Interview: Inwatec – Specialist in the automation of laundries

The WRP Wäscherei und Reinigungspraxis is a German trade journal for the textile care industry. In each issue of WRP there is an ‘Interview of the Month’ and for the September 2017 issue we had the honor thath our CEO Mads Andresen and Finn Hahn, our distributor for the German market were interviewed.

The interview covers topics such as the beginnings of Inwatec, the importance of software in the industry and specifically Inwatec’s machines, Inwatec’s guidelines, customers, markets and much more.

You can find the interview online in German here.


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3rd Gazelle growth prize to Inwatec in 4 years

For the second year in a row, and third time overall, Inwatec has been given the “Gazelle” growth prize from the Danish business daily, Børsen.

Inwatec was even placed number six on the list of the Funen companies which saw the biggest growth in 2017!

The Gazelle-prize goes to “A company that has had continuous growth in revenue or gross profit over the last four financial years, which has more than doubled revenue or gross profit during the period”.

Although it is not the first time that Inwatec receives the honours, CEO Mads Andresen places the Gazelle-statuette on the prize shelf with immense satisfaction.

“Of course, we are proud yet again to have proven that it is possible to innovate and build new machines and deliver profits at the same time. We have had black numbers on the bottom line throughout the life of Inwatec, and in recent years with more and more digits, “says CEO Mads Andresen, who participated in the celebration of the regional Gazelle together with a delegation of #Laundrynerds from Inwatec.

According to Mads Andresen, the economic success is due to Inwatec delivering good products and good service, which gives value to the laundries from day one. It is proved, among other things, that a large part of the orders in the past year came from companies that have previously invested in other solutions at Inwatec.

“The customers who were brave enough to believe our ideas a few years ago are still on the team. Our business concept, when we founded Inwatec, was ‘get out of the door and meet the customers. That still makes a lot of sense,” says Mads Andresen.

X-ray: soon easier to buy on the French market

We are happy to announce, that the Inwatec X-ray system is now a huge step closer to the French customers, and we are now taking orders for expected delivery in Q2 2018.

“Syringes, scalpels, scissors, pens, markers, name tags and other items that could either harm the operator or damage the garments, courses the same problem in France as in the rest of the world. We are delighted that we soon can help solving these issues in France with our X-Ray-machine,” Inwatec Project Engineer Raphaël Baetens tells.

Raphaël Baetens with his certification for X-ray installation and usage in France

The French regulations on the X-ray equipment demand that the operator passes a thorough test on safety procedures and radiation, and to remove that hurdle for our customers; Raphaël Baetens has completed the training, and he has now received the certificate that proves he is allowed to work with and install x-ray equipment in France.

The next step is to finalise the papers to have the exemption of authorisation and declaration that mean that French owners of the machine will NOT need to have their employees to take the courses.

“We met a lot of interest from the French hospital laundry industry who saw the machine in action at the recent JetExpo 2017 in Paris, and we look forward to starting work on these projects with our French business partners,” Raphaël Baetens continues.

“The X-ray system is CE-marked and approved for the European market. It has proven its worth for years in both European and Asian laundries, so we are pleased, that we have come so far in the process of getting the machines approved for the French market too.”

 

Facts about the Inwatec X-ray machine:

  • PCR (Person Competent in Radioactivity) Certified by APAVE
  • CE-marked
  • Certified by TÜV (for the German market)
  • Certified by Force Technology (for the Danish market)

Technical specifications:

  • Running at 30 KeV
  • 0 µSv emission around the machine

Find more information about the X-ray machine on the product page here.

Inwatec on the Front Page: Looking at laundry operations of the future

(Screenshot from American Laundry News – click on the picture to read the magazine)

“Compared to just five years ago, there is a significant development in the laundry industry. Previously, companies were somewhat conservative in investing in and utilizing new technology, but that’s definitely not the case anymore. You could say, that the future has begun.”

