Fire Department: NFPA 1851 standards for handling turnout gear are perhaps the most important factors to consider in setting up a laundry. Standards have been set to ensure this equipment is properly cleaned while not damaging the technical fibers that make up the shell or moisture barriers. Programmable wash cycles will help departments keep control of the wash process while maintaining a high degree of flexibility to launder stationwear, truck towels and other items. Programmable controls enable operators to utilize lower-speed wash and extract cycles for turnout gear, while having the option of higher speeds to trim drying times for other items.
Healthcare: These laundries will see heavy volumes to process and must maximize efficiency. It’s also important for hospitals and long-term care facilities to assess their incontinence levels as this will have a significant impact on the operation. While clean results are the goal of any OPL, healthcare facilities demand the highest levels for infection control. High quality equipment is a must as well as the utmost consistency in cycles, including water temperatures that are optimal for the laundry chemicals being used.
Hospitality: While it’s easy to rank size as the biggest consideration for hotel and motel laundries, managers must be careful not to oversize. As laundry rarely comes in all at once, several smaller washer-extractors may make more sense than a couple larger units. Managers also must consider the variety of items to be washed. Washer-extractors and drying tumblers should offer the operation a high degree of flexibility to accommodate this variety. This allows for more tailored cycles to extend linen life. High-thread count linens, as well as decorative elements included in redesigned beds, further reinforce the need for cycle programmability.
Correctional Facilities: Depending on their size, correctional facilities can deal with literally tons of laundry. In this market the emphasis is on processing the greatest amounts of laundry in the shortest amount of time. Generally, facilities demand the largest capacity machines. With inmates providing the labor, simple, user-friendly controls will keep loads moving. Durability is a must as is water and energy efficiency to keep operating costs low.
Spas/Salons: Towels will be the major laundry component in both spas and salons. The two, however, may see very different volumes and have space limitations to house a laundry. Salons often benefit from commercial manual control washers and dryers, where they can be continuously processing smaller loads throughout the day. In addition, stack units can be an answer to the space crunch some salons are faced with. Soft, fluffy spa towels and robes are key elements to the luxurious spa experience. Programmable washer-extractors help managers keep the high quality required. These machines also attain high extract speeds to remove more water from larger loads and cut drying time, resulting in improved throughput.
Athletic: Like spas and salons, athletic facilities such as gyms and fitness centers will see towels making up a large portion of their laundry volumes. Thus, these industries will emphasize speed and efficiency. Managers will want higher spin speeds to remove more water and cut drying times, and, as a result, utility consumption. College or high school laundries that may be washing team uniforms and other gear, may desire more control of the wash process. Technical moisture-wicking fibers in practice and game uniforms require special handling. For this reason, programmable micro controls are desirable to ensure wash flexibility.