Programming Internship at Inwatec

Three weeks ago Mikkel Pavia Hansen joined us for a three months internship within his ‘automationsteknolog’ studies at UCL Odense. As an automation technician, Mikkel is about to become an expert in automating processes through programming and robotics. Therefore we are pleased Mikkel has decided for us to gain first practical experiences in software programming for Inwatec machines.

Mikkel is 29 years old and was born and raised in Odense. After finishing his HTX education he worked as a bartender and waiter in different places in Odense for more than five years before he started having issues with his knee. Affected by this he switched to a completely new field and started working at DD2 – the Danish Center for Strategic Research in Type 2 Diabetes – as an assistant for three months. When he then started his studies as an Automation Technician at UCL he continued his work at DD2 as a student worker. He was involved in everything imaginable from collecting record data, to updates of databases to the accommodation of new data as well as its extraction from various documents. 

As one of his classmates has heard about Mikkel’s passion for programming he mentioned Inwatec as a possibly interesting company for the compulsory three months internship and that is how Mikkel’s attention was brought to our open positions. Three months in he is in the process of implementing an inverter control function from one project to another next to setting up a Raspberry Pi to scan barcodes via a USB-connected camera. Throughout his tasks, he is closely working together with our software engineer Tudor.

“I think it’s really interesting that there’s so much different programming required. I really look forward to the next few months working here, putting all the knowledge to use, learning a lot of new things as well and seeing what it’s like to work in this field.”

In his spare time, Mikkel enjoys playing badminton with his girlfriend twice a week and tries to improve his electronic tinkering skills on smaller projects. Since his late teenage years, he loves cooking and currently has a thing for ramen which is why a lot of his spare time consists of watching videos on how to make the different parts of ramen in order to cook it to perfection. 

We are happy to have you here, welcome Mikkel!


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Robots greatly improve laundry sustainability

After generations of focusing on optimizing earnings laundries have focused more on the overall sustainability of their production over the past few years. Today, the well-being of the employees and concern for the environment are oftentimes entirely in line with the desire for better earnings.

The ODIN X-ray automatically scans every garment for foreign objects like pens, scissors, lipsticks, or similar.

This development is also being observed by Inwatec. CEO Mads Andresen in the past 10 years has visited laundries of all types around the world to identify their concerns and challenges.

“The laundries have always been interested in how robots, automation solutions, and artificial intelligence can improve efficiency and thereby the economy. But the trend of thinking sustainably is seriously reflected now. Today, the focus is also on creating good conditions for the employees and on protecting the environment,” says Mads Andresen.

Fewer washes save resources and reduce the impact on the environment
While robots are ideal for performing for the many unilateral movements and the heavy, dirty work in the sorting, technology can also help the laundries to avoid fault washing due to incorrect sorting or hidden foreign elements in the pockets of the garments.

Ink stains like these are prevented by using the ODIN X-ray system

That argument weighed heavily at Victor Vask in Denmark, where CEO Kenn Ivan Kjellberg has invested in an X-ray solution to avoid damaged garments.

“Our investment is primarily done for economic and labor law reasons. But there is also an environmental aspect to it as the X-ray machine can save us from throwing out 100 kilos of damaged clothing when we avoid pens in the machines. And that part is equally important to us,” Kenn Ivan Kjellberg emphasizes.

The same conclusion has been reached in Norway, where the dominant laundry player, Nor Tekstil, has focused on X-ray detection to ensure sustainability.

“Besides the obvious fact that we can free several employees from doing the hard work, there is the environmental component. The textiles are significantly more durable when we reduce the number of error washes. The production of cotton has a large economic impact; therefore, it is essential that we can use the clothes until they are worn out instead of replacing 80 kg because of an overlooked pen in a pocket,” says Ove Belsvik, director at Nor Tekstil.

The use of technology increases the quality of sorting
While the X-ray solution help removing unwanted items before the washing machine, automatic sorting with RFID scanners ensures that the individual piece of garment is washed correctly.

This solution is used at ALSCO Padova, where customers demand that the clothing be tracked through the process. This way, ALSCO can handle and sort 20,000 pieces of clothing daily in many different washing programs without the risk of operator error.

Automatic sorting enables a higher number of sorting categories with fewer errors.

“We sort in the clothes in a system with 24 silos, and currently we run with 14 different programs for colored clothes and six various washing programs for white garments. With our new setup, where the clothes are automatically sorted with RFID chips, we ensure that the clothes get the right treatment required by the specific customer,” Production Manager Marco De Grandis explains.

At Fornet in Nantong, the desire was the same as at ALSCO, and here the machines also deal with different types of clothing.

“A fascinating challenge when we have to handle so many different types of clothes. We have over 30,000 different garments in the database, and we have mapped them with different sorting logic, so we have separate items for dry cleaning and get the right colors and textile types in the right washing machines,” explains Lei Pai, Manager at Fornet.

