Everybody’s Talkin ‘Bout It.
RFId, or to give it it’s full title, Radio Frequency Identification, has been the talk of the laundry industry for several years now. But what does it mean or, perhaps more importantly what does it do? In essence, we now have the technology to attach a small transponder to every piece of linen which will give off a high frequency, low voltage signal which in turn allows us to identify that piece of linen and its whereabouts each and every time it is scanned.
So that’s what’s happening but what, is the point and why is everybody getting so excited about it?
Well the answer, in a word is information, and lots of it. If we, the laundry were to scan all our linen every time it arrived at and then left our premises we would know where it was going, when it was sent there, when (or perhaps if) it came back, what condition was it in, how many times over its life has it been processed and a good deal more.
Now, to the launderer the benefits of this information should be many and obvious but, what is in it for the client? Well in short, it all comes down to stock control and believe it or not, stock control is good for us all. If we have a better handle on where our stock is, it becomes far less likely that we will run out of it and potentially short or late deliver to the customer, or that the customer will find themselves with too much stock (this second issue is surprisingly closely connected to the first!) causing their laundry bills to increase unnecessarily, or not enough stock with all the attendant problems that brings.
The modern linen rental service is all about quick turn around and just in time availability of the right stock, in the right condition, at the right time. That is what our customers rely upon and for the laundry sector delivering this is our daily challenge. Without a shadow of a doubt, RFID technology offers us as, the best opportunity to ensure that we meet this challenge
So let’s stop talking about it and get on and do it.
(Watch this space for updates on RFID implementation at PLS in 2017)