Take a look at this clip sent in by one of our satisfied customers! It’s a testament to the strength and reliability of Wascomat products. Pat Hays, owner of Dukes Coin Laundry, still has an old Wascomat Blue Top washer in her store, going strong since 1970. Serviceman Keith Long’s dad sold the laundromat to Pat about 32 years ago and he remains Pat’s serviceman today.
“I have customers that specifically want to use that machine,” states Pat. “It’s still kicking and doing a great job 44 years later. Works great, cleans great, and still has the old style timer. I believe in Wascomats. They can really take the abuse of a coin laundry environment.”
“I couldn’t agree more,” shares Keith. “It’s in really great shape. Works like it’s brand new.”
We thank Keith and Pat for sharing this story with us.
One might be inclined to think the demands facing an athletic department laundry room at a university aren’t that great. However, such an assumption couldn’t be further from the truth. It’s a lot more than homogenous loads of towels, towels, and more towels.
Terry Schlatter, director of equipment at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will tell you the challenges placed on his laundry rooms were tremendous. So much in fact, that he turned to Wascomat and Mark Litsky at Integrated Sports Specialties (ISS) to help the department undertake a massive laundry re-tool.
“Our goal was to centralize our laundry operations into one location and share it with football and our Olympic sports,” Schlatter said of the two-year remodeling project.
Litsky said the key to success in this undertaking was being involved in the planning right from the start. “We were lucky enough to be involved from step one…that way we were able to craft the best overall plan,” said Litsky, who has extensive experience as an architectural engineer, in addition to decades in the laundry business.
Equipment operating in the laundry was dated, inefficient, and experiencing far too frequent breakdowns. The capacities of the machines were also too high and were rarely fully loaded. Combining operations within Dave McClain Athletic Facility would require a lot of planning in order to choose the right equipment necessary to overcome the challenges and increase production.
“They were hardly using the full capacity of the 125-pound washers,” Litsky said, adding that such underloading conditions can mean additional wear-and-tear on major components of the machines.
Reliability and efficiency, however, were only part of the focus for new equipment. Machines also would need to be able to handle a variety of load types, and deliver wash and finish-quality that matched the high expectations of the Wisconsin Badgers.
“We see a variety of items, from team uniforms and daily practice t-shirts and shorts, to socks,” Schlatter said. Combining operations brought additional items such as custodial rags, and food and beverage tablecloths. “Laundering everything from technical athletic gear to table linens is a tremendous challenge. This isn’t a case of just filling the cylinder and hitting start. Our operation required a high degree of programmability to ensure quality results. Wascomat definitely delivered on all fronts.”
Litsky recommended six Wascomat EXSM665 65-lb capacity hardmount washers and eight Wascomat TD83 83-lb capacity dryers. These capacities would ensure full loads were always running to maximize efficiency, while an extract speed of 300 G-Force would significantly reduce dry times, save energy, and increase productivity. The laundry gained additional efficiency by replacing the steam-heated dryers with gas units. But this was more than a simple removal of the old equipment and install of new machines. Schlatter was impressed by the commitment of Litsky and ISS staff to fine-tune all the wash and dry cycles.
“ISS was excellent in installing and programming our new Wascomat equipment,” Schlatter said. The Wascomat washers came equipped with the fully-programmable Clarus Control® which offers room for up to 192 custom wash cycles.
That extra effort appears to have paid dividends in not just finished results, but the overall efficiency of the operations.
“The wash results for our practice and competition apparel has been outstanding,” Schlatter said, adding that, “By combining our equipment we were able to cut down on evening and weekend staff hours.” The root of those reductions in staff hours is centered on the speed and efficiency of the Wascomat equipment.
“With Wascomat washers and dryers in the operation, we dramatically shortened cycle times while improving results,” Litsky said. Fast cycle times and high extract speeds on the wash side help set up for the big finish.
“These Wascomat units dry amazingly fast,” said Litsky, whose company designs and installs laundry rooms at some of the country’s top universities.
Even with ISS’s extensive list of impressive installs, Litsky counts the University of Wisconsin-Madison as a highpoint. “We use our University of Wisconsin-Madison laundry room design and installation as an example for other schools,” he said.
Global leader Electrolux continues to grow and advance its message of innovation. Read below to learn more about its recent Waldorf Astoria installation. To read more about satisfied Electrolux Professional Laundry customers around the world, click here.
January 2013 a new Waldorf Astoria opened its doors in Berlin, Germany. It has since been the top address for guests from all over the world looking for a luxurious experience with impeccable service. The 31-story hotel with 152 rooms and 80 suites needed a laundry service to provide reliable results at the highest standards. In choosing Electrolux, hotels see lower energy and water consumption, greater reliability and flexibility, increased productivity, and quality results.
