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Survey: Prospect of Systems-Wide Data Exchange Generates Buzz

Bruce Beggs |

CHICAGO — The prospect of integrating data from multiple independent systems so it can be analyzed collectively appeals to many operators who responded to this month’s Wire survey.
Pellerin Milnor, Chicago Dryer Co. and E-Tech recently announced their collaboration in developing DataFusion, a nonproprietary, secure data-exchange system that can enable a laundry operator to manage his or her operation “as one cohesive machine rather than a collection of independent and disparate systems.”
Data sources can include equipment such as sorting, washroom and finishing, or those unrelated to equipment such as time and attendance, human resources and route accounting. A number of other vendors have now expressed interest in joining the project.
The possibility of many laundry operators benefiting from central data collection is apparent, as everyone who replied to the survey reports using production equipment (sorting, washroom and/or finishing) from more than one manufacturer.
Nearly all — 88.9% — say they use a computerized system to collect data for production management or decision support.
Among these operations, areas in which data is being collected most commonly are washers (87.5%), chemicals injection (75%), flatwork finishing equipment (62.5%), unloading/weigh-in (37.5%) and packaging/loading for delivery (37.5%).
Areas in which 25% or fewer respondents are collecting data include soil sorting, utilities, dryers, garment finishing and “other.”
Everyone who took the survey believes their operation would benefit if data could be collected from production points throughout the laundry and analyzed as a whole, and two-thirds of respondents say they would like to learn more about DataFusion.
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About the author

Bruce Beggs

American Trade Magazines LLC

Editorial Director, American Trade Magazines LLC

Bruce Beggs is editorial director of American Trade Magazines LLC, including American Coin-Op, American Drycleaner and American Laundry News. He was the editor of American Laundry News from November 1999 to May 2011. Beggs has worked as a newspaper reporter/editor and magazine editor since graduating from Kansas State University in 1986 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications. He and his wife, Sandy, have two children.

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