Processing laundry and uniforms poses a unique problem: many items look identical but need to be identified and tracked individually. Consider that commercial laundry can feature hundreds of identical-looking uniforms, linens and towels and tracking inventory starts to look like a mess.
RAIN RFID readers and tags create an automated system to keep track of each individual item, and information like the owner’s name, the way it’s supposed to be washed, where it should be returned, and more— ensuring laundry tracking is a simple, clean process.
How it Works
Sewn-in RAIN RFID tag chips identify each piece individually.
RAIN RFID readers installed over transition points, like doorways, or laundry chutes, read and record tag information.
Laundry systems now include reliable inventory counts and data about the items’ source and status in the cleaning process. Staff can receive alerts when items are mishandled or confirmations of correct delivery.
Automated laundry tracking reduces costly errors while recovering labor for other, more important tasks.
Hospitals and other healthcare facilities use the Impinj platform to track laundry, uniforms and other textiles gaining operational efficiency:
- Simplify bulk handling of laundry items
Sorting, handling and counting laundry manually is a time consuming and inaccurate process. Laundry tagged with RAIN RFID can be identified and tracked by client in bulk. And, as a hands-free system, it also eliminates the need for staff to handle soiled or dirty items.
- Ensure delivery to the correct customer
Because things like linens, towels, and robes, may look alike from one client to the next, it can be difficult to ensure freshly laundered items end up at the right location. With RAIN RFID uniform and linen tracking, it’s easy to identify the origins of tagged laundry and ensure linens are sent back to the correct client.
- Clean laundry to standard
Laundry processes are difficult to keep track of, with certain pieces requiring special treatment. Data about the type of cleaning that has taken place can be encoded into the RAIN tag as actions are completed to guarantee laundry is done to standard every time.
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Impinj (NASDAQ: PI) wirelessly connects billions of everyday items such as apparel, medical supplies, automobile parts, luggage and food to consumer and business applications such as inventory management, patient safety, asset tracking and item authentication. The Impinj platform uses RAIN RFID to deliver timely information about these items to the digital world, thereby enabling the Internet of Things.
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