Equipment that’s easy to operate, requires little human interference, profit-enhancing, capable of withstanding the most demanding production environments and, crucially, are energy-efficient, is something every business needs, particularly in these challenging times where energy costs are soaring.
On top of this, says Renzacci UK managing director Jason Alexander, purchasing behaviours of consumers has shifted. With thoughts of the environment in mind, businesses across the country are starting to introduce energy-saving finishing equipment into their facility. Renzacci UK, the UK’s distributor for Pony for nearly 50 years, has been instrumental in introducing their vast range of garment finishing and pressing machines to ensure their clients are best-placed to thrive in an increasingly challenging time.
One example of Renzacci UK and Pony’s drive to implement more energy-efficient solutions for their clients is the introduction of the HARS heat regeneration system on many of their machines. HARS takes heat, which would otherwise be expelled to the atmosphere, and reuses it in the cycle, saving vast quantities of energy. The Pony Eagle and Angel machines feature this revolutionary system.
A slightly more traditional machine, but nonetheless still energy-efficient, is the Pony SP-U press. This manually operated machine boasts a balanced head, using special self-adjusting springs, allowing optimal alignment of the head and buck. Other exciting features include a built-in vacuum and boiler with varying size and power, a blowing device on the buck on the CP model and the instant production of steam to both the head and buck. Like other Pony machines, the SP-U range is compact in size, simple to maintain and easy to use, making it the ideal fit for the traditional drycleaner. It also includes new insulation on the boiler, bucks and steam pipework in order to reduce energy wastage, and to help promote a better working environment for the operator.
Alexander comments: “Pony continues to roll out some incredible pieces of equipment, which are very competitively priced and incorporate all of the low running costs you would expect. Particularly now, it’s so important for manufacturers to release machines that incorporate energy-saving features which will save business owners money in the long run. Thankfully, Pony is doing a great job already!” To reinforce Pony’s eco credentials of their finishing and pressing machines, the installation of a solar panel system on the roof of their production plant in Italy means that all Pony machines supplied by Renzacci UK will be produced with the help of solar energy.
The system will produce about 300,000 kWh/year and is an important step that will guarantee almost total energy autonomy (about 90 per cent of consumption) and a decrease in CO2 emissions of 150,000 kg/year.