TMCnet Feature
December 07, 2021

Advantages and Benefits of RFID Laundry Management

With RFID technology, an intelligent laundry management system is established for laundry factories, hospitals/hotels (leasing relationship) to automate data collection in various operational aspects such as delivery, handover, in/out, automatic sorting and inventory of cloth, and upload the collected data to the back-end system in real time through RFID handheld terminals and RFID fixed collection terminals to grasp the real-time The system provides real-time statistics on the number of launderings, the cost of laundering, and the number and cost of leasing for each hotel. This enables the visualisation of the entire laundry management process and provides real-time data support for the scientific management of the enterprise.


RFID Washing Management System Advantages

1. Regulated management of fabric laundry

Optimize information enquiry, save operating time and improve efficiency. The traditional laundry industry commonly uses paper documents to hand over tasks, with numerous formalities and difficult queries, wasting time. RFID laundry management software achieves a paperless office through internet management, with staff collecting clothes using RFID handheld terminals to collect data and upload information automatically. Factory collection and delivery can be done by downloading orders for points acceptance of the laundry retrieved. It also supports the use of RFID for more comprehensive and standardised tracking management of laundry.

2. RFID Quick Inventory

Accurate counting of fabric types and the amount of each type significantly reduces the time spent on inventorying and counting incoming and outgoing laundry and improves efficiency.

3. RFID Intelligent Sorting

RFID records the name of each fabric type, the company it belongs to, and even the precise department and individual to which it belongs, so that it can be sorted and packed for accurate delivery.

4. RFID fabric traceability

Tracking the number of times cloths are washed and predicting the service life of cloths allows for proper inventory management and fabric procurement planning for industries such as hotels and hospitals.

RFID textile washing management system components

System components: RFID laundry management software, RFID hardware (RFID card issuer, RFID reader, RFID antenna, RFID handheld terminal, RFID laundry tags, RFID channel inventory machine).

RFID Washing Management System Benefits

1. Reducing manual fabric sorting

With the RFID fabric management system, each piece of fabric has an RFID tag sewing into it. When the RFID tag (News - Alert) passes through the assembly line, the RFID reader will send an enquiry signal and read the tag. Once all the tags have been read, the system confirms what type of fabric has been read and sends the fabric to the appropriate place or machine. The results of the system are displayed on the screen, allowing you to send your fabric to the next location immediately. Companies are now using RFID to eliminate the need for manual sorting and thus significantly reduce the amount of labor spent on sorting. Instead of relying on the human eye to distinguish barcodes or zones, only 1-2 people can now be assigned to sort and send the cloths to the next process in an organized manner.

2. Provides accurate records of cleaning quantities

The number of wash cycles per fabric is an important statistic and a wash cycle analysis system can help predict the end-of-life date of each fabric. Most fabrics can only withstand a certain number of intense wash cycles, after which they begin to break or break down. Predicting the end-of-life date of each fabric without a record of the number of washes is very difficult, which makes it difficult for hotels to plan orders to replace old fabrics.

When the fabric comes out of the washing machine, the RFID reader detects the RFID tag sewn into the fabric. Immediately afterwards, the number of wash cycles of the fabric will be uploaded to the system database. When the system detects that a fabric is nearing its end of life date, the system will prompt the user to reorder the fabric. This process ensures that the business has the necessary fabric in stock, thus significantly reducing the time it takes to restock due to lost or damaged fabric.

3. Provides quick and easy visual inventory management

Lack of visual inventory management can make it difficult for businesses to accurately plan for emergencies, operate efficiently or prevent the loss and theft of fabric. If a piece of fabric is stolen and the business does not conduct daily inventory audits, the business could be at risk of potential delays in daily operations due to inaccurate inventory management.

RFID tags sewn into each piece of fabric help companies manage their inventory faster and more efficiently on a daily basis. RFID readers placed in each stockroom perform continuous inventory monitoring to help pinpoint where fabric is lost or stolen. RFID-enabled inventory readings can also help companies that use outsourced cleaning services. Inventory counts are read before the cloths are sent away and again when the cloths are returned to ensure that no cloths are lost during the final wash.

4. Reduce fabric loss and theft

Today, most companies around the world are still using simple, manual inventory management methods to try and count the number of lost or stolen items of fabric. Unfortunately, the human error involved in counting hundreds or thousands of pieces of fabric is considerable. Once the count is complete, the next step is to try and identify where the system is flawed. Often, when a piece of fabric is stolen, it is almost impossible for a business to find the person who stole it, much less get compensation or a refund.

The unique EPC serial number within the RFID tag gives the business the ability to identify exactly which piece of fabric was lost or stolen, and to know where it was last located. If a piece of fabric is taken out of a room in a hotel or hospital, the guest in that room can be charged for that piece of fabric to ensure that the business does not lose money.

5. Provide meaningful customer information

Companies that rent out linen have a unique way of researching user behaviour, and that is through the RFID tags on the rental linen. RFID tags are sewn into the fabric to help record customer information such as history of hirers, dates of hire, length of hire etc. Keeping these records helps companies to understand product popularity, product history and customer preferences.

6. Enables accurate check-in and check-out system management

The process of hiring out fabric is often very complicated unless a business can develop a philosophy of keeping information such as hire dates, due dates, customer information etc. in a concise manner. RFID systems provide a customer database that not only stores important information, but also provides a timely reminder of small things such as when a piece of fabric is due to be returned. This feature allows companies to communicate with customers about the approximate return date and provide it to them instead of just providing them with an assumed return date, thus effectively improving customer relations and in turn reducing unnecessary disputes and thus increasing rental income.

RFID automatically identifies target objects and obtains relevant data through radio frequency, identification work without human intervention, reducing the error rate of traditional manual operation time, greatly improving management efficiency, RFID smart washing and green washing to help promote the development of the washing industry!

SEIKO RFID dedicates to delivers a selection of rfid laundry tags covers the LF (125KHz), HF (13.56MHz) as well as Gen2 UHF (960-960MHz) frequency. In order to meet the different end-user operating demand, they are specially designed of robust PPS button, durable silicone, and flexible and soft textile(linen). These tags are able to withstanding the harsh conditions such as rigors of repeated washings, cleaning chemicals, sterilizing heat, and high pressure spin drying. In addition, ensuring RFID laundry tag track reliability of bulk reading and endurance, it can resist the more than 200 washing cycles and withstand pressure up to 60 bar. These tags is widely used for the commercially laundry such as bed linens, workwear, hotel, garment and towel, etc.

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