Equipment

Equipment

At the Forefront of Emerging Technologies in the Textile Services Industry.

Hospital linens require more than the typical laundry service. Our size and expertise enables us to efficiently process linens using state-of-the-art equipment that ensures the highest standard of cleanliness and comfort.

 

Our Process

  • Receiving

    • Soiled linen is received by United Hospital Services in individual plastic bags that are placed into carts at customer sites. Once the carts arrive at our facility, linen bags are emptied and sent to a soil sort platform via a conveyor. It is here that the laundry is separated into its respective category of linen. Linens are then placed into large bags and moved along an overhead rail system to be washed.
  • Material Handling

    • Laundry is moved primarily through the use of an overhead rail system. This computer-controlled rail system allows for the intelligent navigation of linen throughout the facility. It also allows for the storage of sorted laundry off the floor and in the air, which frees up valuable floor space.

  • Washing

    • Washing millions of pounds of laundry is no small undertaking. In order to process this amount of linen, UHS uses CBWs (Continuous Batch Washers) also known as tunnels, to wash the majority of the linen. These school bus-sized washers are able to process linens as they move through individual pockets. Each pocket performs a part of the wash process. This allows for a variety of linens to be washed continually while saving water and chemicals.
    • The second type of washers UHS use are washer-extractors. These washers are similar to your washer at home, except they are capable of washing between 85 to 800 pounds per load.
  • Extraction

    • Washing linen has one obvious result: wet linen. The process of removing moisture from the linen is a two-fold process. The first phase is the extraction of water using one of two methods.

      • The first method is similar to how your washer at home removes the majority of moisture—by spinning the laundry. At United Hospital Services, we utilize large centrifugal extractors for this purpose. Each centrifugal extractor is able to remove moisture from hundreds of pounds of linen at a time.

      • The second method to remove excess moisture from linen is the use of extractor presses. These large and powerful machines literally squeeze the moisture out of linen. Using thousands of pounds of force, the wet linen is pressed into a cake and then sent to be dried.
  • Drying

    • Drying linen is the second phase of removing moisture. In order to dry thousands of pounds of linen a day, United Hospital Services uses dozens of large dryers. These dryers feature large drums and are attached to a specialized lint collection system that helps control lint on the linen and in the atmosphere. The process of moving linen from the extractors to the dryers is accomplished through the use of computerized shuttles.

 

Onsite Maintenance

United Hospital Services has an onsite maintenance and tool shop that allows us to immediately address any problems with equipment. The plant also houses a large parts warehouse for equipment, which gives us the ability to quickly replace common and specialized parts without having to order a replacement when a machine is down. This prevents downtime, keeps efficiency high, and keeps costs low.

United Hospital Services also takes advantage of advanced Computerized Maintenance Management Software (CMMS) that manages work orders and preventative maintenance for all the equipment. This CMMS program also assists in managing the parts inventory and helps with reordering when stocks are low.