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TRSA to Hold Production Summit in Pittsburgh

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Responding to attendees’ requests for more programming during TRSA’s twice-yearly Production Summit & Plant Tours, TRSA has added a half-day to the agenda for the next event, scheduled for Oct. 14-15 in Pittsburgh. Begun in 2013, the now two-full-day Summit improves launderers’ familiarity with the latest process improvements for better throughput and increased profitability in plant operations.

As always, the program includes visits to nearby textile services facilities; this time, to the local Cintas Corp. outpost, as well as the food-and-beverage (F&B) plant of Pittsburgh-based CleanCare. After giving attendees a tour of these laundry facilities, executives from both companies will lead a debriefing at the Summit’s host hotel, the DoubleTree Hotel & Suites Pittsburgh Downtown.

Attendees of prior Summits hail the meeting’s format for its practicality and relationship-building value. “The agenda was very informative and led to discussion of a variety of different topics. The plant tours were excellent,” said Tyler Burke, production manager, Loop Linen Service, Westwego, LA, who participated in Los Angeles in March.

The expanded agenda includes general sessions, panel presentations, breakouts and facilitated problem-solving sessions that enable participants to evaluate processes and management techniques, guided by plant technology and operations experts. The meeting begins at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 14, at the DoubleTree and finishes at 4:30 p.m. the following day.

Panel presentations open and close the event. The opener, Production Standards, will help launderers adjust expected productivity levels in line with technology improvements. Water-Saving Strategies and Wastewater Challenges, the closer, will discuss the wide spectrum of approaches to conservation (more efficient equipment and wash formulas, reuse and recycling). This session also will explore the caveat of such progress: a higher concentration of pollutants in wastewater, which makes their volume seem greater, complicating discharge permit terms.

General session topics include:

  • Best Practices for Employee Recruiting & Retention: tactics for providing fulfilling work for production and maintenance personnel
  • Safety Risk Assessment: identifying all hazards for every position and function, with an emphasis on averting hazardous motion and machine guarding

Breakout session topics include:

  • Mat Processing, Handling, and Tracking: addressing inventory challenges that rapidly mount as launderers in all market sectors place more of these products into service
  • Shop Towel Bagging: strategies for modifying plant operations and procedures to adopt this laborsaving technology

Concurrent facilitated problem-solving sessions – one for the industrial laundry sector, the other for linen suppliers – will enable participants to take away an action plan for a plant operations concern by discussing it in this session. Attendees will troubleshoot a problem or float an idea and be guided by collaborative evaluation of the situation with industry peers.

“Immediately implementable practices are discussed,” said Benjamin Westphal, production supervisor, Mickey’s Linen, Chicago, who attended in Los Angeles in March. “Important questions are asked and answers provided. It all inspires great conversations.”