* Cleanzine-logo-7a.jpgCleanzine: your weekly cleaning and hygiene industry newsletter 17th August 2017 Issue no. 787

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Congratulations to ISSA/Interclean Amsterdam Innovation Award 2016 winners and finalists!

* Winners.jpgISSA/Interclean Amsterdam's Innovation Awards winners have been announced, and taking the crown - out of a total of 110 entries - is Augmented Reality: Suma Revoflow from Diversey Care.

The international jury said: "This exciting and inspiring technology that has not been seen in the professional cleaning sector before and it brings with it many opportunities and possibilities.

"With the use of Augmented Reality, facilities managers can perhaps go some way to tackling a number of the problems associated with the industry's high employee turnover - which include training, knowledge transfer, development of skills and reduction of errors.

Augmented Reality can be used on mobile phones and tablets to self-train, self-troubleshoot and get remote support directly from Diversey Care. This brings many benefits in terms of reduced downtime, more skilled employees and cost-efficiency. And it has so many other potential applications for the future."

The category winners were:

Machines, accessories and components - Robot RA 660 NAVI from Cleanfix

The jury voted the Cleanfix robot as the winner of this category because the company has worked closely with users over many years to develop a machine that is now in use across Europe - many units have been sold. The jury was particularly impressed with its navigation system, which uses laser technology; and also its efficiency in mapping rooms, putting in place virtual walls; and ease of use for the operator. It can clean to the narrowest of corners too. "In summary, a robotic cleaning machine ready for the real world," said the judges.

Equipment/tools for cleaning, care and safety - Quick & Easy System from Werner & Mertz Professional

The jury was impressed with the ultimate portability, simplicity and practicality of Quick & Easy. The operator wears the system on a belt and can move from room to room with five different chemicals, interchanging between them quickly and easily. There is no need for installation and the operative does not come into direct contact with the chemical, making it completely safe.

Cleaning management and training solutions- Augmented Reality: Suma Revoflow from Sealed Air Diversey Care

Augmented Reality is an exciting and far-reaching technology being brought to the cleaning sector for the first time by Diversey Care with its Suma Revoflow. The plan is to expand its use to many other areas, with mobility and the increasing use of mobile devices being the key driver. It enables upskilling of operatives through the use of IT, with knowledge transfer made significantly easier.

Visitor's Choice Award - Karcher

The visitor's choice prize is awarded to the nominee that is voted as the most innovative by Show visitors. With 45% of the votes, Karcher's BRC 40/22 C clearly won the voting visitors over.

This is described as the cleaning sector's first walk-forward carpet cleaning machine with a 200 degree rotating brush and vacuum head. Traditional carpet cleaning machines operate backwards so this new development brings about significant productivity gains.

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