Every two years, the laundry and dry-cleaning industry puts on a convention called the “Clean Show”. While a trade show centered around laundry might seem pretty mundane, this past weekend’s show in Atlanta was highlighted by a lot of interesting advancements.
Technology and Laundry Go Together
You may not think “technology” as the first thing to come to your mind when it comes to cleaning laundry and linens, but tech has permeated every aspect of industry and our lives, and laundering is no different. There is advanced software for managing routes, tracking customer orders, or even precisely dosing wash chemicals and detergents at the proper time in wash cycles. High-tech washers and dryers were available at the show, with fully customizable program settings, depending on the linen type or specific customer.
On the self-serve laundry side, new payment options are replacing the traditional quarter-operated machines of the past. Customers can now pay directly at a machine using credit or debit cards, Google Wallet, Apple Pay, and more. Some machines even offer the option to pay with a smartphone app and will text customers when the laundry is finished.
Less Impact on the Environment
A growing concern in recent years has been our impact on the environment, and many advances have been made to improve the laundry industry. The gallons of water required per pound of laundry has been decreasing steadily using washers with high extraction speeds, and many options are now being introduced which allow operators to treat and reuse a high percentage of gray water.
Other offerings included thermal recapture, high-efficiency dryers, and biodegradable plastic wraps and bags. One company even debuted a washer which uses about 10% of the water required from a normal washer, instead relying on polymer beads to clean the clothes.
As with any industry, technology will continue to improve our systems and Austin Linen will continue to offer the best service possible to our clients.
Here are a few photos taken at this year’s Clean Show: