- Created on Tuesday, 02 April 2002 12:48
- Written by Susan Capparelle
NEW ORLEANS, LA -- When management at the 1300-room New Orleans Marriott decided to upgrade their laundry equipment in order to increase productivity, they knew they had their work cut out for them. But work wasn’t the only thing being cut during the hotel laundry installation.
Because the laundry is situated below basement level, it has limited access by elevator and stairwells. Add to that an extremely narrow hallway and you have some unusual installation procedures that called for cutting new equipment in half for transportation to the laundry and then reassembling it in place.
"We knew we might run into that situation," said Brandon Francis, laundry manager at the 27-employee facility that processes 300,000 pounds of laundry monthly.
The new equipment, an ADC 464 dryer, Chicago 2-roll, 32 inch thermal ironer, Edge Feeder, Skyline S-20 and Energenics Wash 20 wet type lint collector were added to the laundry’s existing machinery -- two 700-pound Washex, a 400-pound Washex, 75 pound Milnor, Norman dryer, 75-pound Cissell, 2-roll 32 inch Voss and Braun’s Omega Folder.
During the two-phase installation, smaller equipment was lowered through the elevator shaft but the ADC dryer posed a challenge. It could only be transported down the elevator piece by piece and then reassembled in the laundry.
"The ADC 464 dryer frame was shipped in four sections - the burner console, the lower console that the basket sits on and then the top two sections,” said Scott McClure, sales representative for Pellerin Laundry Machinery Sales Company, Inc. and superintendent of the project. “They brought all the pieces down to the laundry and then welded the basket and the entire frame that holds the basket back together." While the dryer pieces were lowered by elevator, the rest of the equipment was lowered through the elevator shaft. "The elevator itself was 9 feet wide and we needed 11 feet," said McClure. To solve that dilemma a gantry was constructed. "We had to raise the elevators up to the 4th floor and build a gantry (ibeam and pulleys) across the shaft at the 2nd floor to lower the equipment that way," added Mark Palmeri, the hotel's chief engineer. This system was also used for the removal of old equipment. "I've had equipment that I've had to knock down (dissemble) before but I've never had to do the elevator thing and never had to do the assembly work we had to do on the dryer," said McClure.
And the reason for the upgrade? "The ironer we took out was in the building from day one so it was at least 27-years-old and the dryers we removed were at least 15 to 20-years-old," said Palmeri. The old equipment, was starting to require an increasing amount of maintenance and downtime was becoming costly. Now, productivity is up and Brandon Francis couldn't be happier with the results.
The new Chicago Skyline 2001 handles 9-10 sheets per minute whereas the old machine only handled five sheets per minute. "I'm able to get an additional 2,100 sheets per day of operation," he said. The new tilting dryer also saves on fatigue time because it's easier to load and unload said Francis while Palmeri noted that the hotel hopes to cut down on both gas and man hours with all the new equipment.
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