Adoption of RFID technology by healthcare and hospitality laundries can open up a whole new world of efficiencies, according to UBI Solutions (Ubi) which has been working with CLEAN Linen & Workwear. In addition to the problems linked to the recent health crisis, the laundry sector is undergoing major changes, particularly in terms of technology and the environment. Each year, it faces new challenges to remain competitive in the face of increased competition.
Laundries must provide their customers with a faultless level of cleanliness and quality. To achieve this, they are equipped with numerous machines which, depending on the level of obsolescence, can consume a varying amount of energy and thus represent a significant expense.
The latest energy efficient equipment can alleviate some of this, however, staff shortages become a problem because despite their high level of technology, these machines still require human operators. Since the health crisis, labour is becoming increasingly scarce and finding qualified employees is a challenge.
Over and above the economic and social issues, they also have to deal with the environmental impact of cleaning a large volume of textiles every day. An industrial laundry uses large amounts of water and electricity daily. This is a real problem that we must be able to remedy.
One solution is to invest in technologically advanced equipment, combined with solutions to automate processes, thus increasing productivity and quality, plus a considerable reduction in costs.
CLEAN and UBI have been working in partnership for several years and have entered into a strategic cooperation to provide customers with all the benefits that RFID technology brings to laundry service. This has led to full transparency in terms of the laundry cycle and stock movements for many linen rental and launder-only customers being served in Great Britain.
Clean has implemented one of the most integrated RFID tracking services, where hospitality customers can track and find in minutes their linen at their locations, order fresh linen based on actual usage and check linen quality in real time using hand-held devices.
Kevin Godley, CEO at Clean, said: “At Clean, we strive to provide each of our customers with the very latest solutions, coupled with first-class customer service to ensure we offer the most reliable and efficient laundry services. Clean is always keen to work with truly innovative partners and suppliers. In the laundry space Ubi are continually investing and pushing the boundaries of their RFID technology. Our collaboration has proven that together we can offer hotels an enhanced guest experience by consistently offering the highest quality linen, in the right quantity, at the right time. What’s more using their technology we are also helping to make housekeeping teams more efficient by significantly reducing the time needed to perform stock checks and manage linen services.”
Find out more about Clean’s laundry service using the power of RFID technology here