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Figure 5-31.-Laundry personnel using the flatwork ironer.
fully  raise  padded  rolls  before  you  shut  off  the power, allow the ironer to cool, and try to remove jammed linen or service the ironer. Always avoid contact  with  heated  parts. Never reach over, under, or behind the safety finger guard or into any area near the heated roll or  moving  parts  without  first  shutting  off  the ironer at the power source. If you break this rule, you are taking the chance of getting caught in the rolls  or  ribbons  and  possibly  incurring  serious injury from the ironer’s heat or pressure. This rule should  be  followed  whether  you  are  working  at the  front,  side,  or  rear  of  the  ironer. Check  the  operation  of  the  safety  finger  guard at  the  beginning  of  every  shift.  Touching  the safety finger guard should activate a switch that will stop the ironer. If this safety feature is not working properly, shut off the ironer at the power source  and  notify  your  laundry  supervisor. Do not try to operate the ironer until the safety finger  guard  is  repaired  and  working  properly. Always make sure that  all other safety guards and end panels are in place before operating the ironer. ALWAYS  make  sure  that  all  ribbons  and tapes  are  in  place  and  working  properly.  They  are designed to hold linen so it is properly ironed and to  prevent  jamming.  Never  relace  or  adjust tapes,  ribbons,  or  padding  while  ironer  is  running. Keeping  the  ironer  well  waxed  also  helps  to prevent   jams.   DO   NOT   iron   anything   except flatwork because damage to the ironer or injury can result. The ironer is designed for processing flatwork  only.  DO  NOT  stand,  sit,  or  kneel  on any shelf at the front or rear of the ironer. These are  not  designed  to  support  a  person’s  weight. PROTECT  yourself  and  your  fellow  workers by making sure that everyone follows these simple rules.  Read  and  follow  all  safety  labels.  Learn which parts are hot and how the ironer works— including how to shut it off in an emergency. Do not get close to heated or moving parts or wear loose  clothing  or  jewelry  when  near  the  ironer. If you see people breaking these rules, help them prevent serious injury to themselves or others by reminding them to follow the rules and shut the ironer   off   first.   When   in   doubt   contact   the engineering   department.   Do   not   try   to   make mechanical  repairs  on  this  equipment.  Only qualified  personnel  should  service  this  equipment. OPERATION  OF  THE  FLATWORK IRONER Before  you  start  and  operate  the  flatwork ironer,  make  sure  you  fully  understand  the  use of   each   control   and   the   equipment   safety precautions.  The  compression  roll  should  be disengaged  (top  position)  and  flatwork  ready  to be  fed  into  the  machine.  Follow  these  steps: 1. Start ironer by pressing the green button. 2.  Set  to  the  lowest  speed  by  adjusting  the speed control handle. NOTE: NEVER change the speed of the ironer when the ironer is on or you may  damage  the  variable  speed  mechanism. 3. Open the steam supply valve slowly. Open the  valve  one-half  a  turn  at  first  and  gradually allow  steam  to  enter  the  cylinder.  Continue  to open  the  valve  slowly  until  opened  all  the  way. The  steam  pressure  for  the  ironer  should  be  about 100  psi.  It  normally  takes  about  30  minutes  to fully  heat  the  cylinder. 4.  Engage  the  compression  roll  and  wax  the ironer  (see  waxing  the  ironer). 5.   Start   feeding   the   flatwork.   You   may increase  speed  to  meet  your  particular  need. During normal operation there are two locations in which the ironer maybe stopped, the red finger safety  guard  and  red  emergency  stop  button. 6. To stop the ironer at the end of your work, close  the  steam  supply,  raise  the  compression  roll, and allow the machine to run without steam for 20  to  30  minutes.  This  procedure  allows  all components to properly cool before the power is shut off. This cool-down procedure also prevents damage   to   return   ribbons   and   protects   the compression  roll  padding  from  being  flattened. FEEDING  THE  FLATWORK  IRONER The flatwork ironer was designed to finish all cotton  or  blended  flatwork  such  as  tablecloths, napkins, towels, and linen. It is not designed to process  nylon  or  rubberized  fabrics.  Do  not  try to process these items as it may result in fire or damage  to  ribbons  or  cylinder  surface.  When leaving the ironer for more than 5 minutes, always raise  the  compression  roll. To  help  ease  feeding,  you  should  shake  a quantity of work out and lay it over the edge of the laundry basket or on a table within easy reach. Check  on  the  amount  of  dampness  in  the pieces before feeding. The piece should come out of  the  ironer  dry,  and  to  accomplish  this,  some adjustment  of  the  extracting  time  may  be necessary.  If  the  pieces  are  not  extracted  long enough they will come out of the ironer still damp; and if extracted too long they will come out with a rough, dry appearance. Do not let flatwork sit around in the laundry baskets after it is removed 5-40

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