Laundry Identification System

Polymark Laundry Identification System

If you process 1,000 or more shirts a week and are using staples or pins to tag your shirts or any other method, The Polymark® Laundry Identification System can simplify your operation and double or triple your production, make laundry sorting easier, and will save valuable time.

Think of the laundry and dry cleaning industry as manufacturers, manufacturing clean clothes from dirty clothes. As in other manufacturing businesses, control is vitally important to the success of the operation.

Many launderers outgrow their method of identifying their customer's orders as their volume builds, and are faced with low productivity and high cost of labor. In addition, confusion, mix-ups, error claims, transposition of numbers and other problems all take healthy bites out of the profit. They lose control.

The Polymark System will bring simplicity and control to a laundry operation and help the owner earn the increased profits deserved. Work flow and scheduling are greatly improved. The shirt orders will go in and come out, faster than ever before possible, complete and correct.

The Polymark tag shows the lot, week of process, the customer and day due, a wealth of information in its simplest form. Any person in the laundry can pick up a shirt and place it where it belongs. "Open" orders will be reduced drastically when Polymark is working for you. Plant owners and managers will find the shirt orders are coming together quickly by design rather than eventually, by a hit and miss method. The morale in the laundry will be improved, now employees will understand what they are doing. They will know where a stray, re-wash, repair, dark color, or any out of lot item goes. Employees will have a better understanding of their job, making them more productive with fewer frustrations.

The Polymark Machine built for dependability for the laundry industry

The integral part of the Polymark System is the Polymark machine. The rugged construction of the machine is designed for the laundry industry. There are no micro switches, solenoids, or operator adjustments for various thickness of articles to be tagged, all a potential source for problems. The print wheels are of cut steel, not aluminum die castings, the knives are made of surgical steel, not case hardened metal, The cams, although slow moving are all oversized to do the job. To install and start up a Polymark machine, all that is needed is a standard wall outlet. No compressed air lines are necessary, thus making the machine economical to run and mobile.

Over the years there have been few changes in the Polymark machine. The attitude of the original genius designer and manufacturer was, "Let's Do it Right the First Time," and indeed he did. Many Polymark users are second and third generation owners of the original machine!

Historically, there have been many types, methods and systems to identify items to be laundered. The most common today is tags and staples.

Based on average production figures and wages, when a shirt laundry tagging manually with tags & staples, reaches a volume of 200 pieces a day (shirts/pants), they qualify for the automatic Polymark machine. A quick return on investment, just from the reduction of labor in only 12 months is a realistic projection on a weekly volume of 1,000 pieces. Greater weekly volume brings a quicker R.O.I. (Return on Investment). For example, on 6,000 shirts per week the R.O.I. is 3 months or less. This does not include additional savings resulting from the reduction of costly mix-ups and error claims, excellent control, improved workflow and scheduling, ease of training new employees, etc.

There are many additional owner benefits that will add substantial dollars to profit and cash flow. Upgrading to Polymark from pen & ink, or a machine that ink marks the shirt, will also show dramatic savings. See how you can save when Polymark is working for you.

The Polymark Machine - How Does it Operate

The rugged Polymark machine is quite unique. It cuts, prints and seals an identification tag on the ticket and the same numbered tag on each item to be laundered. Made from a specially woven, uncoated fabric, the tag withstands all laundering processes and even remains intact if the article is dry cleaned. Polymark is the only identification machine that applies a soft cloth tag with controlled adhesion. The Polymark machine is user friendly and simple to operate.

When the shirt returns for processing, the tag is easily removed by its finger grip, leaving no mark or blemish.

Who will benefit from the advantage of Polymark working for you?

Your customers ...No more tags to remove, the correct shirt, fast service

Your employees...It's easy and simple to learn

The Laundry Owner/Manager...Less labor, less claims, less headaches and will earn more money

The most rewarding Polymark System is the 15 order lot system. Each lot will contain 15 orders, numbered sequentially 1 through 15. The sequence of operation is as follows:

