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Are You Looking For The Right Ironing Product For Your Laundry?

If you have ever slipped between clean, crisp sheets in a hotel room after a tiring day exploring a tourist hot spot, or put on a fresh uniform to start your shift in a top-class restaurant, you will appreciate the finish that a commercial laundry can give linen. The final touch in getting this finish is the commercial ironer, and the best finish comes from the best equipment.

Get the Right Equipment for the Task

Businesses send a wide range of items out for cleaning and ironing by a commercial laundry, and the old saying about getting the right tool for the job applies just as much to this industry as it does in the trades. Ironers now come with single or multiple rollers, in different diameters and with different accessories, so selecting the right one for your laundry is an important decision.

At NLE Commercial, we supply and service a comprehensive range of quality commercial ironers. The equipment we supply comes with a seven-year warranty on the ironer chest. We also back this up with a team of fully qualified technicians who are available 24/7 to attend to any breakdown.

Popular with Owners of Small Laundries

One of our machines that is popular with owners of small laundries is the Compact 600 ironing system. Not only is this machine a superb ironer, but it’s four other functions, that is, feeder, dryer, folder and stacker, make it a very versatile piece of equipment to fit into a small space. Two of these are optional, giving the small business even more opportunity to get a machine that suits its clientele.

Productivity Opportunities in Wall Ironers

One of the major features of our wall-ironers is the opportunity they offer for productivity improvements in a busy laundry. This is possible because the input and output are both at the front of the machine, so only one operator is required to iron the linen. Wall-ironers are available in different lengths and roller diameters, with other features such as automatic folding, regardless of length, as well as safety features that protect the operator.

Exciting Innovation

The PSN-80 series of ironers is an innovative one that leaves a flawless result. This is achieved by using a rigid tray rather than a flexible one. The rigid tray does not distort under heat pressure, leaving no marks on the linen. These ironers are available in gas, electric and thermal fluid; also, heating versions have automatic speed adjustment and are perfect for clients with large loads such as cruise ships, hospitals, hotels and industrial laundries.

Our technical people keep their skills updated so they can work on these new machines with confidence and this in turn gives our clients much confidence in the service we provide them.

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Do You Need Reliable Maintenance For Your Business? Do Your Homework

For owners of businesses reliant on keeping machinery operating, often 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, having a regular maintenance schedule is essential. It is a proven fact that machinery or equipment that is poorly maintained breaks down much more frequently than those that are serviced to manufacturers’ instructions. Frequent breakdowns cause loss of productivity and income and can be a safety hazard in many situations.

Choose an Electrical Maintenance Company using References

When business owners are looking for reliable electrical maintenance services, there are several important things that should be looked at. The most obvious one is the reputation of the companies under consideration. Asking for contact details of their clients and approaching those clients for references is an excellent way of choosing the most reliable company.

Check Qualifications and Professional Certifications

It is also important to check the trade and professional certifications of any electrical maintenance company under consideration. In Queensland, a typical pathway to becoming an electrician is to do a Certificate 3 in Electrotechnology Electrician, followed by obtaining an electrical worker’s licence. It would be expected that a company providing electrical maintenance services would only be employing qualified electricians.

This is something we are particularly strict about here at NLE Commercial. We offer electrical contracting, maintenance and installation services; also, our electrical service team are all members of Master Electricians Australia and Safety Connect.

Licence Renewals Require a Skills Assessment

Electrical work licences are valid for five years. To ensure that the skills of the licence holders are up to date, they must have completed a skills maintenance assessment within two years of renewing or reinstating their licence. This assessment covers legislation, risk management and live work as Part A and electrical testing as Part B.

Benefits of Membership in Master Electricians Australia

Members of Master Electricians Australia have access to a range of benefits including subscriptions to ME Safety Express, their own safety program, entry to networking and events that assist to build skills and knowledge of the electrical industry and access to the Master Electricians’ Accreditation Program.

Familiarity with Australian Standards a Must

Our emergency breakdown service team are fully conversant with the relevant Australian Standards AS/NZS 3760:2010 Test Tagging and Safety Inspection of Electrical Equipment and AS/NZS 3000:2007 Compliance Testing of Electrical Installations. The confidence we have in the skills of our team and the certifications they hold allow us to offer our clients a 12 month guarantee on all work performed.

Would you, as a business owner, risk the safety of your workforce and the viability of your business by not checking the qualifications and certifications of the people doing your electrical maintenance? If you take the cheapest price for a service as important as this, it could lead to false economy.

