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Auto Laundry News

 N/S Wash Featured in Auto Laundry News

Customers across the world rely on N/S Wash when they want to make sure their vehicles are sparking clean. Through our dedication to washing the world one vehicle at a time for more than five decades, we have been able to produce equipment that has made us a leader among car wash manufacturers. One publication that featured our innovative technology and information shared by our N/S Wash brand president Thomas Ennis is Auto Laundry News.

Who Is Auto Laundry News?

Of all the publications covering the car care industry, Auto Laundry News has the longest history. Since 1953, they have featured information helpful to car wash manufacturers to stay on the cutting edge of innovation. Every month the magazine puts out content covering a variety of topics including technical information to “how-to” articles, new-product announcements, facility profiles, and analyses of industry surveys.

In addition to articles covering every aspect of the car wash industry, the publication has a comprehensive buyer’s guide to the car care industry featuring more than 1,000 entries for car wash, detail, and fast-lube product and equipment manufacturers and distributors. This publication is used daily by car wash operators, detailers, and fast lube operators and features some of the leading experts in regards to car wash manufacturers. As a standard in the industry, N/S Wash is proud to have been involved in their feature on green operations.

Innovating Eco Friendly Wash Solutions

At N/S Wash, we are not content to merely provide efficient washing technology. We know many of our customers care about the environment, just like us. Gone are the antiquated facilities that are wasteful and draining on water resources. Instead, modern car wash manufacturers are looking for ways to upgrade facilities to not only cut down on costs, but on their environmental impact, as well. Auto Laundry’s article “Green Operation – Make Your Car Wash More Environmentally Friendly” is a great resource with tips and tricks for doing that.

One area the article focuses on is the debate between whether foam soap or bubble systems are better. As our president Thomas Ennis explains, “Foam is a thick concentrate and it takes a lot more water to rinse a car clean.” Foam systems can easily be adapted to a soap application system and operators can change the concentrate of the foam to make it thinner and easier to rinse. He also spends time discussing the use of hydraulic vs. electric motors, and how the motors utilized by N/S Wash are much quieter and energy efficient than predecessors.

These are just a few of the tips featured in the article on how car wash manufacturers can reduce their water use to stay in business and lessen their environmental impact. Read the full article to see all the featured tips and advice from operators across the country.

 

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The Importance of Proper Maintenance on a Transit Wash System

 

Though many wash system operators believe that a system needs minimal maintenance once it is installed, a frequently used wash system needs a lot of servicing in order to maintain an effective wash and avoid problems like water leaks and chemical waste.

Often, when a system isn’t functioning properly, it can cause damage to the environment and raise the cost of operation. There are many parts that need more maintenance than others, as well as several indications that your wash system may not be operating at full capacity.

Water Leaks

While leaking water may seem inconsequential when you’re considering the amount of water being used during each wash, multiple small leaks at a single site is a serious problem. In fact, according to the USGS, over the course of a year, a single small drip can leak over 2,000 gallons of water.

In many cases, simply checking your nozzles, applying specialized tape or tightening pipes and caps can be enough to fix water and chemical leakage.

Well Maintained Tunnel Equipment

High volume locations require diligent maintenance schedules.  See your customized operating manual or NS’s standard product manuals for more detail.  Here are some common areas that may require your attention on a regular basis.

If your wash system is prone to breaking during peak hours, you may be tempted to blame the issue on the traffic volume. However, it could be a maintenance issue.

Inspect your conveyor regularly. Since this piece of equipment needs to accept a high volume of vehicles on any given day, you need to make sure that its chain and rollers are working properly and free of wear and tear.

You’ll also need to examine the shocks and bearings in your system and ensure that none are ready to fail. Over or under greased bearings, loose shafts, and broken seals need to be found and replaced. Bearings need to be properly greased to allow for smooth motion.

Nozzles are another important part of your wash system. At N/S Corporation, we recommend checking your nozzles every three months and replacing them annually to prevent inefficient washes, blockages, and leaks.

Even the cloth in your system needs to be clean and undamaged to properly wash a vehicle. That means there should be 3 to 6 inches of penetration, wherein 3 to 6 inches of cloth lays flat on a vehicle’s surface.

