ARMH creates laundry solution to social distancing
Lancashire-based ARMH Ltd has created an innovative and simple solution to overcoming social distancing in a move to help get laundries back to business as soon as possible. Standing at the front of an ironer is probably the most operator-concentrated area and the biggest problem for social distancing to overcome in a laundry.
They have designed and made a mobile segregation screen from mild steel powder-coated in bright yellow with polycarbonate clear windows. The unit comes flat pack and can be built in minutes with just an allen key. It’s a modular and flexible solution to accommodate one, two, three or more operators, and is simply wheeled into position and the user clicks the brakes to secure in place. Managing Director Andy Robinson, said, “We have always done our best to innovate ideas which will make life and processes easier and safer.
“Recently, we have been looking at how best to help our great commercial laundries get back to work once the linen is there for processing. It’s imperative that people can get back to work as soon as and as safely as possible.” The prototype was trialled at Impressed Laundry in Manchester where managing director, Geoff Browne found it to be an excellent barrier between operators.
Oxwash’s space-age laundry service gets £1.4m investment
Oxwash, the space-age laundry and dry cleaning startup overhauling the traditional laundry service, has announced a £1.4m investment from TrueSight Ventures, Biz Stone (co-founder of Twitter), Paul Forster (founder of Indeed.com), Founders Factory and other angel investors.
Oxwash’s service is taking medical-grade laundry technology typically used in spaceship and hospital sterilisation and making it accessible to all. The new investment will be used to expand Oxwash’s reach across South East England and scale the team. Oxwash, founded by former NASA engineer Kyle Grant, uses ozone generation technology and delivery to provide coronavirus (COVID-19) disinfection for customers.
Oxwash combines ozone disinfection with thermal and chemical processes to wash to pharmaceutical-grade, and to ensure the full eradication of bacterial, fungal, and viral agents in customers’ items. The startup also uses no-contact pickups, the use of electric-cargo bikes adapted with portable ozone generators to sterilize items, dissolvable laundry bags to eliminate coronavirus transmission through fabric and clothing. Kyle Grant, CEO and Co-founder, said: “We’ve developed a service in the last two months that is available to provide coronavirus disinfection.
Our original goal for the business remains to help the planet – originally focussing on the eco-friendly nature of our tech compared to traditional laundry options. However, in recent weeks it’s become apparent that our help is needed in keeping people safe. In light of the current coronavirus situation, we are working closely with the NHS and vulnerable groups to provide support when needed as well as doubling down on our software development, including our app, and rolling out the service to London later this year while continuing to focus on our original locations – Oxford and Cambridge.”
Oxwash has turned its attention to how its capabilities and capacity can support the NHS, healthcare and vulnerable people at home. The venture is now providing laundry services to the Oxford University coronavirus vaccine trial as well as GP surgeries. Oxwash is also serving the vulnerable members of our community, including care homes, those who need assistance at home and hotels that have been requisitioned by the NHS to house their key workers.