Drycleaning and laundry businesses looking for a revenue boost, whilst at the same time responding to increasing consumer demand for more environmentallyfriendly solutions, should consider introducing energysaving finishing equipment into their facility, says Jason Alexander, managing director at Renzacci UK.
“The latest finishing machines reduce costs, increase productivity, generate more profit and have a significantly reduced environmental impact.” “At the vanguard of this movement is best-in- class finishing equipment manufacturer, Pony,” says Alexander.
As the UK’s Pony distributor for the past 48 years, Renzacci UK have been instrumental in introducing their extensive range of state-of-the-art shirt machines, complete with exciting automated features, into the market, to ensure their clients are best placed to thrive in a fiercely competitive industry.
A prime example of Pony and Renzacci UK’s innovative spirit, is the development of the upgraded Pony Eagle 2.0, says Alexander. Proven to save up to 30 per cent on energy costs, the Eagle 2.0, now available as an electric model, boasts a unique design which allows the shirt machine to operate on a three phase electricity supply and air compressor only, with no need for an additional steam generator or complex installation.
“As with many of Pony’s shirt machines, the Eagle 2.0 can be supplied with three different buck sizes, allowing garments from large shirts, to small blouses to be finished. Its ergonomically designed features allow for a very rapid rate of production and incorporate the HARS (Hot Air Recovery System), which enables faster drying times, higher productivity and reduced energy consumption; thus reducing costs. It also has a touchscreen operating system, automatic shirt tensioning and new sleeves tensioning system, and is height adjustable.”
Pony hasn’t held back on the release of energy-saving shirt machines. The Pony Angel 2.0 system recycles hot air released during processing and reuses it to help reduce energy costs. Utilising up to 24kg of steam per hour, with the combination of the hot air flow and two steam-heated finishing bucks, a beautifully finished garment can be achieved in less than 30 seconds. Similar to the Eagle 2.0, it has a touchscreen operating system, incorporates the Hot Air Recovery System and its compact size allows for installation in the smallest of sites. Again, with the Eagle 2.0, the system can be teamed with the Pony collar and cuff press, allowing a single member of staff to process up to 60 shirts per hour.
Alexander continues: “A slightly older machine, but nonetheless incredibly energy-efficient, is the Pony DB 360 shirt pressing unit. Many exciting features have been incorporated on this system to make it as energy-efficient as possible, like the steam circuit which acts to reduce heat loss during processing, the electric-based rotary engine and energy recovery system. “Similar to the Angel 2.0 system, it is compact in size allowing for easy transportation and installation, and can be simply dismantled to fit through standard-sized door frames.” Pony released a new addition to their shirt finishing range in 2019 – the Pony Kite machine series. Also available in both steam and electric versions, it’s a highly efficient machine and is capable of producing 36 shirts or blouses per hour. It can be supplied with three different buck sizes, boasts an incredibly rapid rate of production and reduces energy consumption using the Hot Air Recovery System.
As technology continues to reshape the world, Pony has enabled internet connectivity on every machine, to enable maintenance and quick-fix repairs to be achieved remotely, even before the operator becomes aware of a problem.
Alexander said: “Pony continues to roll out some incredible pieces of equipment, which are very competitive in pricing and incorporate all of the low running costs you would expect, and we’re always really eager to make our clients aware of them.
“Considering the situation we currently find ourselves in, it’s never been more important for manufacturers to release machines that incorporate energy-saving features to cut costs, as that’s what we find to be real selling points for our clients. Thankfully, Pony is doing a great job already!”