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Get The Legal Stuff Sorted Before You Open Your Laundromat

Have you decided to take the leap into business ownership by setting up your first laundromat but need more information about the legal documents you will most likely need to complete and sign? Running a business can be exciting and challenging at the same time, so getting all the legal issues sorted out at the beginning will allow you to concentrate on your laundromat without other issues surfacing at inconvenient times.

Check Lease Agreement Terms Before You Sign

Most first-time business owners start out by leasing their equipment and premises, so the first documents you will sign will be the lease agreement on the premises, and a similar type of leasing arrangement for the laundry equipment. The terms of these leases could make or break your business, so use a legal representative to assist you.

Signage Requires a Local Council Licence

To advertise the location of your laundromat you will need signage, preferably visible from the road, to attract new customers. This is a local authority matter and you will need to apply for a licence from your local council before any signage is erected. Signage is regulated by council to prevent visual clutter and to ensure public safety.

Both Business Name and Company Name Must be Registered

Your business name must be registered on the national Business Names Register. This registration gives you a licence to trade under the business name you have chosen. If you intend to operate as a company, you will also need to register with the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC).

Is the Equipment in Your Laundromat Registrable Plant?

Workplace Health and Safety regulations require many items of plant to be registered, and the washers, dryers and other equipment in a typical coin-operated laundry could be considered plant under this legislation. Check this with the state government authorities, and if required, you will need a licence for a worker to use any registrable plant.

Hiring Staff is a Completely Different Ballgame

If you will be hiring staff, there is a whole new set of legal processes you must have in place under the Fair Work Act. This is national legislation to protect the rights of workers at work, and all business owners should make themselves familiar with its requirements. You will need to register as a PAYG Withholder with the Australian Taxation Office, who will also require you to pay superannuation contributions on behalf of your employees.

We Are Ready to Help

With all these legal documents and licences needed before you even open the doors, you may be feeling a little overwhelmed. It is good to know then, that here at NLE Commercial we are ready to supply equipment and know-how to help you get started. Our 24-hour service, with spare parts and trained technicians will keep your laundromat operating at full capacity.

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What You Should Know Before Buying A New Laundry Washer

Owning a laundromat can be very lucrative in the right location, and as most of it is automated, it does not require constant supervision, offering more free time than most businesses. As long as the machines keep operating efficiently, the customers will be happy and will keep coming back to use the facilities. Avoiding breakdowns, therefore, is critical to financial success.

Choosing the Right Washer is Not Easy

Getting the right type of laundry washer is vital in these circumstances, and with so many on the market to choose from, deciding is not easy. It involves things such as cost, getting the features the customers expect, whether the machine will suit the size of the premises, after-sales service and the response times in the event of a breakdown.

At NLE Commercialwe sell and service the top brands of laundry equipment for commercial and industrial laundries. Girbau, Forenta and Braun washers, dryers and other equipment are popular choices made by our clients. They also rely on our team of skilled technicians for maintenance and spare parts, knowing that we offer a 24 hour-7 day a week service.

What Does the Average Customer Want?

Girbau, for example, offer a laundry washer for coin-operated laundromats that is easy for customers to use, with a large loading door and simple programming for those of us who are confused by too many options. This washer is strong and durable, and offers savings in water, energy and consumables. It requires minimal maintenance and it is easy to install.

Getting the Size Right

The laundry washers we supply range in size from 25lb to 4210lb capacity, with some being top loaders and others front loaders, in both coin operated and non-coin operated models. The key consideration here is size, and of course, the largest of these up to the 4210lb model, would not be appropriate for the average suburban laundromat, and is more suited to an industrial application.

Product Quality is Everything

The reputation of the manufacturer should be a major consideration, with companies such as Girbau and others having internationally recognised quality accreditation on their manufacturing processes. The end result is what matters to the customer, so choosing a laundry washer on price alone, without any quality recognition, could damage a business if the finished laundry was not completely clean.

Check the Warranty

Any laundry washer purchased for a laundromat should have a robust warranty but checking the terms is often neglected in the rush to get a new machine onto the premises. A warranty is useless if the company that offers it is no longer in business. This is why it is important to deal with a reputable company such as NLE Commercial when choosing your new machine.

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What Do You Know About Laundry Equipment?

If you have never worked in or even visited a commercial laundry, and your perception of how they operate is limited to short scenes from movies or TV, you are not alone in having little understanding of this demanding environment. Few of us do, so it is not surprising that we also don’t know much about the type of equipment that modern bulk laundries use to produce a smooth, clean and sanitised product.