Faster approach to new technologies
The increased focus on sustainability has also made it easier for businesses to embrace technology in production plans. Several laundry organizations have introduced new technology in stages to get started quickly and to test the hypotheses in practice.

A THOR robot separator can be added as an extension to a stand-alone ODIN X-ray scanner at any time to fully automate soiled handling.

“Our solutions are modular, meaning that the laundries can begin with a stand-alone X-ray machine, and then add sorting, upscale with multiple lines or anything that is needed. The laundries can act quickly, and it fits well with the market today”, says Mads Andresen, who is attracting interest in Inwatec solutions all over the world.

“The industry has traditionally been quite reluctant to apply new technology, but today we feel that there is a great desire to act. There are global challenges in finding labor, the environmental problems are apparent to all of us, and finally, of course, companies like to make money. That equation is difficult to solve without automation,” concludes the Inwatec founder.


Read more about how automation optimized processes and improved the laundry’s environmental impact at:

New decade, new employees!

The new decade will hopefully bring us many new employees. We already started successfully with Erik Stougaard Andersen who joined us on the 6th of January. He adds on more manpower to our technician team in the workshop and we are happy to have welcomed him as the first new employee in 2020. 

Erik is 29 years old, was born in Copenhagen and then raised in Midtfyn. For three years he lived in Odense before he just recently moved back to Midtfyn to live in a multigenerational house together with his wife and parents.
During his time in Odense, he became part of the maker space project called “The O’Town Garage” that started in summer 2019. The O’Town Garage describes itself as a community of passionate, talented and self-driven members that are committed to learn and to teach one another, to expand their horizons of knowledge in tech and art and bridge the gap between ideas and tools to make them real. With a new job, home and a baby to come, Erik has a lot on his plate, but he still contributes time and engagement as an active member, because he genuinely enjoys spending time there. When you ask him about some of the projects he has worked on at “The O’Town Garage” he passionately tells you about the CNC machine they created from discarded motors and old pallets. “The old motors were actually donated by Inwatec”, he proudly adds. 

With his engineering background, Erik has worked as a maritime engineer at Maersk Line, assembled windmill components at Næsby Maskinfabrik and then temporarily maintained boilers at Chr. Møller A/S in Nyborg while he was also trying to start his own business with a slow horse feeding machine.
Two of his fellow O’Town Garage members are Inwatec’s software engineers Alex and Tudor and so one thing led to another and Erik decided to apply after he heard a lot of positive stories. As his temporary contract was about the end the opportunity came at the right time.
What he enjoys most is to work with his hands and head at the same time. When asked about his expectations for the new position he says: 

“At first I want to learn as much as possible from the people around me. Hopefully, I will be able to give input as soon as possible and help with fixing underlying mechanical issues. Also, perhaps soon I can help with the development and improvement of existing machines.”

We are glad to have you on the team, Erik!


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Invitation: Open House & Friday Bar – Robotics Company of the Year Celebration

We are inviting to our Open House & Friday Bar Event on January 24th, 2020 from 13:00 to 15:00 at Hvidkærvej 30 in 5250 Odense SV!

Being named “Robotics Company of the Year 2019” by the Odense Robotics CEO network is truly a cause for celebration and we would love all who are interested to join us. The #Laundrynerds are already looking forward to showing our newly built workshop, demonstrating our laundry robotics, and enjoying a cold drink with our guests at our bar.

Let us know if you will be there via our Facebook event.

Read more about the Robotics Company Award

Alsco Padova’s customers ask for traceability – RFID sorting provides it

Different garments require various treatments, and because of that, Alsco Padova has increased focus on traceability in their laundry. To overcome the most significant hurdles, Alsco has invested in more technology.

With the ODIN X-ray scanner, every garment is automatically checked for foreign objects that could destroy machinery or laundry loads.

Alsco, in Padova, Italy, has customers from many different industries, such as food, automotive, and pharmaceutical companies. Common to all of them is that they demand high efficiency and traceability.

That's why the management at Alsco was very interested when they heard how technology could solve the challenges using X-ray, RFID reader, and automatic sorting says Tech Manager Assistant, Alsco Padova, Mario de Cristofaro.

"Our customers ask for better efficiency in the division of their clothes and traceability of washing procedures. And this is now possible with the system from Inwatec," Mario de Cristofaro explains.

The BIFRÖST.Bin silo modules store all sorted laundry batches until the desired volume is reached.

Alsco traces every single piece of clothing from it arrives at the factory until it is delivered to the customer again. According to Production Manager Marco De Grandis, the new technology has given Alsco better opportunity to provide customers with the best possible service, due to the release of human resources for other tasks.

