‘In evaluating the current traditional logistics for removing waste/linen, facility team leaders are finding a number of problems related to exposure of public during transport of waste/linen through hallways and elevators, less green solutions, door problem, cost related to required labour, environmental and cleanliness concerns, etc.’, says Harshil Narula, Med Freshe
The evolution of Automated Water and Linen Transportation
Facilities have a problem of transporting and storing waste everyday. The transport and removal of waste/linen from the heart of the facility or public exposed areas is a critical component of its logistic and sustainable operations efficiency and yet, the systems the transport and remove waste/linen have remained virtually unchanged for the last hundred years – and have not kept pace with infrastructure and technology improvements. That is until now.
With the development and deployment of automated waste/linen management systems powered by air technology, we are at the dawn of a new age – The Pneumatic Age. These new systems are quickly becoming the waste/linen infrastructure system of choice in new and up-to-date facilities. They keep waste where it belongs – out of sight – and provide the facility with significant improvements to Operating Efficiency Cost-Savings, Infection Control, and Sustainability.
Many facilities today continue to use an antiquated and arcane system for the removal of waste/linen manual disposal, overflowing roller carts, gravity chutes, trash closets and dump trucks. These systems are highly inefficient, labour intensive, environment non-friendly, and potentially unhealthy in terms of disease and infection control, control of rodents and insects etc. In evaluating the current traditional logistics for removing waste/linen, facility team leaders are finding a number of problems related to exposure of public during transport of waste/linen through hallways and elevators, less green solutions, door problem, cost related to required labour, environmental and cleanliness concerns, etc.
Systems for automated removal are cleaner, greener, softer, hygienic, environment-friendly, and more economical than traditional systems. Automated systems transport the materials in a separate, air tight closed pipe system from every floor/dustbin to single collection point, which can be located in a discrete location. The inlets are positioned optimally to keep manual handling to a maximum. The materials are then transported via a computer-controlled pneumatic system that moves the waste/linen quickly, safely and out of sight. These automated systems have huge benefits also.
Other benefits of an automated system include
- vital part of the green building technology
- increased management tools via secure log-ins for system access
- detailed management, reporting, and control over the working of the staff and required areas, etc
|Moments and storage of waste and solid linen||Conventional||Automated|
|Material collection on floors||Yes||No|
|Odor & infection due to storage of materials||Yes||No|
|Elevator wall and travel time (down)||Yes||No|
|Storage at the base||Yes||No|
|Horizontal transport on ground level to final||No||Yes|
|Uploading at dock||Yes||No|
|Elevator wall and travel time (up)||Yes||No|
|A typical facility will reduce FTE requirements by 15% using automatic system|