The occasional localized Ink or lipstick stain that comes through the spotting department is, in most cases, no problem to handle. However, when a load is pulled from the tumbler or reclaimer and the complete load is stained with ink or lipstick because an ink pen or lipstick container was overlooked and left in a pocket of a garment, it is a completely different circumstance.
Well, this week I saw several (3) different plants that were struggling with the dreaded ink pen loads. As we all know, this is a problem that is entirely preventable. This is also a problem that can lead to expensive claims, upset customers, possible lost business, unnecessary labor costs, unnecessary energy usage for reruns, I could go on and on.