From Heat and Hard Work to Automation

Apart from the washers and dryers you would expect to see, other items have transformed the process of bulk washing and drying from one of heat and hard labour to an automated process where most of the work is done by machines. Finishing equipment, for example, is not just an extra-fancy large steam iron but also a complete range of specialised machines, and there are few companies that do these better than Forenta.

At NLE Commercial, we are very familiar with their finishing equipment as they are one of the laundry brands we supply and service. We stock spare parts and our team of qualified technicians are available for preventative maintenance and emergency breakdown twenty-four hours a day.

Still an Industry Leader after 50 Years

Forenta equipment is manufactured in the USA and marketed worldwide with the support of factory sales representatives who fully understand the commercial laundry industry. Their products are designed to be functional with safety and quality as the highest priorities. With 50 years of service to their customers and industry leading warranties, they are still designing and producing new products such as those below.

Forenta Apparel and Linen Press

Designed for finishing pants, napkins, tablecloths and household apparel, this machine has an insulated head cover and nickel-plated head that saves energy by reducing heat loss. The head is opened and closed by using the control bar.

Forenta Contoured Legger Dry Cleaning Press

The press features a new fabricated frame with simple mechanics. It can be used as both a steam and vacuum board for finishing sweaters and for hand ironing. The patented operating controls close with either hand and lock with the other.

Forenta Steam Air Finisher

This machine is designed to complete the cleaning process on jackets, coats, dresses and sweaters. The removable mesh over-bag allows delicates to be finished without being stretched, and there are adjustable timing programs for steam, air and a steam/air combination. Operators love the 360° rotating form, making the finishing of garments with large shoulders a breeze.

Dry Cleaning and Laundry Customers Fully Supported

Forenta’s products meet the needs of both the dry cleaning and laundry industries, making them perfect for commercial laundries servicing hotels, cruise ships, hospitals, commercial dry-cleaning businesses and garment manufacturers. We are happy to support their products with our service guarantee to our clients.

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Trying To Choose New Laundry Equipment? Check This Out.

Operators of commercial and industrial laundries rely heavily on the efficiency and reliability of their equipment to keep up with their competitors and continue providing a vital service to their customers. They cannot afford frequent breakdowns, laundry loads going through a complete washing cycle and coming out still soiled, or dryers that use too much power or don’t produce a completely dry load.

Many Competing Brands in the Laundry Equipment Market

There are many brands of laundry equipment all juggling for a market share in a competitive business. They all make claims to be the biggest and best, cost the least to run and all have similar manufacturers’ guarantees. How is a laundry owner supposed to choose new equipment among all the confusing claims?

At NLE Commercial, we supply laundry equipment and provide service and spares for our own and all other brands. We have a 24-hour emergency callout service to assist our customers, so we are in an excellent position to talk about the brands that we know are stand-outs for reliability and quality.

ADC – American Dryer Corporation

ADC is one of those brands. Their laundry products are perfectly engineered, offering improved efficiency and performance. ADC has built an enviable reputation world-wide over fifty years as suppliers of coin-operated and on-premises laundry equipment. This includes large-capacity and quick production industrial dryers.

Energy Efficient, High Performance Machines

Their vended washers and dryers are designed to get customers in and out quickly to maximise revenue for coin-operated laundry owners. ADC machines have faster wash and dry cycles, which means they can handle a larger flow-through of customers than other brands. These energy-efficient, high performance machines offer larger earning potential than older, less advanced machines.

Large Range of Dryer Models to Suit All Purposes

We have installed their on-premises washers and dryers in hospitals, aged care facilities, hotels and other large volume establishments. The reliability of these machines is critical to the 24-hour performance necessary when demand is high, and with a variety of different dryer models available, no client has to settle for something that doesn’t quite suit.

Ergonomically Designed Dryers Reduce Worker Injuries

ADC’s ergonomically designed industrial dryers are designed to tilt forward for easy loading and unloading, reducing the likelihood of occupation overuse injuries to staff. Convenient front panel access to controls makes it easy to operate, while the wide range of standard features includes their patented microprocessor-controlled drying systems, which offers the highest operating efficiency.

Marketed in 90 Countries World-Wide

ADC is an industry-leading manufacturer of laundry equipment, marketing their products in 90 countries, including Australia. This is where we come in as a supplier and we have confidence in the quality and reliability of their products.

