On the right track – conveyor systems
“Conveyors are not as expensive as many people would believe and some dry cleaners appear to be unaware of the advantages of using a conveyor for garment storage” says James Holt, Managing Director of Parrisianne Dry Cleaning Solutions Ltd.
Due to the economic downturn there has never been a more important time for dry cleaners and laundry owners to differentiate their business from their competitors and one way to achieve this is by making your business extremely efficient in the way staff handle their customers garment collection. Nothing attracts more interest than to see machinery working and for potential clients to see garments revolving inside a shop window. Furthermore, space permitting they can prove to be a major labour saving device and as previously mentioned, being attention grabbing, they can help increase sales.
Parrisianne supply the Zucchetti Centro Sistemi (ZCS) range of conveyors, primarily a software company they have now grown to become one of the more active suppliers of conveyor systems across Europe and North America and more recently the United Arab Emirates, India and South America. Their Automation Division develops hardware and software solutions for the management of garments/uniforms for dry cleaning units, industrial laundries, healthcare institutes and hospitals … and for the Hospitality sector (Hotels, Casinos, Spas and Wardrobes) with hundreds of installations all over the world.
Zucchetti Centro Sistemi (ZCS) is the only company that has completely modular conveyor belts for hanging garments. The conveyor is in fact made up of modules (tracks) which can be added or removed easily. Like this it is possible to shape the conveyor according to the customer needs. It is also the only conveyor that can change shape and size, for example if more storage is needed.
The conveyor belt of ZCS has a chain with separate links, which makes it seem at first sight similar to a continuous conveyor band, but with many more advantages. For example, it can also be used in small spaces, because, unlike the conveyors of the competition requiring a curve to go uphill, ZCS permits to go uphill also with vertical pieces.
The conveyor bears very heavy loads, up to 100 kg per meter: this feature makes the conveyor especially suitable for storage of many garments, for example in case of hotel systems where you load locker bags, or another kind of container where you can hang garments and personal items of the employees such as shoes and bags.
Quick and Easy Maintenance, unlike the continuous conveyor belts, for example if they break need long interventions, with a ZCS conveyor the customer will have easy and fast repair thanks to the fact that the belt consists of individual parts. Zucchetti Centro Sistemi gives the possibility to stock many garments in a minimum space. Any shape is possible upon drawing dimensions.
An electronic software link can be established with an EPOS system and the conveyors supplied by Parrisianne. This facility allows an operator to simply type or scan a customer’s ticket number and the conveyor automatically rotates to the correct unloading position, likewise it is also possible to scan a ticket whilst loading the conveyor and the EPOS system will automatically rotate the empty slot position for loading garments.
At Parrisianne we have been asked to design many varying sizes of conveyors from simple oval designs to rising uphill units for storage on either two levels of flooring or double height installations where limited space is available but where ceiling height is not an issue, it is also possible to utilize this space very efficiently with a spiral conveyor.
At Parrisianne we have been asked to design many varying sizes of conveyors from simple oval designs to rising uphill units for storage on either two levels of flooring or double height installations where limited space is available but where ceiling height is not an issue, it is also possible to utilise this space very efficiently with a spiral conveyor.
It is even possible to install an automated collection booth controlled by magnetic cards whereby the client may collect orders that are ready without even entering the shop enabling a 24 hour service. This type of system requires the shop to be equipped for bar coding and the business is perceived by customers to be very professional.