The chips are designed to track the movement of uniforms or linens to and from washing areas in order to cut down on unnecessary washes, lengthening the life of most fabrics. “The chips themselves outlast the garments,” said William Beatty, linen manager for the Revel Atlantic City. “One of the biggest benefits these chips give us is that it keeps our billing straight. The old system of using bar codes and manually counting linens is out.”
The software packaged with the chips allows the hotel to build an individual history with items, allowing it to track them based on the number of times they have been washed and worn and replacing them as they wear down. It also allows the hotel to keep track of loaned uniforms between employees, and better maintain a uniform quality of items.
“Using this software has helped cut our losses, and helps us identify those losses better,” Beatty said. “The F&B sector is a bigger culprit than the others thanks to damage to the linens and other things, and now we can track when to replace them or compare them with hard numbers against other linens of the same category. The trick is to build a history with your product, that way you can watch as it develops.”
“The chips themselves are guaranteed for up to 200 washes or three years of use,” said Jeff Welles, VP of InvoTech Systems. “They are also open to be repurposed after the linen is worn out, the only extra step involved for hotels would be to cut the chips out before getting rid of the linen.”
The newest chips used are Ultra High Frequency RFID tags, which allow operators to scan an entire laundry cart from up to 10 feet away. Installation of the system involves the placement of antennas in checkpoint areas for the tags, and minimal training.
Topic : Housekeeping, Linens, RFID Tags
External Source : Hotel Management