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Certex®: Lavans certified on base of ISO9001:2015

Lavans in Helmond can be added to the list of companies that have implemented the new Certex® Manual (edition 2017) and herewith meet the requirements to be ISO 9001:2015 certified! Recently the re-certification was finalized successfully.

Lavans is now allowed to show the Certex® Quality Management System Certificate, meaning ISO 9001 standards are met, as well as NEN-EN 14065 RABC, the standard that surveys on specific hygiene risks within a laundry. The RABC-standard can be compared to the well-known HACCP-standard in the catering industry.

Certex® benchmark since years!
In the Netherlands Certex® acquired a solid position in industrial textile service. Based on the international acknowledged standards ISO9001:2015 and EN 14065 “Textiles – Laundry processed textiles – Biocontamination control system”. Certex® is developed by the Dutch association for textile service companies together with the Dutch union for quality in hospitals. The established requirements and criteria, with specific values for microbial contamination, were adopted by the Dutch Working Group Infection Prevention in the guideline “Linnen in Hospitals”.

Get started with Cerclean®!
The development of such a complete and effective quality and hygiene management system is challenging. To help companies CINET developed Cerclean®, a comprehensive program offering full support to enable anyone to gain essential knowledge. By following the step-by-step approach, a comprehensive quality management and hygiene management system is implemented. A system tailored to the individual company, processes and customers in various market segments in which they operate.

Certificates icing on the cake
After audits by certified auditors and approval by the CINET International Certification committee, a Cerclean® certificate will be granted. Certificates prove conformity to the requirements. These reflect international standards and international best practices which are the foundations of the CERCLEAN® program!
After acquiring the Cerclean® certificates, companies can take the next step and acquire the accredited Certex® certificate. A small step since Cerclean® is derived from and based on Certex® so the audit should be barely more than a formality.

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Cleaners Alert from The Guild (UK)

Brinkhaus’ Exquisit Wool Topper shrunk

The mattress cover, made up of virgin wool filler and  a casing of fine Egyptian Cotton Satin, had shrunk after washing according to the care label. This states, that it can be washed in 40 degrees on a delicate wash program, and tumble dried or dry cleaned in Hydrocarbon. Problem with virgin wool is its reaction to heat, mechanical action, alkali and moisture, all present in the washing process and resulting in felting shrinkage. The care label should actually state; maximum temperature to be 30 degrees and not tumble dry! Dry cleaning in Hydrocarbon will not remove the staining associated with bedding and is therefor not effective.

A Wet Cleaning system as an effective way of avoiding problems with delicate and sensitive items because the professional wet clean process uses less mechanical action.

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CINET’s summertime

The summer holidays are coming up!

CINET will continue to be of service, though limited accessible while operating on a summer holiday schedule from Monday July 30th untill Friday August 10th. We will answer your requests as soon as possible.

 

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New 100% organic laundry of 5 tons/day opened in Romania

Blue Lagoon Clean from Romania opened a new facility with a processing capacity of 5 tons/day, dedicated to the 100% ecological processing of clothes.

The investment in the development of this processing center, located in Pantelimon, near Bucharest, exceeds 500k euros and generates 30 new jobs, while the current team consists of 50 people. The technology used protects the environment as well as employees and customers. It also records exceptional cleaning results, thanks to the state-of-the-art equipment that allows safe and impecable treatment of all types of fabrics or accessories.

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Certex® eliminates risk factors in healthcare

The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECSC) has updated the Rapid risk assessment on Enterobacteriaceae that are increasingly resistant to carbapenem, a group of highly effective antibiotics that kill bacteria. This development poses a significant threat to patients and healthcare systems in EU countries. For the treatment of patients with CRE infections, few options are available according to Dominique Monnet, head of the Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare-Associated Infections Program of the ECDC. Dissemination can be prevented by appropriate prevention and control measures in hospitals and other healthcare institutions. CRE infections lead to long-term stay in hospitals, high treatment costs and high mortality rate. This is due to delays in administering effective treatment in combination with limited availability of treatment options.

The textiles that are used in health care environments including, for example, care hotels, are guaranteed free of Enterobacteriaceae if being delivered to the institution and cleaned by a Certex®-certified company. One of the hard requirements within Certex® is that the textiles are not contaminated with “Entero” (0 KVE / cm2); a requirement that also applies to Staphylococcus aureus. This allows healthcare institutions to check off one critical checkpoint on their list…provided that textile management is carried out hygienically within their own environment.

