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Not all dryers are created equal

2020-08-19T14:01:46+00:00August 18th, 2020|

Of everything going on in a busy on-premises laundry, drying should be straightforward, right? One tumble dryer should be pretty similar to another. That’s definitely not the case. While washer-extractors appear to have all the technology, tumblers have their fair share and can greatly impact efficiency, throughput and labor. Below are a variety of features [...]

UniMac dryers show results for N95 viral decontamination

2020-08-12T14:20:44+00:00August 12th, 2020|

N95 masks have never been more important and in shorter supply. Reusing this vital piece of PPE requires a fast and effective means to decontaminate masks. UniMac announced that specific models of its hugely popular 75-pound capacity tumble dryer can, with the correct programs, be used for viral decontamination of N95 masks and quadruple their [...]

Funding for fire department purchases requires a well-orchestrated approach and some mutual aid

2020-07-28T20:05:18+00:00July 28th, 2020|

We all know the importance of NFPA 1851. Codifying the guidelines for laundering PPE and requiring documentation are steps that are hoped will help reduce not just the instances of cancer in firefighters, but also mortality rates. The present COVID-19 pandemic has reinforced the need to follow these same guidelines in laundering PPE even more [...]

How is your laundry measuring success and identifying process breakdowns that impact quality?

2020-07-17T20:38:20+00:00July 17th, 2020|

How is it that the laundromat business has metrics such as turns per day, revenue, peak periods and even per-machine usage and profit, yet many on-premises laundries (OPL) are measuring success by whether or not all loads were processed?  Far more goes into the degree of success a commercial laundry is achieving. As we operate through the current pandemic, managers [...]

Praise worth sharing from a frontline hero

2020-06-24T17:04:48+00:00June 24th, 2020|

UniMac prides itself on delivering the best products, services and support. We believe in what we do and surround ourselves with expert distributors, who are just as passionate about laundry and supporting customers.  During the current crisis, clean laundry has perhaps never been more important. At firehouses across the country, the need for clean laundry has increased significantly, [...]

Station wear deserves the same care as PPE

2020-05-08T13:25:13+00:00May 8th, 2020|

We’ve always known the importance of clean laundry. One need only look to laundromats being listed as essential businesses through this pandemic for evidence of that fact. Firefighters, who stand on the front lines of the fight are certainly well aware of the increased pressure to launder PPE – having adopted protocols mirroring NFPA 1851 guidance following a [...]

Having replacement parts on-hand can help ensure continuity of laundry service during this crisis

2020-04-29T22:21:38+00:00April 29th, 2020|

On-premises laundries have little tolerance for repairs and downtime during a normal period. Now, if you are serving a healthcare, long-term care, nursing home or fire/EMS facility during a pandemic, extended downtime is not an option. Situations are made even more difficult by safer-at-home lockdowns of these locations, limiting access to service technicians.  Being able to make minor repairs [...]

FEMA Funds Support PPE for Firefighters

2020-04-27T17:05:32+00:00April 27th, 2020|

One of the lessons learned from the current pandemic is the need for additional PPE for first responders, medical professionals and firefighters. Many fire departments have been opting to issue two sets of turnout gear, ensuring one is ready for service, while one is being laundered. Funding such an approach, however, is not always possible for all [...]

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