Mickey’s Linen Replaces Outmoded Bundlers
While Mickey’s Linen stands behind its tag line “Professional Service. Personal Touch,” maintenance is a different story. When it comes to laundry bundles, just one touch should suffice. The Chicago-based company recently replaced its outdated bundlers with Mosca Fusion models, saving on re-work and maintenance expenditures, as well as reducing slip hazards. Time spent previously on repairing older systems is now spent on preventive maintenance elsewhere, according to company owners in a recent news release.
As part of its decision-making process, Mickey’s Linen considered labor and material costs. The company, which cleans, presses and bundles its rental restaurant linens (napkins, tablecloths, towels, staff wear, and more) in several locations, loads bundles into large wheeled totes. If the straps fail and the bundles break, they have to be re-strapped and sometimes sent back to the beginning of the line to be reprocessed, before being loaded onto Mickey’s trucks and delivered around Chicago. In addition to making his life easier, says Ruben Ibarra, maintenance manager, there are fewer straps in the trash, and the risk to employee safety drops with fewer loose straps on the floor.
Third-generation family owner and manager Chris Brown heard about Mosca bundlers from his production management team, and purchased the systems from servicing Mosca Distributor Uni-Pac Equipment Co. He says there’s been a significant and positive impact on the maintenance department. “They have a lot more time for preventive maintenance on other equipment now.” That’s a sentiment echoed by Facility Production Manager Wieslaw Gebultowicz, one of the decision makers involved in purchasing the new strapping machines. Gebultowicz is happy with the decision and is recommending that they replace similar systems in their other facilities with Mosca bundlers.
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