In the scope of industrialization, automation is a step beyond mechanization. Whereas mechanization provides human operators with machinery to assist them with the muscular requirements of work, automation greatly decreases the need for human sensory and mental requirements. Automation is the key to productivity and a prerequisite to minimize the throughput time, reducing the media consumption and damage to textiles.
The technological developments in laundry may not seem to have moved on as dramatically as in other areas, but it has improved both efficiency and quality of the laundry operations. Amalgamating the recent developments, an automated system can be proposed that will:
• Eliminate manual cataloging of clothes
• Eliminate manual searching for customer’s clothes
• Eliminate such error as misplaced/miscataloged clothes
• Reporting of any missing or late clothes
• Must be safe for end users
• Have manual backup if the system fails
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No matter how long have you been in this business, there is always scope to improve efficiency, minimize wastage and reduce expenses! This can only happen if we have the information such as the workload across months, weeks and days, understand demand for each process and type of cloth, expenses across departments, returns for every marketing initiative, top 100 customers and more data points.
Automation in process of laundries will have the following advantages:
• Optimization of the production process
• Make a better data flow
• Quality assurance
• Cost transparence
Advantages commonly attributed to automation include higher production rates and increased productivity, more efficient use of materials, better product quality, improved safety, shorter workweeks for labour, and reduced lead times. Higher output and increased productivity have been two of the biggest reasons in justifying the use of automation. Despite the claims of high quality from good workmanship by humans, automated systems typically perform the manufacturing process with less variability than human workers, resulting in greater control and consistency of product quality. Also, increased process control makes more efficient use of materials, resulting in less rejects.
With increasing volumes of work required to operate efficiently in today’s highly competitive laundry sector, the modern laundry must ensure its sorting department is using its staff efficiently. State-of-the-art production technologies also provide a safer work environment and improve productivity without compromising on high quality standards.
Processing hundreds of thousands of items of dirty linen each week means that the laundry will gain an understanding of its customers’ requirements and the types of soiled linen they usually send in.