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Unique Car Washes that Help the Environment

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These days, businesses of all types are actively seeking out ways to become more environmentally friendly. Not only is poor waste and power management detrimental to the planet, but it also hurts a company’s image. In order to preserve the Earth as well as the reputation of your business, it’s important to be proactive in seeking out viable solutions.

In the large vehicle washing industry – an industry that relies on resources like water and power – this is especially true. People are going to take notice when you’re using large amounts of precious resources, especially when there are eco-friendly car wash alternatives readily available. That’s why running an environmentally friendly car wash is so important.

N/S Corporation Provides Cost-Effective Solutions

Since we were founded in 1961, N/S Corporation has been a trusted name in the transit wash sector. As industry leaders, we believe that it’s our responsibility to provide new and innovative vehicle wash systems that minimize waste and reduce overhead costs for the business owners we service. We also work hard to reduce chemical usage so that you and your customers can feel good about washing your vehicles. Let’s take a look at some ways that you can make your dream of operating an environmentally friendly car wash a reality.

1. Use Bubbles Instead of Traditional Foamers

Many of today’s successful eco-friendly washes have switched over to bubbles instead of traditional foamers, and they don’t look back. Bubbles are a superior format for delivering chemicals because they cover far more surface area. Foam needs to be circulated and pushed with a friction material, much like shaving. Bubbles naturally flow across the surface of the vehicle, coating it much more efficiently. To put it simply, bubbles spread and foams stick.

Bubbles Are More Fun

This revolutionary chemical delivery system is beautiful in its simplicity, but your goal of running an environmentally friendly car wash isn’t the only reason to switch over to bubbles – they’re also a whole lot of fun. Improve customer loyalty by providing an unforgettable experience every time. Perfect for themed vehicle washes, our unique Bubblizer delivers chemical in bubble form, while also providing a dazzling light show. Entertain your customers with multicolor displays that turn your bubbles into lava, honey, slime, and so much more.

Reduce Spending and Improve Your Bottom Line

Bubbles allow you to provide the same level of quality while using less power, water, and chemical. From a financial standpoint, switching over is a no-brainer. Besides doing your part to save the planet, running an eco-friendly car wash can be an excellent way to save some serious money. If you’re tired of paying more than you need to, give us a call and we’ll be happy to tell you all about our awesome bubble delivery systems.

2. Use Modern Equipment

While upgrading your outdated equipment may seem like a major expense, the fact is that you’re losing money every wash. It’s important to think about the long-term success of your business, and there are quite a few ways that upgrading to current industry standards can save you a substantial amount of money in the long run. Efficiency and waste reduction weren’t as critical in the past, and now it’s time to transition overt to today’s revolutionary vehicle wash systems.

car wash in actionWhy Upgrading Matters

Outdated equipment often utilizes significantly more precious resources than today’s comparable units. Today’s manufacturers are focusing more on reducing water and power usage, which is a huge leap forward for the industry, and especially for companies that are tired of overpaying for energy and water. In particular, NS Corporation is known as an industry leader, and we’re proud to offer efficient, environmentally friendly car wash equipment that you can use guilt-free for many years to come.

N/S Corporation Products for Waste Reduction

We’re known for our innovative car and transit wash systems, and we’ve been trusted by informed fleet owners and transit authorities since 1961. Our Bubblizer lets you use less chemical and improve vehicle coverage. We also offer the ECO-10 ten-brush system that uses significantly less power than comparable systems, while still providing the quality of wash that made N/S Corporation noteworthy. The ECO-10 is a green car wash machine that will provide years of outstanding service for your eco-friendly car wash.

3. Go Green in the Office

While your car wash equipment is a major factor as far as wasted resources, there are others to consider too. You should also take a close look at your office operations. For example, whenever possible, try to go paperless. Use post-consumer waste (PCW) paper products and packaging whenever a paperless option isn’t available. Switch over to biodegradable products, and transition over to a more environmentally friendly lighting option such as LEDs or CFLS.

If you’re truly committed to running an environmentally friendly car wash, you may want to go a step further and look into alternative energy sources. While going off the grid with solar power is one of the best ways to reduce power consumption, it’s not always a feasible option. In some parts of the country, you can sign up to purchase “green power” from renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar power, geothermal, hydropower, and plant matter.

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4. Educate Your Team And Customers

You can extend your environmental reach by educating the people who frequent your business. You have a platform, and providing some basic information on going green helps to save the planet. It’s also a great marketing strategy. People want to support companies that are doing their part, so spreading awareness really is a win-win situation for everyone involved. Your website and social media are excellent platforms for sharing information, and you could also give out free pamphlets at your brick-and-mortar locations.

