The laundry industry is a fast-moving business driven by continuous innovation and improvement in technology and equipment.
RFID (radio frequency identification) has been used in large commercial laundries for many years as a means of tagging and tracking garments and other items without the need for manual paper records. The recent introduction of ultra-high frequency solutions enables items to be read from a much greater distance, allowing entire laundry carts of items to be recorded and processed instantly. UHF RFID tags are able to withstand the most robust laundry processes and can last for up to 200 wash cycles. They also tend to cost less than their older counterparts.
Continuous Tunnel Washers
These computerised industrial laundry machines process large volumes of similar items on a continuous basis, saving labour and using less water. Laundry is pulled slowly through a series of compartments dealing with soaking, washing and rinsing. Water and washing chemicals flow in the opposite direction and are reused several times. Although not a new concept, recent improvements have made the machines more reliable and efficient, and compact versions are being developed to bring the technology within reach of smaller laundries.
Laundry Cost Index
The TSA publishes the Laundry Cost Index twice a year, which highlights rises or falls in laundry companies’ costs. Principal costs tracked include labour, textiles, energy, diesel and other transport.