An improperly maintained tunnel is obvious, as vehicles may come out only partially cleaned. You’ll also be able to tell there are problems by watching the system in operation. Strange water spray patterns will reveal issues in your nozzles, while a misaligned vehicle in the wash points to issues in conveyor alignment.

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High-pressure pumps should also be checked for pressure and oil, and belts need to be replaced if there are any signs of wear.

Air compressors and chemical pumps also need to be checked monthly. If you maintain your wash system correctly, you’ll prevent any major failures during your busiest seasons.

N/S Corporation’s Comprehensive Transit Service

In order to keep your business going and to get your customers back on the road, we offer several maintenance and repair packages designed to keep your operations running smoothly.

With new service warranties, as well as preventative maintenance, our mission is to help your business go above and beyond. If you have questions about our products or services, or you want to learn more about wash system maintenance, call our toll free number at (800) 782-1582 or contact us online.

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N/S Wash Equipment: Brush Adjustments

The wrap around brush was one of N/S Corporation’s first patents, issued in 1967. These brushes—especially those made with Lammscloth (another N/S Corporation patent)—are still in use today. Wash systems everywhere use wrap around brushes during a vehicle wash.

Please watch the video below if you’re interested in arm adjustment, and browse our NS Corporation channel on Youtube for more helpful wash system videos.

Wrap Around Brush

Each wash system usually has two wrap around brushes stationed on either side of the wash system. These brushes spin on an axis in a circular motion, resembling the action of a hand wash, in order to reach a wider surface area while the vehicle is moving through an automated wash system.

The brush walks on either side of the vehicle, and as the brush reaches the end of the vehicle, a properly aligned brush should have enough pressure and penetration to sweep against the rear bumper and clean it. In this way, wrap around brushes eliminate the need for a rear brush installment.

Unfortunately, when wrap around brushes aren’t properly aligned, they don’t have appropriate pressure or coverage when washing a vehicle. Fortunately, an alignment is easy and usually only requires the use of an impact ratchet, a rubber mallet, a ¾ inch wrench, a marker, a ladder, and measuring tape.

How to Determine Coverage

Penetration is the term that refers to the amount of coverage each strip of cloth, foam, or other material should have along a vehicle. For the best wash, N/S Corporation recommends that 3-6 inches of material lays against the surface each time the wrap around brush swishes by the vehicle.

Adjusting the brushes throughout your wash system should be part of your regular maintenance.

Please refer to our video to aid you in your arm adjustment efforts, along with many other helpful wash system videos from N/S Corporation.

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How to Minimize Your Transit Wash System’s Carbon Footprint

When the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration last examined the carbon footprint left by the U.S. transit systems, it concluded that transportation, including private vehicles and public buses, released 30% of all greenhouse emissions in the United States.

To combat this, the Federal Transit Administration recommended that the public transit system could reduce emission by providing low emission alternatives to driving, reducing the need to drive long distances, and minimizing the carbon footprint of transit operations—operations that include fleet washes.

N/S Corporation’s Contribution
As a leader in the vehicle wash industry, N/S Corporation has made it one of our goals to help the environment. N/S Corporation has developed systems that reduce power consumption and water usage and today, we are continuing to adapt and improve our methods.

NS designs are meant to help transit authorities and other organizations that have high wash volumes and  create a greener environment.  With over five decades of experience in the field, NS believes that most wash systems are overpowered – in that they use much more power than they should – this applies not only to brush motors but also to the choice of pumps. Allow NS to understand your wash goals and engineer a system that is not wasting energy.

Environmentally Friendly Cleaning

Transit authorities who manage large fleets can minimize their operation’s carbon footprint by investing in lower horsepower pumps. Lower horsepower translates into less water and electricity used. Meanwhile, a small change in soap delivery can make a huge impact. While foam was once the industry standard, bubbles have revolutionized the way transit washes clean. An effective bubble system can reduce water usage by up to 30%.

Water Reclamation
Today, vehicle wash systems are one of the largest consumers of water. In many regions, especially California, water usage needs to be tightly controlled due to droughts and other environmental concerns. By using a water reclamation system, water can be recycled and reused effectively.

