Chris Lambourne, director of CML Equipment Solutions, says his company offers a wide range of drycleaning machines from Firbimatic.
Starting with the F range that have smaller capacities of 10kg to 15kg, Lambourne says that they’re available in both perc and alternative solvents, with both slimline two tank and wide three tank versions. He says that “they’re designed to comply with strict environmental regulations and to achieve ultimate cleaning results with the lowest possible operational costs and be very simple to maintain.” He adds that the F-series machines offer a number of additional advantages in operational savings as they are equipped with standard features that include an energy still with a heat pump and integrated recovery of distillation vapour for drying that reduces energy consumption.
In fact, Lambourne says that all Firbimatic drycleaning machines can be supplied with automatic cleaning of the evaporator coil. This works, he says, because at the start of a selected programme the coils are sprayed with solvent which is pumped to the still ensuring that there is no build-up of fluff in the evaporator – “this eliminates the need to have the coils inspected on a regular basis cutting down on service charges and offers good drying and low energy consumption.”
Also available on this range is a “comprehensive and user friendly” eight-inch colour touchscreen. The screen allows operation in manual or automatic mode and is equipped with full diagnostic features. Information displayed on the screen offers fast notification of any issues with the machine and so should reduce service cost and downtime. The touchscreen can also be accessed via an ethernet port for updates, remote support and maintenance capabilities. Next is the Omnia range. On this Lambourne says that the F Omnia models are available in 15kg to 32kg capacities and offer cleaners “a highly flexible tool when using alternative solvents” that allow for increased levels of production while complying with different international environmental standards.
Lambourne notes that the F Omnia range was designed, engineered and successfully tested by Firbimatic “for maximum results when utilising all class III A alternative and ecological solvents including hydrocarbon, Sensene, Solvon K4, K-tex and silicone based solvents, with no major modifications required.” But aside from Firbimatic’s concern for the protection of the environment, Lambourne says that the company also recognises the “importance of introducing concrete, viable solutions to the industry that incorporates technology that is both flexible and innovative.”
Lambourne talks about Firbimatic’s EcoGreen advanced vortex system. “Firbimatic has always been on the cutting edge of development and has designed and engineered another breakthrough in state-of-the-art multisolvent cleaning machine technology – the EcoGreen advance series machines which are available in rigid models ranging from 18kg to 40kg loading capacity.”
As he outlines, “the EcoGreen range allows the flexibility to use any hydrocarbon class III A/B solvent without having to make any changes to the physical construction of the machine.” Further, he adds that “Firbimatic has the vortex vapour induction drying which greatly reduces drying times thanks to a combination of factors such as a unique high-volume fan and drying chamber design along with special placement of the condensing and heat pump coils.” Firbimatic claim that its vortex “greatly increases” the induction f low of both air and solvent vapour into the recovery chamber “resulting in shorter overall cycle times from start to finish.” And of course, increased production in less time means greater throughput and more profit.
Lastly, Lambourne points out that Firbimatic can offer industrial-level machines to those that need them. “Firbimatic’s industrial drycleaning machines,” he says, “can be operated with any chosen solvent.” Capacities vary from 60kg to 160kg tandem machines, can handle chlorine and hydrocarbons and can be used for specific industrial applications including degreasing and cleaning of hides in the tanning industry, and the cleaning of industrial items such as work clothes, workshop rags, gloves and the like.
In summary, Lambourne says that all Firbimatic machines come with closed-loop purification and filtering systems “which reduce environmental pollution to zero.” And as washing and drying functions are completely managed by computer, he says that human errors are eliminated and the dispersion of harmful substances into the surrounding environment should be minimised.
“Firbimatic,” says Lambourne, “is committed to providing its customers with safer and high-performance machines while demonstrating utmost respect for people and the environment.”