Advanced Electrolux innovations not only make training laundry room staff easier, they practically eliminate human error by displaying only the programs you want your operators to use. Programmable and customizable controls with displays in multiple languages help make the laundry process that much easier and more productive. In addition, Electrolux Professional’s Compass Pro microprocessor has up to 55 programs and a real time clock for delayed start. Laundry operators can program the washers to start in the morning and be processed and ready for the dryer when staff arrives.
The Waldorf Astoria in Berlin, one of the top addresses for excellent service and luxurious suites and spas, relies on Electrolux Professional laundry equipment everyday. Click here to learn more about Electrolux Professional on-premises laundry solutions.
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PLUS means no surprise repair bills, no down time, no capital investment in equipment, and no more laundry headaches. PLUS frees up your capital for more urgent business priorities.
Satisfied customer Tommy Ciccarone, owner of Parkway Cleaners in Pennsylvania, sees his business growing because of PLUS. “We have one large plant that does all the work for our 10 satellite stores and our 6 pick-up and delivery commercial accounts. I had ordered a Wascomat wetcleaning machine because our business is growing, but cash flow issues hindered us from buying another drycleaning machine which are very expensive. By putting in a wetcleaning machine, I was able to increase my production for a quarter of the price. Since about 85% of all stains coming into a drycleaning shop are water-based, the wetcleaning model worked out perfectly and was a great solution. Then my distributor, the O’Mara brothers whom I know for a dozen years, told me about PLUS by Laundrylux. With this new program, I received 2 Electrolux Professional high-speed soft mount washers at no cost up front, not even for the installation and delivery. It’s a “pay as you go” system – you only pay for what you use. I now have 3 high-speed washers and they are cranking out the work. On top of this, the PLUS washers spin faster and have two special features – AWS and Smart Dosing – which save on chemicals and water. I could not be happier.”
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This expansion, the second in three years, will help support the Electrolux Professional and Wascomat commercial laundry equipment brands as they continue to grow in North America.
The new six-floor, 375,000-square-foot building featuring LEED certification and solar panels, is needed to meet Electrolux’s 3-year plan to hire 810 new employees. The jobs are in the areas of research and development, marketing, design, engineering, supply chain, finance, IT and executive management.
“We are excited to see Electrolux expanding as Electrolux Professional and Wascomat laundry equipment brands continue to rapidly gain market share in North America,” states Neal Milch, Laundrylux CEO. “Electrolux is a global leader in sustainability and innovation, and we are proud to have our distributors come to Electrolux North America’s world-class facility for hands on product training. This expansion further illustrates the company’s commitment to its customers and partners.”
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 washers 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 washers come standard with AWS (Automatic Water Savings), 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 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.
Advanced Laundry Systems, authorized Electrolux and Wascomat distributor based in Colorado, bolstered its commitment to the coin laundry market with the addition of Hana Kim to its sales team. In this newly created position, Kim will focus on growing coin laundry sales for the company.
“Hana comes to us with a wealth of sales experience and an impressive track record of success,” said Diane Burgess, sales representative at Advanced Laundry Systems. “Her fluency in Korean will be an asset and enable Advanced to reach a broader segment of the coin laundry market.”
Kim comes to Advanced from CarePoint Financial Services, where she served as sales and marketing director and managed a team that posted up to $500 million in annual sales. She also was responsible for launching three companies under the CarePoint umbrella.
“I am truly looking forward to the challenges of this new position with Advanced,” Kim said. “It’s exciting to not only work for a distributor that is a leader in the Colorado market, but also represent well-respected coin laundry brands like Wascomat and Electrolux.”
Burgess said, Kim is extremely active in the coin laundry business but will continue to expand her knowledge of the business. She is visiting area vended laundries daily, as well exploring possible locations for new stores. Kim has a bachelor of science degree, actuary major, from the University of Colorado.
Advanced Laundry Systems is the authorized distributor of Wascomat and Electrolux commercial laundry equipment in Colorado and Wyoming. The company boasts more than 20 years of experience, offering sales, service, and a large parts department. To learn more, visit www.advlaundry.com or call 1-877-432-2504.
Once again, Wascomat commercial laundry equipment takes a starring role – this time in a Con Edison ad that ran in the NY Times. Built to last, the Emerald-series Wascomat washers featured in the ad were introduced over 20 years ago and are still going strong today.