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Datamars celebrates its 30th anniversary

Datamars – The future of IT in Textile Services;

Foreseeing customers needs and exceeding his expectations!

Een interview met Riccardo Mazzolini, General Manager Textile Identification, Datamars

Datamars is one of the leading global suppliers of high performance unique-identification solutions, specializing in radio frequency identification (RFID) technology. With 30 years of innovation and leadership in RFID, Datamars is a pioneer in electronic textile identification solutions for the industrial laundry process, developing important RFID-based patents & trademarks, inventing the LaundryChipTM in 1990, and offering today the most complete range of RFID identification solutions. Datamars is an ISO 9001 certified company and represents one of the few fully-integrated players in the RFID industry. The in-house product development and manufacturing, according to specific customer requirements, is the core capability and differentiating factor.

  1. Can you describe your vision on automation in the textile care sector? Can you give your vision on RFID applications in professional laundries?

Nowadays, the full and fast control of the industrial process has become a critical prerequisite for competitiveness and efficiency in the laundry market. For an industrial laundry, it is crucial to have a cost structure that streamlines the operations’ focus on value-adding activities. In fact, automation plays a very important role in this framework by letting industrial laundries increase their productivity per person, reduce manual labour, save costs and gain efficiency.

However, operations are just a part of this picture. Another important role for a laundry is its asset control. This means knowing at any given moment how many textiles are in circulation, where they are exactly, how many units are processed per day, how long they last and why. RFID technology properly helps industrial laundries answer these questions by significantly improving their textile identification and sorting processes.

Since a tag contains a unique ID number corresponding to a precise description of the related textile, RFID enables laundries to track the location and progress of a textile anywhere in its industrial process, with amazing advantages and savings. RFID has been used in the laundry market for over 25 years for tracking garments, flatware, mats and mops. More recently, with the introduction of UHF RFID technology, laundries can control bulk flatware textiles during their entire lifecycle and plan their purchases carefully, saving significantly on costs. Thanks to the automated process of tracing textiles (bulk identification and sorting of textiles at laundry entry and exit stage), RFID technology can, in fact, improve efficiency, reduce losses and increase profitability in the industrial process. 

  1. Can you give a broad view of the use of chips? Where are they deployed, why are they deployed and what is the perspective?

The LaundryChipTM was invented by Datamars in 1990 and it was the first RFID transponder specifically designed for the industrial laundry sector to withstand the harsh environments of washing, drying and ironing without being detected and without damaging the textile, well-suited to, but not limited to, flat linen and garment tracking, process automation, product authentication and asset management applications.

RFID chips nowadays are in use in all sectors of industrial laundry from billionaire hygiene service groups serving the healthcare sector across all continents down to small family owned companies selected by high end boutique hotels for their capability of delivering tailor made services. The rationale which stand behind their decision of implementing RFID is always the same and this is the need of making better use of their resources having full visibility of how their assets are being managed.

The future of RFID in laundry is to make chips and reading systems almost invisible to the user to ensure that traceability becomes just a matter of how to better use the data made available by the technology. So, no more questioning about technology limitations but just new opportunities to take advantage out of it. 

  1. What are the latest innovations from Datamars?

Datamars in 2017 launched a new disruptive transponder generation: the new UHF LaundryChipTM 401, that in a very small size (thickness halved and width reduced by 33% vs the previous generation 301), encompasses the best mechanical and electrical performances ever.

Furthermore, after the OEKO-TEX® certification (that guarantees the absence of harmful substances at levels that can be dangerous to the human body), Datamars also achieved in 2017 the Magnetic Resonance (MR) conditional label for its UHF LaundryChip™ family.

Datamars this year improved its cabin reading speed: the new UHF cabinets take on average just 3.5 seconds to read a trolley containing 1’000 items.

Finally, Datamars in the last two years has designed the Standalone, a licensed laundry-specific software layer that runs on the Impinj Speedway® Revolution readers, to take full advantage of Impinj readers in a laundry environment. Standalone enables laundry managers to quickly deploy the RFID system, having a plug & play solution. 

  1. What does the Textile Service chain look like in 10 years?

Textile Service like any other business in the service sector is being dramatically redesigned by IOT. In 10 years I see Textile Service providers becoming the hub for datacentric platform delivering value added services to their customers. These services ranging from more traditional laundry duties at enterprise level up to customized domestic servicing. All this being powered by the deployment of Industry 4.0 connecting the Textile Service provider facility with all its customer in a common safe data exchange environment. In this scenario quality of the service provided will be measured by the ability of foreseeing customer needs and exceeding his expectations.

