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Automated Garment Sorting

One of the most critical laundry operations is sorting garments
that are to be returned to the customers’ wearers. It is critical for 
several important reasons:


1.  Customer satisfaction is dependent on returning the correct garments
2.  It is labor intensive.
3.  It consumes a large amount of plant floor space.
4.  It can be a source of information on garments and wearers that is

Softrol’s SoftSort autosortation systems are used to automatically, or semi-automatically, sort garments in uniform rental plants. These systems accurately sort garments with minimal labor, make use of overhead storage that can increase available floor space, and provide information to management that usually results in significant savings in labor and inventory investment. Cost effective, labor saving systems can be designed for plants with throughput from 1,500 garments per day to plants with over 50,000 garments per day. 


  • Can be designed for garment throughput starting at 1,500 per day
  • Can be run with one or two operators for any size sort system
  • Highly flexible system configuration allows for easier installation in almost any existing plant
  • Smooth, reliable garment conveyance on normal hangers, without mother hooks
  • Tracks garment location
  • No loose pieces
  • Automatic data collection and analysis
  • Full range of management reports included with all systems
  • Scalable to increase sort capacity along with growth in uniform rental sales
  • Pre-sort and post-sort buffering conveyors for labor-free garment transportation
  • Compatible with bar codes and/or RFID chips
  • Open Microsoft Windows database management
  • 24 hour technical support available


  • Reduces labor costs
  • Improves customer relations
  • Lowers garment inventory
  • Increases quality


“"Directed Sort”

For a small investment, uniform rental plant management can take advantage of wearer and garment information gained from garment barcode or radio frequency identification (RFID) while directing workers in sorting garments. Worker fatigue is reduced, accuracy in increased, and management reports are generated to improve operations.

“"Hybrid Sort”

This system is targeted at plants with daily sort volume of 6,000 to 12,000 garments. It utilizes sorting conveyors to double as both the primary and final sort, reducing investment and floor space. Garments are inducted to the system at the same point for both the primary and final sort. Storage rails may either be powered for a fully automatic system, or slick rail for a hybrid automatic system at minimal investment.


This design can handle daily garment volume from 12,000 all the way to 50,000 or more. Throughput can reach 6,000 garments per hour. The system utilizes a primary sorting conveyor and a final sort conveyor, each with its own induction station for maximum throughput. It can be designed as a fully automatic system with powered storage rails, or a hybrid system that utilizes lower cost manual storage rails where floor space, labor cost, and throughput are not major concerns.

Click a link below to read more about an Automated Garment Sorting success story.

Aramark Uniform Serivces -- Sacramento, CA

Wildman Uniform and Linen -- Warsaw, IN

Mission Linen Uniform Services -- Chino, CA

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