Continuing its long history of reliability and savings
The new Wascomat Generation 7 washers and dryers have new features designed to save you money and increase your profits. Wascomats get the job done day-in and day-out with reliability you can depend on. They are designed to lower your water and energy usage, and provide year after year of trouble free operation. Here are some of the new features:
- Compass Pro microprocessor on washers and dryers – one knob does it all including program selection, custom programming, diagnostics, and more
- 2 languages displayed at the same time
- Real time clock for time of day, happy hour and promotional pricing
- Easiest and quickest to clean lint screen in the industry
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California hotel revamps on-premises laundry operations with new Electrolux Professional washers and dryers.
When one thinks about the highlights of a hotel property, they’ll mention amenities, restaurants, and overall service. The on-premises laundry room likely doesn’t figure into even the top 100 features. But if your business is efficiency and turning a property into the pinnacle of green lodging, the laundry room certainly might warrant top billing.
That’s just the case at the Hilton Concord in Concord, Calif. This 329-key Interstate Hotels & Resorts Worldwide property recently completed a $10 million dollar upgrade that focused heavily on sustainability. And the result is a hotel transformed into the standard for efficiency.
Lead consultant on the project, Charles Smith, CEO of Hotel Sustainability Solutions Inc. (HSSI) said that from the start, the charge was to place the property in a leadership position in terms of sustainability. And in looking at the results, the mission is being accomplished.
“This hotel is light years ahead of the competition,” Smith said, adding that the outcome is the culmination of extraordinary integration, collaboration and cooperation.
Make no mistake, this was an extensive effort and one that involved addressing all facets of the facility. It included incentives and rebates from utility provider Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), Smart Lights and Lodging Savers, as well as the Contra Costa Water District. Taking a leadership position included implementing 33 sustainability initiatives, such as replacing all 6,400 light bulbs with LEDs, adding motion sensors, swapping shower heads with new low-flow heads, adding window film to reduce energy use, a pillow restoration unit, food scrap digester and much more, even addressing landscaping and exterior lighting that utilizes LEDs and motion-sensing technology.
But whenever peers or Interstate personnel want to learn about the property, the laundry makeover gets top billing.
“The laundry really is one of the highlights whenever anyone wants to see the property,” Smith said.
Owner of Roseville, Calif-based A2Z Laundry Systems, Ahmet Ibrahim, who spearheaded the installation of cutting-edge Electrolux laundry equipment at the hotel, views this facility as the new green lodging standard as well.
“This is our model for efficiency,” Ibrahim said.
Winning the battle in the planning
As the hospitality market began to uptrend, finding a sustainability solution became ever more critical. Becoming the model of efficiency, however, would take some work. The current state of the laundry was rough. Equipment was dated and repairs were mounting…when parts actually could be found to make the fixes. One dryer even had been taken out of service. Still, laundry loads were being processed daily, but the true cost of this dated equipment soon would be uncovered.
As HSSI began the task of evaluating options, key factors considered were the efficiency of the equipment, availability of rebates or incentives, distributor/manufacturer service and support, and the ability to upgrade equipment in the future — ensuring a long useful life and thereby protecting the initial capital investment.
Though Smith looked at a variety of laundry equipment manufacturers, the goal of creating the model of efficiency guided selection. That meant choosing a brand that delivered on its efficiency claims and had the numbers to prove it.
“Electrolux played a key part in the technology,” Smith said. “They stood out in the selection of technology available…their prominence caught our attention.”
Electrolux’s global leadership is evident in it being named to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index in 2013. It is the seventh-straight year the firm made the prestigious list, which places it in the top 10 percent of the 2,500 companies in the Dow Jones Global Indexes with regard to long-term economic, environmental and social performance.
Wash efficiency leads the way
The Hilton Concord had been using soft mount washers in the laundry and Smith was committed to staying with this product type because of its high G-Force extraction speed versus hard mounts. Soft mounts also were preferable because they don’t require an additional concrete foundation to bolt to. However, lower installation costs and high G-Force extraction would not be enough. Water conservation, utility consumption, and operational efficiency were equally important.
This is the point where Electrolux really separated itself from the competition.
Oddly enough water savings started at the drain. The Electrolux soft mount washers (two 145-pound capacity and one 60-pound capacity) Ibrahim was recommending for the Hilton featured a unique pancake drain that helps reduce water consumption during fills. The hotel’s existing units as well as competitive models on the market can waste as much as 2 gallons of water per fill because they include a large sump and drain hose in the fill. Electrolux models utilize a pancake valve to keep the fill area confined to the wash cylinder.
Considering a standard of five to six fills per cycle, savings total 10 to 12 gallons per cycle. Overall, the Hilton Concord is saving 192,960 gallons of water annually in the laundry. When added to the savings realized through guest room improvements such as low-flow shower heads and toilets as well as other conservation efforts at the property, water savings total more than 525,000 gallons per year.