"Our biggest challenge has been foreign elements in the pockets. Especially earplugs, lighters, screws, bolts, and much more. With our x-ray machine, we find most of it, and the number of employees was almost halved on the soiled side sorting," says Marco De Grandis.

In addition to finding foreign elements, the new equipment ensures that all garments are washed according to the exact instructions.

"We sort in the clothes in a system with 24 silos, and currently we run with 14 different programs for colored clothes and six different washing programs for white garments. With our new setup, where the clothes are automatically sorted with RFID chips, we ensure that the clothes get the right treatment required by the specific customer," Marco De Grandis explains.

According to Marco De Grandis, 20,000 pieces of clothing are processed per day at the Padova laundry. Still, the plans for the future are higher, which is why the company is working on expanded use of automation solutions:

"As it is right now, our bags are emptied manually, and the clothes are separated manually. But we are working to optimize the system so the bags will be automatically emptied onto a conveyor belt from where it is processed mechanically. We will always need employees, but we hope that we can move most of them from the soiled side sorting to other positions in the laundry," Marco De Grandis says.

About Alsco Padova

  • Alsco (American Linen Supply Company) currently serves 355,000 customers at more than 180 locations worldwide
  • In Italy, Alsco is present with 12 operating offices, including 7 production sites, reaching over 5,000 customers per week

Access more information about Inwatec's soiled sorting solutions here.

Inwatec honored with Robotics award

Tuesday, December 12, Inwatec was honored with the award as ‘2019 Robotics Company of the Year’ from Odense Robotics cluster.

Inwatec was one of six finalists together with Blue Ocean Robotics, KOBOTS, Lorenz Technology, Mobile Industrial Robots, and Robot Nordic. Given the strong field, it was a very proud CEO of Inwatec, Mads Andresen, who went on stage to receive the price:

“I’m delighted to accept the award on behalf of the entire company. I am enormously proud to have been picked as the winner from such an outstanding group of finalists. At Inwatec, we strive to nurture talent, particularly students and recent graduates, as part of our ongoing growth journey. It’s hugely rewarding to support young people’s development and learn from their ideas. It is a real honor for all of us at the company to have our efforts recognized by companies in the Odense Robotics cluster,” Mads Andresen said from the stage.

The award is sponsored by Nykredit Bank. Lars Holm, Centre Director for Nykredit Bank in Odense, said:

“Robotics and automation companies in Odense bring growth to the region and create value for a range of industries worldwide. We are proud to sponsor the ‘Robotics Company of the Year’ award and celebrate the extraordinary contribution that Odense Robotics cluster companies make to our business community and our society.”

Read more on the Odense Robotics website in English

Read more in the Danish newspaper Fyens Stiftstidende

Introducing our steel enthusiast Christian

At the end of November, another young Laudrynerd joined our workshop team. Christian Birch is 19 years old and will stay with us for at least a year during his so-called EGU education, mainly helping with the assemblage of all our machines. He has a fascinating passion for steel and everything that can be created and build with it.
Christian grew up and still lives in Torø, a small town outside of Assens, Fyn with his family that includes two dogs. 

After school, he visited efterskolen, where he learned all about hunting and fishing in the first year followed by the very different field of blacksmithing in the second year. While he still likes to go out on fishing trips with his father, the second year of efterskolen had an important impact on his interests as it ignited his enthusiasm for steel.
At the age of 18, he continued learning even more about it while gaining knowledge in welding at a production school. As this path of education is very focused on practical skills he could directly start learning by doing. Amongst other products ordered by customers he helped building furniture, e.g. shelves, made from steel and wood at the company he worked for at that time. During the time at production school, he got in contact with the wife of our Laundrynerd Hilmer, who is working there, and thereby got introduced to Inwatec. As Christian knew that his biggest interest lies in metalwork a trial internship at Inwatec seemed to be a good choice. Although his work at Inwatec mainly consists of an assemblage of various pieces and is therefore different from working with raw steel, Christian enjoys it very much. “For me, it is like building with LEGO but in real life and I enjoy it a lot,” he says.

We are happy about having Christian with us and are glad that he enjoys being surrounded by us Laundrynerds so much:
“I am really happy to be here and I like the atmosphere at Inwatec. I can always find someone to ask questions and everyone is really helpful.”

In his spare time, Christian combines his interests in steel and the production of different products. He creates small knives that can be used for hunting activities as well as small bags for different items such as drinking cans and knives. Therefore he also needs to know how to work with leather and wood. When he is not in the garage working on new items he enjoys hunting trips with his father and is saving up for diving gear. Since he got his dive license, he is dreaming of going diving again.

Welcome to the team Christian, we are glad to have you!


