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Reliable compressed air solution for linen service business

Published 28th December, 2015 by Neil Nixon

Reliable compressed air solution for linen service business

When Faversham Linen Services, a family-owned laundry business in Kent established over 100 years ago, was devastated by fire, the owners seized the opportunity to build a greener, more efficient operation in its place. Alongside investment in some of the most advanced laundry equipment, Faversham Linen Services chose Mattei's variable and fixed speed compressors to provide a reliable, efficient, and low-maintenance supply of compressed air.

Established in 1898, Faversham Linen Services provides clean, quality linen, towels and workwear to a diverse range of customers across Kent, Sussex, Surrey and South London, including hotels, restaurants, pubs, shops and care homes.

In June 2013, a huge fire tore through the business's Victorian premises in Faversham, burning the building to the ground. Unable to salvage anything from the wreckage, Faversham Linen Services' owner, Richard Cope, saw the fire as an opportunity to rebuild a stronger business, and work began almost immediately on a brand new, state-of-the-art 23,000sq ft laundry, which would be built on the same site. The very latest processing and cleaning equipment was commissioned and installed in the new facility, which opened just 12 months after the fire.

For the laundry business to operate at its optimum performance, Cope knew he also needed to invest in new compressors. Compressed air plays a pivotal role in keeping Faversham Linen Services' operations running smoothly, with it being used in all its processes, including controlling the detergent dosing, washing, drying and ironing, and shrink wrapping. Cope approached Mattei to discuss its product portfolio. Faversham Linen Services required a variable speed compressor for flexibility, as well as a fixed speed compressor as a standby to cope with additional load or to offload capacity during routine maintenance of the variable speed compressor.

Mattei specified an Optima22 variable speed compressor and an AC22L fixed speed machine, along with air treatment and storage equipment.

Richard Cope said: “It is our mission to stay ahead of the market through innovation, and we have a long tradition of investment in the latest technology to achieve this objective. Every aspect of our operation - including compressed air - is considered important to the overall performance of the business and the service we offer our customers. One of the main selling points for us was Mattei's warranties. We could see the compressors were great products and the performance and efficiency met the criteria we were looking for, but the 10-year unlimited hours air end and 100,000 hour blade warranties, along with the reliable service Mattei offers, meant that we could keep our running costs low too. It felt like we would be installing a fit-and-forget product, as any issues would be taken care for us quickly and with as little downtime as possible.”

Colin Young, business development manager at Mattei, said: “In the laundry sector, compressed air is as important as water, so we understand that it's essential to have reliable and efficient compressors. Following a data logging exercise, Faversham Linen Services had a very clear idea of the kind of compressed air technology they wanted in their new facility. We were able to provide them with a solution that met their needs, and that would support the advanced laundry equipment installed.”

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