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A FEATURED ARTICLE FROM

JULY 2002

Manufacturers' Showcase


Pantron Automation Inc.
Gastonia, North Carolina

Pantron Automation is the North American distributor of sensors for automated applications. Products include photoelectric, inductive proximity, capacitive, flow, level, fork, ring, laser, and ultrasonic sensors.

What's New/Best Seller o An automatic photoelectric amplifier with self-diagnostic features.

Advantages/Features o Using a microprocessor, Pantron has developed an automatic amplifier that will perform self-diagnostics at the push of a button. It will assist in the alignment of the photoeyes as well as troubleshooting performance problems. As the heart of the photoelectric system, this amplifier adjusts the gain automatically to compensate for obstructions, such as soap, mist, and fog that would wreak havoc on traditional photoeyes. Use this unique photoelectric system as an entrance switch, to measure cars, turn on lights, and in a self-serve wash to reset the timer for the next customer.

Contact o Pantron Automation, Inc. P.O. Box 6039, Gastonia, NC 28056. (704) 864-1400. Toll free: (800) 211-9468 (Office hours: Mon-Thurs 8am-8pm EST, Fri 8am-5pm). Fax: (704) 864-0120. E-mail: info@pantron.net. Web site: www.pantron.com.


Windor Manufacturing L.L.C.
Flint, Michigan


Windor Manufacturing is distributed by R. Bell Associates, a pioneer in the auto car wash industry.

What's New/Best Seller o Windor is an environmental control door designed originally for the car wash industry and similar applications.

Advantages/Features o The Windor frame is available in either galvanized or stainless steel with many of the internal parts replaced with handcrafted stainless steel. Custom frame sizes are available. A re-designed drive motor is now more reliable featuring state-of-the-art technology. Optic sensors are available for frame mounts or remote mounting. A handheld remote is also available for drive-up opening. An optional cooling fan can be installed for high traffic use. Full length UV stabilized PVC vinyl curtains or optional attached weighted fabric curtains are available. (PVC curtains are chemical and scratch resistant)

Service/Installation o A Windor installation expert or customer can install the Windor unit. Specialized tools or wiring not needed. Many parts of the Windor are self-serviceable, service also available locally. Call for information on becoming a Windor distributor.


Contact o Windor Manufacturing L.L.C., 2321 Branch Rd., Flint, MI 48506. (810) 736-5427. Toll free: (888) 807-5427. Fax: (810) 736-3450. E-mail: sales@windor.net. Web site: www.windor.net.


Solaronics
Rochester, Michigan

Solaronics is the technology leader in quality gas infrared heaters for commercial, industrial and agricultural buildings.

What's New/Best Seller o Suntube Stainless gas infrared tube heaters.

Advantages/Features o Withstands the high humidity and corrosive environments of car washes, swimming pools, chemical manufacturing plants and livestock operations. Boasting a superior reflectional efficiency of 91.7% for optimal infrared dispersion, the reflectors rotate from 0° to 45° to place the heat where it is needed. Also, the reflectors remove easily for cleaning. Service/Installation o Virtually any building requirement can be accommodated by the Straight and U-tube configurations of the Suntube Stainless system. The burner is supplied fully assembled and factory tested, ready to hang. Simple chain mounting suspends the entire system.

Contact o Solaronics, Inc., 704 Woodward Avenue, Rochester, MI 48307. (248) 651-5333. (800) 223-5335. Fax: (248) 651-0357. E-mail: sales@solaronicsusa.com. Web site: www.solaronicsusa.com.


American Garage Door Supply Inc.
Bemidji, Minnesota

American is a leading manufacturer of door systems, air-powered openers, stainless steel hardware, infrared heaters and related products for carwash applications.

What's New/Best Seller o Survivor Polycarbonate Carwash Doors.

Advantages/Features o Features three counterbalance systems: Belt/Strap, cable counterweight or 100,000 cycle galvanized springs. Heavier duty 12-gauge stainless steel hardware is now standard, with stainless steel track now available. Combine with their Supralift or new Ultraglide air-powered opener and create the most durable and reliable system available.

Service/Installation o National distribution network for sales, installation and service.

Contact o American Garage Door Supply Inc., 1225 Industrial Park Dr. S.E., Bemidji, MN 56601. Toll free: (800) 233-1487. Fax: (218) 751-6551. Web site: www.carwashdoors.com.


Chief's Mfg. & Equipment Co.
Cleveland, Ohio

Chief's manufactures Touchless and Hybrid conveyor systems, mini-tunnels, auto prep systems for cloth washes, and Water Genie reclaim systems.

What's New/Best Seller o Chief's Auto Prep systems automatically prep vehicles prior to cloth washing and polishing. This saves time and labor costs.

Advantages/Features o Auto Prep Systems use a pivoting applicator arch for complete coverage of the one-step pre-soak solution. The vehicle then goes through one of five types of high pressure arches featuring between 38 and 80 zero degree nozzles on oscillating spray bars. The bars are powered by pumping stations ranging from 10-60 hp, 18-140 gpm, and 450-700 psi. Minimal maintenance includes the monthly greasing of a few fittings.

