Logistics is a lot more than just moving things about. It’s about having the right product in the right place at the right time. Done right, it can make the difference between profit and loss, or between efficient operation servicing customers, and service failures. Says Kannegiesser’s Dr Paul Morley: “Laundries typically deal with a wide range of different product types, which are processed on a range of different machines in different parts. of the laundry. Bringing the right products needed to fulfil the orders is key.
“So logistic equipment should be seen as essential equipment in laundries, not just a ‘nice to have’.” Kannegiesser offers many types of logistics systems suitable for different operations, ranging from simple or automated conveyor systems, to sophisticated monorail solutions. The Vectura conveyor system is a flexible conveyor solution for stack management after ironers and folders. “Far more than just conveyor belts, a Vectura system is intelligent and can track stacks, directing them to where needed, says Morley.
There are different versions with different levels of automation, which can be designed according to the needs of the laundry, and they can integrate other equipment such as wrapping or banding machines. “For example, with the sophisticated Vectura Track version, the stacks are transferred carefully onto the conveyor with the well-proven and accurate roll-off transfer (which maintains the folding and stacking quality) and will track the work through to a destination. “The stack information can be shown on a display – essential where staff need to know what work is where. The Vectura Sort further allows the system to direct stacks to different destinations.
The Multisort configuration allows sorting and storage by many different types of categories and parameters.” Monorail systems are well known and proven in laundries. They provide sorting solutions, work storage and organisation, and transport work to where it’s needed – the ultimate expression of ‘the right product in the right place and the right time’, said Morley. “It begins with linen reception and sorting. There are many different types of sorting system available which all present an operator with different bags or bins to put types of linen into. “The Kannegiesser Supertrack Ergosort system was developed in response to a need to make sorting – which is generally a repetitive and physical job – as ergonomic as possible.
The Ergosort brings all sorting stations closer to the operator, meaning that no throwing is required. “Quite simply, by eliminating the need to lift linen and throw it across a distance, the operator has less physical effort per piece. That translates to a faster sorting rate, and a happier team.” With the work sorted and stored, the logistics control system allows automatic control of what work goes where. With logistics, it’s all about control. Said Morley: “Since 2020, Kannegiesser has used the eVue control system across the whole monorail range in both Europe and North America. “This is a well-established system that allows a high degree of automation plus excellent visibility, and also includes reporting tools allowing the busy laundry manager to get emailed, or texted to their phone, information about production rates across all the laundry departments.