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issue: November 2006 APPLIANCE Magazine

Tokyo Report
Toshiba Launches Combination Washer/Dryer/Air-Conditioner


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by Wasaku Ishida, Japan Correspondent, and president, JARN (Japan Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration News)

Toshiba Consumer Marketing’s Air Conditioning Cycle Drum TW-2500 VC/2000 VC is said to be the world’s first washer/dryer with an air-conditioning function.

It sends out cool air, which is designed to improve the comfort in the room where the laundry appliance is used. The unit is designed with an air-conditioning cycle engine with dehumidifying and cooling functions, similar to an air-conditioner with a compressor. This allows the unit to dispense with the use of a heater when drying or water for cooling.
Optimizing drying starts in the wash cycle, where the unit uses the S-DD Engine Plus 3, designed to give the machine the ability to perform powerful dehydration at a very high spin speed (1,500 rpm).
In the drying cycles, the air-conditioning cycle engine accomplishes dehumidification using a 1-horsepower compressor and large-air-volume fan.
The unit is a drum-type washer/dryer with a 9-kg laundry capacity. The company said it attained the industry’s number one energy saving performance with the new technology. Electric power consumed for washing and drying a 6-kg load of laundry has been reduced to 1,600 W/hour using 6 L to 4 L of water.
Users choose from three modes of operation. Standard mode; Speedy mode, said to cut 40 minutes off the total washing/drying cycle; and the Good Sleep mode, designed to have a noise level as low as that of a library.
The air-conditioning function is designed to have about 800 W of cooling capability, so that it can lower the temperature of about a 3.3 square-meters room from 30°C to 25°C in about 15 minutes.

 

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