In the world of industrial laundry, efficiency and reliability are paramount. If you’re an industrial laundry owner, you know that outdated equipment can be a significant drain on both energy and resources. However, did you know that with a relatively small investment, you can make your old dryers less error-prone and more energy-efficient?

The Power of Retrofitting

Let’s take a look at an example to illustrate how retrofitting can work wonders. A client of ours had a 24-year-old Girbau washer. Mechanically, it was still in good shape. We retrofitted this washer with our Smart Control for Washers, transforming it into a modern machine. The result? A robust, mechanically sound machine running on cutting-edge software. This made the machine less error-prone, more efficient, and eco-friendly.

The good news is, we can do the same for your dryers.

Dryer running on Smart Control
Image dryer on Smart Control

Introducing Smart Control for Dryers

Our Smart Control for Dryers is designed to bring your machines up to par with the latest technology. Here’s how it can help:

  1. Enhanced Sensors:
  • Customers can use both an infrared sensor and a temperature sensor to determine the dryness of a batch. This dual-sensor functionality is a significant upgrade compared to other software that typically forces you to choose between one or the other.
  1. Customizable Drying Programs:
  • Tailor drying programs to meet your specific needs. This customization ensures that you’re not wasting unnecessary energy, making your operations more efficient.
  1. Reduced Errors:
  • With the ability to have over 100 pre-made programs, the chances of errors are significantly reduced. A case study at Elis demonstrated how implementing Smart Control led to fewer errors and more efficient operations.

Benefits of Retrofitting with Smart Control

Energy Efficiency

One of the most compelling benefits of retrofitting your dryers with Smart Control is the potential for energy savings. By using state-of-the-art sensors and customizable programs, you can significantly reduce energy consumption. This not only lowers your operational costs but also contributes to a greener environment.


Older machines can be prone to frequent breakdowns and inefficiencies. By upgrading to Smart Control, you’re essentially giving your reliable old machines a new lease on life. This increases their reliability and reduces downtime, which is crucial for maintaining smooth operations in an industrial setting. Additionally, replacing components of the PLC is much quicker and more efficient than sourcing a new circuit board for outdated controls.


Investing in new machinery can be a substantial financial burden. Retrofitting offers a cost-effective alternative that delivers many of the same benefits as new machines but at a fraction of the cost.

Case Study Highlight (by Schneider Electric)

At Elis, the implementation of Smart Control for Dryers led to remarkable improvements. The facility saw a reduction in operational errors and enjoyed the benefits of more than 100 pre-made programs that catered to their specific needs. This case study serves as a practical example of how Smart Control can transform industrial laundry operations. Here’s a complete list of findings:

  • Vartex customers achieve an average of 30% more volume without increasing costs.
  • The output of Vartex customers increases by an average of 20%.
  • Data collection and analysis are automated, helping companies save costs and prevent information loss.
  • Significant time and cost savings by reorganizing washing processes.
  • Selecting washing programs is less time-consuming and error-prone. Operators can choose the correct programs for each batch on a clear display.
  • Schneider Electric components are universal, quickly, and locally available. Companies are not dependent on a single party for machine maintenance and service.

Stay ahead of the curve

In today’s competitive landscape, staying ahead means continuously optimizing your operations. By retrofitting your old dryers with Smart Control for Dryers, you can achieve remarkable improvements in efficiency, reliability, and cost-effectiveness. 

Ready to make the switch? Learn more about how Smart Control for Dryers can benefit your business. Contact us to get started!

Interested in learning more about our Smart Control for Washers and Dryers? Feel free to visit our website to discover our advanced Smart Laundry solutions or download a brochure below. Or interested in Interested in becoming an authorised reseller of Vartex Smart Laundry products? Don’t hesitate to contact our dedicated team, who will gladly address any inquiries you have.


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