5. Be Aware of Your Company’s Effect on the Planet

One of the best ways to reduce your carbon footprint is to simply be conscientious. If you genuinely want to turn into a more environmentally friendly car wash, it will happen naturally over time. Pay attention to your daily operations, always be looking for new ways to improve efficiency. Just by approaching your business with this mindset, you’ll start to notice new ways to improve how things run.

For example, you could experiment with using less water or less chemical – or both. Or, you could replace your blowers with a system that uses less HP. If you’re able to get the same results, why not save some money while saving the planet? There are always going to be new, emerging technologies to help you go green, so try to stay aware of your options, and implement new strategies whenever you can.

6. Recycle

Recycling is one of the easiest and most effective ways to make your eco-friendly car wash more sustainable. Naturally, the first thought that comes to mind is throwing cans and bottles in the proper receptacle, but there are outside-the-box solutions out there too, including products and systems that allow you to reuse water instead of letting it go to waste after just one wash.

Little details may seem inconsequential, but adopting positive habits will really make a difference over time. For example, you could save shipping boxes and reuse them instead of buying new boxes. You could repurpose used furniture or office supplies instead of buying new products. Whenever you’re about to throw something away, ask yourself if it could be used again. You may end up surprised by how often you can. Instead of just using it again that one time, make it a company policy. Try to keep that forward momentum going and the change will happen organically.

7. Use Safer Chemicals

While it may not be possible to stop using chemical solutions entirely, you can choose to use safer, biodegradable options. Many soap solutions contain potassium, phosphates, sodium, and other toxins that are detrimental to the creatures that live in rivers, lakes, and streams. These days, you have plenty of options, and if you’re still relying on outdated chemicals, it may be time to look into a more progressive option. Additionally, washing vehicles on gravel or grass is ideal because they filter the tainted water before it enters a storm drain or the ground.

8. Stick with N/S Corporation

If you’ve noticed your business’ utility bills increasing, now is the time to upgrade your car wash system. Since 1961, N/S Corporation has been a trusted name in the transit and car wash industries, and our role as leaders continues to this day. We’re proud to offer realistic solutions that help you to save quite a bit of money while doing your part to reduce your company’s carbon footprint. We also offer the best customer support in the industry, so proceed with absolute confidence.

Contact Us Today

We encourage you to contact our dedicated customer service team to learn more about how our products can improve your bottom line while reducing waste. Call (877) NSWASH1 (679-2741), and we’ll be happy to assist you on your journey to transforming your business into a more environmentally friendly car wash. N/S Corporation is revolutionizing the industry, and we invite you to join us for the ride. Get in touch today, and take your company to the next level.

 

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NS Corporation Announces New Online Store Launch

Aug 19, 2016, 08:00 PT from NS Corporation.

Inglewood, California, Aug. 18, 2016 /– NS Corporation (aka NS Wash Systems), which manufactures and installs truck, bus, train and car washes as well as auxiliary equipment, announced today the launch of its new e-commerce parts store. The newly redesigned website offers quick and easy access to essential information on the most widely purchased parts.

The new E-Catalogue means that customers can now benefit from content that is easier to navigate and share with others, assisting in parts identification and the ordering process. The new website has a clean uncluttered design, improved functionality and enhanced rich content focused on the parts customers request the most. The new website goes live today, August 17, 2016 and is located at the address: https://www.nswash.com/shop.

“We are excited about the launch of our new online store and the robust information it provides for customers, investors and partners to better understand NS corporation’s industry offerings” said Ryan Lee, NS Corporation’s parts department manager. “We believe that this new site will allow our visitors to have a very informative experience as we continue to grow and increase our market presence.”

“Our catalogue allows customers to more quickly identify the exact replacement part or equipment they need,” added Mr. Lee.

NS Corporation’s new website will be updated on a regular basis with news of product launches, and other pertinent information. Visitors are encouraged to explore the website and send suggestions to the Company at https://www.nswash.com/contact-us.

About NS Corporation.
NS was incorporated in Pennsylvania in 1967 as N/S Car Wash Enterprises, Inc. This was followed in the late 1970s by an expansion of the transit wash systems department to better respond to the needs of transit operators. It changed the name in 1980 to N/S Corporation to reflect the company’s new diversified wash systems. Today, they build all of their eco-friendly and durable high-quality equipment in a manufacturing facility that is more than 60,000 square feet in Inglewood, California.

Contact:
NS Parts Department
Ryan Lee, Manager
Phone: (310) 330-1231
Email: ryanl@nswash.com

SOURCE: NS Corporation.

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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.