The laundry processes have changed significantly over a period of time, especially in India. Though the traditional way of washing linen still continues, a significant quantity of linen gets treated in hi-tech processes in commercial laundries. Setting and operating a laundry is a challenging task as it involves energy, water, machine and manpower management. Clean India Journal finds out why?
Introducing effective automation in the laundry industry can save labour costs and enhance the overall productivity. Choice of right machinery, including washers, dryers, quick ironing equipment, etc., is crucial for commercial laundry to deliver quality services and to create an efficient facility with a periodic maintenance schedule to ensure performance.
Explaining the process of getting the right machine, Balachandar. R, Co-founder & CEO, Wassup Laundry, says, “From the procurement point of view, we buy a mix of both local and branded machinery and their application in process depends on the industry being served.
“In case of domestic laundry, where cost per cloth and volume is low, we normally use local-make machines.
In case of high-end laundry, like linen received from the hotels, the dynamics change with charges per piece and the volume. We have an in-house team of experts to take care of any breakdown and failure. They perform regular maintenance of machines as well. But if any problem persists, we do take help of company servicing professionals.”
Apart from choosing machines as per the linen requirement, Ritu Rastogi, COO, DhobiXpress feels that local-make machines are more sturdy. “Combination of local and imported machines is required, as local machines are heavy duty and more durable. Imported machines are electronic, tend to be delicate and require gentler handling than the local make. Advantage of imported machines is that it does not require a hydro-extractor. Imported tumble dryers are better than local dryers. Moreover, parts and repairs can be done easily in local makes.”
“Choosing the right industrial laundry equipment, which are available in different sizes with varying capacities, plays a crucial role with appropriate wash cycles, high spin capacity and minimum energy consumption. Laundry equipment are available in the market for small, medium as well as large industrial laundries,” says Prasanna Kumar B G, Co-Founder & MD, Sleeves & Collars.
Energy efficiency can be brought in to a large extent in the laundry process by introducing appropriate and cost effective procedures. Laundry managers could focus on solar energy as a viable option for energy needs.