All the talk of automated trucks can cause us to lose sight of the fact that vehicle manufacturers have been applying all sorts of technology to the driving experience for decades. And it is more than just things like parking assist and on-board GPS. Manufacturers are applying technology to the commercial sector in order to improve safety and efficiency. The commercial linen industry is a splendid example.
When Alsco drivers take to the roads every day, they do so with the knowledge that they will face special challenges that the average car driver is completely unaware of. They face challenges both on the roads and while making deliveries. All of them can be addressed by technology designed to change the commercial linen game.
The modern linen truck is a technological wonder to behold. It makes delivering everything from uniforms to table linens a lot easier. New trucks are a lot safer than their older counterparts, too. If you are curious to know more, keep reading. Below is just a short list of new technologies being introduced to commercial linens.
Keyless Entry Systems
Since the beginning of commercial linens, route reps have had to worry about theft. They have to lock their doors whenever they leave their vehicles. They have to worry about lost and stolen keys. But theft is less likely when keyless entry is deployed on linen trucks. Before you assume though, modern keyless entry is not accomplished with a keypad.
New technology makes it possible to arm delivery drivers with computerized wristbands for unlocking trucks and starting the ignition. A truck equipped with such a system automatically locks the doors behind the driver upon exit. When the driver approaches the vehicle on his or her return, the wristband sends a signal to the truck’s receiver and the doors unlock. No more keys to worry about; no more forgetting to lock the truck before going inside.
Some of the newest commercial linen trucks come with a variety of mounted cameras for increased safety and better maneuvering. There are cameras mounted on the rear, the sides, and even the roof. This provides drivers with a 360° view that virtually eliminates all blind spots. Driving with the help of such cameras takes a while to get used to, but drivers have fewer accidents once they do.
Mechanized Sling Bags
It is imperative in the commercial linen business to keep the floor of the delivery truck clear. Otherwise, drivers have to walk over and around soiled linens to get to the clean. Modern sling bags on mechanized arms solve the problem. The arm can be extended outside the truck, followed by a sling bag of soiled laundry attached to it. The arm can then be retracted. This keeps soiled linen off the floor and mitigates the need for the driver to hoist heavy laundry bags onto the truck.
Adjustable Locking Systems
Linen companies frequently use carts to move product in and out. On board the truck, carts have to remain in place during travel. So modern linen trucks are built with adjustable locking systems. Rather than relying on bungee cords, drivers can configure locking systems at the start of the day, then make adjustments as the day progresses. Locking systems can be reconfigured in whatever way makes the most sense.
Commercial linens have long relied on technology to provide safe and reliable service. Ever since Alsco introduced the concept of uniform rental back in the 1800s, technology has defined the commercial linens industry. Nothing has changed, as evidenced by many of the technologies found in today’s trucks.