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JLA Launches New Range of Smart Wash Washing Machines

Sarah-Jane Lampe 1 April 2013

The UK’s leading supplier of commercial laundry equipment and services, JLA, has launched a new range of ‘SMART’ washing machines that reduce the energy, water and detergent consumption on a wash cycle.

The new range of washing machines reduce energy usage by 32% and water consumption by 23%, with overall laundry bills cut by up to a third.

They are the first products to be launched under the JLA SMART Technology banner, following more than three years of investment and research into laundry washing processes to allow for maximum cost savings with optimum performance.

Stephen Baxter, CEO at JLA, said: “We know that saving money is at the top of every agenda in the hospitality industry. We also know that quality is just as important and we don’t believe that our customers should have to choose between these two elements.

“There has been a gap in the market for machines which really work hard to perform efficiently and effectively. Our customers in hospitality are telling us that this is what they want, which is why we have invested in the development of SMART Wash.”

Tony Thomas, Technical Director at JLA, added: “The addition of the JLA Sense absorbency technology to these highly efficient washers means that all washes will be performed as economically and effectively as possible. A good example of this is polyester sheets that absorb very little, a SMART washer will moderate water levels to prevent over-filling and unnecessary utility costs. Alternatively duvets or blankets, which weigh relatively little but are highly absorbent, would not be washed properly if placed in a machine that only factors in the weight of the load, as it would add too little water to the wash resulting in a poor quality wash.”

The SMART Wash range

Each of the SMART Wash machines is suitable for up to 24 hour operation and has SMART Controls which are intuitive and easy to use. The machines have a two-touch start system, as well as a large LCD screen showing time elapsed, time remaining and water temperature.
Load capacities range from 7.5kg to 30.5kg with wider door widths of 400mm allowing for easier access on the larger machines. The high-spin speed of 1000 rpm ensures maximum water extraction for minimal drying times.

Offering a 7.5kg (16lb) load capacity and 73litre drum volume, this machine is ideal for everyday use in smaller hotels.

With a 10kg (22lb) capacity and 95litre drum volume, JLA22 machines offer an increased load service on the JLA16 range, without adding to its height or width specifications.

A larger machine than JLA16 and JLA22, offering load capacities of 13.5kg (30lb) and a 132litre drum volume. A large 400mm door comes as standard on this machine for easier loading and unloading.

This machine offers a 16.5kg (35lb) load capacity with a 165l drum volume, and is ideal for mid to high intensity washes. A large 400mm door comes as standard on this machine for easier loading and unloading.

Perfect for care homes with regular, high volume washes, the JLA50 offers a 23.5kg (50lb) load capacity with a volume of 234litres. A large 400mm door comes as standard on this machine for easier loading and unloading.

The largest of the range, JLA65 includes a 30.5kg (65lb) load capacity with a drum volume of 304litres. A large 400mm door comes as standard on this machine for easier loading and unloading.