Real Green is the new green

UPDATE: Post made for April Fools’ Day 2018 🙂

CEO Mads Andresen in front of the new green robot and sorting system

“The awareness of sustainability is steadily increasing in the industry in general, and in the laundry industry in particular.

It has long been one of our significant milestones in Inwatec that our technology in all ways to help laundries worldwide so that we can achieve a greener future together.

The Vortex Mat Roller is also among the redesigned models that are ready to ship.

Therefore, to highlight our green focus, we have decided that all machines in the future will be green.

“Green is the new green. In today’s world, if you want to be green, the only way is to make things green. Therefore we change the colour of all products from grey to green, and we are ready to take orders deliver the machines from today, April 1st, 2018,” Mads Andresen CEO of Inwatec tells.

Apart from the colour change, the Inwatec-series will soon be available in solar or pedal powered editions for laundries which are ready to go even greener.

You can see examples of the design of our new equipment on the pictures below. We do have some of the former Vortex-models in stock, and they can be acquired at a favorable price at a first come, first served basis. – Please contact us by mail/telephone and have your credit card handy.

Invitation to After-Work Beer & Open House 3.0 at Inwatec on 16th of March

We are inviting to the third edition of our Open House and some after-work beers on 16th of March at 15:00. Plus, we want to inaugurate our new table tennis table and foosball table with you!

Join the #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.

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

New technician on board of the Laundrynerds

Meet Allan Schmeltz, who is one of our new Laundrynerds: He works as a technician at Inwatec since the beginning of March 2018. Allan has a versatile working background, which makes him a perfect expansion of our workshop team.

Allan explains: “In my career I have worked with mechanical fitting, troubleshooting, electrical and pneumatic fitting, and construction. So, I think I gathered great experience for the field I am working in now at Inwatec.”

Allan’s career

Allan is 59 years old and was born in Odense, but grew up in Aalborg afterwards. At Aalborg Shipyard, Allan took his basic technical education and was then called to the Danish Royal Navy, where he stayed for a couple of years. Together with his wife, he moved back to Fyn in 1980.

Finnishing his job at the Danish Royal Navy, he worked as a mechanical fitter in a smaller family company until 1983, where he studied to become a ship engineer. After his graduation, Allan went to sea as a chief engineer on a small coaster and traveled all around the world. However, for the sake of his family, he went ashore again after a couple of years and started a position as a repairman at Rynkeby Foods. In his new job, he was mainly doing troubleshooting but also worked on the optimization of existing plants and stayed at Rynkeby Foods for 13 years.

Yet, Allan wanted to learn more and decided to do a degree in mechanical engineering, which he finished in 2000. For the following ten years, he worked in construction and project leading in various companies, until he started as a repairman again at his old employer Rynkeby Foods in 2011. Now, in 2018, Inwatec could draw Allan’s interest and so he applied for the position as a technician in our workshop.

First impressions at Inwatec

“I saw the job at Jobindex which I found interesting and therefore I directly sent an application. It went very fast. A week after sending the application, the decision was already made!”, Allan describes the application process.

Being a Laundrynerd for the first few days, Allan got to know many processes at Inwatec: “Compared to my previous job, there is a big difference. In the last couple of years I have worked a lot with troubleshooting. At Inwatec, we start from the bottom and after some time we can see a complete plant on the floor. I have done this kind of work before, but it is still very interesting for me and it is really what I like to do!”

Currently, Allan is working on the assembly of a linen storage for a Norwegian textile services company. Allan is looking forward to use his diversified skills at Inwatec. Especially towards working within development, pneumatic and electrical controls. In the future, he would also like to go to machine-installations at the customer’s plants.

In his spare time, Allan likes to spend time on his three hobbies: bowling, sailing, and speedway racing. Since he was 13, Allan played bowling and is still passionate about it. However, his favourite sports is sailing. He owns a boat in which he loves to spend most of the weekends and holidays together with his family. In addition, Allan is a great fan of speedway and especially the Team Fjelsted. He is a member of the Team Fjelsted Supporters and travels all over the country to see the races of his favorite team.

We are happy to welcome you to our Laundrynerd Team. It is great to have you!