Customer/Operator Support o A toll free service line provides 24-hour support, although most arches do not require mechanical maintenance.

Delivery/Installation o Delivery of arches takes two weeks, pump stations four weeks, and Water Genie reclaim systems two weeks. Installation takes from three to eight hours.

Price o Auto Prep Systems: $12,000-$41,000; Water Genie reclaim systems: $9,500-$14,500.

Contact o Chief's Mfg. & Equipment Co. (Bill Consolo), 4325 Monticello Blvd., Cleveland, OH 44121. Toll free: (800) 433-7758. Fax: (216) 291-4222. Web site: www.chiefsmfg.com.


eWash
Sunapee, New Hampshire

eWash, along with its strategic partners, has been designing and manufacturing Cashless Payment Systems for the car wash and laundry industry since 1993.

What's New/Best Seller o QuickPay(tm) 6000 (desktop) and QuickPay 9000 (mobile handheld) payment terminals.

Advantages/Features o Ideal for tunnels, attended car washes, lube centers, car dealerships, convenience stores, detail centers and more, QuickPay Terminals allow you to accept pre-paid coupon cards or process credit cards on the go. These multifunctional terminals are available as the QuickPay 6000 desktop version, or the QuickPay 9000 mobile handheld unit, and can be used at
single or multiple locations. In addition to processing pre-paid and credit cards, all QuickPay Terminals have full cash tracking capability. QuickPay terminals also feature a full range of reports that can be remotely or locally downloaded into eWash's proprietary tracking and fleet software programs. QuickPay terminals are compatible with all other eWash terminals including self-service bays, vacuums, automatic car washes, and Laundromats.

Customer/Operator Support o Nationwide network of distributors.

Contact o eWash, LLC, 11 Paradise Rd., Sunapee, NH 03782. (603) 865-9888. Fax: (305) 847-3729. E-mail: info@ewash-usa.com. Web site: www.ewash-usa.com.


Clear Fold Door Inc.
Oakwood Village, Ohio

Clear Fold door was founded in 1980 and manufactures high-speed automatic containment closures for the full- and self-serve car wash industries. Closures may be customized.

What's New/Best Seller o The CFACE Air Control Enclosure with a NEMA 4X-control panel.

Advantages/Features o Clear Fold doors contain heat which combats the mist of overspray that can ice up on outside pavement. The doors will also permit an accidental drive-through with little or no damage than a solid sectional or roll-up door would allow. A clear fold door does not communicate a "closed for business" appearance like a solid door, so that most operations will continue as normal on very cold, clear days. The closures will operate from existing car wash equipment signals and are produced to withstand harsh car wash environments. All model doors come with 24 VAC or 110 VAC control valves.

Price o Competitive Prices are available upon request.Contact o Clear Fold Door Inc. (Dani De Roia), 7703 First Place, Suite A, Oakwood Village, OH 44146. (440) 735-1351. Fax (440) 735-1353. E-mail: danideroia@cfdoors.com. Web site: www.cfdoors.com.


D&S Manufacturing
High Ridge, Missouri

D&S manufactures a complete line of car wash equipment.

What's New/Best Seller o D & S 5000(tm) with Freeze-Not protection System.

Advantages/Features o The Winter Package option ties in the tracks and side tire applicators to the floor heat for year round operation in colder climates. The Safety Eyes are also heated and Glycol Injector Antifreeze systems are available to help prevent freeze-ups. The D & S Self-Service Carwash Systems line features standard and electronic weep systems and trough anti-freeze systems for climates with temperatures below freezing. Removable Safety Eyes are also heated and replace the Glycol Injector Antifreeze with the new Freeze-Not System, which helps prevent gantry freeze-ups.

Customer/Operator Support o Nationwide network of distributors; 800-number customer service hotline.

Price o Available upon request.

Contact o D&S Manufacturing Co. Inc. (Ron Branum), 4200 Brandi Lane, High Ridge, MO 63049. (636) 677-3442. Toll free: (800) 844-3442. Fax: (636) 677-4105. E-mail: dnsmfg@i1.net.
Web site: www.carwashing.com.


A-OK Equipment & Supply Co. Inc.
Minneapolis, Minnesota

A-OK Equipment & Supply Co., Inc. designs, manufactures, and distributes quality car wash systems.

What's New/Best Seller o Dynawash Air Purge Freeze Control.

Advantages/Features o The Dynawash Air Purge Freeze Control package automatically purges the water and chemical lines with air to protect the wash system in cold weather. The Dynawash Air Purge will activate as soon as the wash bay and Autocashier are clear of traffic and periodically purge the settled fluid from the lines whenever the temperature in the wash bay falls below 32 degrees. On and off times are individually adjustable and thermostatically controlled.

Customer/Operator Support o National distributor and service network in addition to factory direct service support.

Price o Available upon request.

Contact o Douglas McLain or Larry Kirk, A-OK Equipment & Supply Co. Inc., 6031 Pillsbury Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55419. (612) 866-2555. Toll free: (800) 328-3783. Fax: (612) 866-2562. E-mail: carwash@aokequipment.com. Web site: www.aokequipment.com.

 

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