Outsourcing to a linen partner can result in great efficiencies that can keep you focused on your core deliverables. The key to success is to pick a laundry partner that can provide expertise, performance, service, and of course, quality equipment. And one of the most important things to look for when it comes to equipment is the use of tunnel washer technology.
A quality linen partner should offer tunnel washer technology because of performance and sophistication. Simply, tunnel washer technology is the modern, most effective way to handle heavy loads of laundry.
The washer features a long metal tunnel. Inside the tunnel is a large metal spiral that helps push soiled linens from one end and clean water from the other end. Using this technology, items are passed through the washer in one direction. At the same time water and detergents pass through in the opposite direction. Soiled items become increasingly cleaner as they go through the tunnel. The tunnel washer technology also excels at soil removal and reducing the amount of unusable linen at the end of the laundry cycle.
Crown Linen uses Jensen tunnel washer technology, which has 14 chambers that each provide a different cleaning function and can process up to 265 pounds per load.
Another benefit of the technology od that items can be continuously fed into the washing system, as clean items come out on the other end. This creates greater efficiencies than what can be achieved with other commercial washers.
Less Labor Costs
Another reason a laundry vendor should offer tunnel washer technology is that it saves in labor costs. Instead of having to start and process individual loads, items can be fed into the washer automatically. Sources site that regular, split-pocket washers that require operator loading can typically process 250 pounds of laundry per hour. However, by using tunnel washer technology, operators can process up to 1,500 to 3,000 pounds per hour. This means your vendor can turn more laundry, requiring less staff, and can be in a better position to service your account.
Less Water and Energy
Third, tunnel washer technology can also result in significant savings in water and energy. Experts say this is because of how the tunnel reuses water. In the final rinse, the water flows backward from later modules to earlier ones. Water that is fairly clean is held in storage tanks and then pumped to other parts of the system for the pre-wash or wash cycles. In addition, at the end of each load cycle, a compressor extracts all extra water from linens thereby reducing drying times.
Experts indicate a tunnel system will use anywhere from 400 to 1,200 pounds of fresh water per 1,000 pounds of linen. On the flipside, a standard washer might require 1,800 to 3,000 gallons for the same amount. Crown Linen washers can handle up to 5,000 pounds of laundry per hour using four times less water than a conventional machine.
The decision to outsource your linen service is one that makes sense for many reasons – costs, time, space, and manpower. And when doing so, it’s important to make sure the partner is equipped with the latest technology that is both high-performing and energy-efficient.
For more information on what to look for in a quality partner, check out the Ultimate Guide to Transitioning to a Hotel Laundry Service. And to help compare the benefits of on-property laundry versus outsourcing costs, download our free guide.