Automated Control of Uniforms and Linens at HITEC 2011
The InvoTech staff demonstrated three primary functions that uniform and linen operations perform daily:
- Distributing clean uniforms to employees and receiving soiled uniforms for cleaning
- Stocking and removing linens from storerooms
- Sending soiled linens and uniforms to the laundry and receiving cleaned items from the laundry
The demonstrations required no incremental labor and no computer inputs. The mere acts of passing out uniforms to employees, placing clean linens in the storeroom, removing linens from the storeroom, and employees depositing soiled garments in the hamper were all recorded by GIMS™ automatically.
The highlight demonstration represented sending soiled linens and uniforms to the laundry and receiving cleaned items from the laundry by simply pushing a linen cart or uniform rack past the GIMS™ RFID station. GIMS™ not only recorded all the individual items, it knew if the items were going to or coming from the laundry based on the direction of movement.
The linen cart contained 500 linen items. GIMS™ recorded exactly which pieces were being processed and identified how many were towels, sheets, and pillow cases. The uniform rack had 50 uniform pieces on hangers. GIMS™ recorded exactly which pieces were being processed and identified how many of each different type and style of uniforms were on the uniform rack. When items were removed from the linen cart or uniform rack, GIMS™ knew exactly which items were not returned from the laundry.
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InvoTech’s integration of UHF-RFID technology into its GIMS™ Linen and Uniform Systems automates the daily processing of linens and uniforms. The GIMS™ UHF-RFID System provides total control, complete inventory tracking and automated recordkeeping with no labor input and no manual scanning or counting. GIMS™ provides extensive cost saving benefits including dramatically reduced labor hours, elimination of losses, reduced purchases and control of all laundry activity.