Are you searching for new challenges as well? View our open positions here

Huebsch wants the best service for their customers

Jim Vaudreuil – President and CEO at Huebsch Services

In the 126-year-old company Huebsch Services, located in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA, ongoing efforts are being made to update the processes to ensure satisfied customers. In this interest, President and CEO Jim Vaudreuil visited Inwatec in Denmark.

“I think the technology is accelerating and creating a lot of opportunities. I see a lot of the problems that we face today can be solved with the technology that’s available: The UHF RF-chips are promising. I’m looking at one of the new mat rollers that we already have, and we’re going to be modifying it with UHF readers so that we can do additional sorting,” Jim Vaudreuil says.

Huebsch Services already uses tracking in several ways, and for that reason, the implementation of an advanced chip reader-system is high on the priority list:

“We track every garment as a unique asset. We use the chip to keep track of our inventory; we use it to ensure the quality that we’re promising. Is the customer getting exactly what they’re supposed to get, and when? And it helps us keep track of our costs,” he explains.

 

Jim Vaudreuil with their HURRICANE mat roller

Continuously aiming for improvements

Even though Huebsch Services has a long history and a lot of clients going decades back in time, Jim Vaudreuil is sure that it is necessary to always keep an eye on the development of the machines used in the production.

“We like to think of ourselves as innovators. I’m not sure that we really are, as much as that we’re never happy with what we have, and we know that we could improve, so we’re continuously trying to improve. I think the innovation is using technologies that are available, and it’s how we use it.  Almost all the technologies could be had by every one of our competitors, so it’s how do you use it that gives you the competitive advantage,” he continues.

Huebsch Services takes great care of having a high service level, and that is why Jim Vaudreuil visited Denmark; In search of the best ways to support the customers varying needs.

“I think we have certain advantages; we’re a smaller company; we’re very hands-on, and we do most of our development work. I think we have an advantage in that. We’re maybe a little bit closer to the customer and closer to their problem. The company of the future has to be specialised, and I think it has to embrace some of the technologies. That’s why I am here. We’ve been partnering with Inwatec in I don’t know how many years. We really like the Inwatec products, and we are able to partner with a company that’s really leading in the technology – and so what if we’re you know a 10-hour flight away,” he smiles.

Watch the full interview with Jim Vaudreuil:

Find more information on Inwatec’s machines for mat handling here.

Fully automatic sorting of Soiled Workwear

Inwatec's sorting lines are build to fulfill each customers' needs. Thanks to modular design, the single machines can be added to a whole system according to specific wishes. In this case, the requested line consists of a Robot Separator, an X-ray machine and a vision based sorting system. 

The robot is fed by a conveyor and performs a separation of the garments. These separated garments are directly transferred to the X-ray machine, which detects foreign items like pens and scissors in the garment and automatically rejects these clothing items.

Accepted garments are forwarded to a vision based sorting, which, in this special case, sorts into either bright or dark.


Watch the full setup here:

The system's main components:

The Robot Separator has a high efficiency in separating textiles. It works fully automatic and therefore reduces the risk of cuts and needle injuries for your staff. We use modern 3D cameras and advanced software to find the best gripping points on the garments. 

All details about the Robot Separator. 

Inwatec's X-ray machine automatically detects foreign items such as pens, needles, lipsticks and more. It can handle up to 2,200 items per hour and rejects garments which contain foreign items. These rejected garments are forwarded to a special bin, where the detected foreign items can be removed from the garment's pockets.

Find more information on the X-ray Machine here.


You would like to automate soiled side sorting processes in your laundry as well? Contact us!

Easy and efficient management of stacked linen

Storage of clean linen between machinery and logistical areas has to be planned and thought-out well. Folded linen have to be parked before getting transported to the logistical areas. Using space efficiently while having a high input and output of stacks are highly demanded features for an innovative solution.

Inwatec aims to drive forward the automation of processes within laundries. Finding an efficient way to store linen was a challenge to be solved.

Inwatec’s linen stack storage meets the requirements to buffer cleaned linen after folding the textiles and before shipping them back to the customer. Time-consuming manual trolley handling can be replaced.


