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How Technology is Shaping the Future of Laundry

Author: Petersfield Linen Services

Commercial laundry is an industry that is constantly growing in size and importance. As a result there has been a lot of activity when it comes to innovation, research and development that can make practices in this sector more efficient and processes even smarter. Technology, in particular, is having a big influence in terms of shaping the future of laundry and ensuring that it’s as efficient and effective as it can be.

What kind of technology is shaping the future of commercial laundry?

  • High tech washers and polymer bead technology. Polymer beads have a lifespan of around 100 washes and are shaping the future of laundry thanks to their ability to be much more efficient. These beads are designed to be mixed with a certain volume of water and detergent and are then much more powerful on stains than conventional washing options – but also gentle on fabrics. High tech washers have a focus on greater energy efficiency and tend to help reduce water wastage too.
  • Software driven management systems. The use of software to manage laundry systems has introduced the kind of efficiency that could only have been dreamed of a decade ago. For example, it’s now possible to apply automation to the process of laundry in many different ways to help improve efficiency. That could be recording wash load throughput or entering textile counts.
  • Integrating the Internet of Things (IoT). When it comes to how technology is shaping the future of laundry, IoT is going to be a big factor, going forwards. For example, it’s now possible to use smart tagging so that information about items is being automatically reviewed – this not only helps to ensure that the right washing instructions have been used but also minimises the potential for damage. It will also ensure that every wash is much more efficient, potentially saving both time and money. Wash cycles can also be optimised via IoT thanks to the use of smart devices.
  • Radio Frequency Identification (RFID). Where RFID is being used, computer chips are embedded in laundry to provide tracking options. This makes it easy to see where items are in the laundry process and also where they need to be directed to next. There are many different ways in which RFID can shape the future of laundry into one that is more efficient and effective. For example, it can be used to ensure that laundry made of certain fabrics is laundered in the right machine. It will also be a vital tool for hire services to ensure that no pieces end up in the wrong place.
  • Cutting edge dryers. Drying services are essential for commercial laundry but can also do a lot of damage to fabrics. Condensation based dryers are already proving a game changer. These cutting edge dryers protect linen, reducing damage and ensuring long term durability and quality.

From, high tech washers through to the use of software driven management systems and integrating IoT, these are just some of the ways in which technology is shaping the future of commercial laundry today.

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