MåtteXpressen: Investments were necessary to continue growth

Find the detailed interview and videos of the setup at MåtteXpressen at the end of this article.

CEO Benjamin Rasmussen

In the late autumn 2017, the Danish Mat Service-company MåtteXpressen in the town of Køge made a complete renewal of the production. The former equipment was changed with a brand-new and highly automated production line.

The reason for this move was simple: Big success from the sales department forced CEO Benjamin Rasmussen to take a close look at the machinery.

“After 14 years of constant growth, we reached a maximum for our production, so we had to think in new solutions. We were working 24 hours a day and four days a week, one day with two shifts and then we had weekend work. There was no way to continue our growth if we did not start thinking about solutions where we could make it more efficient and wash more in less time,” Benjamin Rasmussen tells of the thoughts he had before investing in his new setup.

Tripled production volume per hour

“When we washed with the old system, we had two employees on our laundry side at a time. They worked both with in-sorting, sorting and rolling the mats. They washed about 500-600 kilos per hour, today we also have two employees on the team, but they can handle 1500-1600 kilos per hour,” Benjamin Rasmussen explains.

“That means that we wash around three times as many kilos of mats with the same labour. In that way, instead of producing 24 hours a day, we can do it within eight hours. Because of that, we could save two-thirds of our staff on the laundry side.”

The new system includes an Inwatec setup with an Inlet Buffer and a Mat Carousel that buffers the mats on the dirty and the clean site respectively, and finally, MåtteXpressen has a Hurricane Mat Roller with a sorting system added for the finishing of the mats before they are placed in the storage.

The Inlet Buffer for Mat Laundry helps to sort mats by e.g. material, such as nylon and cotton. The buffer can store up to 16 wash batches of soiled mats of each 100 kg.

Fast amortization and new growth perspectives

In total, the entire process is now run by two persons at a time, and Benjamin Rasmussen is sure that the investment will make new growth possible and payback in a short time span.

“We have cautiously calculated that we have a payback time of eight years, but I'm sure it's a little faster. We have set the payback relative to the current turnover, and as we expect a growth of 4-5 percent a year, we will have faster payback time,” he reckons.

The savings are found in gas, electricity and water because of the shortened work day, and as savings on the crew.

“We have had to say goodbye to some of our laundry staff, which can, of course, be a challenge, but those still here are looking forward to the fact that they do not have as many wearying procedures anymore. I can’t see the effect yet, but I'm sure we do not need the same replacements in our staff as we have it less laborious work today," Benjamin Rasmussen tells.

Watch the full interview with MåtteXpressen's CEO Benjamin Rasmussen:

The complete setup at the mat laundry MåtteXpressen:

Introduction to the Inlet Buffer for Mat Laundry and its functions:

View product details on the various parts of MåtteXpressen's production line:

Inlet Buffer for Mat Laundry - Mat Carousel - Hurricane Mat Roller - Mat Sorting Conveyor - Mat Trolley

Our newest team member: Software Engineer Jacob

Meet Jacob Pørksen Buch, who joined our team on the 4th of December! The 29 year old will support us as a software developer and will mainly focus on the PLC of our machines.

Jacob has a strong educational background from University of Southern Denmark, as he did a Master’s in Robotics and started a PhD directly afterwards. Within his PhD, Jacob worked with industrial robots in a series of work-cases where he used robots like the Kuka iiwa and UR5 and simulated these systems. Already for his Bachelor’s project, Jacob developed a robotized tabletop game, for which he worked with similar elements like the ones we use for our machines: cameras, motors, and sensors.

In addition to Jacob’s education, he is a great fit for our team because of his passion about his field of work, which does not stop after working hours:

“In my free time, I do a lot of ‘nerding’ with small mechanical, programming and electrical projects.”

Jacob also likes to play board games and is always searching for new ones such as ‘7 Wonders’, ‘King of Tokyo’, and ‘Smash Up’. He started kitesurfing as a sporting balancing, and further trains boxing and Crossfit on an almost daily basis. This summer, Jacob walked the first 500 kilometer of the Camino de Santiago and afterwards went to Thailand for a month.

We met Jacob at a job fair in Odense this fall and directly recognized Jacob’s fit for our open position in PLC programming. After he came by the office for an interview and the other Laundrynerds met him, we made our decision pretty quick – Jacob started his job already a week after his interview.

During his fist days, Jacob was helping to assemble an RFID-module in the workshop, on whose programming he will also be working in the next weeks.

“I love working here so far. All people are so nice, talkative and very helpful. I very much looking forward to getting my computer so I can also start programming the machinery.”

We are looking forward to working with you, Jacob. Welcome!

You are just as passionate about your field of work as Jacob? Apply here for our open positions

New Laundrynerds: Our workshop-team is growing

In the past months, our machine portfolio was growing and so is our book of commissions. Therefore, we were searching for more helping hands in the workshop to build and assemble our machines – and recently employed Patrick and Hilmer at Inwatec.

