With RFID technology, elaborate and expensive sorting and counting by hand is no longer necessary.
The requirements of workwear changes from organisation to organisation. Protective firefighter uniforms need to remain fit-for-purpose, shared hotel employee uniforms need to be laundered quickly and contractor uniforms have to be logged against specific workers to assign accountability. Whatever the main driver for tracking uniforms, many businesses benefit from a management system that ensures workers have the uniforms they need. For more examples of how this system can apply to different industries, see our uniform management examples.
However, it’s important that these systems are robust. Manually tracking uniforms using barcodes or simply counting garments is time consuming and leaves room for human error. It’s easy to forget to update inventory spreadsheets and complete check-in forms. Not to mention keeping on top of these processes ties up staff time which could be used elsewhere in the business. Compared to more efficient and automatic tracking solutions, it is far easier for garments to go missing in a manual system, which leads to unnecessary replacement costs. The waterproof fabric RFID tags are securely sewn into a pocket in the garment.
The uniform RFID tag can withstand temperatures of up to 180 degrees, which means they survive in most fire-fighting conditions as well as during professional cleaning procedures.
Any commercial laundry that has ever serviced a uniform supplier knows the difficulties involved in laundering and tracking each and every item in a large uniform order. For this reason, RFID is being used for uniform servicing as well, enabling accurate, item-level inventory control while keeping manual labor costs contained.
The ability to provide reliable inventory status updates delivers
considerable benefit to uniform suppliers, helping to reduce shrink
and optimize lifecycle management of garments. And considering the size of many uniform orders, the enhanced visibility enabled by RFID also helps commercial laundries to improve storage efficiency and billing accuracy for greater profitability
RFID tags, which can be sewn onto linens, allow items to be easily counted and monitored as they are received and returned by the laundry. In addition, a personnel can use handheld scanners to find linens in waste bags or stored in cupboards, enabling them to detect inappropriate disposal and identify where losses are occurring.
Our unique RFID textile identification Platform enables companies to: