Innovation

Nedlin realizes that the world of tomorrow requires smart solutions to social, environmental, and economic issues. We are committed to sustainable and social innovation.

At Nedlin you will find the latest, smartest technologies in the European laundry industry. We are always looking for ways to make our laundry services more efficient. We view logistical problems as a challenge. They are an opportunity to demonstrate that things can be done differently – and better; an opportunity to showcase the extent of our knowledge and expertise.

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Internal logistics

Of course, as experts in the field of logistics, we have designed our own laundry facilities to be extremely efficient. To guarantee maximum hygiene, dirty and clean textiles are kept strictly separate at our facilities. Our efficient, automated order pick system means that we do not need a lot of packing positions and that your order is delivered to you as efficiently as possible. We also use a first-in-first-out system so that clean laundry, like sheets and other textiles, are not left lying around for long and you are always guaranteed to have fresh linen. You are very welcome to come and take a look at our company. We would be happy to give you a tour.

Sustainable linen

Nedlin’s also stocks GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) and Fairtrade products.

The GOTS certificate means that the cotton was grown in an organic, environmentally-friendly, and socially responsible way. The Fairtrade label means that the linen was produced in accordance with the principles of fair trade. Farmers are paid a decent price for their raw materials and there is no child labour involved in the production process. In other words, it is socially-responsible linen that you will be happy to use.

Track & Trace

The arrival of the PC in the 1980s made it possible to process large quantities of data automatically. This development, in conjunction with the arrival of the barcode system, enabled Nedlin to become one of the first laundry services to track and trace its clothing. This made missing clothing a thing of the past.

At the time, Nedlin invested a lot in developing these new technologies even further. It spent a lot of time and energy on improving the dot code (later the barcode), clothing software, and the necessary readers. The challenge was to be able to trace the textiles individually and process them automatically, even after several washes. One important milestone was the creation of a sorting machine in 1987 that rendered the manual sorting of textiles obsolete.

In the 1990s, the use of the barcode was supplemented by the introduction of the industrial washable chip. This is now a multi-read chip that bundles all information and makes it possible to scan several items simultaneously.

We can use this system to identify what exactly enters and leaves the laundry facilities. Furthermore, every item of clothing can be meticulously sorted per carrier. We use our Track & Trace system as standard to process clothing and individual personal laundry.

Don’t spin, press

At Nedlin, the vast majority of laundry is not spun but pressed instead. This technique saves energy and presses much more water out of the laundry. In turn, this saves time – and therefore energy – in the drying process.

However, certain items, like our Medidecks or certain items of clothing, are spun to achieve better results. By spinning Medidecks, they retain their volume and thermal insulation. Items of clothing with buttons, zips, and prints are always spun.

Process Guard

In 2012, Nedlin was one of the first laundry services in Europe to introduce a so-called Process Guard system. This system uses key parameters to monitor the microbiological condition of the wash in real time. This makes it possible to intervene in the process the moment a deviation is identified. This is an improvement on the classic measuring method, whereby a sample is tested and only 48 hours later is it possible to determine whether the wash was effective and killed all micro-organisms.

A pleasant working environment

At Nedlin, we expect a lot from our employees. To us, it is self-evident that they should expect a pleasant working environment in return. We believe it is important for people to enjoy working at our company. The first step is good working conditions. In our clean, modern laundry facilities everyone can perform in an enjoyable and healthy way..

Textile recycling

Nedlin regularly supports charitable projects, for example by donating used textiles to foreign hospitals. Unlabelled clothing, the owner of which cannot be traced, is also recycled in Eastern European countries. Scrubs that no longer meet the set guidelines under Dutch standards are recycled in developing countries. In this way, Nedlin endeavours to contribute to our international society.

Economical use of water and heat

At Nedlin, we are well on our way to becoming an energy-neutral laundry service. In 2012 and 2014, we used the latest technologies to modernize our laundry facilities. Our machinery is fully optimized to deliver perfect, top-quality results using the minimum amount of energy, water, and detergent.

