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Automated feeding of flat laundry onto industrial folding machines

The Struggle

Industrial laundries are highly automated when it comes to washing and drying the textiles. Otherwise they would not be able to cope with the large quantities of dirty linen. There are even machines that take care of folding the laundry. But they have one major drawback: Each one of these machines requires an employee who feeds the laundry spread out and without any wrinkles. Human labor involves high costs, with 30% of the personnel costs in laundries alone being accounted for by equipping folding machines. And there is another problem: Feeding the folding machines manually is a highly exhausting and unpleasant job. Therefore industrial laundries struggle with finding qualified personnel and could double their production if enough workers were available.

How the sewts velum helps

The sewts velum can feed towels and similar laundry made of terrycloth to existing folding machines thus closing this significant gap in automation. Our inhouse developed AI analyzes the textile and translates these findings into robotic commands. The velum is optimized for adaptability and can handle all sorts of towels up to sizes of 1x2m – without restrictions regarding color or texture. It will process 900 towels per hour and is compatible with the majority of already existing folding machines on the market.

Key specs:

900

towels per hour

1 x 2m

max. towel size

easy integration

 Benefits for Industrial laundries 

Productivity

100% increase of throughput due to massive speed of velum

Flexibility

scale production capacity depending on seasonal demand

Scale Up

velum is designed to run 3 shifts all year long

Quality

highly reliable system with constant output quality

Cost reduction

up to 35% reduction of costs compared to manual labor

Easy maintenance

high tech made easy by using standardized components