Class 10 Cleanroom Article Provider Uses UHF-RFID Technology to Verify Stringent Ultra Cleanroom Standards
InvoTech Systems, Inc., provider of the GIMS™ Laundry System, announced installation of its GIMS™ system with ultra-high frequency radio frequency identification.
(UHF-RFID) technology at two MSR-FSR facilities that process a total of 112,000 pounds per month of Class 10 cleanroom garments for high-tech industry clients. The new UHF-RFID system significantly boosts efficiency and slashes labor costs. It automates the inventory tracking and sorting of garments at each step of the cleaning process. Please click here for more information on InvoTech’s RFID asset management solution.
UHF-RFID readers, not people, track and report movement of hundreds of cleanroom articles per minute
“InvoTech installed Impinj UHF-RFID readers in key locations at MSR-FSR’s New Mexico and Oregon laundry facilities,” says Jeff Welles, InvoTech vice president. “The GIMS™ Laundry System software tracks and reports the movement of hundreds of cleanroom articles per minute. Asset tracking with RFID is done automatically as cleanroom garments pass by a GIMS™ UHF-RFID station. The RFID tracking system records and logs the garments without any labor required at all.”
Cleanliness is insured by the way the garments are tracked
“The GIMS™ UHF-RFID System makes our operation manageable,” says Steve Cox, CEO of MSR-FSR’s Global Operations. “The tracking system automates the labor-intensive job of hand counting and tracking our laundry’s cleanroom articles to make our process much more efficient. GIMS™ tells us how often an item has been cleaned, what chemicals were used, at what temperature the dryer was set, and where every piece of our inventory is right now. Cleanliness is ensured by the way the garments are tracked.”
InvoTech delivers “consummate customer service” from installation to follow-up support
“The InvoTech team provided us with consummate customer service from the beginning of our association,” says Cox. “We evaluated the GIMS™ system and quickly confirmed that InvoTech’s inventory solution provided the comprehensive tracking that our costly garments warrant. InvoTech was also immediately responsive with making our requested system enhancements. The company did a very professional job with our onsite installation and training, and InvoTech’s follow-up and support services are excellent.” MSR-FSR plans to install GIMS™ at three other locations—including its Kildare, Ireland facility—beginning in the third quarter of 2011.
Automated tracking of 28,000 pounds of garments each month from a single client protects investment
MSR-FSR clientele include semiconductor manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies, and other industries with facilities sensitive to contamination. MSR-FSR provides and manages 40 different types of cleanroom garments, including cleanroom suits, hoods, gloves, smocks, and boots. The costly specialty items represent a significant investment that must be tracked carefully. Each garment can be worn only once before being cleaned. As a result, MSR-FSR handles more than 28,000 pounds of garments each month from a single client.
The GIMS™ system includes Fujitsu UHF-RFID laundry tags provided by Fujitsu Frontech North America fitted in pouches sewn into garments, allowing inventory to be tracked in large batches rather than by single-piece hand counts. UHF-RFID technology has extended reading distance far beyond legacy RFID systems. This enables entire laundry carts of soiled or clean items to be automatically identified, counted, and processed instantly at each step of MSR-FSR’s process.
InvoTech has hundreds of satisfied clients worldwide in more than 30 countries, including hotels, resorts, casinos, theme parks, stadiums, arenas, convention centers, medical centers, cleanrooms, and laundries.
MSR-FSR is the culmination of more than seven years of consolidation of multiple high technology companies. Since May 2009, it has aggressively implemented a strategic plan to forge a best-in-class managed engineering services organization with world-class systems and staff. MSR-FSR’s services and products will meet or exceed your expectations. Our Core Competencies include professional staff, modern facilities, certified technicians, QMS (Pending ISO Certifications), award-winning EH&S Program, extremely reliable customer relationships, and a clear vision with the willingness to achieve client goals. MSR-FSR is committed to keeping its workplaces accident-free. To achieve this, it actively supports efforts to create and maintain safe work environments, promote employee health and continually improve our health and safety management and performance.