The little water we do need is reused for as long as possible. This is achieved using filtration systems. At the end of this process, when the water needs to be drained, heat exchangers ensure that the water is cooled down first. The heat which this produces is also used in our laundry facilities.

Sophisticated dosing technologies

Nedlin has an ultra-modern dosing system. The detergent is dosed with extreme accuracy by so-called flow-controlled pumps. This means that the pump’s output is measured by the system’s operating system.

The pump is controlled by software to ensure that every wash cycle gets the correct dose. This is essential for a stable laundering process and the economical use of raw materials.

The new approach to driving

At Nedlin, not only are the lorries sustainable but our drivers are also trained to drive as efficiently as possible. We actively monitor this using our fleet management system in order to optimize driving behaviour and routes. In recent years, these measures have already led to fuel savings of ten per cent, which also means lower CO2 emissions.

Medideck system

In the 1990s, Nedlin and a number of its colleagues developed this medical variant of the personal duvet. Nowadays, it would be hard to imagine the health-care sector without this bed-making system.

The idea was a simple one: an easy-to-wash product that is a duvet and cover in one. The result is a hygienic, efficient solution for making beds. The bed can be made up and cleaned in an instant. In combination with a jersey fitted sheet, the Medideck makes life easy for nurses and is extremely comfortable for patients.

Nedlin has perfected the cleaning method for the Medidecks to ensure maximum durability and quality.

Lease option

It can be expensive for a company or organization to buy their own clothing package. At Nedlin, you can avail yourself of a lease option, for which we have developed a transparent system that combines the benefits of renting and buying clothing yourself.

Individual personal billing

Our company’s Track & Trace system is continuously being developed even further. Nedlin was the first laundry service in the Netherlands to introduce individual client invoices. This means that individual personal laundry can be paid for in full by direct debit without involving the health-care institution.

Premature robot

In 2012, Nedlin launched a pilot programme with a robot able to fold towels. At the time, this was a first in the laundry industry. Unfortunately, the Cube, as it was affectionately referred to by staff, had too many teething problems and was retired from service after two years. This was also part of an innovative philosophy: not all experiments are an immediate success.

Smart tumble dryers

In general, tumble dryers use quite a lot of energy. Fortunately, modern technology is helping to reduce the amount of energy they consume. Our tumble dryers are fitted with infrared sensors that measure exactly when a wash has been adequately dried. This varies per wash and per item. Our programmes are fully attuned to this and tumble dryers are never used for longer than necessary.

Permanent contract and educational opportunities

While a permanent contract might seem old-fashioned, you could almost call it innovative in the current climate. At Nedlin, you will be rewarded with a permanent contract if you perform well. As a family company, we like to develop long-term relationships with our employees and we make sustainable choices.

Furthermore, our employees are given the chance to develop themselves or progress in their careers. Motivated production employees can take a course to become a supervisor, coordinator, or even a production manager. Nedlin is a growing company, which presents employees with opportunities for growth in their individual careers.

Energy-efficient lorries

Nedlin is committed to sustainable transport and uses Euro 6 lorries. These smart vehicles use the very minimum amount of fuel per kilometre, have low CO2 emissions and can recognize and anticipate routes.

Nedlin was the first laundry service in Europe to have its own LHV transport vehicles. This means that we can use one large lorry, instead of two, to transport twice the amount over longer distances.

We closely monitor developments in the area of electric freight transport. The current electric lorries can only travel limited distances. As soon as this improves, Nedlin would be happy to avail itself of the opportunities presented by electric transport.

X-ray scan

If an object goes in the wash by accident, this can have unpleasant consequences. For example, a pen can stain an entire batch of clothing. In 2015, Nedlin became the first laundry service in the Netherlands to use an X-ray machine to automatically identify such objects. That way, they can be removed and accidents can be avoided. At Nedlin, all clothing is automatically scanned in full as a preventative measure.

Supported employment colleagues

Every day, Nedlin works with colleagues who do not work for us but for the MTB-supported employment programme. That way, people who find it difficult to enter the labour market can make a useful contribution and work on their development in a protected environment.