As a part of Clover4, WG-ID is a part of a business group which tackles every possible need of industrial laundries.
The combined experience of Textilligence (UHF RFID) and Wilgengroep (Industrial Laundry Logistics) makes of WG-ID a specialist in system integration. WG-ID has its focus on connecting ERP & RFID technology with Laundry automation systems.
The future for laundries is having a perfect overview of every single piece of textile which enters and leaves the laundry. Laundries want to control their assets and costs. They want to measure, analyze and optimize their key performances.
This all starts with information measurement. Information is already present in each laundry on ERP level, machine level etc. but this stand-alone information does not give a general overview. If these single information stations would be connected, information could be used for higher purpose, this we call ‘data fusion’.
Here is where WG-ID comes in. We focus on the integration of stand-alone information to create a more efficient and cost effective work area. We complete the puzzle so that you can have the bigger picture.
As a group, we can provide an all-round solution for any industrial laundry in the world. With this combined approach a synergy of data will be created, data that you never had before will now be at your service. We are convinced that our Clover4 will bring your laundry to the next level.
Need only 1 or 2 parts of our Clover4? Perfectly possible! Separately, each part can fulfill specific demands with a tailor-made solution.
The sorting system is the first data source at a laundry. Weight, sorting and customers deliver together the right information to define the right KPI and so the start of the laundry flow.
The logistic system based on an advanced overhead conveyor technology, the wash tunnel, dryers provide stand-alone information which is important for the KPI and the laundry flow.
WG-ID is the expert on integration of different (supplier) systems. The expertise of WG-ID is specific to the laundry industry and its equipment. In the field of integration, the practical solutions are providing the synergy of connecting ERP solutions with laundry equipment such as conveyor systems, sorting-, transportation- and storage systems. The power of a seamless integration is directly benefiting the industry; no re-entry of available data and no maintenance of the same data in different systems.
– RFID readers embedded in conveyor belts
– Sorting based on ERP data
– Storage of clean products based on merchandise requirement
– Counters/scanners/readers integration in transport/rail systems
Making (UHF) RFID a success for both laundry / rental services as well as for the end users. By means of an integral approach, WG-ID provides standard as well as bespoke RFID solutions. Our team’s experience is beyond the standard reading of RFID; we understand the laundry operations as well as customer logistics. We provide turn-key solutions where multiple organizations benefit from an improved control on inventory (savings up to 35%) and less loss of products. RFID with WG-ID means improving your bottom line and your customer satisfaction.
– Unattended RFID installations
– RFID installation embedded in work spots
– RFID portals (Clean/Soiled/Stockroom/Customer)
– RFID mobile solutions
Data Collection & Data Fusion
In many organizations, not all data that is available, is analyzed. The reason is just because the data is too difficult or time consuming to collect. WG-ID makes the data collection an automated process, so relevant data analysis can be made as historical or real time dashboards. With the data collection process in place, the next step is within reach; data fusion. Data fusion is the integration layer between different systems. The key is to share data so there is no re-entry at all. WG-ID has contacts with most suppliers in the industry, making the project coordination efficient.
– Data collection at existing equipment (any brand)
– Transferring data to data ware house / monitoring
– Visualization of process flows
– Data exchange / transfer between different systems
Industry 4.0 / IoT
Is your organization ready for the new era of technology? Our team of experts are available to assist enabling your company to comply with all modern demands of your customers, employees, suppliers and partners in the industry. “Anything that can be connected, will be connected” is the common simple explanation. Allow us to assist you to make IoT “simple”. There are many opportunities to step into the new world.
UHF Scanning Portals
Textilligence has invested heavily in R&D and has developed UHF scanning portals that enable the reading of large amounts of linen simultaneously.
Together with our engineering team, we have developed an innovative concept; a portal that can handle three different tasks. Scanning containers filled with clean linen, scanning large amounts of soiled linen and scanning boxes of new stock from suppliers. Thanks to our experience in this area, we have created a one-stop integrated solution, the UHF scanning portal.