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World of PTC Volume 6: Innovative Businesses & Showcases

In follow up of volume 5 (published in 2016) efforts are being made by CINET in writing a new book in the World of PTC (Professional Textile Care) series. Book 6 will be dedicated to the latest developments in new business models. De first part focuses on a qualitative description of business model developments in the world of professional textile care. The second part shows about 100 examples of companies which participate in The Global Best Practices Awards 2018.

 

Digitalisation is the driving force

The most interesting developments can be subscribed to digitalisation in new business models. Subjects as Laundry on Demand, Smart textiles, online marketing and ‘my digital transformation’ are being described. Laundry on Demand makes its entry in B2B customer segments and a broad analysis shows both opportunities and threats for the current textile companies. The book includes several practical case descriptions on the way companies are dealing with digitalisation.

 

The importance of Hygiene

As described by Washing Board of Excellence in the report “Trends in Laundry by 2030” hygiene will become more and more important. Laundry is an important aspect to guarantee hygienically clean environments, (most) hospitals are aware of this. With the increase in population and the ageing of the people, hygiene will gain in importance for other areas as well, for example in care homes. Book 6 provides extra attention on how to implement hygienically clean laundry services in the business model, for instance on Clean Room concepts; important aspects including specific technical and marketing features are mentioned in these articles.

 

Smart choices

The 3rd theme consists of modern management techniques that allows companies to make smart choices in relation to new business segments and to improve services on existing product offerings to achieve better results than their competition. Central focus is a total-solution for textile care including clear descriptions on how rental-businesses can be accomplished. The rental part includes calculation methods and examples as well as specific aspects that require special attention in contracts for rental services.

 

World’s best showcases

The 2nd part of the book will present 100 of world’s most impressive showcases in professional textile care. Each company’s most extraordinary features will be described on 2 pages, this concerns companies of both Retail Textile Cleaning as Industrial Textile Services. These are all participants in the Global Best Practices Awards organised by CINET, which will take place on October, 18th and 19th 2018 in Milan during the Expo Detergo trade show.

 

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Storage protective clothing affects longevity

A presentation on a study by the Korea Apparel Testing & Research Institute (KATRI) on the influence of the way protective clothing is stored on the life cycle was presented in the ISO working group on protective clothing against chemicals. New articles leak after 480 minutes when using methanol; for some tested articles that have been in storage for 10 years, this time has been reduced to 16 and even 3 minutes by being folded and stacked in storage. In addition to these factors, light, humidity and temperature also affect quality. The lifespan of articles made of polymers is mainly influenced by temperature. The testing and application of a temperature of 100 ° reduces the resistance to methanol from 480 minutes for a few articles to 67 minutes and even less than a minute. These findings lead to the question whether test methods for storage should be included in standards for cpc (chemical protective clothing).

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Kannegiesser’s focus on automation and total service concepts; a full report

In June Kannegiesser organized it’s private Expo in the Exhibition Hall in Bad Salzuflen, Germany. The expo lasted for a week and generated a lot of positive reactions. Kannegiesser hosted over 2,000 customers and colleagues from over 50 different countries. New innovations were showcased in the expo so customers can see and discuss what innovations could be of use to them. On 76,000 sq feet nearly every machine and system they have to offer, presented like ‘a laundry that is actually operational’ from soil sorting, to wash & dry, to finishing and garment systems.

Availability of the machinery and so the process is key for non-stop success

 

Newly introduced were several solutions for automation and robotics. The GripMaster robotic sorting machine with 3D camera technology is enabling laundries to process textiles fully automated after the (manual) sorting process. Apart from that specific hygiene concepts were developed like Qualitex; a quality-assurance process that measures and tests wash liqueurs during the laundering process to evaluate, control and document hygiene.

Increasingly Kannegiesser is offering specific customer concepts to laundries to aid the trend of specialization and a stronger focus on specific customer needs. An example is the concept specifically designed for care homes, achieving maximum productivity in the smallest areas with minimum resources consumption. The system uses X-Sort for simple and safe sorting of textiles, keeps goods together with individual batch processing, coordinated machines in the finishing area and so more productivity with fewer staff.

 

 

 

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