Check out the product details of the Stack Storage System.


The system consists of multiple conveyors that transport clean, stacked laundry items to the linen stack storage. The system handles about 225 stacks per hour. According to individual needs the input and output can be adjusted.

The stacks are automatically buffered and distributed on the integrated conveyors and shelves. The Stack Storage System offers a fully automatic storage and transportation of stacked laundry items. In total, it provides an easy and efficient management of clean, stacked laundry items.


Watch our Stack Storage System in action:


You would like to know more about our Stack Storage System? Contact us!

Two student interns support our project department

Mads Vestergaard Jensen, 23, and Anders Foldager Bay Jensen, 22, are our two new full-time interns from University of Southern Denmark in Odense (SDU). They are both in their sixth semester of their Bachelor studies and will work together on a big project at Inwatec for one semester.

Anders (left) and Mads (right) look forward to an exciting and challenging semester at Inwatec.

 

Anders – Student in Mechanical Engineering

Originally coming from Køge, a city close to Copenhagen, Anders Foldager Bay Jensen moved to Odense to study the Bachelor programme in Mechanical Engineering at SDU. In his spare time, Anders enjoys running and watching American Football.

“Here at Inwatec, I really enjoy the hands-on experience in the development process. I also like the approach that Inwatec is following: using standard components with specialized parts”, Anders describes. “Most interesting for my internship is first, the mechanical design of all the products which are produced at Inwatec and also the development of new products.”

 

Mads – Student in Integrated Design

Mads Vestergaard Jensen grew up in Brønderslev in the very north of Denmark, but moved to Odense two and a half years ago for his studies. He is taking his Bachelor of Engineering in Integrated Design at University of Southern Denmark in Odense and already gathered practical experience in a workshop where he assembled hydraulic machines for one year. However now at Inwatec, he will be focussing on the mechanical engineering field.

“I like working at Inwatec. It is very nice as everybody is friendly and also the task I am working on is interesting. Doing an internship during my studies is especially great, because I am allowed to try out new things and I am already looking forward to getting a lot of experience”, tells Mads.

Mads likes football, and loves to spend his free time on smaller building projects. So far, Mads restored two small mopeds of the model Puch Maxi, built his own clothes rack, made table legs, and more. However, his biggest passion is Lego Technic.

 

Strong cooperation

Both students found out about Inwatec at various job fairs on the Odense campus of University of Southern Denmark, and especially the PP-dag, which is a special fair for engineering students who are searching for internships and projects during their studies. We at Inwatec believe that innovative ideas should be brought to life – and therefore always look out for skilled people who are enthusiastic about witnessing smart inventions to be implemented in the real world.

The main project, Mads and Anders will be jointly working on during their internships, is to find a solution to combine the foundations of our mat rollers HURRICANE and TORNADO. The goal is to create an improved common foundation for our bigger mat roll machines. By that, we wish to simplify to the construction processes in future. We are already looking forward to the coming months and are curious about the solution Mads and Anders will develop.

 

Welcome to the team, Anders and Mads!


Are you a talented student looking for an internship or a project? Find our open positions here.

Team extension in the workshop: Meet Dannie

Dannie Riis is our newest team member and supports our workshop as an electrician. He is 44 years old and lives in a small town called Assens on the island of Funen with his wife Rikke.

Dannie finished his training as an industrial electrician in 1994. After being in the army for a couple of years, he worked for Maersk line and has been drilling for 15 years all around the world. Two years ago, the oil crisis forced him change to his job. Since then, he worked for an engineering company in Odense.

“In the end of January I got the opportunity to join Inwatec’s Laundrynerds as a electrician”, Dannie explains.

“So far, I love to work here. The way people are talking to each other is so different from what I am used to. Here, people talk nicely to each other, and if there is a suggestion, for example about changing the layout of the machine, people will actually listen to your suggestions.”

Looking forward to future installation jobs

Dannie is especially looking forward to expand his knowledge of Inwatec’s machines to be eventually able to get ‘outside’ on installation jobs around the world. Currently, he is working on two different project: One is about two HURRICANE mat rolling machines and on the other, Dannie works on a new prototype of our X-ray machine.

