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Continental adds natural gas ironer to Pro-Series Heated-Chest Ironer Line

Aug. 2011 | Download Article
Continental adds natural gas ironer to Pro-Series Heated-Chest Ironer Line

Oshkosh, Wis.—Continental Girbau Inc. recently introduced the Continental Pro-Series natural gas Heated-Chest Ironer. The new natural gas model – delivering 90 percent efficiency complements the Pro-Series Heated-Chest Ironer line, which also includes steam and thermal fluid models. Offering single-roll configuration and finishing widths of 130 and 138 inches, the Pro-Series natural gas ironers are designed to fit the needs of a variety of high-volume laundry applications.

Continental’s new Pro-Series ironer works by using natural gas to heat thermal fluid. The ironer features a rear-mounted natural gas boiler. “Because of the on-board, natural gas boiler, and it’s patented coil design, the chance of oil cracking and thermal oil damage are nearly eliminated,” said Continental Vice President of Customer Services Joel Jorgensen. “When compared to most ironers on the market, Continental’s natural gas ironer allows for a larger boiler and greater oil flow velocity, which generates more heat output for faster evaporation and uses less energy.”

Contributing to the ironer’s efficiency are four oil circuits, which double the heating surface of the boiler and allow for greater circulation of heated oil; and three exhaust ducts, which facilitate efficiency and performance, while decreasing gas consumption.

Featuring a rigid-chest design, Pro-Series Heated-Chest Ironers have a generous area for the flow of the heated thermal fluid. The large passages ensure quick and even circulation of heated oil, which correlates to a more consistent ironing finish when compared to flexible and semi-rigid chest ironers, according to Jorgensen. “The rigid-chest design also ensures heated oil flows constantly and evenly, which significantly reduces oil clogs and blockages,” said Jorgensen.

Moreover, the ironing bed is constructed of thick steel plates that resist deformity. The ironer’s cylinder is perforated throughout for maximum moisture exhaust. A heavy-duty spring system provides uniform pressure against the ironing bed while an extractor fan at the cylinder shaft effectively pulls evaporated moisture from the fabric. As a result, linens can be fed directly from the washer to the ironer, saving valuable labor and energy!

Pro-Series Heated Chest Ironers also offer easy-to-operate controls to perfectly adapt the ironer to meet specific needs. The control features AutoSpeed®, an exclusive capability that automatically adapts cylinder speed based on variations in temperature. “Autospeed eliminates high- and low- temperature fluctuations, assuring constant ironing temperatures and the highest quality finishing results with just one pass through the ironer,” says Jorgensen.
To find out more about Continental Pro-Series Ironers, which are backed by an industry-leading 3/5-year factory warranty, visit their website or call 800-256-1073.

Continental Girbau, Inc. is the largest of 12 subsidiaries of the Girbau Group, based in Vic, Spain. Girbau laundry products – marketed throughout 90 countries worldwide – meet rigorous environmental and safety standards established by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). Girbau S.A. holds both ISO9001 and ISO14001 certifications. Ever focused on laundry efficiency, Continental Girbau is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGB), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that developed the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System.