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.

Automatic Mat Unloader Tutorial

  1. A trolley with mats is placed inside the machine
  2. Switch the machine on
  3. The unloading process runs automatically
  4. The mats get pulled out of the trolley
  5. And are unloaded until a wash-batch is full
  6. The empty trolley is removed
  7. And a new one can be placed inside

Mat Rollers – Service and Tutorials

Below you will find different tutorials on how to operate and make adjustments to your Mat Roll Machines. Feel free to contact us anytime via mail if you miss anything.

Vortex Tutorials

Vortex Tutorial 1 – unpack the machine

Unwrap the entire machine Remove 4 bolts which fasten the feet to the cradle A forklift can also be used... More

Vortex Tutorial 2 – connect power and air

Remove the cover from the main switch Add a cable and fasten the lower screw Connect power: 230V single phase... More

Vortex Tutorial 3 – power on, start and stop

Turn on the main switch Let the PLC boot up. This takes about one minute. Release the emergency stop and... More

Vortex Tutorial 4 – rolling mats

Put a mat on the conveyor and start the machine Once the next mat is entering the machine, the rolled... More

Vortex Tutorial 5 – adjusting parameters

Press the button for Settings Programs can be activated and deactivated Up to 3 roll programs can be configured in... More

Vortex Tutorial 6 – correct coning

Mats that tend to cone, can be handled with a trick Put the coning side of the mat slightly higher... More

Mat Handling Machines

Automatic Mat Unloader Tutorial

A trolley with mats is placed inside the machine Switch the machine on The unloading process runs automatically The mats... More

General Replacements

General Replacements – Service and Tutorials

Below you will find different tutorials on how to replace various components that are used in the majority of our... More