Case Study - The Walt Disney Company

Laundry Systems Maintenance

Steam Tunnel laundry systems need repairing, modifying and rebuilding due to constant use and yet must be available every day to carry out heavy workloads. Troubleshooting electrical, electronic and pneumatic controls and rebuilding pumps, valves and regulators are all standard daily maintenance tasks.

Laundry Steam Tunnels are tunnels filled with steam blown by a large squirrel fan driven by an electric motor at the top of the unit. The purpose of such a device is to give garments made of a mixture of poly and cotton fibers a ‘pressed’ look without actually having to press them. A Steam Tunnel can process hundreds of garments and uses an assembly line process.

The garments are hung on a conveyor belt that takes them through a steam-filled tunnel heated to the correct temperature to bring about relaxation of the fibers within the garment and eliminate any wrinkles.

The Problem

The top of the Steam Tunnel is not normally load bearing and has no edge protection system. Access to service the top of the Steam Tunnel is required to perform preventive and corrective maintenance, so a safe system needs to be put in place to resolve these issues.

The Solution

The LOBO System is a work platform scaffold product that combines the flexibility and strength of traditional scaffolding with the simplicity and mobility of tower systems, but is much more versatile, and no assembly tools are required. It can be made into any shape or size and is perfect for maintenance and production applications.

The LOBO System packs flat for transportation, is strong and versatile and is easy and quick to erect. Options include an integrated sliding lifting beam and a TowerStore secure storage unit. Your maintenance crews can assemble the system quickly and safely around, under or above machinery, vessels or conveyors and specifically in restricted areas. Your maintenance tasks can be better controlled and out sourced scaffolding labor costs can be reduced without compromising safety.

The LOBO System can be configured to meet these requirements, produce a work platform for safe access to the top of the Steam Tunnel and provide an edge protection system around the top perimeter.
The LOBO System can be adjusted and designed to access side panels on the tunnel. Lint, which needs to be removed every 3 hours, prevents the necessary cooling and can create a fire hazard if not dealt with properly.
The electric motor requires inspection every 2 weeks and may need to be removed every 6 weeks, for closer inspection.
The LOBO Lifting Slider Beam can be configured as an integral feature to provide the lifting solution.

LOBO Systems provides easy top access
Product Benefits

a) The LOBO System is scalable, adaptable and adjustable to meet your ongoing and changing requirements. Simply add more components or alter your existing configuration to satisfy the demands of the next task. Protect your initial investment with a product that will meet all your access needs safely.

b) The LOBO System is a rigid and stable product, which meets or exceeds current safety regulations. Handrails can be fitted in seconds, at any point in the erection process.

c) The LOBO System's steel structure ensures many years of product life and a system that will not shake or rattle. The system also includes anti-sway braces and outriggers for totally rigidity on taller systems.

d) The LOBO System's modular approach means components fully integrate and can be hand carried.


Cost Benefits

Experience shows that deploying the LOBO System reduces the costs associated with hiring and the labor costs of constructing traditional scaffolding. By reducing reliance on out-sourced scaffolding, cost savings will be achieved – usually well within a 12-month period.

With this quantifiable reduction in costs comes the added savings associated with reduced down-time and greater productivity from your maintenance department!

Available 24/7, quick to erect – and above all safe – it is immediately adjustable for your next task with no staff waiting time while new fixed-frame structures are built.

Re-configurable, again and again, this product comes with no disposal costs and minimal replacement and competitive on-going training costs.

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