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08.10.2020 -

Textile Logistics with RFID




100 % transparent processes for clear cost structures, hygienic laundry provision and maximum employee satisfaction

Textiles in Hospitals
The solution is very simple: All the staff clothing required in an area, ward or department is stored in a cabinet. Employees sign in using an RFID ID and then open a specific compartment containing their specific clothing. This eliminates travel time to central textile distribution points. Clothing is provided directly where it is needed. Decentralized textile transfer solutions are particularly suitable for hospitals and nursing homes that are organized on a single site, spread over several buildings. The networking of all cabinet systems via WLAN or Ethernet enables an insight into stocks almost in real time.

Horticultural businesses, car repair shops, construction companies or technical field services – all of these companies provide their employees with protective equipment such as helmets or gloves (PPE). Once all items of clothing and PPE have been tagged with an RFID transponder, the 'classic' laundry management system is extended to the issue and administration of PPE. Advantages such as availability and cost reduction can be implemented in a single system. The handling and allocation of indi-vidualized employee clothing in the laundry becomes transparent through the use of RFID. Mix-ups are eliminated.

Resident Laundry
In contrast to cabinet-based solutions, room solutions are the best choice when the organization and infrastructure is aimed at centralized laundry dispensing – for example, clinics where all wards, departments and functional areas are located in one building. As with a cabinet, employees sign in at the room entrance using an RFID medium, gain access and remove the de-sired items of clothing from the room. When leaving the room, these are automatically captured and offset against the employee's 'clothing account'. In contrast to an automatic dispenser, the maintenance requirements of room solutions are extremely low, as only a small proportion of all components are mechanical. Even the use itself does not generate high costs for employees.

Hotel Laundry
Based on RFID technology, an efficient textile management system for hotels has become a reality. Starting with purchasing, through storage, cleaning and logistics, the entire cycle of hotel laundry is optimized. Shrinkage of towels, bathrobes or tablecloths is counteracted digitally. The inventory management system simplifies planning and invoicing with textile service providers. Inventory reductions generate lower costs and reduce the space required for storage. Depending on the size of the house, quantity reductions when using RFID-controlled applications can amount to several thousand units, since no 'laundry backup' is required.

Textiles for Industrial Cleaning
Service providers offer the rental of cleaning equipment for two target groups: Small and medium-sized companies that organize their cleaning independently, and as a complete service for professional contract cleaners. The services are based on RFID-tagged wiping cloths and mops. The transponders support transparent processes at the service provider. Advantages for the user are the elimination of acquisition costs, maintenance or wear-and-tear of washing technology. The cleaning staff is relieved of workload, as there is no longer any need for counting and transport.

Dirt Trap Mats
Dirt trap mats effectively help to protect building floors – provided that they are cleaned regularly. Service providers offer complete services for logistics, cleaning and laying of dirt-trapping mats. Depending on customer requirements and weather conditions, mats are replaced every 7, 14 or 28 days. Depending on the size of the company, there are up to several hundred mats in a building. For all mat management processes an exact counting of the mats is crucial. The number of clean-ing processes must also be transparent. Depending on the load, floor mats are used up to 300 times before they need to be replaced. With exact data from the life cycle of each individual mat, mat service providers can optimize their offers.

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Article (2020 | RFID & Wireless IoT Global | en)
Case Study (Workwear Administration - The opimal room-based Solution | en)
Case Study (Workwear Management - Decentralized laundry Services | en)


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