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EXPO Detergo 2018; Oustanding innovations in robotics & automation

Milan, October 19th; Prominent innovations in robot technology and automation were shown for the first time for a broad professional audience at ExpoDetergo International 2018. The most spectacular and eye-catching innovation came from the Netherlands. The newly established Laundry Robotics company presented robin; the first industrial laundry robot, for the folding of bath linen. In addition, innovations were presented by Inwatec Denmark aimed at the automatic sorting of corporate clothing and there were in the RFID technology field or automated information processing and process control, the necessary new developments.

robin; A new and revolutionary robot

One of the main innovations was released by Laundry Robotics. The robot named robin picks up towels and provides every terry folding machine (regardless of type and brand) of 720 towels per hour. The robot works 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, offers 100% consistent and reliable output, as well as high quality and productivity. Robin uses Deep learning software developed by Laundry Robotics for the use in industrial laundries.

The Laundry Robotics team, presenting robin

Laundry Robotics is a start-up of six partners that focuses on the design, development and creation of robot solutions for human challenges in the industrial laundry sector. Accuracy, efficiency and high productivity are central. Finding ways to work faster, smarter and cheaper is essential in order to be able to meet the rapidly changing market demand in the future.

The sale of this new robot is expected to start early next year and will be carried out by dealer Landuwasco in Vlaardingen, The Netherlands.

 

3-D camera equipped grappling robot from Inwatec

At Inwatec was shown a machine that can sort dirty laundry with a mechanical arm by means of an advanced 3-D camera. The 3D camera software finds the best grip on the garments. This ensures good separation of textiles and high efficiency. There is then a next device that checks the clothes with an X-ray or all bags are empty. It then also has the possibility to sort the textiles into 9 different categories in order to select the correct washing process. This can make a difference in manpower when sorting the laundry on the dirty side.

FRIGG 1500 from Inwatec

 

Servtronic auto-feed system from Kannegiesser

Kannegiesser has also had developments in automation. There were several folding machines with automatic feeders, the servotronic, which alleviated the work for the workers. The workers were able to fasten the corner points of the sheets one at a time in the clamp pin, which were then hung in a spread-out manner to be loaded into the folding machine. For example, during the work a buffer could be made, so that even if an operator was away for a while, for example to get a new cart, the production can still continue. In addition, there was a speed feeder who was already prepared to also be connected to the same kind of auto-feed system should this be necessary.

Kannegiesser’s newest Servotronic system

Metalprogetti’s latest conveyor  

Metalprogetti is a leading Italian company in the design and manufacture of automated systems for moving and handling both hanging and folded garments, as well as a wide range of other light items. One of their newest products on the stand was the Batch conveyor belt. It has been developed to automatically manage orders that come from automatic packing systems and organize them in defined groups, for example via routes and drop zones.

Latest conveyor from Metalprogetti

 

The following companies with innovations also at ExpoDetergo International 2018 will be presented more in depth next week in a brochure:

  • Böwe
  • Electrolux
  • LG
  • PONY
  • Safechem
  • Sankosha
  • Yamamoto
  • Christeyns
  • Ecolab
  • Lavatec
  • Milnor
  • Tolkar
  • Vega/Fintec

 

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‘Shirt service’ shows growth potential (D)

Whatever trends in fashion are running, the shirt never goes! Being a classic example, more and more young people wear shirts and therefor the demand on laundry service is increasing. The wuillingness to wash and iron is decreasing, which levels up expectations of advertising in this service segment.

The concept of ‘Shirt-service‘ has developed and is being picked up by several dry cleaning companies.

The Deutscher Textilreinigungs-Verbund e.V. provides their members with attractive advertising materials during the period of 1st September till 30 November 2018, in order to stimulate and advocate their members’ ad campaigns. The campaign is aimed at customers in order to have them experience why modern households cannot do without a shirt-service and to convince them that it will pay back to bring the shirts to a professional laundry service

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Technical Bulletin. The fibres.

Different types of fabrics and fibres have been around since people started to shelter themselves from the elements. It was quickly discovered that wool could protect from heat and cold as well as from wind and rain. The versatility of wool is unique. None have been able to match the fabric, they have had better luck in refining and improving it.

The refining process started from the moment people domesticated sheep. They took the wool in one hand and drew it out, twisting it into a thread with the fingers of the other hand. This resulted in a thick uneven yarn.

This was later refined by the use of a (crude) spindle with a stone or clay ring to the end of a short wooden stick. This ‘flywheel’ enabled the drawn-out yarn to be wound on to the spindle. This method didn’t change for thousands of years.

People eventually tried to imitate the beneficial properties in new manmade fibres. This increase in fibre diversity did create the need for cleaners to properly distinguish between them. For laundry applications, textiles can be split into 4 principle categories

ANIMAL VEGETABLE REGENERATED SYNTHETIC
Wool  Silk

Mohair

Cashmere

Cotton     Linen

Jute      Flax

Bamboo

Viscose

Triacetate (tricel)

Diacetate (dicel)

Polyester (Terylene)

Polyamide (nylon)

A very effective way to deal with the inherent weaknesses of the different fibres, is to blend fibres together who complement each other. A common blend, for instance, is to combine cotton and wool. Cotton is relatively cheap and strong whereas wool is more expensive but more fragile. A cotton warp will give added strength to a fabric with a wool weft which provides the texture and colour. Thus a stronger and cheaper fabric is born.