In his free time, Dannie cooks, reads a good book to relax, and twice a week, he dances line dance. He and his wife very much like garden work and they have two greenhouses in their garden where they grow everything from tomatoes to chili. They also have a passion for Switzerland and use every opportunity to either hike or ski there. Besides, Dannie builds remote control scale model ships and large scale petrol driven cars in the scale of 1:5. “Then, in sommer, we are playing with our ‘baby’, a Buick Wildcat from 1968, in short – 2 tons of American muscle with a 7 L V8 engine with apx 400+ hp.”

Welcome to the team, Dannie!


Would like to work at Inwatec as well? Find information about our open positions here.

New year and new Laundrynerds

We are welcoming Kasper, Mads Emil and Claus to Inwatec this year. We are glad to have the three of you in our team!

Whenever a new employee starts at Inwatec, we shortly introduce them in an article like this. However, two of the three newest Laundrynerds are pretty familiar faces to most of the team. Read all about it below:


Kasper Simonsen, 31 years old, is Inwatec’s new project manager and started mid of December 2017. We met him on different job fairs and he talked to CEO Mads and HR Manager Sophie about possible positions for him at Inwatec. Then, in his summer holidays 2017, he worked in the workshop for a couple of weeks and already learned about Inwatec’s machines and met most of the team.

Kasper worked as an electrician for seven years and then did his Bachelor in Technology Management and Marine Engineering (BtecMan & MarEng). On the 12th of January, he officially finished this full-time degree and was graded with a 12, the highest grade in the Danish system!

“I have done a lot of projects in my time as an electrician. I mainly installed intruder alarms and surveillance cameras, but the contact with the customer and the process from getting the order to install it at the customer is very similar to the process at Inwatec.”

Currently, Kasper is working on a great linen storage with over 2 kilometers of conveyors for a Norwegian laundry. “It has been great to start working here, first of all because of the nice people at Inwatec but also because I already knew a lot of the co-workers before a started at the office”, Kasper explains. He further describes what he finds most interesting so far: “I think the technical part of the machines is very fascinating. It has always been great fun for me to look into things and see how things works. Also the process where you follow a project from the beginning to the end is really cool.”

Kasper lives in Odense with his girlfriend and his two kids. In his free time, Kasper spends much time with his family and likes to visit the Zoo or Legoland. In addition, he likes to run and to ride his mountain bike. When there is time, he also does spearfishing.

“I am looking forward to doing bigger projects. I hope, the customers will be happy about the machines and then see that they need more machines from Inwatec.”


Mads Emil Nielsen is 21 years old and started as an employee at Inwatec in the beginning of January 2018. Mads Emil lives from a small town called Tommerup St and took his education at ‘Schmidt & Øhrnstedt El- installation’.

“During my apprenticeship, I was primarily working on new and renewed electrical installations in houses and offices. I took the school semesters at DJH, ‘Den Jyske Håndværkerskole’ and finished my education in December 2017.” Mads Emil passed his education with the highest possible result, a 12.

In February 2017, already during his education, Mads Emil started to help out at Inwatec’s workshop as an external electrician. Very soon, it was his wish to work in an industrial electric environment. After Mads Emil finished his apprenticeship, we were glad to offer him a full-time position at Inwatecs workshop.

“I am very happy to be at Inwatec. Especially, because there is so much development going on. I am already looking forward to exciting new projects.”

Since January 2018, Mads Emil is fully employed as an electrician at Inwatec. Currently, Mads Emil is working on a series of five Hurricanes mat rollers which will be shipped to the USA.

“It is very nice to be part of the full development process of the machines: We start by having the blueprints, then we build it, make our own electrical cabinet and place it inside the machine, test the machine and finally install it at the customer’s plant. It is great to be part of all those steps!”

In Mads Emil’s spare time, he is a scout leader and spends much time in the nature, preferably with his girlfriend and friends.


Claus Klit Munksgaard is 49 years old and lives with his wife Mette and their 3 children in Ryslinge, a small town on the island of Funen. In the beginning of January 2018, Claus started in the Inwatec workshop as an Electrician.

