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.

Vortex Mat Roller, now Patent Pending

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

Read more about Inwatec Vortex Mat Roller right here

Inwatec Mat Rollers

Our Mat Rolling Machines Hurricane, Vortex, and Tornado provide you a wide range of possibilities to roll your mats fast and efficient. All machines are easy and quick to install and to start. No complicated introduction is needed! By adjusting our different Buffer Conveyors and Binding Units, each Mat Rolling Machine can be constructed according to your requirements. 

The Hurricane Rolling Machine represents the standard of the Mat Roller Machines. Thanks to the patented coning function the mats are rolled straight and tight up to 450 mats per hour. This machine also allows adjusting the height and fold-up the table for ensuring a comfortable and healthy work condition. The Hurricane is 2,4m x 2,3m - 7,9’ x 7,7’ when the table is folded up. From the economic point of view, it is a good acquisition with its amortization time of 1-2 years. 
 
The Vortex Mat Rolling Machine is with a roll-over function equipped which holds mats in the machine until the next mat is ready to be rolled. Worried about the space - No need! The machine is designed to be placed even in a corner with just 2,30m x 1,10 - 7,5' x 3,6'. The Vortex offers you an efficient possibility to role 250 mats per hours. 
 
The Tornado Mat Rolling Machine is the perfect solution for smaller laundries with its footprint of only 2,1m x 2,5m - 6,9’ x 5’. Equipped with a fold-up table and an electrical height adjustable inlet and outlet more space and a comfortable working area can be ensured. According to you wishes, an automated sorting system can be added to upgrade the Tornado with its performance of 350 mats per hour. Nonetheless, you can tight the rolling performance electronically from 3-8 cm. 
 
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How to connect the SiteManager – Tutorial

How to connect the SiteManager

  1. Locate the Secomea SiteManager inside the power cab
  2. Make sure the device is powered on (green LED)
  3. Make sure DEV1 is connected to the touch panel (PLC)
  4. Connect a Ethernet cable with Internet connection to UPLINK1
  5. When ‘STATUS’ is Solid Green the device is online
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Good remote-support is an important part of the full package


German DBL Staufer has its headquarters more than 1000 kilometres from Odense in Denmark where Inwatec is based. But the thought of a long distance relationship was no problem to the German laundry group when ordering a mat roller – as long as the support part was in place.

“It would have been an issue for us if the machines halts while we are waiting for a person physically to come from Denmark to Germany to fix the problems, but the way the remote-support works, we do not need to worry,” controller Mattias Schöll tells.

“We have used the remote-support a couple of times, and there is no doubt that it eases the troubleshooting.  When a problem arises, we can show it online with pictures, Skype, Facetime or the like. It only requires that it is the right persons that are connected,” Matthias Schöll explains.

“Our interface on the ERP-system initially did not work as it was supposed to do when connected to the mat roller, but we had the problem solved in collaboration between the Inwatec supporter and our IT-department. We also had a printing device added on the mat roller that did not function properly, but that was handled well on the remote-support as well,” says Matthias Schöll.

As a huge player in the German laundry business, DBL Staufer gets lots of attention from most of its machine suppliers, and Mattias Schöll admits that DBL Staufer also expects special treatment on the support.

“Most of our suppliers offer a combination of remote-support an on-site-support. I think that it is a natural www.carolin-tietz.depart of the service solutions nowadays. One of our very big suppliers has a hotline for the DBL-group alone. Then there is always one number that responds when needed. We do not demand that set-up from our smaller suppliers, but the more, the better,” he adds.

Matthias Schöll, who is the son of DBL Staufer owner Ulrich Schöll in the family run business, stresses that while good support is a huge part of the deal, it is not the most important part.

“We are considering to invest in a mat roller-sorting system from Inwatec, and the support solution needs to be good – but the essential thing is that price and quality of the product fulfil our needs,” he ends.

Technology betters the well-being of the workforce

The Norwegian laundry company Solvask in Drammen have had an Inwatec mat rolling machine for four years and at the recent TexCare fair in Frankfurt, managing director Espen Aaby paid the Inwatec booth a visit to tell about his thoughts for investing in a newer model.

“For us, at Solvask it is all about working efficiency and the well-being of our employees, and in that regard, the old machine has been a great success. I think that both the mat roller and the cooperation with Inwatec works perfectly, why we are considering to a new setup in Drammen,” Espen Aaby told us.2012_Texcare_018

“We haven’t done any calculations, but I’m sure that we have had fewer days with sick leaves in the laundry. Now we also think about a new model because of an increase in efficiency, and then we are planning to make some adjustments to the placement to lower the workload even more for the employees,” says Espen Aaby.

The Norwegian laundry company had a hesitant beginning with the mat roller bought after TexCare in 2012, but things changed quickly, and now Espen Aaby has no problems if he wants to convince his employees of making an upgrade.

“It always takes some time to implement new technology, regardless of how well they work. When we bought our rolling machine, we had four weeks, during which none of the employees would touch it – they would rather roll with the hands, which they used to. Now there is a crisis if the mat roller goes briefly to a halt, and my employees have largely embraced it,” Espen Aaby tells with a wry smile.

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.

Automation without RFID

At Inwatec, this year has begun with emphatic pace. Orders are being placed in a healthy tempo, and we are working on exciting projects.

One of the lastest projects that has been shipped is a mat rolling machine with sorting function (6 to 8 categories) which went to Norway:

 

View from the side with integrable conveyors 

 

With hopes of a great year to come, we wish you all the best!

Invitation to Inwatec Exhibition at Schäfer Matten in September

Come and join us at our exhibition to visit one of the most automated and modern industrial laundries with a cycle of one ton of mats per hour, to see our innovative machines in action and to talk face-to-face to our team about our products and your laundry. 

 

When: 24 – 26th September 2013, 10:00 to 15:00 

Where: Laundry Schäfer Matten GmbH & Co. KG, Industriestraße 22, 82194 Gröbenzell, Germany

Just write us an email mail@inwatec.dk