Diversity is strength! We know that from experience: Our team consists out of eight different nationalities and all laundrynerds together are performing better than ever. As we are still growing, we want to make sure that we keep encouraging diversity at Inwatec in future too.
Mid of august, our CEO Mads Andresen signed the Odense Charter for Diversity, as this document officially expresses our support of diversity in the Danish labour market. The Odense Charter for Diversity aims to highlight positive qualities of diversity, promote inclusion and combat discrimination in Danish workplaces and further offers a large network for like-minded people and companies.
“We are proud to report that Inwatec not only completely shares the perceptions of the Danish Charter for Diversity, but also puts them into practice already. We want to contribute as much as we can to make Denmark more open and welcoming,” illustrates Mads Andresen.
These two German girls are doing their full-time master’s studies at University of Southern Denmark in Odense and will now support our team in Marketing and Sales. Both have similar expectations of their time at Inwatec and will be working as an intern and as a student worker.
Christina, 23 years old, is studying a Master of Arts in ‘Business, Language and Culture (cand.negot)’, focusing on International Communication Management. As part of her studies, she chose to do an internship for one semester at Inwatec to be able to apply the knowledge she gained in her studies in a corporate environment.
“To me, an internship is a great chance to gain working experience already during my studies and I am very happy that I can do that in an innovative company like Inwatec” explained Christina, who already did an internship in marketing during her bachelor degree.
After an interesting discussion at KarriereDagene in Odense, 23-year-old Vanessa now joined us as a student worker in the Marketing and Sales department. She is from the very south of Germany and currently studying a Master in Product Development and Innovation.
“Next to the theory in my studies I wanted to get some real life experience. I am really looking forward to have an insight in the danish working environment while gaining knowledge in the industrial laundry business,” illustrated Vanessa.
Welcome to our newest laundry nerds!
Do you want to be a laundry nerd too? Check out our career page here.
In Shanghai, China, the laundry company Fornet in 2015 established one of Asia’s most modern laundries where more than 10,000 pieces of garments are handled each day for both laundry and cleaning.
Such a significant volume needed extra attention from the beginning, and for that reason general manager Zhu Lijun was aware, that automation could play a part of the solution.
“We had identified the problem of emptying the pockets of 10,000 pieces of garments a day, and we realised that it was a hurdle that we needed to solve. I had read about Inwatec’s x-ray machine on the internet, and after a short dialogue, I went to Denmark to see the x-ray scanner in action on a Denmark laundry facility,” Zhu Lijun tells about the process.
Automation gives stability and efficiency
The setup in Shanghai that includes both x-ray scan of the garment and RFID-based sorting has now been running for more than a year, and Ms Zhu Lijun is certain, that she and her colleagues made the right choices from the beginning.
“Everything works excellent. It is a new laundry, and we have no historical data to compare with, but we’re sure that the automation is more efficient than a manual solution,” Ms Zhu Lijun reveals.
“Apart from helping us emptying the pockets, the setup also sorts the garments into nine different categories to pick the right washing or cleaning processes. In that part of the equation, there is no doubt that the machine makes fewer errors than a human would do, and the speed is also higher and with fewer stops than a person could handle.”
Long distance service via the Internet
Ms Zhu Lijun had no worries choosing a Danish setup for the laundry in Shanghai, and time has proved, that she did not have to worry about having a service department 8,300 kilometres away.
“We have had very few issues so far, and when the line stops for some reason, we have solved it online without problems. It hasn’t been that complicated,” Ms Zhu Lijun tells.
On August 1, Inwatec has employed 39-year-old Jørgen Jensen as Chief Operating Officer in the effort to keep up with the current success – and to enhance growth as planned.
Jørgen Jensen comes from a position as Head of Industry & Foods at Frontmatec A/S, one of Inwatec’s suppliers and therefore he already has insight into Inwatec’s product line for the international laundry industry. His primary focus as COO at Inwatec will be to ensure that daily operations are running efficiently.
“Given the development of recent years, we also need to upscale the management, and Jørgen gets an important position in that regard. He is a trained engineer and has worked as a software programmer before turning the management way. Consequently, he has a good understanding of all the tasks in an organisation like ours,” says CEO Mads Andresen, who himself looks forward to focusing even more on the technological development.
Mads Andresen concludes that the structure of Inwatec should remain as flat as possible, to maintain the direct way from idea to action, and that is one of the reasons why the new COO is pleased to be a part of the team.
“Inwatec has gone from 2 to 25 men in a few years. It is evident that if we stick to the plan and expand even further, there is an increased need to hold onto the leashes to ensure everyone does what they do best. And of course we have to do that in a way where we continue to be a very innovative and agile company,” says Jørgen Jensen, who has management experience from a company with more than 40 employees.
“My strength is that I have extensive experience in executing many parallel projects and at the same time ripening the organisation in a way where employees get the best framework for developing. I have followed Inwatec’s development as a supplier, and I look forward to being part of a company that focuses so much on the innovative robot- and automation solutions. Inwatec has vast ambitions and, in my belief, potential is also enormous and it suits my nature well,” says Jørgen Jensen, a resident of Kolding, together with his wife and the couple’s two children in 2 and 5 years.
