Pellerin Milnor’s PulseFlow® Technology in Columbia, MS—A Crowning Achievement
Kenner, La. — Founded in 1955, Crown Health Care Laundry Services, Inc. is an independent full-service health care laundry processor and linen rental company based out of Pensacola, Florida. Crown Health care has a long history of utilizing Pellerin Milnor and Chicago Dryer equipment solutions in their facilities. When Crown needed to equip their fourth laundry in Columbia, Mississippi, Pellerin Laundry Machinery Sales Company, Inc. was an obvious choice. Pellerin, the authorized sales and service provider for Pellerin Milnor Corporation, ADC, Energenics, E-Tech, and Chicago Dryer Company, not only equipped the laundry facility, but provided design services, delivery/install coordination, rigging and assembly, as well as start-up and training services.
“Our Mission is to provide health care linen and laundry services to customers who demand quality products and cost control through the best possible utilization of linen. We strive to become more than simply a vendor to our customers – we form a long-lasting partnership created through exceptional support, service and integrity,” says Don Haferkamp, CEO of Crown Health Care Laundry Services, Inc. “We chose to partner once again with the Pellerin team and their vendors because they understand the importance of customer service and support for all four of our laundry facilities.”
The recent addition of Crown Health Care’s 85,000 sq. ft. Columbia facility enables them to service their customers more efficiently. The facility Crown’s first laundry to utilize Milnor’s PulseFlow® Tunnel Washers. The two Milnor 76039 10 Module tunnels are capable of providing in excess of 10,000 lbs. (4,536 kg) of clean healthcare linen per hour. “With the PulseFlow CBW’s, our plant-wide water consumption is less than 0.5 gal/lb (4.5 L/kg),” says Rick Hamlin, Chief Operating Officer for Crown Health Care, Inc. “We are very satisfied with the quality and performance we are getting from our PulseFlow CBW system.”
The Crown facility began processing linen in May of 2014 with laundry work flow considered as one of the most important design aspects. Milnor created a continuous work flow by integrating E-Tech rails to transport all linen. There are no shuttles in the laundry, eliminating gated areas and cart congestion. After extraction in the two MP1656 56 bar single stage presses, the E-Tech press-to-dryer rail system automatically carries two washed loads overhead in one bag to the next available storage belt between any of the pairs of Milnor 6464 dryers 91-158 kg (200-350 lb) capacity. Once a dryer finishes drying a load, the goods unload onto a discharge belt, which takes the load to a clean side rail system to go to its next destination. As soon as the dryer discharge door closes, the load door opens allowing the waiting goods on the belt to load within seconds, optimizing dryer use. This dryer pod configuration was optimal for the Crown laundry because it allows for minimal delay between the wash aisle and flatwork.
Another significant innovation utilized in the facility are Milnor dryer’s GreenFlex™ (Automatic Energy Mode). This feature allows for dynamic modification of the air flow (air quantity and recirculation) to reduce fuel consumption at off-peak times. GreenFlex uses a more energy-efficient drying cycle for use on occasions when the laundry can operate with longer drying cycles but when the MultiTrac system identifies that a queue of work could build-up, it will automatically switch off the GreenFlex mode. This auto-pilot feature reduces energy consumption without compromising workflow or dry quality.
Touchscreens are available throughout the laundry. All batches are tracked as they progress thru the laundry and all data is saved. The Mentor® CBW Controls have embedded video of the load chute for its respective CBW while the Multitrac™ System Control has camera feeds to all photo-eye sensors on the discharge conveyors. All batches are completely traceable, viewable, and recorded throughout the entire laundry with Milmetrix(R) Dashboard.
The boiler room is equipped with a KEMCO Heat Exchanger, Boiler Stack Economizer and Condensate Return Vent Condenser. The system is designed to capture heat (energy) from the pit water, condensate return and boiler stack and use this energy to produce tempered and hot water for the facilities conventional washers and PBW™ tunnels.
Labor is the highest cost in most laundry operations. Crown and Pellerin designed this laundry with complete automation from the E-Tech sorting system, to the delivery of goods to the Milnor CBW’s and dryers, to the delivery of goods to the Chicago Sheet Separators, Feeders and Folders. Most of the linen processed through this facility is only touched by the operators three times throughout the entire process. The Columbia, MS laundry currently operates in one shift and delivers clean linen to its customers 6 days a week.
Rick Hamlin added, “Pellerin Milnor stands behind their product. Ever since the Quitman, GA plant, the level of service we received has helped us maintain our standards for our customers. The Columbia laundry was a seamless project thanks to Pellerin.”
“Our goal is to offer a consultative, proficient approach throughout the design-build process,” says Scott McClure, Vice-President of Sales for Pellerin Laundry Machinery Sales Company, Inc. “We have a long-lasting relationship with Crown because of our mutual understanding of the importance of customer service and support.”
Crown Health Care Laundry Services has remained a top quality linen and service provider throughout Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and South Carolina for more than 50 years. With the addition of the Columbia, MS laundry, the company has better aligned itself to offer laundry services to customers in Mississippi and Louisiana.