Innovative alliance to keep track of laundry

Dylan Macdonaldblog

French market leader for radio-frequency identification (RFID) applications, UBI Solutions, and Scottish market-leading textile services company, Fishers Laundry Group, announce their collaboration to equip Fishers’ laundries with RFID technology to track their entire stock of bed linen and towels.

UBI Solutions RFID technology provides a complete laundry tracking system that is able to show stock levels, improve linen workflow, reduce losses by up to 30% and extend linen life.

Fishers’ new ‘super laundry’ near Glasgow, Scotland, which launched last month, has already been installed with UBI Solutions’ bespoke cloud based RFID equipment. The facility features the most advanced laundry tracking equipment available and is among the most energy efficient plants in Europe. The new laundry has the capacity to wash, dry and iron up to 600,000 items of linen a week. The plant also features high tech camera inspection equipment for quality assurance.

RFID tagging has already been completed on all of Fishers’ own range of linen, the ZHEN range. The launch of Fishers ZHEN has presented an ideal opportunity to combine luxury linen with tracking technology. Sheets, duvets and towels have been discreetly “tagged” and Fishers is able to instantly identify thousands of items being returned to, or leaving, its laundries.

Michael Jones, Fishers’ Managing Director, said:

“At Fishers we are committed to innovating and RFID technology provides us with the opportunity to better control stock, identify where each item has been, see how many times items have been washed and ultimately deliver a better service to our customers.

“UBI Solutions has provided a bespoke product that meets our needs and we look forward to continuing our partnership.”

Renaud Munier, UBI Solutions’ Business Development Director, said:

“We’re immensely proud to partner with Fishers as our first customer in the UK market. Fishers will benefit from our long experience in developing RFID Trace & Track solutions for laundry customers as well as for other industries.

“Fishers will be able to take advantage of the cloud technology which makes it possible to accurately track the movements of hundreds of thousands of linen items.”