The National : THE NATIONAL Issue 3 2009
THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL DRYCLEANER & LAUNDERER, VOLUME 59 #3 2009 25 This is done so that you can’t move your hand into the danger zone after the head has begun to close. Without this safety, you could depress the buttons (and begin the steam head lowering onto the bucks) and then move your hand onto the buck and then sucking on a morphine pump for a few weeks. Now the safeties are in place, but productivity is the compromise. In the old days you could send in the bucks on your Ajax sleeve press and be unloading the collar/cuff machine before the heads on the sleever had even lifted to the proper pressing position, never mind having closed! You could really get production that is virtually impossible today due to built in – albeit most important – safety features. The biggest issue that I see is that there is no indication as to when you have held the indexing buttons for long enough. Perhaps every one of us has endeavored to actuate a press, only to find that the head comes up immediately because we didn’t hold the buttons down long enough. Then, in frustration, we attempt it again. Sometimes even a third time. And then, we hold the buttons down for what is perhaps an exaggerated length of time. The manufacturers all say the same thing: hold the buttons down until the (in the case of sending in a body buck into the pressing position) buck is half way in. I guess if you miss that “half way” point by a tenth of a millimeter, the machine laughs at you and sends the buck back out so that you can try again. The real problem is when an operator has taught himself to never let that happen and they depress the indexing buttons until the heads close or nearly close; that is, too long a period of time. Production is affected in this scenario. So, Santa Bartholomew Claus, may I please have a shirt press that EAST COAST STEAM Pty. Ltd. 17~19 MICA STREET, CAROLE PARK, QLD, 4300 ‘PH: (07) 3271 3688 FAX: (07) 3271 3284 www. eastcoaststeam.com firstname.lastname@example.org STILL AUSTRALIAN MADE (See your boiler under construction!) Thermotech WT series unattended boilers from from 1550 kw ~ 10MW, oil & gas firing, high pressure systems available. Thermotech VWT series from 600 ~ 1250 kw fully unattended, Scada capable, high pressure boilers available. Thermotech VWT series from 60 ~ 500 kw boilers, available in oil or gas fired andupto10 bar design pressure.
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