Laundry Innovation

Safety Without Compromise: Wash Alley Risk Reduction

Monday, April 15, 2013

Steve Wilbur, Director of Engineering and Product Development, G.A. Braun, Inc.

Lockout/Tagout, Fall Protection and Wash Alley Safety are three areas that you as an employer must ensure your employees receive training on key procedures. Conducting a full plant-risk assessment will help you identify hazards within these broad categories. One of those hazards is exposure to machine hazardous motion…namely the spinning cylinders of the washer/extractors while employees manually load slings into them.

G.A. Braun Inc., Syracuse, NY, is a leading provider of research and development on safety systems designed to protect operators from the hazards associated with operations in the wash alley. In semi-automated and manual wash alleys, the task of pushing slings into a washer/ extractor while the cylinder is spinning at up to 50 RPM is a hazard that textile service organizations must address. Braun’s new designs were engineered to address this hazard.

SAFE, EFFICIENT LOADING

Braun’s patent-pending systems have removed the hazard in semi-automated wash alleys by putting a buffer between the operator and the spinning cylinder through the use of a chute or conveyor attached to their Loose Goods Shuttle. Not only have these devices removed the hazard, but they have simultaneously enhanced wash aisle productivity. However, in cases where a shuttle system is either impractical or not possible, Braun has another patentpending solution.

This system was designed for ultimate flexibility, allowing all brands of washer / extractors to take advantage of its loading ability.

This system was designed
for ultimate flexibility,
allowing all brands of
washer/extractors to take
advantage of its loading
ability.The Manual SafeLoad System® is distinct from two earlier designs. It tackles this hazard by eliminating the need for operators to put themselves in close proximity to that spinning cylinder. There’s no need to compromise productivity for safety because the Manual SafeLoad System allows the operator to load the washer/ extractor to full capacity in a very ergonomically friendly way. There’s also no need to make rail modifications, or other adjustments to every open-pocket washer/extractor in your plant.This system was designed for ultimate flexibility, allowing all brands of washer/extractors to take advantage of its loading ability.

The Manual SafeLoad System uses safety-rated devices to control all aspects of maneuvering the device and controlling the loading process.

From a safety-rated foot pedal for controlling the conveyor, to the use of remote jog pendants to spin the cylinder, the Manual SafeLoad System® protects your operators using a safe and efficient loading method.

What’s more, you don’t have to compromise productivity, and in fact, in many manual wash alleys the Manual SafeLoad System eliminates the need to manually open and close rail switching that was necessary to pull the sling to the washer/extractor. Now the sling can be loaded onto the system from the main rail spur and load directly into the washer/extractor, thus enhancing productivity.

One device can service an entire wash alley and eliminate the need for modifications to each washer/extractor.

This system was designed for ultimate flexibility, allowing all brands of washer/extractors to take advantage of its loading ability. There’s no need to compromise on different systems for different brands of open-pocket washer/ extractors. The Manual SafeLoad System can load them all safely, reliably and in a costeffective manner. One device can service an entire wash alley and eliminate the need for modifications to each washer/extractor.

Braun’s Manual SafeLoad System will remove the hazardous task of manual loading washer/ extractors, while helping you maintain a safe and productive wash alley.

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