I never knew laundry dryer lint could create so much havoc, but it makes a lot of sense and if you have an on-premise laundry, you understand better than I do. The lint dust easily spreads, causing a cleaning and indoor air quality issue.
Each lint screen needs to be cleaned daily or more and if the lint is exhausted on your rooftop or other problematic spot it can be sucked right back in by your HVAC system. Hardened lint on HVAC coils is not what you want to see. If lint is not removed in a timely manner, it can cause a fire hazard, extend drying time, increase energy costs, create maintenance issues, and shorten the lifetime of the dryer.
I learned more about the world of lint and dryers this past week thanks to a chat with Randy F. Radtke, Content and Media for Alliance Laundry Systems. Alliance Laundry Systems just officially introduced a dryer feature that eliminates the problems caused by lint. Called ProCapture, it uses patent-pending cyclone technology to capture 98 percent of dryer lint—a significant increase over the lint screens used in most commercial tumble dryers that capture about 70 percent of lint. With ProCapture there are no lint screens. The lint is deposited in a compartment at the bottom of the dryer where it is then vacuumed out as seldom as once a week. The company says ProCapture reduces service and maintenance costs on everything from HVAC systems to water heaters, and other electronics/components.
ProCapture is already in use at the Moran CITYCENTRE Hotel in Houston. Previously, according to the Director of Engineering at that property, to clean the dryer vents from outside that hotel, a lift had to be rented. It was a two-person cleaning job that took about a day to accomplish. Now using ProCapture, the hotel no longer must lose that time and money.
“ProCapture is a game changer for that hotel,” Radtke says.
Sensor Acts as Cleaning Reminder
If one should forget to vacuum out the lint compartment, an icon on the control panel is triggered and if the lint is still not cleaned out the dryer will shut down.
Radtke says the idea for the patent-pending technology came from asking customers what their “pain points” are in the drying process. It took 15 months to bring ProCapture to market.
ProCapture is currently an upgrade on Alliance Laundry Systems-produced 75-pound capacity tumblers. It will be available on 30-pound stacks in March of 2024, and rolled out for additional capacities in the future. Click here to view a video to learn more.
If there are “pain points” in your operations, don’t hesitate to reach out to your supplier base. There just might be solutions that benefit you and your suppliers.
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