Fujitsu Frontech North America Inc. is one of the leading providers of IT-based business solutions and also a supplier of advanced technology products, biometric security, and digital media solutions.
The company recently announced that has selected the Fujitsu WT-A511 Ultra High Frequency (UHF) Radio Frequency IDentification (RFID) tags and Positek RFID in order to have a comprehensive garment tracking solution at its Clearwater, Florida facility.
In a release, J. C. Ryan, general manager of the ImageFIRST franchise said that, “In selecting a new sorting and tracking system for our location, we looked at the significant benefits of RFID technology. We found the increased speed and read range of the Fujitsu UHF tags enables us to quickly and easily ‘scan-in’ soiled garments into our facility and ‘scan-out’ clean garments in bulk. The result is greater visibility of our inventory, reduced labor and merchandise costs, and an overall shorter return on our investment.”
ImageFIRST is one of the largest and fastest-growing providers of linen and garment rental and laundry services to medical practices spread all across the United States and Puerto Rico.
ImageFIRST maintains one of the highest customer retention rates in the industry by having over 36 locations and more than 300 trained employees.
Jeff Markman, president of Positek said that, “The UHF RFID-based solution from Positek and Fujitsu empowers our customers to implement a comprehensive sorting and tracking system faster, at lower cost and without modification to existing processes. The ability for customers, such as ImageFIRST, to track an entire cartload of garments with a single scan enables them to process much more inventory in less time and without compromising accuracy. Other customers in healthcare, hospitality and gaming, as well as industrial laundries, can see the clear benefits of UHF technology and we look forward to new opportunities to demonstrate the power of our joint solution.”
The soft and flexible Fujitsu UHF RFID tags are extremely durable, able to withstand hundreds of washings, the harsh chemicals associated with dry cleaning, temperatures of 250 degrees Fahrenheit for drying and 400 degrees Fahrenheit for ironing, along with the pressure of uniform pressing machines.
UHF RFID systems are capable of scanning hundreds of articles simultaneously in seconds with a reading range of up to six feet.
The Fujitsu UHF RFID tags represent a significant cost-saving solution compared to bar codes and other RFID systems, which require single garment processing.
In addition, the Fujitsu UHF RFID tag is less than two inches long—about the size of a shirt stay. When incorporated into garments, the small, flexible, unobtrusive tags are virtually unnoticeable.