On the drying side, an agreement was reached on five 83-pound capacity Electrolux dryers to replace the dated complement of two 150-pound and two 110-pound dryers. Though drying capacity went down, the speed and efficiency of the Electrolux dryers combined with the high extract G-Force of the washers enable the laundry to process more loads per day (9.78 loads versus 7.81).
“The overall result of the higher extraction rate allowed us to go with smaller dryers and really spread out the loads,” Smith said, adding that the additional capacity contributed to reaching the goal of greater operating efficiency — making staff more productive.
Electrolux’s moisture sensing technology, which enables the units to dry to a set moisture retention level and then shut off the heat, further increased efficiency.
With the majority of a laundry’s gas consumption coming on the drying side, this is where the Hilton Concord saw a huge reduction in utility usage and costs. Combined with the 90 percent reduction in hot water usage, the laundry is consuming almost half the Btus as it did with the old equipment.
“There is a dramatic drop…Btus are so much lower and there’s a huge amount of savings,” Ibrahim said, adding that the laundry will see roughly $8,400 in gas savings annually. He pointed out that the Electrolux dryers derive their efficiency advantage from a unique horizontal airflow pattern as well as their reversing cylinder — a standard feature on 120-volt units, which is an industry exclusive.
Linens benefit from the reduction in drying time. The drying process degrades linens, causing them to wear out faster. So because more water is spun out in the washer and ozone injection opens linen fibers, only short dry cycles (or conditioning cycles before linens are ironed) are used, linen life is extended. Table linens even go directly from the washer to the ironer, with no drying necessary.
And all this improved efficiency on both the wash and dry sides equates to a startling reduction in electrical consumption. The laundry is using about a third of the electricity as it did before the retooling.
Savings such as these, however, are only part of the green story. Because of the involvement of water and utility entities, $135,360 in rebates and incentives have helped offset purchase and installation of new laundry equipment and other efficient products, systems and technologies.
Adapting the process
Smith is careful to point out that, while the Electrolux equipment takes much of the risk of operator error out of the equation, retraining staff is integral to maintain efficiency.
“The biggest challenge was re-educating people. We had to break some bad habits,” Smith said.
Part of that retraining includes weighing loads to make sure employees always are utilizing the full capacity of machines. Washers and dryers that are underloaded waste utilities and that cuts into the efficiency of the operation. In addition, staff also was taught that a little bit of moisture is OK for linens; they don’t need to be bone dry.
Manivone Khangsensing, Executive Housekeeper at the property is quick to point out that the retraining, coupled with the ease of operating the new Electrolux equipment has been well received by staff.
“People liked that we lightened their burden,” Khangsensing said of ridding the laundry of manual overrides and training employees to trust the advanced software technology. “It provides for ease of operations; there’s nothing complicated about it. The reaction has been very positive.”
Much of that positive reception stems from the operational efficiency of the laundry versus lower productivity with the old equipment. Capacity is much improved with the speed, efficiency and reliability of the Electrolux washers and dryers, which eliminate worker stress. Plus the work environment has been improved with Cree LED Troffers strategically installed where equipment is located.
Advice for others
For hoteliers pondering similar projects to increase the overall sustainability of their operation, Smith stresses taking time upfront to focus on planning. He recommends carefully analyzing the property to determine where the greatest efficiency may be gained. Then, it’s a matter of investigating the potential to offset upgrades through rebates and incentives.
“Sometimes you wouldn’t move forward without a rebate. It’s an integral part,” Smith said.
When it comes to the laundry, obviously equipment that reduces water and utility consumption is the key focus, but Smith also recommends not to take efficiency boasts at face value. Review and analyze numbers. However, his experience may save some time in auditioning manufacturers.
“I think you have to take a serious long hard look at what Electrolux brings to the table,” he said. “If you’re looking for sustainability, you have to look at Electrolux.”
Smith added, that In today’s technological revolution, it is important to select products and systems that can be upgraded within the expected life cycles of ownership. Electrolux’s commitment to those upgrades garnered the attention of the hotel’s management.
Finally, he advises that a strong warranty on equipment is important and it must be backed by excellent support from the local distributor and company — both are areas where A2Z Laundry Systems and Electrolux have shined in helping the Hilton Concord’s on-premises laundry room become a highlight of the property’s sustainability efforts.
“The retrofitting of the laundry room was a much-needed and important part of our sustainability platform,” said Jack Hlavak, General Manager of the Hilton Concord. “Uptrending in the hospitality market necessitated a higher commitment to the guest experience…we are now delivering the pinnacle of linen quality and that is showing in our improved guest satisfaction ratings here at the Hilton Concord.”
To learn more about Electrolux Professional Laundry equipment, please visit www.laundrylux.com