In recent years, businesses in various industries have considered interest in autosortation technology. Much of this interest is driven by the need to lower operational costs as well as increase customer service. There are misconceptions regarding the technology that have come up in discussions with uniform rental operators. This blog will help address the misconceptions and describe the ways autosortation technology can help achieve the goals of garment operators.
Autosortation is Expensive
One of the biggest beliefs about autosortation is that it is expensive to incorporate. Operators think that a quality system costs up to $1,000,000 or more and only delivers value to large uniform rental plants that handle more than 20,000 garments per day. In actuality, newer technology features scalable systems that are designed to meet the needs of facilities of any size. This technology means that an entry-level system can be purchased for $100,000 and can handle a daily sorting volume in the range of 2,000 - 6,000 garments. With additional automation components, a startup system that handles 6,000 -15,000 garments per day could be installed for as little as $250,000.
Autosortation Systems are Too Large
You may think that an autosortation system is too large and requires more space than many operating facilities can provide. As advances in garment sortation have evolved, automatic sorting can easily fit in spaces that have a manual sortation system. This is due to the evolution of technologies meant for larger, completely mechanized systems. Manual sorters can be converted to an automated system to preserve the current space.
Operation is Too Complicated
It is true that autosortation systems depend on computer processing. However, these operations tend to be easier to operate when compared to a manual system. With autosortation, you reduce many of the actions that are done manually, such as garment reading, rail assignment, and bundle assembly. In addition, automated systems help reduce fatigue and repetitive stress that can develop with manual sortation.
Autosortation and Labor Reduction
With autosortation, there is a reduction of labor hours when compared to manual systems. However, there are other intangible benefits that result from using automation. Among these is a reduction in inventory circulation, up to 20% or more in some instances. Other benefits include better garment handling including storage and spacing, enhanced operator image, and higher customer service and satisfaction.
Softrol offers a variety of solutions that are designed to help automate garment processes. We have the equipment and the knowledge to meet the needs of your operation. Contact us to get more information on how we can help your business.