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Pads & Covers

Pads and Covers

Pads and Covers on Laundry equipment are very much misunderstood, so I thought that we should talk about them this month.

Whenever I visit a plant, there is about a 90% chance that my client and I have a conversation that goes something like this:

Client:  What causes this kind of wrinkle (or pressing flaw)?

Me:  Your pads (or your steel mesh) need to be replaced.

Client:  But I just changed these.

Me:  Its time to replace them again.

Sorry about that.  Pads and covers don’t last as long as you think.  But, if you do the arithmetic, you will find that the cost of pads and covers adds very little to the cost of shirts.


Bad Cuff Pressing

From my desk here, perhaps hundreds or thousands of miles from your shirt unit, it is my job to help you improve the quality of your shirts and to increase your profitability.  That isn’t always an easy task.  But today, I’d like to talk about two really bad things that may be happening from time to time.  Knowledge of this will go a long way towards eliminating the problem. 

  1. What is the most ugly pressing error that you can do on a shirt?
  2. What part of a shirt is most often over-looked by an inspector?

When I had my big wholesale plant years ago, a very ugly pressing error came to light and it happened to be on one of my own shirts.  I was not happy.  I called a meeting of the inspection staff to discuss this with them.  I remember using push-pins to display my shirt on the bulletin board in the meeting room.  I was pretty lucky at that particular time.  I had an inspection staff that was dedicated and concerned.  They readily agreed to address my problem du jour.  Minutes later, at their job stations, my inspectors whined about this problem area.  The pressers needed to be re-trained and supervised.  The problem area was more “common” than I thought.  I still was not happy.


Say goodbye to that Sleever Press

It’s February, and in most regions of the US, business is at its low point of the annual cycle.  But, trust me, your busy season is around the corner and will be here before you know it.  Also true for the Clean Show.  In four months, you will be in Las Vegas and I’m here to give you the last best reason to ditch your sleever press and be done with it.  It’s time to upgrade.   What’s the “last best reason?”  Quality.  Check out these photos:

f1Figure 1- Some cuts of shirts will never do this, even if the bag is over-inflated, but usually you will get a touch-up challenge like this.


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