- Created on Saturday, 03 February 2007 02:29
- Written by Ken Tyler
After being a part of this industry for over 30 years, I’d like to take a look past day-to-day operations to offer a forecast for our industry within the next 20 years.Laundry Management: Large organizations that support laundry operations, government, institutional, hospitality, and linen rental must escalate the training of personnel that are responsible for production and management in order to be competitive in the next 20 years. Laundry managers who are very competent, experienced and well educated by the industry are starting to become a thing of the past.
Web Based Linen Management and Laundry Production Programs supported by many textile companies and applicable consultants should be the norm in each highly productive laundry plant.
Equipment: The use of steam heated flatwork ironers will soon become a thing of the past as these systems that require expensive boiler operations and operators will be replaced by highly efficient self contained gas and or oil fired systems. The use of steam may become a thing of the past in laundry operations.
While the basics of automation have been here for several years, mostly supported by Continuous Batch Tunnel Washers, I believe that methods of extraction will change the way we wash and finish textiles. While I would like to forecast drastic improvements in soiled sorting and conveyance, to date nothing spectacular has caught my attention.
Chemicals: Service is the key. Those receiving poor or even average service should simply change suppliers, managers should never place themselves in a situation of just not changing, it is really very simple.
Textiles: Bio-Based products may be the future providing the industry can develop these products economically. The next 5 years will be critical.
I forecast a very unique move by laundry managers responsible to purchase items that provide the best value to the operation in lieu of low cost. Education is essential.
Clean Show: I feel that The Clean Show will remain status quo and stable. It will continue to influence the market place in a positive way.
Education: All organizations responsible for such endeavors must expand horizons to match the state-of-art emphasis on process. However, educating in areas such as production methods for different systems, maintenance and systems design must receive a renewed emphasis. Managers need to learn how to build on their operations.
Regulatory Issues: I forecast that many states will incorporate the requirement that healthcare laundries be certified by some process, absent the involvement of other regulatory elements like OSHA, EPA, CDC and JCAHO. For this to happen someone needs to make a political push.
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Laundry to Reduce Air Emmissions and Fund Cleaner Burning Wood Stove Purchases
BOSTON, Mass. — Alltex Uniform Rental Service, an industrial laundry in Manchester, N.H. has agreed to settle claims by the US Environmental Protection Agency that it violated the Clean Air Act by paying a civil penalty of $65,000. They will also be undertaking a Supplemental Environmental Project with a value of at least $220,000 to replace old, polluting wood stoves in southern New Hampshire with new, cleaner models. Additionally, the company will install equipment at its facility to remove approximately 20 tons per year of emissions of volatile organic compounds (“VOCs”). G&K Services is the parent company of Alltex Uniform Rental Service Inc. The EPA action grew out of an EPA inspection of the facility in July 2008.