Pioneers In Laundry Equipment

To run a commercial laundry operation successfully requires competent staff, sound management and most important of all, reliable equipment that produces a quality result and operates with minimal breakdowns. While there are many different brands of laundry equipment available, there are some that produce results far superior to their competitors.

One of these is Braun, a manufacturer of large-scale, commercial laundry equipment based in the USA. The company was formed in 1946 and it soon became a pioneer in engineering innovations that revolutionised the laundry industry. Braun has passed an external auditing process giving them ISO9001 certification, and this gives their customers confidence in the quality of their products and service.

Their commitment to the continuous improvement of their products has given the industry efficient, cost-effective equipment now used around the world. A few of their most notable achievements are set out here to let our customers know that when we are installing spare parts in their Braun machines, we are also part of the success story.

We are NLE Commercial, a Brisbane-based company specialising in the supply, installation and servicing of commercial laundry equipment. We have a fully trained and equipped emergency breakdown service team of electrical technicians at your service.

Important Fact No. 1

Did you know that Braun was the first manufacturer to design a Pass-Thru machine? This was developed in the 1960s and it allows healthcare laundries to separate clean and dirty areas. This development prevents the spread of deadly infections and acts as a barrier to other airborne pathogens.

Important Fact No. 2

We take the microprocessor controls in our domestic and commercial washing equipment for granted, but we should thank Braun for the convenience we enjoy. In the 1970s, they were the first manufacturer to incorporate this technology into laundry equipment.

Important Fact No. 3

The 1980s was a decade of innovation, with several new technologies being developed by Braun. The first laundry program controlled from a desktop computer, the WASHNET system, which was the first to integrate a full cycle from automatic loading to automatic unloading, and the fully automated batch control system were all Braun inventions.

Important Fact No. 4

The 1990s saw the development of the first control software to run on a Microsoft Windows system, pioneered by Braun.

Important Fact No. 5

Braun had such faith in the future of the laundry industry that it invested heavily in a new manufacturing space creating 155,000 square feet of a modern manufacturing facility.

With a record like this, you can have confidence in the performance of your Braun equipment, but if it breaks down, we will get it operational again.

Change Your Habits And Save Your Dishwasher

Dishwashers are major labour-saving devices, both in the home and in other environments where they are in constant use. In hotels, restaurants, hospitals, care facilities and other industrial and commercial situations, dishwashers free up hundreds of hours of labour that can be used more productively elsewhere. They also wash at temperatures far higher than human hands can stand, killing most germs and leaving dishes and cutlery hygienically clean.

Common Mistakes and Bad Habits

While most people think they know how to keep their dishwashers in top condition, there are a few common mistakes that operators make that can compromise the performance of their machines. Mostly they are just bad habits, and are simple enough to correct once you know what they are.

Commercial and industrial dishwashers also need the same care you would give to your domestic machine. At NLE Commercial, we offer professional services to our clients who rely on us to keep their key equipment operating. Our technicians have seen it all when it comes to mistakes that cause operating problems.

Is the Detergent Cup Closed?

Topping the list is one mistake that is as surprising as it is common. When you start a load without closing the detergent cup, all the detergent goes down the drain and doesn’t touch any of the dirty dishes. Check that this is not the problem before you contact us for a service call.

Is the Detergent Cup Overfilled?

Still on the subject of detergent, if the detergent cup won’t click in securely, most likely it has been overfilled. Some people think that extra detergent means extra-clean dishes, but often, too much detergent leaves a streaky film that needs extra cleaning. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

Is the Dishwasher Stacked Correctly?

This is the same advice we give our clients regarding the placement of items. Most machines come with instructions on how to stack the dishwasher for maximum efficiency and cleanliness. Cramming in extra pieces may obstruct the water jets, leaving food particles on items that then need to be hand washed.

Are You in a Hard Water Area?

If you live in a hard water area, this can cause problems with your dishwasher. Not only can it leave spots on the dishes, but it also can build up inside the mechanism, causing problems that lead to repairs. Avoid service calls to us by using a hard water spot remover or similar product regularly.

Only use Detergent Meant for Dishwashers

If you run out of dishwashing detergent, do not use ordinary liquids or powders in your dishwasher. They are not suitable and will froth up, possibly flood your kitchen and your dishes will still be dirty. Rectify these mistakes and you will have no problems with your dishwasher.

Ever Wondered What Happens Inside Your Dishwasher?