What goes in…
A laundry needs to know the quantity of dirty linen coming in for production planning, prioritization and order generation. But, often the hospital or hotel wants to be able to check the laundry. Therefore, the production tracking cycle often starts with a portal at the customer’s site, followed up by a laundry based scan.
The correct positioning of these portals is vital to the success of the project as space is always at a premium and we all want to keep lean and smooth process flow. The UHF Scanning Portals are designed to meet the size of most standard laundry containers but can be increased in size if needed.
…must come out
It is essential that on the out scan you only read the tags you want to read. For this reason, Textilligence has developed the out scan portal, equipped with additional side panels to maximize the ability to read densely packed tags and almost totally exclude the chance of reading stray tags from outside the portal. The location of this portal is vital as packing areas in laundries are renown for not having enough space.
Again, customers often want to check the laundry by scanning the work back in. This can be achieved by a UHF Scanning Portal but is possible as well by our Smartphone App solution, which has other features such as on-site inventory checking.
The massive benefit of this is knowing how many items went to the customer, as well as knowing the unique identified ones. Imagine the importance of this fact. This provides a wealth of new information such as the customer turnaround of a product, the laundries internal turnaround time, stock hoarding, stock life.
…and was it right?
One of the major advantages of using UHF RFID is that everyone is sure that no errors were made in counting or in entering data for the delivery notes. Allow technology avoiding the human error (and cost) from this. If the first 3 points of installing RFID are followed carefully, this count will be far more accurate than a manual count. This advantage can be used by the laundry as a unique selling point.
UHF Reader Sets
Transport belt scanning
Employees of industrial laundries often see the work literally flying over their heads. Linen is transported by conveyor belts from one department to another and this makes it an ideal position for tracking. This set up requires a custom designed solution.
Textilligence has designed a scanner solution which reads the tags in the soiled items while they are being transported towards the washing machine, tunnel or sorting area. This scanner can be used as an additional reading station during the production process. There are many advantages in having more than one scanner doing a task, reducing the potential for missed reads to a minimum and you can never have too much information (as long as the software manages the data overload). This is often used as an alternative to the soiled linen portal scanner in pool stock laundries. Since we know to whom the linen went out to, soiled counts can automatically be generated for the account and orders created without human intervention.
The key to success of this type of scanning is the configuration of the antennas. Fortunately, you can always count on the expertise of the Textilligence engineers.
Getting it right before it goes out reduces rework and customer complaints. The Textilligence stack-check-scanner is designed to read all tags in a stack of linen after it has been folded and bundled. This beautiful piece of engineering enables you to verify whether all items have been bundled correctly, proactively correcting errors before the customer experiences them.
Clear view on the bag
The rail system storage bags in an industrial laundry are usually blue or white, but never transparent. Therefore, it is impossible to control the content of the bag from the outside. The rail system knows what group of items are in the bag but not the individual products. To look through the bag, our linen bag scanners are just the trick – they scan a full laundry bag in just seconds.
Individually or by individual
If you link individual items to a wearer or customer, you can see their movement around the business. For this task an assign station is used. In these cases, scanning has to be achieved in a totally different way as only one or a few items are read at a short distance. This usually happens in the stockroom of a laundry. This requires a specific configuration to prevent unwanted items from being scanned.
WG-ID is a joint venture of the highly recommended companies: Wilgengroep and Textilligence.
Both companies had originally incorporated a section ‘system integration’ of which the knowledge and know-how is now fully integrated in WG-ID. This collaboration delivers the best expertise possible by focusing 100% on system integration.
Wilgengroep develops efficient logistics systems based on advanced overhead conveyor technology. For industry at large and for commercial laundry companies in particular. All over the world. Wilgengroep also provides controls for tunnel washers and dryers.
Textilligence specialist in developing, installing and maintaining turnkey UHF systems worldwide. With a proven range of standard portals and expertise in developing tailor made solutions, Textilligence has the equipment and experience to solve your tracking challenges. With our dedicated engineers implementing standard and bespoke solutions followed up by our service and support team, we are your one-stop-shop for all RFID tracking.