In the American Laundry News, edition November 2017, Inwatec’s CEO Mads Andresen was interviewed about his expectations for the future of laundry business – together with seven industry experts from Pellerin Milnor Corp., Performance Matters, Jensen USA, Continental Girbau, Lavatec Laundry Technology Inc.,G.A. Braun Inc., and UniMac. Mads talked about his thoughts on e.g. changes of equipment, technology development, future laundry work places, and his outlook to the future of the laundry industry.

Changes in the laundry business

Mads Andresen, CEO of Inwatec, checking out the robot separator

“There is no doubt that the laundry business is already changing. There is an increasing focus on efficiency, sustainability and the workers. Because of that, the use of automation and robotics is increasing quickly. The machines will take over many of the heavy, fatiguing and monotonous tasks – in the long run; machines will take over all the dirty work”, Mads replies on how he thinks the laundry business will change in terms of physical equipment and technology.

American Laundry News, the “Newspaper of Record for Laundry & Linen Management” is a both on paper and online published magazine which aims to “help those working in laundry and linen management to run their operations better, with up-to-the-minute information on industry news, events and trends” and provides information about management and production, specifics on the equipment and supplies necessary to run a successful on-premise/central/cooperative laundry or textile rental business (About American Laundry News).

 

Read the full edition of American Laundry News – November 2017 here

The interview starts on page 1, and continues on pages 6 and 12. 

 

Inwatec – host for Odense Charter for Diversity event

Tuesday evening, the 31st of October, 33 Funen companies visited Inwatec as we hosted the 4th leader’s lounge in Odense’s Charter of Diversity.

For this reason, Inwatec CEO Mads Andresen showcased the company and did a presentation where he introduced the visitors to Inwatec’s two Syrian employees: Project Engineer Geahad Michal Fatoul and Software Engineer Shaza Maher.

Both have come to Denmark as refugees, but unlike many of their countrymen, Geahad and Shaza now have a job within their profession, and thus they are an essential part of the success of Inwatec, where Eight nationalities work today.

Software Engineer Shaza Maher
Project Engineer Geahad Michal Fatoul

“In Denmark in general and in the robot and automation industry in particular, we need all the talents we can find, and we must also keep an eye on those who come to Denmark because of conflicts or other hard times around the world. Integrating employees with completely different cultural and working backgrounds is not always easy, but it certainly pays off,” says Mads Andresen, who did not hesitate when Inwatec was invited to join Odense’s Charter of Diversity.

 

“As our name suggests, Inwatec is a company driven by the desire to create innovative solutions for the laundry industry. Diversity and variety of the employees create a dynamic working environment, and that is precisely the foundation we need if we are to continue our growth,” notes Mads Andresen.

In addition to Mads Andresen and the opening of councillor Steen Møller from the Employment and Social Administration in Odense, there were other exiting speaks on how to build up and nurture a diverse working environment:

Among them, the recruitment consultancy house Flensby & Partners; Mace Group, the international consultancy and construction company in charge of the Facebook building project in Odense and the Headhunting company Expuri told about their experiences before the Leader’s Lounge ended with a lively networking session.


Would you like to be a part of our team? See our vacant positions and apply here.

A new Laundrynerd in our workshop

Nicolai Lund Christoffersen recently joined our team as a student worker and supports the project production in our workshop. He is mainly helping to assemble various machines, both electrical and mechanical components.

After his education as an electrician, Nicolai gained versatile professional experience in various fields such as industry, store renovation and in general service. He also spent several years working in a workshop in Norway, where he built control panels and container units for the oil industry. Since September, he is studying automation engineering at EAL, the ‘Erhvervsakademiet Lillebælt’ in Odense.

Nicolai is 27 years old, was born and raised in Odense and now lives with his girlfriend Nathalie, their little girl Ellie and their street dog from Spain, Cira, in their house in Odense. When he is not renovating his house, he likes to go spearfishing and playing pool in his spare time.