Have you ever watched one of those retail displays where appliances are being demonstrated in operation? Some of the appliances even have transparent sides so everyone can see the internal mechanisms. The biggest crowds are usually around the dishwashers, watching the water inside in fascination while the machine goes through its cycle.

A Typical Dishwashing Cycle

These are typically domestic dishwashers using a mix of water and dishwashing detergent pumped to rotating spray arms that blast the dishes clean. When the wash cycle finishes, the dirty water drains off, and clean hot water is pumped in to begin the rinse cycle. To make sure the glasses and dishes are streak-free, a special rinse aid is added during the cycle and then a final drying cycle completes the process.

NLE Commercial are specialists in commercial dishwashers, but we thought that this example of the home dishwasher would be one to which everyone can relate. A dishwasher is much more efficient than a human is; it uses less water and by washing at a temperature that human hands cannot withstand, is very effective at killing bacteria. It is also a labour and time-saver, because once it is loaded and switched on, the operator can walk away and do something else.

Commercial Dishwashers Suited to Large Volumes

In a commercial kitchen, these attributes make dishwashers essential for efficiency, cost control and hygiene. The large, heavy-duty machines used by hotels, hospitals, restaurants, resorts and the like also have a much larger loading capacity, suitable for the big volumes of cutlery, dishes, et cetera, that they need to clean each day. These are the types of machines that our technicians are called upon to service and repair.

Fast Cycles Essential in Commercial Machines

Commercial dishwashers differ from domestic machines in some ways. To meet the constant demand for fresh tableware, commercial dishwashers have much faster cycles while still producing a clean, sanitised product. The most popular types for big kitchens are the pass-through machine and the conveyor type. Our people are trained to look after both types.

Pass-through Type a Space-saver

The pass-through dishwasher usually sits between two benches and has a pull-down hood. This allows multiple parts of the wash cycle to happen at once. A staff member can be loading a rack at one side while another rack is being washed inside the machine.

Conveyor Type Needs Space but Handles Large Volumes

The conveyor type is for the much larger kitchen, providing a fully automated process. Filled racks pass through a large cabinet where the washing takes place in a conveyor-like process. While these machines need a lot of space, they are a necessity for high volume kitchens.

Regardless of which type of machine is installed in your commercial kitchen, our trained and experienced technicians are on call 24/7 to keep your dishwashers operating.

Risk Management Programs Support Business Health

Very few businesses operate without risks and anyone thinking about setting up a new business or buying an existing one should always measure the level of risk against the perceived benefits. Those with the desire to be their own boss will always take those risks, but there is no need to do it blindly. Risk management is almost considered to be a science these days, so there are processes that, when properly followed, can reduce risk.

What are Typical Risks for the Laundry Industry?

Let’s use the laundry business as an example. We must first realise that the risks associated with owning a commercial laundry may be different from those faced by owners of a public laundromat. Commercial laundries are large, industrial-type enterprises with many employees, large and complex machinery and corporate clients such as hotels, hospitals, care facilities and the like.

A Reputation Built on Quality

For these laundries, there are many risks but a couple of obvious ones immediately come to mind. From a commercial point of view, not being able to maintain a high standard of hygiene would be a significant risk. Their reputation would be built on the quality of their work, so any laundry returned to clients that was not scrupulously clean could result in the cancellation of contracts and loss of income.

Managing work health and safety risks needs constant attention as commercial laundries without safety procedures could be dangerous places in which to work. Continuing to operate with outdated and inefficient machines is a major cause of both poor product and dangerous practices, and to continue operating in these conditions is a major risk.

New Laundry Equipment Part of Risk Management

Installing new, modern, quality commercial laundry equipment would immediately reduce those risks to something manageable. At NLE Commercial, we supply and install an industry-leading range of the best quality washers, dryers, ironers and other equipment available.

Public Laundromats Need to be Inviting

Owners of public laundromats face different levels of risk, although many risk components are similar to those of the commercial laundries. Customer service is the key for public laundromats, so keeping the machines and the premises clean and inviting to users is important. Failure to do this will risk customers taking their business elsewhere, resulting in a loss of revenue.

Regular Maintenance Keeps Machines Operating

Making a healthy profit depends on keeping all the machines operating, so just like a commercial laundry, regular maintenance of existing equipment will reduce the risk of expensive breakdowns. Calling on us to replace ageing and inefficient equipment with new machines will reduce to zero the likelihood of these breakdowns.

All business is risky, but with the right attitude to risk management, owners can be confident of operating successful businesses that make healthy profits and survive into the future.