RESUINSA, through its technical division, has worked for over two years on a research project along with the Textile Technology Institute, AITEX, and the multinational company DATAMARS, for the implementation of RFID technology on textile garments.
During the process, the company has had the support of the CDTI and European funding, which entailed a long supervision and evaluation process by technical experts to make sure that the project has been carried out properly. At the same time, audits and validity tests with prototypes have been conducted.
Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is rapidly becoming one of the most expanding technologies in all sectors, and textile industry is one of the sectors with a greater potential for implementation.
RFID systems can contribute significantly to the improvement of hotel and industrial laundry procedures: automatize data collection, avoid errors, reduce costs and ultimately facilitate cooperation and information exchange.
RFID technology was already being used in other sectors, especially in the clothing sector for public consumption, but not in the hotel linen industry, since the textile items are subjected to extreme washing conditions at industrial laundries, making RFID implantation and label conservation more difficult.
However, as a result of this project, Resuinsa can make use of a RFID UHF microchip (Ultra High Frequency, which allows multiple readings with no direct emission) in textile items for the hotel industry. These microchips are industrial-washing resistant.
RFID technology implementation constitutes a noticeable added value to our products. Thanks to its implementation, hotels can know the number of washes that every textile item has, how many pieces go to the laundry and how many pieces come back, the number of items stored on each floor of the hotel, and even a thorough theft control. In addition, the laundry operator will be able to know the real number of items on each load, and even control the laundry efficiency by monitoring the garments’ service life.
RFID technology is an object identification system that relies on radio waves to transmit information. A tag that contains a small chip is attached to the product, and the chip can store information and transmit it to the reader via radio frequency.
This system allows the complete traceability of a product, from the material reception to its storage, keeping control of every movement.