“I have heard of Inwatec from Simon and I already knew Henrik and Kasper from my work in the electrician industry,” explains Nicolai. “I’m really looking forward to working here with them and all the others and having them as my colleagues.”

We are happy to have you in our team, Nicolai. Welcome!


We are always looking for skilled workers like Nicolai. You can apply here.

Invitation to After-Work Beer & Open House 2.0 at Inwatec on 3rd of November 2017

We are inviting to the second edition of our Open House and some after-work beers on 3rd of November 2017 at 15:00. Join us laundrynerds for cold beer and nice talks at the bar at ‘laundrylab’.

Everybody is welcome! If you have questions, you can contact us via laundrynerds@inwatec.dk.

Do you have a Facebook account? Click here to view the event on Facebook.

 


You can find us (and our laundrylab) at Hvidkaervej 30 in 5250 Odense:

No more washing machines damaged by nails at Liebhardt

Nails, screws, and tools have caused considerable damage to the washing machines in the German laundry Textilservice Liebhardt GmbH & Co. KG, Biberach in the past years. The investment in an Inwatec X-ray system dramatically changed that, and recently, Liebhardt’s machine was upgraded with new AI software to further reduce the error rate.

For managing director Eva Löffelhardt, there is no doubt that future laundry needs an increased degree of automation to keep pace with the market and to ensure the best working conditions for the employees.

“We have 85 employees in the company, and our primary focus is on workwear, blue and white workwear, but we also serve hotels and health clinics. New technology like Inwatec’s X-ray machine, helps our company to be competitive on the market,” explains Eva Löffelhardt. “By investing further in new technology, we expect the work to be easier for our employees, while continuing to deliver high quality to our customers.”

Since 2015, Eva Löffelhardt has been running the family business, founded in 1936, and is sure that the laundries of the future will change a lot: “The laundry industry desperately needs innovation. We can achieve that with modern and innovative robot solutions.The industry has been very reluctant so far.”

Eva Löffelhardt especially welcomes the fact that the loose screws, nails and tools hidden in the pockets no longer stop their washing machines. In addition, the garments can not be made unusable due to forgotten ball-point pens anymore. Equally valuable is the fact that the working conditions of the employees of the family business have improved:

“I also think a lot about the health of the employees. There are many repetitive movements in a laundry, and I have been incredibly happy to lessen these tasks. Employees are also unconditionally excited about the new technology, and they are proud to be in a company investing in modern technology. I do not doubt that the future offers solutions and opportunities that I have never thought about.”


Interested in the X-Ray Machine Liebhardt uses? Find details here.

Textilservice Liebhardt welcomes the future (video)

Nails, screws, and tools have caused considerable damage to the washing machines in the German laundry Textilservice Liebhardt GmbH & Co. KG, Biberach in the past years. The investment in an Inwatec X-ray system dramatically changed that, and recently, Liebhardt’s machine was upgraded with new AI software to further reduce the error rate.


Interested in the X-Ray Machine Liebhardt uses? Find details here.

Junior engineers at Inwatec for their school internship

We wish to promote talent in early years to build our youth being both educated and curious. Therefore, we are especially proud to be able to contribute to this development of Magnus and Sebastian who are at Inwatec as school interns for one week.

Magnus is 15 years old and comes from Tommerup skole. He dreams of becoming an engineer and wants to learn more about the areas of responsibility an engineer has.

Sebastian, who is also 15 years old, comes from Frøbjerg Orte Friskole. With his internship, he wants to see what an engineering company does and find out if he can imagine himself in this field, too.

During their one-week-internship we are introducing them to two main areas. First, the assembly processes in the workshop and second, the 3D-programme Inwatec’s engineers work with. When using the 3D-programme, Magnus and Sebastian can learn how the developmental part of our machines is constructed.

Welcome, Magnus and Sebastian! We hope that we can give you a good insight and help you finding your dream working area.


Would you like to collaborate with us too? Find more information here.