The Philips Medical Research and Development Center develops advanced image processing and digital analysis solutions for 3D CT scanners and is one of the largest private research organizations in the world. With dozens of large-scale facilities and thousands of employees, the management of clothing and workwear items is a highly regulated, complex and costly operation.
Top Five Achievements
Polytex helped the Philips Medical and Research and Development Cent to achieve these goals
- More frequent ESD testing cycles for workwear items.
- Simplified operations for highly regulated laundry process.
- Significant reduction in workwear stock levels.
- Higher level of hygiene and less risk of contamination.
- Significant reduction in stock levels of workwear items.
The Polytex solution helps us meet high regulatory standards of the FDA and TUV. With the Polytex Total Care Manager application we can easily track and analyze the status of our workwear inventory and generate reports to comply with the regulatory standards. Polytex provides us continual support with extremely high responsiveness and professional service.
Site Engineering, IS OPS, Philips
Philips needed an efficient solution to manage, track, analyze and generate reports for a large volume of workwear items. Philips also needed to comply to FDA compliance regulations to ensure a high level of hygiene and ISO Level 7 requirements to minimize the risk of contamination in accordance to ESD regulations.
The Philips management team defined these operational requirements:
- Handle Large Scale of Workwear Items: Deploy an efficient solution to manage workwear items for over 1,000 employees on daily basis.
- Comply with Industry Standards: Must comply with the Good Manufacturing Process (GMP) based on FDA requirements and ISO Class 7 level of cleanliness and hygiene.
- Maintain ESD Regulations: Employees must be provided with ESD protective workwear items to minimize the risk of electronic discharge generated from staff clothing.
To meet the requirements of the Philips project, Polytex made these recommendations:
- Automated Units: Polytex recommended the deployment of three D200 Dispensing units and four R110 Return units. These units enable Philips to automate the workwear management process and optimize the use of space.
- Usage Tracking: The Polytex Tota-lCare Manager was installed to support the entire garment distribution cycle including item management, employee permissions and accurate usage tracking.
The Polytex solution had a huge impact on the daily operation of the Philips clean-rooms. The Polytex solution achieved these results:
- All workwear is laundered and ESD tested on a weekly basis compared to twice a year prior to Polytex deployment.
- Workwear Monitoring
- Philips can now track and analyze the workwear via the Polytex Total Care Manager.
- Compliance to Requirements
- Philips can generate and submit reports to FDA as evidence for meeting regulatory standards.
- Level of Hygiene
- The automated workwear solution eliminated the need for manual intervention during the distribution and collection process.
- Inventory Management
- The transition from personal to non-personal workwear led to a significant reduction in the volume of inventory items.
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