Industry 4.0 in the linen sector

The fourth industrial revolution or Industry 4.0 is already a reality, since the digital and the physical world have teamed together to transform the traditional procedures and improve the productivity. All sectors, including the textile sector, are engaged in a transformation process, which was addressed on 7 June in a symposium organized by the Technology Platform of the Manufacturing Sectors (PLATECMA) together with the Ministry for the Economy, Industry and Competitiveness, CDTI, IVACE, REDIT and the magazine Economía 3, in which Resuinsa took part.

The symposium ‘Hacia la cuarta revolución industrial’ (Towards the fourth industrial revolution), which took place at the Textile Technological Institute (AITEX), discussed the possibilities offered by technology to improve the production activity. In this regard, Resuinsa’s Production Manager, José Miguel Quilis, participated in a panel discussion where he explained the RFID system.

In this respect, he pointed out that Resuinsa became a pioneer when, in 2014, it started the implementation of the RFID system for hotel linens, a system that, until then, had not been introduced into the hospitality sector. In fact, this technology was certified by the CDTI after assessing in a comprehensive way its proper functioning.

Quilis explained that the RFID system makes it possible to know how many washes the linens of a hotel establishment undergo or how many items might have been stolen. In other words, this technology makes it possible to verify all the traceability information of the product and helps to improve the procedures, because it automates data capture, prevents errors, reduces costs and facilitates collaboration and information exchange.

He also recalled that Resuinsa, noting the importance of the RFID, has set up a pilot industrial laundry in its Production Centre. Anyone can visit it to feel first-hand the advantages of the use of this system with linens. It also shows how to know the real load in the drum of an industrial washing machine and to check the profitability thereof by controlling the useful life of linens.