When a textile service operator thinks about RFID, a little circle comes to mind: the RFID chip. While the chip is at the center of this technology, the systems that integrate the information in these chips are where the return on investment (ROI) of RFID can be found.
RFID systems can help operators tackle two of the biggest operating expenses they incur: production labor and merchandise cost. By utilizing RFID, textile service companies can automate or semi automate their soil sorting, clean sorting and pack-out departments, reducing labor and improving inventory control.
“We have seen a reduction in labor on an average of 1 to 3 percentage points and merchandise cost reduction by 2 to 4 percentage points,” says William Dougherty, Positek RFID, which has been on the forefront of using radio frequency tracking for the development of laundry systems for more than a decade. During the 2007 TRSA Tech/Plant Summit, Dougherty highlighted several systems—in use in more than 75 plants serviced by the company in North America—that integrate data from RFID chips.