The National : DRY CLEANER MAY 2017
SPEAKERS Chairman Warwick Brown opened the general meeting of Members and thanked them for attending. He mentioned the closure of Cabrini Linen and aid Victoria was in an over supply capacity, and with Cabrini Linen gone, Spotless was in a healthier position. Cabrini, like some hospital based laundries in other states, had decided to concentrate on healthcare and not process their own linen. RFID In the Simba “Vision Room” Richard Robins introduced Kamal Somaia and Alistair MacArthur of Simba Global. They spoke on RFID scanning, and the benefits to the laundry industry. “On a chip, you can store up to 96bits of data. What the item is, when it was introduced into stock, who owns it, which customer uses it, how many times it has been processed, to name but a few. “With RFID tracking, you know exactly what stock you have on hand, and what comes in and goes out each day. Some hotels, indeed some laundries, have bought more linen stocks than they need, simply because they don’t know what they have or where it is. He believed the traditional hotel 3.5 par could be reduced. (One on bed, one with room attendant, one in transit, and half at the laundry.) “ Simba Global has expanded in twenty years. The chip has been around for about twenty years, but although the price is still around $1 per chip, the size of the chip has reduced to a usable size. Until it became robust enough to withstand 200 commercial washes, it was not worth using. If you have a towel from which you expect 180 washes or uses, you can’t have the chip fail half way through its life. Simba are committed to RFID and in future, every piece of linen stock purchased from Simba will come chipped whether the customer requires it or not. It makes more sense for their production rates to chip all stock, and Mr Somaia was confident all laundries would incorporate RFID readers into their laundries within the next five years. We need to take away manual counts and have hard data for our customers. “If all of your linen is chipped and tracked through 46 THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL DRYCLEANER & LAUNDERER MARCH APRIL MAY 2017 Alistair McArthur, Richard Robins and Hiten Somaia.