    1. The operator opens the order (first order)
    2. Finds the ticket
    3. With ticket in hand, taps the quick advance lever on the print unit
    4. Order number advances from 00 to 1
    5. Puts ticket onto platen and pushes buck forward, activating machine
    6. As a tag is being applied to the ticket, operator counts shirts
    7. Count is verified to be correct
    8. Ticket is placed in clip board on machine
    9. Pick up first shirt
    10. Lay shirt on platen
    11. Activate machine (push buck forward)
    12. Polymark tag is applied to the right of the label for hanger---to the left of the label for box.
    13. While shirt is being held by machine (approximately 3.5 seconds), the operator turns the pocket and checks one sleeve. If the sleeve is unbuttoned, unrolled and right side out, (98% of the time the other sleeve is the same as the first) the operator reaches for the next shirt. After the shirt has been "Polymarked" it automatically drops into the trough. If the sleeve is buttoned, rolled or inside out, it is corrected and the other sleeve is inspected and handled accordingly. Applying the Polymark tag costs no production time and is actually a by product of checking the pocket and buttons.
    14. The shirts are classified from the trough to the basket, starch / no starch, by the handful.
    15. Each order is processed in the same manner, until the 15th order is tagged.
    16. After the completion of tagging the 15th order, the lot is advanced to the next letter or number (depending on the print unit coding) and the order number goes back to 00.


The lots are washed. If the 15 orders do not make up a good load, two, three or more lots can be washed together. The lots are easily subassembled after washing, and the complete lot (whites/starch & no starch, and cold water "color" wash) is given to the shirt unit in lot sequence.


When using the Polymark 15 Order Lot System, "Speed Sorting," does not require arranging tickets numerically and hanging them, and then "playing" the game of concentration walking up and down the rails matching shirts to tickets. Each lot (orders 1 to 15), allows shirts to be sorted in lot sequence, into a permanently numbered rolling rack called a Poly-Trolly. In addition to the 15-3 ˝ " slots there is a larger 5 ˝" slot for repairs and out of lot shirts. If the shirt operator cannot button the top button if it is missing, or it is a rewash and out of lot sequence, the shirt is placed in the repair slot. Because the numbers are always in the same position on the Poly-Trolly, the body press operator on the shirt unit quickly gets digital recognition and sorting becomes automatic. As easy as dealing a hand of cards, placing each shirt into the slot with the same number, the Poly-Trolly sits right on the rail at the shirt unit. Because sorting is now so simple, and all the 15 slots on the Poly-Trolly are within the reach of an operator without having to take a step, sorting can be done by the shirt unit body press operator, with no loss in production! This saves the job of sorting by a separate operator. Also, in space critical plants it saves the space previously required for sorting and assembling orders.

When the damp box is empty (or a separator comes up), the lot is finished. The Poly-Trolly is pushed and a new (empty) Poly-Trolly is rolled on the rail for the next lot.


The inspector pushes the Poly-Trolly to the inspection area. The tickets for that lot are clipped and are in numerical order as they were tagged. A poly bagger is located perpendicular to the rail. The inspector, before inspecting, looks in the Repair Slot. If a button is required, it is replaced and the shirt is put into the correct slot.. If it's an out of lot shirt it is married with the waiting order. Starting with the top ticket, order 15, the inspector sees the order calls for 3 shirts. The inspector looks in slot 15 there are 3 shirts. The back of the last shirt in the slot is inspected, if OK inspector lifts shirt, turns it 180 degrees and places it on the bagging hook. The Polymark number is viewed for correctness, and the front of the shirt is inspected. Each shirt in the order is handled in the same manner. If the three shirts are correct, the order is bagged. The inspector proceeds to check each order in the same manner. If a shirt has to go back for processing, or an order is short, the order is hung on a dry cleaner assembly hook with the invoice attached under the clip. Open orders should be minimal and hung in lot sequence for easy referral when the missing item comes up.


The Polymark 15 Order Lot System is the ideal system. For laundries who do not wish to take advantage of sorting at the shirt unit, the lot size can be increased. Using the 15 Order Lot System, transposition of numbers will be eliminated (it is impossible to transpose 1-15) and other mistakes will be greatly reduced.

Unlike any other tagging method, the Polymark soft cloth tag is applied with controlled adhesion and will remain intact throughout the wash or any other process, including dry cleaning, yet is easily removed by the exclusive finger grip, the next time it is processed. The Polymark tags do not fall off when applied properly.

Polymark is designed for the laundry industry. It is simple, user friendly, dependable and fast. If you are manually tagging or ink marking 200 or more pieces a day, you should seriously consider Polymark.

Will Polymark be Beneficial to me?

If you are processing 200 or more items a day tagging manually or with black ink, Polymark should be given serious consideration.

Review the cost comparison of Tags versus Polymark to determine the savings you will enjoy when Polymark is working for you.

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