Reprinted with permission from American Laundry News
Each year, a number of laundry projects are completed around the country, resulting in brand-new or retrofitted plants primed and ready to convert soiled goods to clean textiles for the benefit of end-users and customers. But before one of these plants goes online, there are months, sometimes even years, of effort spent in preparation. As a way to celebrate all the hard work that goes into funding, designing, building and equipping a modern laundry plant, American Laundry News has created this feature coined Designing Success to feature portraits of memorable plant installations…
Booth Centennial Healthcare Linen Service (BCHLS) is owned by its member hospitals. They serve 120 healthcare facilities, of which 40 are senior care facilities.
The organization was using old, inefficient machines that were wasting water, time and energy, and decided that it needed new equipment. Therefore, Booth executives decided to install new, energy-efficient Electrolux Professional laundry equipment to save water and energy, plus boost productivity. Ontario Laundry Systems, a distributor also based in Mississauga, was hired to oversee installation and to service the new equipment.
The 300,000-square-foot facility offered a good amount of space. Electrolux Professional washing machines and dryers were installed in a special area called the COG (customer-owned goods) room, where BCHLS processes personal clothing for residents of long-term care facilities, as well as hospital curtains, uniforms, mattress liners and other healthcare laundry from their hospital clients. It’s also ready and able to handle regular linens, and serves as a backup for that.
Electrolux Professional washing machines come standard with AWS-Automatic Water Savings (under 80lb capacities), which reportedly saves Booth Centennial up to 40% in water. With each wash cycle, AWS determines the weight of the load and adds precisely the right amount of water, resulting in reduced water consumption and energy costs. AWS communicates directly with a Softrol computer network, reducing the volume of chemical injection to match the load and water volume for precise concentrations. This extends linen life by eliminating excessive chemical exposure, and adds up to lower costs, lower detergent consumption, and a superior wash.
The machines also use new Compass Pro technology for easy programming. Booth can program the washers so that operators see only the programs they use, reducing human error and increasing productivity.
Other features include Residual Moisture Control (RMC), which prevents damage to linens caused by overdrying, and reduces lint and wrinkles by automatically stopping the dryer when the exact pre-set moisture level is reached.
Electrolux dryers come standard with reversing dryer cylinders – another time and energy saver. The reversing action improves dryer efficiency and minimizes tangling and wrinkling.
Electrolux Professional laundry equipment installed new or replaced as part of the BCHLS project included four 135-pound washer-extractors, two 65-pound washers, four 135-pound dryers and two 83-pound dryers.
Once the project was completed, Booth Centennial began benefiting from savings in time, water and energy. The facility can now process more than 90 million pounds of critical healthcare laundry annually.