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

Mat laundry Leko Matter continues to focus on automation

The Norwegian company Leko Matter, based in Oslo, decided to automate its mat laundry as much as possible in 2015. The result is a production where one employee alone handles 3.6 tons of mats each day. The mats are washed, rolled and sorted for about 3,000 customers.

“In the past, our drivers helped for more or less one hour to roll the mats. Luckily there’s no need for this anymore. The truck drivers deliver the dirty mats directly on a conveyor belt. Hence everything proceeds automatically from the washing and drying until the rolling of mats on our Inwatec Hurricane machine,” says Bjørn Leine, son of Leko Matters founder Bergtor Leine, and thus the second generation in the family business, founded in 1989.

Bjørn Leine has not doubt that the automation has been a success for Leko Matter, and for the same reason, the company is now thinking about further expansion of the system. “Our system can sort by six criteria, but we are in dialogue with Inwatec to invest in an additional sorting module so we can sort the mats into nine carts at a time,” says Bjørn Leine about the solution he and his colleagues have done in collaboration with Inwatec.

“The alternative had been to employ more people to keep up with the growth. Instead, we are saving a full-time job now, and I assess that the investment has paid back within two years,” Bjørn Leine continues.

Innovative partnership

“The projects we have with Leko Matter over the years gave us a lot of beneficial knowledge of the mat handling business and our company’s relationship has been a success from the very beginning”, Claes Stanley, Chief Technology Officer at Inwatec explains. “Leko Matter came to us with some specific requests”, says Claes Stanley. “Together we developed a modular sorting system that fits into their setup, and at the same time allows their business to grow even bigger.”

Emphasis on efficiency

“Leko Matter had a keen eye for the efficiency from the very beginning, and we are happy, that we have been able to meet their requests with our machines. Their setup is almost entirely automated. Only one person is needed to place the mats at the Hurricane Matroller. This process also allows to include a quality control of the washed mats,” Claes Stanley adds.

Where the original setup at Leko Matter allowed the Norwegian company to sort in six criteria, there is no upper limit on the number of how many sorting modules can be added. In the same way, it is possible to add RFID-scanner and a mat binding system to the mat rolling machine. “Today we have customers with similar setups all over Europe, in the United States and Canada. For Inwatec the partnership with Leko Matter proved that the value of understanding the customer is essential to ensure mutual success,” Claes Stanley states.


Find out more about our Hurricane Mat Rolling Machine and the Mat Sorting Conveyor on their detailed product pages.

No more handling of filthy mats at innovative German laundry


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 in this video. Get more details about the automatic mat unloader here.

Simple and efficient machines on the roll in Canada

Canadian Linen-2

When Inwatec in the summer of 2015 had its first mat rolling machine installed in a branch of the uniform rental and linen supply company Canadian Linen it happened because of a failure of existing material. Since then plenty has followed.

“We had an American model that broke and as the company had stopped we could not get the spare parts any longer,” says Corporate Mechanical Tech Andrew Taylor, who runs his part of the business from Halifax on the east coast of Canada.

He was not part of the team who saw the first Tornado in action, but after seeing a YouTube-video he had a boss and another co-worker from the United States go and see one in action, and when they liked what they saw, the decision was made:

“None of the other models we saw could handle the same, and then we ordered one from Inwatec. We have not been disappointed. Both that machine and the others have actually done better than we expected.”

Canadian Linen-1From zero to 6 in a year
Since then 3 Tornado and 3 Hurricane mat rollers have been shipped from Denmark to Canada and the stream could very well keep on going.

“When I saw it I just thought: Why did I not think of that. There are no belts to replace, the brushes do the work, and they don’t seem to wear out,” tells Andrew Taylor, who is pleased with the simplicity of the Inwatec mat rollers.

“I had a short introduction myself, and I was able to get one of the machines started up without help. It was super simple, and later we have had mat rollers installed in Regina and Calgary on our own.”

No need for spare parts yet
Inwatec only uses standard components and thus, would be repairable without having to wait for spare parts from Denmark, and Andrew Taylor knows that, but for Canadian Linen that wasn’t the main issue.

“I consider it a nice bonus but in fact, we bought the mat roller because of the functionality. And until now we haven’t had anything breaking down, but we know that we should be able to change broken parts.”

“I do not work in the production line, and I don’t see the machines in function on a daily basis, but I would most certainly hear from my branches if anything went wrong, and I very rarely do.”

Massive production without halt
The volume on the different laundries of Canadian Linen is varying from 1.500 mats a day into 7.000 mats a day, but no matter of the load, the Inwatec mat rollers have done their job until now, according to Andrew Taylor:
In fact, the company has plans of changing more of the old material with new models from Inwatec – both because of the efficiency but also to keep old mat rollers running as long as possible.

“In one of our branches, we have three old mat masters running, and I have been thinking of taking one out and use it as spare parts and replace it with an Inwatec-machine,” Andrew Taylor explains.


Facts about Canadian Linen

As a part of AmeriPrideCanadian Linen is one of the largest uniform rental and linen supply companies in North America with branches in both Canada and United States. From Fort McMurray in the north of Canada to in the south of Texas, US, and from Victoria in the west to Mount Pearl in the far east of Canada.

New video about process of handling mats at Schäfer Matten

Watch the new video about the complete process of handling mats (washing, rolling and storing) at the laundry Schäfer Matten in Germany.

Read what our customer thinks about our installed Storage System: “The Inwatec Storage System works very well. Before installing the machine, we had a huge logistical problem due to the high amount of different kind of mats. Now the problem is solved – it is possible to load and unlaod the mats at the same point which also shortens the workpath for our employees. The error rate is minimized – thanks to the RFID technology we are now always able to find the correct mat. Another benefit for us is that the Inwatec Storage System is easy to use for all our employees. We are very happy with the machine.” (Martin Schäfer, Manager of Matten Schäfer)

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