- Created on Wednesday, 02 January 2002 14:32
- Written by Susan Whitaker
On an average day, Marriott Textile Services, a subsidiary of Marriott International with 2,200 hotel locations worldwide, processes between 25,000 and 30,000 pounds of linen while servicing eight full-service hotels in the Dallas Fort Worth area. But until this year, the central laundry facility was utilizing a manually fed ironer for its table linens.Time For Change
To keep pace with their growing workload which includes contracted services to other Dallas Forth Worth hotels, modern, more automated equipment to increase productivity and quality was needed.
Marriott Textile Services researched major manufacturers equipment, conducted trial runs on various vendor’s products, and found that Kannegiesser had the solution they were looking for --- a spreader feeder and cross folder.
“The reasons for this choice included the increased productivity potential with the Kannegiesser feeder and folder, as well as the overall flexibility and the quality of the equipment,” said John Hopper, general manager for the laundry. “What this machine does that others don’t do is that it measures the piece and will run it in either one or two lanes on the ironer. That’s a unique function, explains Hopper who adds that it was one of the reasons they chose Kannegiesser’s machine. In today’s industry, it’s important for a business to reach maximum production to meet budgets, he says.
Currently the 53 full-time Marriott Textile Service employees operate the laundry with a Kannegiesser Passat 9 pocket Ultratandem tunnel washer with four Kannegiesser dryers. They feed two ironer lines consisting of a Jensen Logic spreader feeder and a Kannegiesser spreader feeder feeding 2 Dhooge ironers that are utilized to finish sheets and tablecloths. Small pieces are fed into a JRK single roll ironer, to a Jensen bottom up stacker. Also in use are a Jensen Silverline folder, 2 Jensen jet folders, a Jensen triple sort butterfly folder, and a three-lane Kannegiesser Foldmaster, where each lane with its own measuring wheel and electric eye.
Since installing the new Kannegiesser equipment Marriott Textile Service has been able to increase their pound per operator hour production from 128 to between 132-135. And an added bonus is their ability to take on new accounts.
“The new equipment has also made a big difference to the laundry’s full –time employees,” says Hopper. “They feel more comfortable because their job has been made easier.”
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Ecolab Acquires Dober Chemical’S Textile Care Business
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Ecolab Inc. a leader in cleaning, sanitizing, food safety and infection prevention products and services announced it has purchased the commercial laundry division of Dober Chemical Corporation. The acquisition includes Dober’s laundry chemical and waste water treatment and Ultrax dispensing businesses as well as an exclusive partnership to market and provide key components of its Spindle monitoring software.
“Dober is respected throughout the industry for its innovative monitoring technology, product chemistry and commitment to service – qualities that complement our own strengths at Ecolab,” said Brian Henke, vice president and general manager, Ecolab Textile Care North America. “As we expand our North American commercial laundry business, innovation and service excellence will continue to be our top priority as we partner with our customers to deliver unsurpassed value to run their operations more efficiently, sustainably and cost effectively.”
“Ecolab and Dober share the same customercentric approach to service and innovative technology,” said John Dobrez, president Dober Chemical Corp. “This is an exciting development because it builds on the strengths of both companies to move the industry forward.”
Through this agreement, Spindle Technologies,a division of Dober, is forming a strategic alliance with Ecolab Textile Care in an exclusive licensing agreement for its ChemWatch Software technology and the OPTRAX Utility Module.
“There will be no movement of people as they currently all operate remotely,” said Henke. “The Dober leadership team is very skilled and respected in the industry. We plan to have them as part of the team moving forward. During the transition, both businesses will operate as usual and we do not expect there to be any changes in the service the customers are used to receiving.”