N/S Corporation offers both above and below ground reclaim systems. These systems recover and filter washing water, so it’s clean enough to reuse in the vehicle wash system.

Though the reclamation systems we offer come in several sizes, each includes some basic components. Particle accelerators, pumping motor, and activation systems all come standard, but each reclamation system can also be customized. Additionally, our reclamation systems can be adapted to any existing wash system—from bus washes to train installations.

How We Can Help

One of our many goals at N/S Corporation has always been environmental conservation. We’ve focused our attention on environmentally friendly products for years, and we want to bring those products to transit operations everywhere.
With the help of our ECO wash systems, eco-friendly pumps, foam delivery system, and water reclamation solutions, we’re sure that any transit system, no matter its size, can benefit from the tools and experience of N/S Corporation.

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ICA 2016

This year, N/S Corporation attended the International Carwash Association show in Nashville, Tennessee. With several new models to introduce and many of the best wash systems to showcase, N/S Corporation was one of the most popular booths at the show

We successfully introduced the new Accumix chemical board, which is a revolutionary new way to inject soap into wash systems.

The new Mega Bubblizer was also an exciting addition. With more coverage, 50% less chemicals, low water use, adjustable discharge, and adjustable bubble density, this wash system add-on is more efficient and effective.

The new Vortex Spinner Arch—a perfect companion to the Mega Bubblizer—features a multicolor LED light show, a single 20-horsepower pump, and powerful zero degree nozzles.

We also introduced the Excalibur, the best conveyer on the market. The Excalibur Conveyor system comes in electric and hydraulic models, and features stainless steel hardware, high density chain guides, rollers for controlled car movement, and much more.

In addition to all of our new wash system products, we also showcased several of our top sellers:

  • The above ground clarifier allows wash systems to recycle water for eco-friendly practices.
  • The X3 Flooder Arch, a galvanized pipe arch on aluminum stands.
  • The Eco Series automatic arches, environmentally responsible wash systems.

N/S Corporation had a blast in Nashville, enjoying authentic BBQ and showcasing the best wash systems on the market. We’re excited to join the next ICA show in Las Vegas in 2017.

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Mega Bubblizer & Vortex Spinner Arch

When bubble washes were introduced to the industry, they were a drastic turning point for vehicle wash systems. Bubbles cleaned vehicles more efficiently than foam or water because they spread more easily across a vehicle’s surface. With N/S Corporation’s innovative take on implementing unique ideas into effective new wash systems, the Mega Bubblizer & Vortex Arch were the next logical steps in our mission to create the best wash systems available.

The Mega Bubblizer is an incredibly enjoyable addition to an already efficient wash. The N/S Corporation system has many additional features for a better wash, including:

  • More coverage.
  • 50% less chemicals.
  • As low as one gallon of water per vehicle.
  • Adjustable discharge.
  • Adjustable bubble density.

The Mega Bubblizer also improves the efficiency of soap and can be used to do more than wash a vehicle. With this system, applying any treatment, including glass, soap, and glass treatments, is very easy.

The Mega Bubblizer pairs exceedingly well with the new Vortex Spinner Arch. The innovative arch includes:

  • Multicolor LED light bars.
  • A single 20-horsepower pump with high volume and high impact.
  • Zero degree high impact nozzles.
  • 120 gallons per minute at 150 psi.

The Vortex Spinner Arch is ideal for businesses that want to created a themed wash with a light show.  In addition, as car wash owners, we at N/S also believe in using high pressure early in the wash process, to blast off surface adherents.  The Vortex arch not only accomplishes this, but it also creates a bit of a show as a car enters the wash..

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Eco-Friendly Aspects of N/S Corporation Systems

As our culture becomes more environmentally conscious, one particular industry that faces constant criticism is vehicle washing. The amount of water used to keep vehicles sparkling clean can draw attention in drought-stricken areas. Soaps and chemicals used during the cleaning process also can be an issue as runoff from facilities draws notice about sewer and water table contamination. If you’re wondering how to reduce water waste among other environmental concerns, the engineers at N/S Corporation have innovated new systems that are not just durable and efficient but provide minimal environmental impact as well.

