- Written by Rich Fitzmorris
Question: We’re looking for a product that can be applied prior to washing that will aid in removing or reducing the ink stains in the pockets of white lab coats. The lab coats are 65% polyester and 35% cotton.
-Mr. Jan Szlachetka, VA Acting Plant Manager, Knoxville, IA
Answer: Protective coatings for fabrics have been in the market place for a long time claiming to work as barriers against soil and stains. Unfortunately there are no miracle products as yet. I have seen chemical coatings used on industrial uniforms to retard oil and grease from penetrating down into the fabric, with some success. The problem with many of these types of products is that they create a water barrier. When something is spilled on the fabric it runs off the surface, acting much like a "ScotchGuard™." This may not be what you want in a lab coat.
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Sodexo Laundry Services Technology Recognized By CIO Magazine
GAITHERSBURG, Md. — An innovative use of computer technology that increases operational efficiency by providing key metrics for its commercial laundry operations and has saved more than $100,000 since its implementation has earned Sodexo, Inc. IDG’s CIO magazine’s 2010 CIO 100 Award. The award recognizes organizations around the world that exemplify the highest level of operational and strategic excellence in information technology (IT). Sodexo’s Laundries Dashboard is a central decision-support tool that combines information from multiple systems to monitor core processes in Laundry and Linen Services businesses.
The dashboard presents Sodexo leadership and field management with key metrics in a customized, easy to use presentation. The dashboard uses Pureshare® Active-Metrics® software to gather and display appropriate information in the form of metrics for each level of management; the metrics are used to make business decisions. Because the dashboard is web-based, it can be accessed from any computer or mobile device. It also sends realtime email alerts that enable management to resolve operational issues immediately. Sodexo’s Laundries Dashboard allows for the effective management of critical areas as well as providing detailed analysis and comparisons.