Environmental Laundry Hub of Taranaki
Our laundry plant in Inglewood has been operating now for ten years. The state-of-the-art equipment from Europe has been mastered by our skilled team and we are now reaping the rewards.
Our business has been growing rapidly and in April 2015 we completed a multi million dollar upgrade which sees our capacity double and our efficiencies increase. From this we have seen a 20% reduction in water use with more to come as we fine tune the new equipment
How it works
The plant was designed along the simple idea of the laundry coming in dirty at one end of the building and coming out clean at the other. A computerised load cell weighs the product as it is brought in, and then stores it in over head bags prior to dropping into one of our two tunnel washers.
The two Continuous Batch Washers (CBW), have compartments for the separate stages of washing. The product is automatically moved from one compartment to the next. We have one 9 pocket CBW we use for colours and a 12 pocket CBW that we use for our whites.
The computerised continuous batch process means that the different requirements of the various types of product can be met at the same time. For example, the first compartment may be starting the process for a batch of linen, while garments are undergoing the second stage in the next compartment and towels the next step in the third. 50 kilos of product is washed every two and a half minutes.
The automated process uses considerably less water than older traditional laundry equipment. The Inglewood plant uses 9 litres of water per kilogram of product, compared with 22 litres at the old Hawera plant.
After washing, the product is automatically transferred to an extractor or press, which removes the worst of the moisture before tipping the product into a shuttle. The next step depends on the type of product being washed. Some will be lifted up into one of five large dryers. Other items bypass this stage. A conveyor at the back of the dryers then takes the product up to a trolley in the rear area of the plant.
Up to this point, the product has not been manhandled. The product is then taken through the dividing wall to awaiting trolleys full of tea towels, pillow slips, linen and cabinet towels are taken to the ironer, after which they are folded automatically and placed onto shelves, ready for orders to be made up.
Overalls, shirts and trousers for example, are placed on hangers and fed into one end of the tunnel, dried and come out at the other end.
This process gives them better presentation and makes them last longer, as there is less mechanical action to wear out the fabric.
A sorting system assigns the garments to the appropriate accounts. There is a repair station in this part of the plant, plus a robot garment folder and racks for hanging the garments, that are delivered back on hangers.
The plant has been designed with an eye to the future and we are in the early stages of planning the next expansion of the plant. Keep posted to see the next exciting stage of our development.
Our fleet of 15 vehicles is constantly being upgraded to ensure they are efficient and well presented.
The new plant is well situated for all our Taranaki clients, being 15 minutes from New Plymouth, Bell Block and Waitara and 35 minutes from Hawera.