Patrick Norgren Nielsen

Patrick Norgren Nielsen is 26 years old, lives in Odense, and started at Inwatec on November 16. He is working on the mechanical and electrical parts of our machines, currently especially on our Vortex mat rollers. Before, he has been working with bigger automation machines and robots such as depalletizers at Jorgensen Engineering.

“The machines here at Inwatec are much smaller but the work is pretty much similar”, explains Patrick.

Patrick gained diversified experiences in the engineering and robotics industry: He graduated as a ship technician in 2011 at Lindø, port of Odense, and afterwards took all courses for the Marine Engineer education. During these studies, Patrick worked at Odico Formwork Robotics, who deal with robots for construction sites. After finishing his studies, he worked at Jorgensen Engineering and then recently changed to Inwatec after applying to our job ad he found on Odense Robotic’s job platform.

“The best part of working here is to be part of building the machine from scratch. Then, we see the machine in action and also get the opportunity to work outside the country to set up the machines for the customers.”

In his spare time, Patrick is playing handball and likes to do underwater hunting with a speargun.

Hilmer Storm lives in Thorø Huse, a small old fishing village in the town of Assens, and is employed as a technician in our workshop since the beginning of November.

Just before Hilmer started at Inwatec, he terminated his job as a harbor leader in Assens Marina. He has a broad ranging working background, as, before he was a harbor leader, he is trained as mechanic, process engineer, and IT administrator. He has also been working with process plants in the recycling industry.

Hilmer explains: “I do not have direct experience in the field I am working with now! But I have experiences that can be reliably related to this. Working experiences, that I think are in good line with the job at Inwatec.”

Currently, Hilmer is working on Vortex-projects together with Patrick.

“After four weeks at Inwatec, I have no doubt: The job here has been a very good choice for me. The content of the job is nice, great colleagues and good working conditions. The working hours also fit perfectly to my hobbies. It could just not be any better!”

Hilmer has a great passion for Ultra Trail Running, runs that are longer than 100 kilometer and in terrain with mountains and forests. His latest race was the Transalpine-Run from 3rd to 9th of September 2017, which started in Germany, went through Austria and Switzerland, and finished in Italy. The race was 288 kilometers long and during these, Hilmer passed 16,870 meters in altitude. In August 2016, Hilmer started the project ‘2019 MAX’ in collaboration with Klinikken Munkebo. His goal is to qualify and run two to three World Tour Races in 2018-19: “I’m an experimental type and I wanted to figure out what a body, born in 1958, could achieve.” In the past, he has also been cycling on an elite level and therefore, he still practices cycling training as a supplement to his running training.

Hilmer has previously lived in Italy and still has a residence there, on an old farm, which is a good sanctuary for him and even better: his fitness training ground is right outside the door.

Welcome to the team, Hilmer and Patrick!

We have a great support with Patrick and Hilmer, but Inwatec keeps on growing! Could you be our next team extension? Apply here

Separates more than 1,500 garments per hour: Inwatec’s Robot Separator

Inwatec’s Robot Separator has been under development since mid of 2015. In June 2015, we started with the idea of creating a robot that automatically separates garment to load it into our X-ray and sorting systems individually. While developing the robot over the past years, we especially had to overcome issues such as the relatively low speed of traditional robot arms and determining the best gripping points of modifiable objects like garments.

End of March 2017, we finally delivered the first Robot Separator to a Norwegian laundry. This first project was a development project, which we performed together. The robot can handle all kinds of garments such as white wear, linen, mops, rags, and more.

Find out more about the past development and watch videos of the different stages on our small Progress Blog of our Robot Separator.

Even though we already presented a fully functioning machine, we did not stop working and improving on the speed, accuracy, and therefore efficiency of our Robot Separator. Over the past months, we have made several additional tests, adjustments, and changes to be now presenting a smooth working, fast, and precise Robot Separator for laundries. Our own delta robot system, together with 3D-cameras detecting the garment and determine the best picking-points for the textiles, now make it possible to deliver about 1500 separated pieces an hour. This throughput is comparable to most human operators and fits nicely into the flow of many setups.

We recently installed our second robot in Switzerland and are currently building number three and four.

Check out the product details of the Robot Separator.

“I think we’ve made a good progress but we are still aiming for a higher throughput. It’s a long process to develop such a system from scratch but we are confident that now we have a system that really does the job,” explains Martin, one of the responsible software engineers for the development of the Robot Separator.

What does Inwatec’s Robot Separator do, which challenges did we overcome in the developing process and how can the robot contribute to your business? Martin answers these questions and more in this video:

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.

Read the English translation (Automatic on-page translation by Google)

Learn how to subscribe to the journal WRP. Read more interviews of the month.

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.