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Meet Inwatec on the virtual battlefield

In addition to designing and building advanced machines for the laundry industry, some of Inwatec’s employees also showcase their capabilities in front of the screens in “FirmaCS”, a Danish national tournament in the computer game CounterStrike, or CS:GO.

Inwatec is represented with the teams “Inwatec LaundryNerds” and “Inwatec MatNerds”, and including the reserves, we have 12 men armed with mouse and keyboard.

The cheering audience after the Inwatec Laundrynerds Team defeated their opponents

In the current edition of the tournament, the LaundryNerds have qualified for the playoffs while the MatNerds have had quite a few fatalities in the tournament so far.

“There is a massive difference in the abilities of the two teams, but not in how much fun we have out of it. You can watch the matches online, and there is a lot here that does. And then we talk about the most obvious mistakes in the canteen the next day”, says Bandit, who goes by the name Jesper Lolk daily, and is also an electrician at Inwatec.

The interest in the two teams matches in the tournament culminated with a social event at Inwatec. Here, computers were set up so that everyone could test their own skills against their colleagues.

After food and play, a match was shown on the big screen – with a qualified commentator who could explain the strategies and explain the game situations.


If your company has a CounterStrike team, we are always ready to meet you online for a friendly game – just contact jlo@inwatec.dk.

Inwatec’s automated mat sorting improves production stability

Two mat rollers with additional sorting and a big “sombrero” from Inwatec has helped Berendsen Finland while they have tripled their mat production capacity. So tells Kim Nordberg, who as Country Director at Berendsen Textile Service OY, who is in charge of the 60 people working at the facility in Tuusula, half an hour’s drive from the Finnish capital, Helsinki.

“Inwatec was our natural choice when selecting the supplier for the new mat line set up, due to former experience with them,” Kim Nordberg says.

The solution included a new HURRICANE mat roller, and a CYCLONE – Mat Carousel (they call it “The sombrero” in Tuusula). The new machines were placed side by side with the existing TORNADO Mat Roller.

Kim Nordberg explains: “Before, we had five persons working with the mat handling in two shifts. Today we have seven people, but we are only working in one shift, and we still managed to triple our production capacity!”

At the Tuusula plant, two persons are unloading the clean mats on the Inwatec Mat Carousel. The carousel serves as a buffer for the four persons responsible for rolling the mats and unloading the tables of rolled mats. Finally, two employees pack the mats, so they are ready for the routes.

“We used to run the production from 5:00 to 23:00, and now we are doing everything before 15:00 or 16:00 in the afternoon. We have a better working environment for the employees, and it’s better for the company as we are less vulnerable, having two CBW’s up and running. If we have break-downs, it’s easier to catch up the same day as we do have more free hours,” Kim Nordberg explains.

As in other parts of the laundry world, new employees are hard to find – and to keep – in Finland. And also, for that reason, Kim Nordberg is always keen on improving his plant.

“65 percent of our staff at Berendsen Finland have been working here for five years or more. But we always want to improve. We are always open to new solutions where we can improve productivity and employee satisfaction. If we are offered machines that help us in that regard, I’m all ears,” Kim Nordberg underlines.


Learn more about our newest mat roller TYPHOON and the automatic sorting. Do you have any questions? Please contact us here.

New Software Developer

We have been looking for a new software developer for a few weeks and have finally found Alex Holberg who, just after finishing his Bachelor of Software Engineering, dedicated himself to the laundry world and can now call himself another #laundrynerd. Which fits the way he describes himself: 

“I enjoy a variety of things. I share many hobbies with the stereotypical introverted nerd, most notably, gaming, D&D (Dungeon and Dragons), and science. I enjoy a good documentary and trying to learn new things, whether it be in the field of electronics and software, chemistry or even biology.“

Alex only recently turned 23 and comes from a small village close to Kolding, Askov, but lives in Odense now. The Praktik- og Projektdag at SDU allowed us to get in touch with Alex and after the interesting conversation we had, we were pleased to receive his application. 

Alex started off mid-September and is looking forward to creating software that serves a purpose other than only being discussed in the context of an exam at university. Coming from the software language Java Alex has to get used to the software language we use, but as he says the techniques are the same. The only difference is a new way of telling the computer what to do. His main tasks will be designing and programming software for our machines. Currently, he is working on a new interface aiming to optimize planning processes in the laundry of one of our customers. 

“I enjoy a good challenge and learning new things, which is exactly what I’m doing at the moment. I get to solve complicated problems and learn a new programming language at the same time”

Alex is a very passionate colleague with a lot of ideas in his head that he keeps in an unstructured list but doesn’t mind sharing. He warns not to be too curious though unless there is time for an exhaustive discussion about the project execution because that’s what the conversation will probably turn into.

We are delighted to have another fresh mind amongst us and cannot wait for everything that he will come up with to develop and improve our customer’s laundry processes. Welcome to the team, Alex!


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