The German company MEWA Hameln has existed more than 50 years, but the business idea is all up to date. MEWA delivers work wear, mats, cleaning cloths and towel rolls in a full-service solution to more than 11,800 companies.
Recently a group of five persons from the MEWA headquarters in Wiesbaden together technical staff from the production unit in Hameln visited Inwatec in search for a machine that can improve the mat production.
“10 years ago we had a mat unloader that could help us get the dirty mats separated for cleaning, but unfortunately it wasn’t fulfilling our expectations. It’s our hope that the Inwatec-version will do so,” Julia Gerner, Group leader at MEWA Textil-Management, explains of the visit.
All in all, no less than 76.000 floor mats pass through the production lines at MEWA Hameln every month, and now MEWA tries to minimize the burden of the initial handling.
“It is heavy and filthy work, and we would very much like to have it automated in a way that both betters the ergonomics for the employees as well as the efficiency of the production and the quality of the final product,” Project Engineer Julia Kamenezkaja ads.
“We see ourselves as an innovative business, and we always have eyes open for implementation of new technologies that can improve the processes in our production line. If it were possible – and make sense economically – we would consider making the entire mat line fully automated,” says Julia Kamenezkaja.
Facts about MEWA Hameln:
Founded in 1951
300 employees work at the Hameln site that manages a total of 11,800 companies and generates sales of 54.6 million.
117,200 workers wear professional clothing delivered from MEWA Hameln.
Each month, 4 million cleaning towels, 76,000 floor mats and 6,300 towel rolls are processed and distributed there. Read more about MEWA here (external website)
Watch a short introduction about our mat unloader.
Once again we will participate at the Tech Talent Job Camp at Tinderbox 2017 and look forward to meeting more enthusiastic and talented people who are interested in a future career in our business. Two of our laundrynerds will be on the spot to provide you more information about Inwatec and simultaneously an opportunity to take up first contacts.
One of the laundrynerds is Martin Groth Albøge.
Last year we had the pleasure to meet Martin at Tinderbox and get to know him. A few weeks later he became part of our Inwatec team and works now as a programmer for already one year on exciting projects and supports the team with his skills and expertise.
So come by, take the opportunity and have a chat with our laundrynerds at the festival and maybe it will be your first step into a bright career at Inwatec.
Do not hesitate to contact us. Check out for more at our career page here.
Our patent pending Roll-Over-feature on the Inwatec Vortex Mat Roller enables the operator to prepare the next mat for rolling during the current rolling process.
Operating the Vortex is very simple: The operator feeds the machine with one mat, and when the next mat is loaded, the first is released to the operator.
This unique functionality optimizes the workflow, keeps the workload steady and removes waiting times. The Vortex roll machine is also equipped with safety light curtain and is designed for highest possible operator safety.
The Vortex easily rolls 260 mats/hour, and the small footprint fits into even the smallest laundries.
Patent publication details:
US Application No 15/170,892.
Publication No US-2017-0113893-A1
Together with our American business partner JPE Inc., we are making the last preparations to the upcoming Clean Show June 5-8 in Las Vegas.
We will be present at Booth 3385, where we will have an array of our latest solutions on show – we have shipped both X-ray, sorting and mat rolling machines for the Clean Show.
At Inwatec we hope to meet a lot of interesting exhibitors and curious guests from all parts of the laundry industry. We wish to show off some of our new development and construction of high-quality equipment for industrial laundries. It is our primary goal to develop innovative solutions improving efficiency and productivity.
On all four days, you have the possibility to:
See the Inwatec X-Ray machine that gives you the solution for efficient and high-quality detection of foreign elements for your laundry
See the Vortex – Return-to-operator mat roller with the efficiency of rolling 250 mats/hour
See the Tornado upgraded with automated sorting – The perfect solutions for smaller laundries. 350 mats/hour
Come around and meet us for a demonstration – we would like to help make your laundry more efficient!
Click Here to see the up to date interactive floorplan – search for JP Equipment (external link)
The local news broadcaster TV 2 Fyn visited Inwatec last week to make a story about our many talented employees who mainly come from the nearby University, SDU.
Unfortunately, the story is without subtitles why it’s the most fun for our Danish-speaking audience…
The main line is that the Danish system of education might face a change that favours the faculties where most students have a job shortly after the last exam.
One of the success stories in that regard is the Robot-engineers from SDU who are very likely to get a job because of the booming robot industry in Odense.
At Inwatec we are very fond of our collaboration with SDU, and we are happy to be mentioned for having made contracts with a total of 19 very green, but also very smart graduates straight from the University.
“The graduates are most certainly an asset to our company. They make a significant impact on our culture, but also on the products that we develop. We are at the forefront of many of the technologies that are developed,” Inwatec CEO, Mads Andresen says.