To identify all these different fibres and blends, several methods are used. There is a difference in the flammability of the 4 groups. So simply burning them will give you a clue what you’re looking at. Animal hair, for instance doesn’t burn easily, whereas the vegetables do. Since the textures of the fibres are so distinct, you can also use a microscope. Hair is more scaly, cotton looks like a ‘flat twisted ribbon’ and polyester looks like a smooth ‘glass rod’.

Before you get to make garments, the fibres need to be spun into yarns first. The friction between the fibres bind the yarn and the twist brings the fibres closer together which increases the friction thereby making the yarn stronger. Wool is scoured or washed before spinning. This is to remove the grease, sweat and dirt. This isn’t necessary for cotton, because the natural wax is a good lubricant.

The different fibres pass through a series of processes. First Carding, to straighten the fibre. Then Combing, to remove short unwanted fibres. Gilling, to make more uniform ropes or slivers of fibres. Spinning, either one-step or multiple, to reduce the slivers to usable spun yarns. And Doubling, twisting the yarns together for strength or colour effect.

To make the fabric, the yarns are woven or knitted. There has not been much refinement in these techniques. It has mainly been mechanised to speed it up. When we think of the cleanability of a textile, we tend to think the way the wool or textile behaves, but much also depends on the construction of the garment. Textiles must be handled in laundering and dry-cleaning according to construction. Knitwear must be handled differently from woven goods and it will be important to remember this in the future.

 

 

 

Based on: Guild of cleaners and launderers, July 2018 Issue TB 58

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Mr. Halsey M. Cook Jr, the new President and CEO of Milliken & Company

Milliken & Company’s board of directors announced the appointment of Mr. Halsey M. Cook Jr. as President and CEO. Until now, Mr. Cook was the president and CEO for Sonepar USA, a global distributor of electrical products. His main goal in the new role is to introduce change where the organization can further leverage an emphasis on innovation, manufacturing excellence and customer care.

With a history of over 150 years and having its corporate headquarters located in Spartanburg, North Carolina, Milliken & Company is active across a wide range of disciplines including specialty chemical products used in the professional textile care industry. The company has 35 manufacturing facilities located in the U.S., U.K., Belgium, France, China, India, and Australia, and other sales and service operations throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia.

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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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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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Schaeffer Assumes Presidency of TCATA

Schaeffer Assumes Presidency of TCATA (USA)

At the closing dinner of the 2018 Annual Management and Educational Conference Leslie Schaeffer, vice president of National Clothesline based near Philadelphia, was installed as the incoming president of the Textile Care Allied Trades Association (TCATA). She will serve a two-year term as president.

Schaeffer has been very active in TCATA having served on annual conference committees, as chair of both the site selection and membership committees, and as a board member. Schaeffer is the first female president of the Association, and the first to serve from the “related trades” category, meaning the first that is not a manufacturer or distributor.

John Silverman of Tschopp Supply, Buffalo, New York, assumed the role of Treasurer. He has been active in TCATA, including serving currently on the Membership Committee. Also elected as officers were Peter Limoncelli of Yankee Laundry Equipment, elected vice president of the Distribution Division; Michael Leeming of Parker Boiler, elected vice president of the Machinery Manufacturers Division; and Gene Williams of American Laundry Products, elected vice president of Supply Manufacturers Division.

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Start-up Klin revolutionizes the traditional laundry service

Start-up Klin; new online laundry services (Luxembourg)

In October 2017, Pit Zens and Antoine Hron created the start-up Klin, introducing online laundry and dry cleaning services. The service is fully digital, ecological and available for individuals and businesses. Users can place an order online, from their computer, at home or at the office.

The company currently covers three areas in Luxemburg: the south of the Grand Duchy, Luxembourg-city and the region of Niederanven, Contern and Moutfort. Depending on its geographical location, the user can select the courier passage for the collection or delivery of his laundry (from 7am to 22h weekdays and Saturdays from 9am to 16h). The service is also accessible to companies wishing to organize a laundry service for their employees.

An important aspect of Klin’s business model is the fact that the company uses intelligent machines capable of estimating the quantity of laundry in the drum and proposing the right dosage of water and solvent. Thus, the start-up can achieve 20 to 30% savings per wash.

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Lavoir Moderne raises 3 million euros

Lavoir Moderne raises 3 million euros (France)

The laundry service Lavoir Moderne has succesfully raised three million euros in investment in order to expand its services outside Paris in France  and several European capitals. The company also plans to develop a second laundry facility of 2,000m2 in the Val d’Oise and a 10,000m2 factory in the same region in June 2019 and expects to raise 8 million euros next autumn.

Investors include well established names in France, like Industry Capital, Centuria Capital, Denis Duverne (Axa) and Axel Plasse (Renault- Nissan). Lavoir Modern claims it consumes “five times less water than a traditional dry cleaner to clean a kilo of laundry,” uses “ironing robots processing 100 shirts per hour against 10 to 12 in a traditional laundry, with a capacity of delivery of clothes in 30 minutes”.

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Bardusch Poland soon to open new production facility in Bochnia

Bardusch Poland soon to open new production facility in Bochnia

German provider of professional and protective clothing Bardusch Poland, a subsidiary of Bardusch, has announced that it will create 100 jobs at its new production facility in Bochnia. The plant will be located in the Bochnia Economic Activity Zone, Poland. It is expected to be launched by the end of 2018, and about 70% of positions will be created in the production department.

Bardusch was founded in 1871 in Germany. Currently, the company operates in Germany, France, Poland, Spain, Hungary, Slovakia and Switzerland and employing 4,000 people. The company provides professional and protective clothing as well as the full laundry services to bakeries, catering providers, shops, hotels, and hospitals. In Poland, the company has been operating since 1998.

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