On the ThermoTex stand (Hall 1, Stand U 11) at ExpoDetergo 2018, a Tardis-like UHF Box is helping to make light work of tracking linen through time and space.

ThermoTex UK distributor Tabish Aiman of TexID, told LCNi the UHF Box offers the most accurate single container scanning, managing 500 RFID tagged items in 10 seconds. The UHF Box is available in one- or two-door pairs, with the option for an automatic door operation system. Chipped textiles are efficiently logged and read error-free. The doors, which are designed with special glass that block external signals, lock during the scanning process, releasing when the scan has finished. A variant with self-opening/closing door is also available. “For 500 items, read 501,” he said, demonstrating the operation, “as the 501st tag is for the trolley itself.”

Aiman also commented that a hand-held RFID can help eliminate those all-too frequent client-laundry altercations over lost linen. He recommends hotels have a hand-held RFID reader that can be used to scan a whole room, floor (and pantry where linen is often hidden for those “surge times”). “An RFID system isn’t just for laundries, it works both ways [for linen security]. The hotel can put in its own antennae and RFID chips for complete inventory control,” he says.