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Laundry water recovery.

Monday, 23 March 2009

Major milestone in Laundry Water Recycling performance.

Some two and a half years ago now Broadbent Laundry Systems (BLS) installed their first water recycling plant for Sunlight Services Group in Coventry. This was featured in LCT December 2006 issue.

Since that first installation, Broadbent has gone on to successfully install a further 5 plants at various UK installations including a hospital Laundry.

ImageThe result.

Recently the totalised output of recovered water from all of the 6 plants combined reached the monumental total of 500,000 CuM, a figure which we thought deserved marking with a review of the technology and achievements of the last few years.

The original article in December 2006 issue of LCT outlined the key aspects of the pioneering filtration technology and the use of cross flow ceramic micro filtration technology. This technology is supported by a further RO (reverse osmosis) step if required to reduce total dissolved solids (TDS) level and achieve the quality required by the TSA (textile services association) recycled water specification.

With the recent announcement of above inflationary rises in water costs combined with higher energy costs, energy saving technology is a worthy investment as times get hard. As an end of pipe solution the Broadbent recycling technology maximises the combined savings of water and heat recovery Who needs a separate heat exchanger when this is the most effective heat recovery system going?

ImageRecovery system on-site.

From the very first installation, Broadbent has guaranteed the 70% recycle figure featured in all quotations. Needless to say, all of their 6 installations have and are achieving this figure – the so called 'warts and all' recovery rate.

Others may promise higher figures, but what really matters is the typical day to day running average in the real laundry, with real people involved – not the day one figure with a commissioning team involved.

From their facilities in Huddersfield, Broadbent is able to offer remote web based support to 5 of their 6 plants and regularly track the recovery rate of each plant. Recovery rates as high as 85% have been recorded. Also key in achieving the forecast payback and savings is the up time of the plant and support and after sales service that may be required. Broadbent is able to offer unrivalled UK support in this area via a team of over 20 mobile support engineers.

The Broadbent system is designed for the big Laundries. To achieve a target payback of 2 years, the laundry must be a big user of water, and actually paying a lot for their water. For a worthwhile 2-3 year payback a cost of £2/CuM combined water and effluent cost and double shift working are pre-requisites. If this is a good description of your operation then you should contact Sean Doyle, Broadbent Sales Engineer, to discuss your requirements.

For more information or to discuss your requirements please contact :

Sean Doyle or Steve Childs.
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To go to our Laundry Water Recycling page click here.

To see our Laundry Water Recycling brochure click here (opens new window).

ImageRecovery system PLC control screen

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