SF Bayfront Hotel Goes to Great Lengths to Install 1.2 Ton Washer-Extractor in On-Site Laundry

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Western State Design, world-wide expert in commercial laundry equipment, recently assisted a San Francisco Bayfront hotel with the elaborate installation of their new Milnor washer-extractor. On September 12, 2013, the washer-extractor was lifted to the roof of the hotel to install it in the third-floor laundry room.

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Sometimes selling industrial laundry machinery has its challenges.

A San Francisco Bayfront hotel, located in Burlingame, CA, recently installed a new washer-extractor in their on-premise laundry with the assistance of Western State Design, one of the largest commercial laundry equipment distributors in the world. The 1.2 ton machine had to be maneuvered to the third-floor laundry room of the hotel, which required a crane, a large amount of planning and a team of workers. On September 12, 2013, the installation was in part a media event with ABC affiliate KGO TV filming the whole impressive feat.

The Bay Area hotel worked with Bryan Maxwell of Western State Design to decide on the energy- and water-efficient Milnor 30022 X8J commercial washing machine. The cost saving benefits and better efficiency for the hotel overall appealed to the owners, looking to invest in future longevity of their equipment. The hotel’s laundry is located on the third floor of the building, which became an important factor in discussing installation options for this washer-extractor.

The Milnor 30022 X8J commercial machine has a dynamically tuned suspension because it’s installed above grade, or above ground level. Solid mount washer-extractors require a concrete slab for installation to absorb the dynamic force of the washer during high spin. The Milnor washer-extractor has a two-point suspension system that allows for dynamic forces to be evenly applied. This results in less vibration, smooth extraction, and less wear and tear which leads to a longer machine life.

The Milnor commercial washer-extractor proved to be too heavy and large to fit in the hotel’s elevators to transport to the third floor. A moving service, Lawson Drayage, was contacted by Maxwell to create a plan for lifting the washer-extractor to the roof of the hotel so that it could be set up in the laundry from there. The commercial washer-extractor was rigged up to a crane after the old machine was removed from the hotel’s laundry. A make-shift platform of two-by-tens was placed on the roof to support and protect the Milnor machine and to aid in rolling it into the laundry once it landed on the roof. The installation was completed successfully.

Explaining the precarious nature of installing industrial laundry machines, Maxwell said, “Sometimes selling industrial laundry machinery has its challenges. The machinery can be big, sometimes too big to rig it into the on-premise laundry. We’ve made holes in walls, holes in floors, rigged down elevator shafts or completely disassembled the equipment to rig it into the laundry. This morning we needed a little help from a crane to remove the old piece of junk and deliver the new one.”

Western State Design has provided innovative laundry solutions to meet clients’ demands since 1974, providing design and construction services, commercial washer and dryer sales, parts and service. WSD brings worldwide expertise to its customers, with clients and projects throughout North and South America, Europe, and Asia. WSD’s total solution approach has enabled them to become one of the world’s largest companies in the laundry industry. Visit WSD online at http://www.westernstatedesign.com or call toll free at 1-800-633-7153.

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