The flexible chest adapts to the roll like a band-brake. By doing this, a full contact angle is maintained, resulting in a higher capacity over time compared to a fixed chest of a traditional ironer.
“Thanks to the relatively low weight of the flexible chest it can be heated in a fraction of the time and with a fraction of the energy required to heat a traditional chest. Thus, the temperature of the chest can be quickly changed when the production is switched from, for example, cotton to spun-poly,” said Jank.
With GA Helliar & Son of Yeovil’s new laundry business expanding rapidly, managing director Garry Helliar identified that its two Girbau PB Series roller ironers, which had been serving it well, had become a bottleneck in production and a limiting factor for further growth. The logical next step for the business was to invest in greater ironing productivity.
A new ironing line consisting of a two-roll PC-80 industrial ironer with the latest FR+ folder and an AP+ stacker were installed by Girbau over the course of a weekend, becoming operational on the Monday afternoon.
The new ironing line has transformed productivity. “It’s had an immediate impact on our business. We are now processing the same amount of work in four hours as we used to in 16 hours,” says Helliar. “We no longer need to run a night shift, our labour requirement has reduced considerably and in the first full month of operation we saved over £3,500 on our gas bill.” “The gains haven’t just come in efficiency,” he continues. “Mechanising the ironing and folding has also meant an even higher quality of finish for our customers too.”
Girbau’s PC-80 and PC-120 are among the most advanced flatwork ironers on the market both in terms of energy efficiency and durable, high-productivity performance. The ironers’ beds have been designed three-dimensionally using parametric simulation technology to ensure improved fluid passage and optimum performance in transmitting heat to the linen. The S-Coil design of the bed with four parallel circuits ensures uniform heating of the entire ironing surface and prevents the formation of cold spots. This assures consistent high-quality finishing and lower maintenance with prolonged oil life. Each bed is machine-welded, tested to a pressure of 20 bar and given a mirror finish polish. High productivity of up to 50 metres per minute when specifying the pressure control option on the PC-120 comes with no sacrifice to ironing quality as the ironer delivers consistent results day-in day-out.
The twin-cylinder gas models with integral gas boiler on the PC-120 delivers greater than 93 per cent thermal efficiency.
As well as minimising energy consumption, the boiler can be instantly adjusted for optimal speed, productivity and humidity depending on the type of linen being handled at any time. Inteli controls allow fine adjustment of speed, ironing temperature and pressure, with temperature adjustable to an accuracy of +/- 1ºC. The control panel’s graphical icons make it very simple and straightforward to use.