The complete package10 August 2022
Trust has to be earned, says Kannegiesser, which believes its strategy of pushing the boundaries of innovation over the years has put the company in the black with its customers in that respect
Invest today, profit tomorrow. Sustainability is not an expensive luxury, but a necessity. Due to constantly rising energy costs, new EU directives to conserve resources and the clearly visible effects of global climate change, sustainability is increasingly becoming the focus.
For Kannegiesser, it is an elementary component and more than just a trend. "By helping our customers to become more sustainable, we can make our contribution to reducing the resource requirements of the textile services industry. We make that possible by the use of new technologies in our research and development," says Tina Kannegiesser.
In addition to supplying resource-saving and textile-friendly technology, Kannegiesser also stands for the integral sustainable corporate culture.
Kannegiesser, she says, has always developed the machines with care in terms of optimising the entire energy chain in the laundry, offering intelligent solutions for every processing step. In 2008, Kannegiesser presented 'The Green Laundry' at Texcare in Frankfurt. More than ever and despite constantly rising energy costs and carbon taxes, companies are faced with the challenge of developing solutions to remain future-proof and competitive today.
There are three steps of energy savings - The Green Laundry Concept
- Reduce consumption in each simgle process
- Cross-divisional optimization of the laundry
- Efficient provision of the remaining energy
In the washhouse, Kannegiesser's high-performance washing line PowerTrans Vario set new standards for washing efficiency, hygiene, water and energy consumption. The water-extraction technology of the PowerPress and PowerSwing provides low residual moistures permitting high savings in the subsequent evaporation process. Thanks to the process control Eco2Power for the transfer dryer PowerDry, the energy is kept in the system and doesn't need to be recovered via heat exchangers. In the finishing process, Kannegiesser's low-temperature drying during ironing, finishing or full drying gives impressive results and maintains textile value and lowers energy consumption.
Ultimately, the energy contained in the ironing and finisher exhaust air is used to heat fresh water for the washing process.
The sum of many factors leads to solid results: The average energy consumption of a modem large-scale laundry equipped with Kannegiesser technology has more than halved in the past 10 years, says the company.
Consumption of less than 0.8 kWh per kg of laundry can be achieved. In many laundries nowadays, this figure is around 2 to 2.5 kWh per kg of laundry Significant energy savings help companies to remain economically healthy and competitive with strongly increasing energy costs.
Not only the cost balance, but also the climate balance plays an important role. The CO2 emissions of a laundry processing 30 tons of laundry a day and at the same time reducing gas consumption from 2.2 to 0.8 kWh per kg of laundry, are reduced by 2.255 tons each year.
Trust is rarely given away, but must be earned. For decades, the company has successfully developed solutions to help its customers remain competitive. Today, however, it takes much more than that to prove oneself as the global partner for the laundry industry.
Automation and logistics
A smart laundry combines efficient and powerful machines with intelligent logistics. We not only supply the machines, but also the appropriate logistics solutions for the entire laundry operation. This means maximum automation from washing to drying and finishing to sorting.
Industry 4.0, SmartLaundry and artificial intelligence. For us and also for our customers, these concepts are becoming a reality as robotisation makes its way into laundries around the world. We are revolutionsiing textile care with automated logistics and remarkable robotics.
Textile services must find an answer to providing employee satisfaction especially when considering employee recruitment and retention in laundries, a major factor in laundry operations these days.
Many expect the pricing pressure for the textile service industry to continue to increase. More service providers are entering the individual sub markets. A company that previously catered exclusively to hotels may well find itself looking for a new niche in the healthcare market. Our future developments will continue to pay attention to this.
Textile services have long been dealing with issues such as environmental protection, energy efficiency, heat recovery or sustainable laundry management. For laundries and their customers, sustainability plays a major role.
"For us, sustainability is an elementary component of our corporate strategy. We make that possible by the use of new technologies in our research and development," says Kannegiesser.