PAK Automates Laundry Textile Tracking with RAIN RFID
RAIN RFID allows PAK to monitor and locate lost items with pinpoint accuracy and cut costs while reducing staff at every stage of the linen cycle.
RAIN RFID helps PAK increase efficiency and cut costs
PAK, an industrial laundry, increases accuracy and efficiency throughout its operation with a RAIN RFID solution from Impinj and USTEK RFID Solutions. By adding a wash-resistant RAIN RFID tag to each textile, PAK is able to:
- Monitor and locate lost items with pinpoint accuracy
- Reduce staff at every stage of the linen cycle
- Cut rental costs for more competitive pricing
- Offer augmented services that generate new business
- Double workload over a two year period
Impinj + USTEK solution allows PAK to gain numerous benefits
Uniquely identify items with a reliable automated system
Instead of tracking linens manually, PAK sews or heat-seals a wash-resistant RAIN RFID tag to all textiles. Each tag is programmed with a unique EPC number that is linked to a database containing detailed information about the item including the type of textile, the number of wash cycles it has been through, the customer the textile belongs to, and the department in which it is used
Monitor and locate lost items with pinpoint accuracy
PAK and USTEK install RAIN RFID terminals containing fixed Impinj Speedway readers and antennas at customer facilities in areas such as linen storage, exits, uniform dispatch, and at PAK’s facility, at packaging stations, laundry check-in and dispatch areas. As the textiles move to and from the customers and throughout the laundry facility, the solution monitors each item and updates its status in the database, simultaneously providing operational benefits like soiled/clean counts, delivery bills and package labels. Readers are able to detect wrongly-sorted textiles, preventing loss and confusion. Additionally, the database keeps count of the number of times each textile has been washed, and issues alerts when it is time to retire old linens
Cut costs for more competitive pricing
The RAIN RFID system allows PAK to monitor and pinpoint lost items with great accuracy, while simultaneously reducing staff at every stage of the linen cycle. Thanks to the reliable, error-free process flow the system enables, PAK has also been able to cut lost item margins off its rental prices, increasing the competitiveness of its pricing.
Offer augmented services that generate new business
With the RAIN RFID infrastructure in place, PAK is able to offer customers several value-added services. PAK introduced a value-added, wash-count based rental service to help clients monitor their linens, prevent and detect theft and loss, and track stock aging. Some PAK customers have even leveraged the infrastructure to track valuables such as key chains, paintings and televisions. PAK’s augmented services attracted so much new business that from 2011 to 2013 PAK, a 25-year-old, constantly growing company, doubled its workload.
PAK Industrial Laundry
PAK is an industrial laundry facility located in Istanbul, Turkey with more than 25 years of industry leadership. As of 2013, PAK washed about 210 tons of laundry per week. PAK clients include hospitals, health centers, industrial firms and hotels.
USTEK RFID Solutions
USTEK—a vertically integrated company that designs and manufactures integrated UHF RFID terminals, high-performance UHF RFID tags, and industrial-laundry-specific software applications—has projects running in more than 30 countries around the world. With an expertise in industrial laundry, they continue to grow in hospitality, health, and retail, and other industries.