Claus did a professional education as an electronic technician and worked with electronics for 10 years. He gathered experiences at RISØ National Laboratory (DTU), especially on DR3, which is an atomic test reactor. Further, he worked with emergency power plants and power electronics before he started switching into the field of automation.

“I have always been very interested in computer technology and building machines from scratch. I like the possibilities and challenges when working with automation technology – everything has to function together if we want to start the machine”, Claus says.

Within automation, he has plenty of experiences building electrical panels, assembling and servicing machines and servicing CNC-machines and robots. All this experience makes Claus a perfect candidate to support our workshop team. Additionally, he has done much of the electric work for Inwatec already in his latest job and therefore knew much about Inwatec’s machines even before he joined our team in the beginning of 2018.

After work, Claus spends much of his time on his small farm, which he owns together with his wife and her parents. There, they breed organic rabbits, own geese, pigs and a few calves. In his spare time, Claus especially loves to spend time with his family and also their dog Oline. Oline is a 4-year-old Keeshond (Wolfspitz), with which the family is even attending exhibitions and this spring she will have puppies.


Are you currently searching for a challenging and fun job? Find our open positions here.

Inwatec and JENSEN-GROUP in global partnership

On January 1, 2018, JENSEN-GROUP, one of the world’s leading companies in the laundry industry, is acquiring 30% of the ownership of Inwatec ApS.

JENSEN-GROUP’s interest in Inwatec arises from JENSEN-GROUP’s wish to extend the range of automation solutions and artificial intelligence in the laundry industry. An area where Inwatec is playing a prominent role in the market.

With the motto “We Remove the Dirty Work”, Inwatec produces innovative solutions for heavy-duty laundries around the world, and the synergy effects of the new agreement with JENSEN-GROUP are making room for further upgrading of the activities at the Inwatec headquarters at Hvidkærvej 30 in Odense, Denmark.

More focus on innovation and development

“In three years we have grown from 4 to 30 employees, and the opportunity to benefit from JENSENS GROUPS large distribution and service network means we can now focus even more on the innovation and development of new products and less on the distribution,” says Inwatec CEO Mads Andresen.

“Inwatec is a development house, and the arrangement with the JENSEN-GROUP does not change the fact that the machines are being developed and built in Odense in close cooperation between our engineers, software specialists, electricians, and installers. We have unique access to the world’s best tech talents in Odense’s robotic environment, and that has enabled us to develop solutions that few in the industry even dreamt of a few years ago. And we just started.”

“With the technology at Inwatec, especially in robotics and AI, we expect that together with JENSEN we can develop some real blockbuster products for the future,“ Jesper Munch Jensen, Chief Executive Officer, JENSEN-GROUP adds.

Closer to the customers – all over the world

The JENSEN-GROUP was founded on Bornholm in 1937. Since then, the activities have spread to such an extent that the JENSEN-GROUP now has offices in 24 countries. In total, the international laundry company employs about 1,700 employees on a global scale.

The vast geographical spread, according to Inwatec CEO Mads Andresen, makes the partnership the perfect solution.

“When Inwatec was founded in 2009, we only had one rule: We were out of the office to visit customers and learn more about their needs and challenges. We have done that ever since, and there is no doubt that together we can support many more laundries with solutions that meet their needs because we get a closeness and presence to laundries worldwide,” notes Mads Andresen.

“For us, it is a great transaction. We can offer Inwatec an extensive distribution channel, and for us, it is a matter of how we can develop this industry to a much higher level and bring the industry into a new generation when it comes to automation,” says Jesper Munch Jensen, Chief Executive Officer, JENSEN-GROUP.

 

Laundrynerds in new partnership

About the JENSEN-GROUP

The JENSEN-GROUP assists heavy-duty laundries worldwide in providing quality textile services economically. We have become a preferred supplier in the laundry industry by leveraging our broad laundry expertise to design and supply sustainable single machines, systems and integrated solutions.

We are continuously growing by extending our offer and by developing environmentally friendly and innovative products and services that address specific customer needs.

Our success results from combining our global skills with our local presence. The JENSEN-GROUP has operations in 24 countries and has distribution in more than 40 countries. Worldwide, the JENSEN-GROUP employs about 1,700 employees.