Pumps that Use Less Water and Electricity

At N/S Corporation, our wash systems lessen the environmental impact by cutting down on water and excess chemical usage, along with consuming less electricity. N/S Corporation owner Chris Altschul elaborates on how to reduce water waste with more efficient pumps:

“Our claims of using lower horsepower motors and pumps along with much less water hold true. I have not been able to benchmark our system side-by-side with competitors. I’ve offered significant incentives to do so, but no end user has taken us up on the offer.”

Vehicle wash operators are encouraged to measure power consumption, water intensity, chemical consumption, and annual maintenance of their current systems and compare them to the N/S Corporation’s metrics. By having eco-friendly car wash equipment that runs on lower output motors and pumps, our operations not only use less water but also put less of a strain on electrical grids to decrease utility costs and minimize its impact on large dam-reservoir systems as well.

From Foam to Bubbles

Aside from using less electricity and water, N/S Corporation systems employ patented soaping technologies that have been revolutionizing the vehicle wash industry. Historically, wash facilities relied on foam systems to clean vehicles. However, modern trends are seeing operations addressing how to reduce water waste. Many business leaders in the industry are switching over to bubble systems, which is a staple of facilities using N/S Corporation’s eco-friendly car wash equipment. These bubbles spread chemicals over the surface of the car more efficiently and also rinse off more easily. Water usage can also drop by up to 30 percent. This will effectively produce less water that either evaporates or runs into the environment. Lessening the need for fresh water in water-constrained areas is a huge positive.

Work Beyond your System

Are you wondering how you can reduce water waste and help the environment? Not only can you use patented N/S Corporation equipment in your vehicle wash operation, but you can also encourage others to investigate the facilities they frequent before using them. You’d be surprised at some of the harmful practices that many wash operations employ. Chris Altschul  adds:

“What is bizarre is that three years ago, atransit agency overhauled three locations where they wash buses with high-pressure wash systems. Very little friction and tons of wasted water…while the citizens  are browning out their  lawns and timing their showers, some transit agencies and the farm lobby are consistently wasting millions of gallons of water.”

Altschul also suggests that operators and consumers alike should get involved in writing to leaders to voice their opinion. N/S has written to Governor Brown on multiple occasions, to help with California’s vehicle wash practices and to address how to reduce water waste. Being aware of washing habits and using smarter, environmentally friendly car wash products, like those offered by N/S Corporation, is the only way to change the public’s perception of the vehicle wash industry.

 

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Join N/S in Nashville for the Unveiling of the Mega Bubblizer

NS Wash Bubblizer at ICA

N/S Corporation has made a habit of staying ahead of the competition by pioneering new innovations for all wash systems. Our newest addition to the wash equipment selection is the Mega Bubblizer. In this new and improved bubble arch, N/S Corporation has created a more efficient way to disperse chemicals over the body of any vehicle in the car wash.

Why Bubbles Are Different

Similar to a close shave, the cleansing foam needs to be applied or circulated with friction to properly clean a vehicle. Bubbles, on the other hand, flow over the surface of the vehicle and offer better coverage and a more thorough dispersion of the soap. Use a bubblizer to apply soap, wax, or glass treatments. The bubblizer can even be customized with a light and bubble show! There’s no better way to give customers a unique car wash experience and instill them with confidence.

Features and Function

In addition to a light show, the bubblizer has many useful features. It improves the chemical efficiency of soap and wax, can be mounted to a 4”x4” square anchor, a 6”x6” square bulkhead, or a 4” round arch, and creates a wow factor for customer enjoyment.

How Bubbles Changed the Industry

Bubbles took the industry by storm when they were introduced into wash systems. Car wash proprietors were able to make a small investment to achieve very high returns. N/S Corporation has taken that revolutionary innovation and pushed the evolution of the Bubblizer forward. The Mega Bubblizer offers better graphics, a dazzling light show, and an even more effective way to drop bubbles onto the surface of a car.The Mega Bubblizer

See N/S Corporation in Action

N/S Corporation’s Bubblizer offers a revolutionary way to deliver chemicals and is a great investment for every tunnel owner. The N/S Corporation Bubblizer is distinguished from the competition because we value simplicity over complexity. The Bubblizer lets the bubbles do all the work on the vehicle. Discover the benefits of using a Bubblizer to dispense chemicals, instead of foamers.

