. They have explained filtration and disinfection on previous addresses to Launtex and other laundry events across Australia, as reported in the ‘NATIONAL’. “Here are five reasons to recycle water: 1 Save your business 2 Compliance 3 Save money 4 Save water 5 Save the environment What is the appealing point here for those of you in the laundry industry? Probably saving your business. However, legislation may not necessarily wait for you: some Councils and Water Boards will try to make you ‘water conscious’ by making the cost of water supply and disposal a heavy financial imposition. At the end of the day, the pain is (not yet) strong enough to make you want to save water for the sake of it BUT the minute regulations and costs change, THEN you will take steps to save as much water as you can.” Christian updated delegates on a mobile water recycling system which has been installed at Eureka Linen Service and what has been have learned from that exercise. Regrettably, due to a clash of commitments, Paul Robinson of Eureka Linen was unable to attend, but is available to speak to interested persons. “We are grateful to Paul Robinson for his help. Eureka Linen was able to get a government grant due to the dams in Ballarat reaching a critically low level. At Eureka we are now processing 30Kl/hr (30,000 litres). “We found initially that one of the major problems was that we could reclaim the water but could not cool it down fast enough. We had to work out how to get below 38̊C in a reasonable time frame. A cooling tower was installed but obviously we are not so happy about adding chemicals. “If you see a brochure promising an easy ‘plug and play’ solution, be careful. It is not easy. There are many variables in laundry, from the quality of water you start out with, to what your laundry is actually processing through the reclamation plant from your laundry, and the water quality required as an end product. Your recycling provider must work with your chemical supplier and machinery supplier. “Your industry is looking for a recycling rate of 75 – 90%, a design that operates automatically without operator intervention, down to remote alarms of the system for service issues. “You need a reasonable size system because the backwash function can be 5KL, not much good if the system is delivery 3KL! “And you need to accept that this is fairly new technology for your industry and that the quality triangle prevails: good, cheap and fast are the three criteria. “Today you can have it good and fast, which is not so cheap. Or you can expect it to be cheap and fast, but perhaps not so good. In about ten years we predict you will be able to have it cheap and good and fast. The question is, will the legislators give you ten years, or will you need to be proactive?” Christian Uhrig of EcoNova Julie Teer, Michael Chapple, Rob Steer and Japjeet Hunjan of Corrective Services Industries.
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