I get several calls a month from laundry managers and owners requesting new/additional equipment with the objective of increasing their OPL capacity. After a thorough analysis of the plants function and form I conclude that the existing equipment is sufficient. So why am I not hitting my target numbers they ask?
A simple solution to what seems to be a complex problem
Real simple, fill your washers to their capacity. True Industrial washers need to be filled to their capacity. I am amazed at how many times I have seen 30 pounds of goods in a 60 pound washer. The ideal scenario would be to weigh all goods before you load them however for one reason or another there are laundries out there that either do not have a scale or their operators are not using it. A good rule of thumb is to load the washer until the goods are well above the door or if you can fit your fist between the goods and the top of the basket then you are good to go. You will be pleasantly surprised at how your operation efficiency will increase. Here are some numbers to chew on, If you under load three 60 Lb washers by 16 Lbs you are looking at 50 lbs per hour or 400 Lbs per 8 hour shift equal to enough linen for 33 rooms in most hotels.
by Bill Bell Regional Vice President of Laundry Sales has been a leader in the industry for over 15 years
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