Visit us in Nashville at the ICA Show in Booth  #3904, where we will show the Mega Bubblizer in action. We are running a show-exclusive special on the Bubblizer. The frame, graphics, multi-color lights, chemical board, and powder coating are all available for $7,600 as part of the Bubblizer package.

Themed Carwashes

The car wash doesn’t have to be a dull experience. Customers can experience a fabulous car wash light show with the N/S Corporation Mega Bubblizer. With the Bubblizer, offer your customers an entertaining and enjoyable experience whenever they need to get their cars cleaned. Imagine creating a volcano themed car wash or a galaxy inspired light show. Create a custom themed car wash with the Mega Bubblizer.

 

 

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An Overview of Coney Island’s Train Wash

Every kind of transit vehicle requires regular washing, including trains. Not only does regular cleaning improve a train’s look, but it is an important part of protecting a transit authority’s substantial investment. Train wash systems vary greatly in terms of price, size, and other factors. How they are cleaned also depends on how it is energized. In fact, no two systems are completely the same. Being familiar with different features is important when designing a wash system for your train, so that N/S Corporation can design the perfect system to meet your train washing needs. One great example is our Coney Island train wash, which can serve as an inspiration for your design.

What Makes the Coney Island Train Wash Stand Out?

One of the best ways to measure the size of a train wash is by its length. This is where the Coney Island train wash system really stands out above the competition. While there isn’t a standard to train wash systems, many designed by competitors have 10 or so touches—which are the large brushes that clean the train. As one of the longest systems in the country, the Coney Island system has a remarkable 50 touches. Basic systems have a minimum of three touches, but the Coney Island version includes advanced touches such as eaves brushes, vertical side brushes, slanted side brushes, and mitter curtain drag mops. All of these features combine to leave trains as clean as possible.

Some other ways the Coney Island system stands out is the use of aerospace grade structural aluminum while being completely modular, letting it handle a variety of train styles. It is also engineered to serve both light or heavy rail. For being able to handle so many different trains it is a surprisingly low cost of operation, making it ideal for the high volume of trains it washes annually.

Features for Your N/S Corporation Train Wash System

coney island train washWhen it comes to keeping trains clean, N/S Corporation is a leading provider of parts and systems. Our experience allows for designs that include a number of optional parts such as cyclonic filters, reverse osmosis systems, water reclamation systems, and more for fully tested custom design systems. AirWipers, the most efficient blowers on the market, are another very popular offering. Because train washes like the Coney Island train wash system allow a train on the track to process through the wash at a controlled and steady speed, you can be assured the train will safely be taken care of without the need to put a locomotive out of extended service. Unlike the car wash industry, train washing is relatively new. However, since there isn’t a standard system, it gives N/S Corporation the freedom to design a custom operation to best suit your needs, whether you have small commercial trains or longer passenger vehicles that make up your fleet.

Consult with N/S for a Custom Solution

There are many benefits to washing train cars: cleaning them adds to the duration of the car’s lifespan. A clean car also enhances customer experience, making it easier for employees to effectively do their jobs. Because of this, it is vitally important to keep your vehicles in pristine order. Even among the same clients, we have developed vastly different systems depending on their needs and location. Does your system need a slanted or vertical side brush? Maybe a brush that wraps around the front? Different configurations are available depending on how the train is built, and at N/S Corporation we can mount any friction apparatuses on the frames of your system.

Finally, something often overlooked with train washes is their opportunity to be environmentally-friendly. Just like with other kinds of transit wash systems, train systems can utilize features including a water reclamation system and a low environmental footprint to be more eco-friendly in both the manufacturing and service. This allows for your wash to serve not only its customers, but conserve water, no matter if the wash is as sizable as the Coney Island train wash or smaller. At N/S Corporation we have a number of patented eco-friendly systems to serve your needs.

Visit N/S Corporation and let us custom design a system for you.