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Top themes Texcare International 2020
Digitalisation is a recurring issue in the textile care industry’s top themes: from the smart factory, to new business models, digital solutions for sustainability, and e learning.
The smart factory: self-learning machines and artificial intelligence set new standards in automation
Intelligent machines that communicate with textiles are part of everyday life in laundry services today, because of modern RFID technology. Thanks to this technology, the machine knows which customer an item of laundry comes from, and automatically runs the correct washing programme. The fully-automated laundry is the stated aim of many manufacturers of laundry technology. New processes, which were hitherto performed by people, can be automated with the help of artificial intelligence. Communication between the customer and the laundry service is reaching a new dimension: there are software systems that allow customers to follow their textiles and monitor all parameters of their processing in real time.
New business models: dry cleaning 'as a service'
Not to have to deal with their own laundry is an attractive prospect for many private customers. Online dry cleaners and apps offering a complete digital service, from collection, cleaning, and punctual delivery to a desired location, count on customers who don’t wish to spend any time on these tasks or be tied by shop opening hours. New software solutions, mobile applications and innovative cooperation with logistics companies are the basis for successful dry cleaning in the future and a playground for start-ups.
A sense of textile well-being: sustainability, from the sheets on our beds to detergents
The theme of sustainability pervades the world of textile care and has diverse aspects: from the fibre itself right through to recycling. With regard to sustainability, the demands put on workwear and bedding are rising, and the hotel sector in particular advertises its 'green' textiles and sustainable maintenance.
In laundries and dry cleaners, much has been done in terms of energy efficiency, economic use of washing substances, wastewater treatment and water recycling. This is where digitalisation also offers further potential: for example, with monitoring in a laundry when all the data come together to be processed in real time.
A hotly debated question is how to reduce microplastics from synthetic textiles, which result from the washing process and find their way into wastewater. Sustainable approaches in terms of delivery services and packaging are also on trend.
E-learning: education and training rethought
The textile care sector is extremely diverse and holds enormous potential. Be it knowledge about chemicals, technology or IT: the profession offers many interesting ways to specialise. However, trainees are a rarity. In an industry that is strongly characterised by change, new digital opportunities for education and training play a central role – particularly in rural regions.
Events Texcare International 2016
Texcare International 2016 provided a framework that gives insight into the latest trends and developments in the industry.