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What is that sound?

By: TRistaino, 7/01/15

Have you ever stood in your laundry and wondered what that mysterious sound was? You didn’t hear it yesterday when making your rounds but today you hear it. It may be a thumping sound. It may be a high pitched whistle or a low pitch hum. It may be a grinding or a screeching sound. It may be loud. What is it?
The short answer is ” I don’t know.” However, any strange sound emanating from your laundry equipment or dry cleaning equipment needs to be checked out. As an owner or manager you know how your equipment normally sounds. If you are mechanically inclined you can check out the sound yourself. If you are not so inclined call a service professional to solve the problem. However, DON’T WAIT. Your commercial washer may have bearing about to fail. Your dryer may have a bad trunion or support wheel. You may have lint build up on a dryer fan blade. A belt may be bad. Whatever the problem is it is not going away by ignoring it. In fact, a key piece of equipment may fail at the worst possible time because that unknown sound was ignored for a few weeks. Many times we hear a customer remark ” The washer has been making a thumping sound for a while but I didn’t think it was anything to be concerned about.”
Play it safe. If a machine is making a strange sound investigate it immediately. Time, productivity, income ( if you own a laundromat ), guest satisfaction ( if you run a hospitality laundry ), infection control ( if you run a healthcare laundry ) are all enhanced when all of you laundry equipment is functioning properly.

The Importance of Stocking Parts for your Laundry Equipment

By: JJones, 4/30/15

Machinery breaks down. It’s a truth of all industries that rely on equipment and the laundry industry is no different. So how do we keep your downtime on the equipment you depend on to a minimum? Preventative Maintenance programs and following proper maintenance schedules go a long way to keeping equipment of all ages in …

Utility costs on the rise

By: TRistaino, 9/29/14

On Friday, September 26 there was a front page article in the Boston Globe regarding the pending, dramatic increase in electric rates in Massachusetts. Other states have posted similar stories recently as well. The announce increase by National Grid in MA was 37% over last winter!! Why the increase? Basically, it is due to the …

Capital Budgeting

By: TRistaino, 12/16/13

Recently we discussed the importance of developing an operating budget for your business. Today, we will review the importance of developing a capital budget.  Unlike the operating budget which plans month to month activities for the year, the capital budget takes a longer view. In some cases it covers several years. Your capital budget plans …

Annual Lint Cleaning

By: TRistaino, 10/09/13

As noted in previous articles the presence of lint in all laundries is a fact of life. We have written about what causes lint and how best to control it. Nonetheless, despite one’s best efforts lint will still be present in laundries. We have all heard of Spring and Fall cleaning as ritual around our …

The Clean Show

By: TRistaino, 7/03/13

Every two years the major trade associations in the laundry and dry cleaning industries sponsor the Clean Show. It is a world – class event in which virtually all manufacturers of commercial laundry and dry cleaning equipment display their products. In addition, supply manufacturers of all types, laundry and dry cleaning parts dealers, and consultants participate. …

Payback in the year 2013

By: TRistaino, 5/20/13

The payback period for investing in new equipment is a simple calculation. Take the purchase price of the unit divide it by the expected annual savings. The result will tell you how many years it will take to get your investment back. Most businesses want the number to be in the area of 3 to …

Planned Maintenance on High Efficiency Water Heaters

By: TRistaino, 3/19/13

A high efficiency water heater does not have a lot of moving parts. Nonetheless, it does require periodic maintenance to operate properly and avoid a costly, catastrophic failure. Depending on the brand purchased different items may need to be checked. However, it is a safe bet that basic steps like inspecting intake and exhaust screens …

The Benefits of Strategic Equipment Replacement

By: TRistaino, 2/23/13

There is a popular saying that goes ” If you don’t know where you are going, any road will take you there.” This saying applies to many aspects of our lives, especially our business lives. As managers, owners, directors of businesses what is our roadmap to success? Where are we going? How will we get …

Stocking Parts

By: TRistaino, 1/18/13

Years ago it was common for all laundry and dry cleaning operators to stock a good amount of repair parts at their location. Laundromats, hotels, skilled nursing care centers, commercial laundries, all had parts on their shelves.  It was relatively cheap insurance. Since UPS took 2 to 4 days depending on the distance travelled and …

Equipment Rental Anyone?

By: TRistaino, 1/12/13

Traditionally, capital equipment has either been purchased with cash either from operations  or financed or leased for a specific period of time with some type of pre determined buyout at the end of the lease. With capital budgets under some stress lately in certain sectors of the economy ( municipalities come to mind ) rental is …