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The concept is based on the insight that cleaning staff are critical to more efficient, profitable operations, and that better tools and knowledge are required to unleash the full potential of these vital employees.
Handwashing is an effective and affordable way to prevent infection and save lives. As a skin and surface hygiene expert, Gojo Industries-Europe is a great supporter of Global Handwashing Day (Tuesday 15th October 2019).
All the company's sanitising dispensers have been designed with ease of service and end-user satisfaction in mind; and are complemented by high performance consumables.
Specially designed to minimise landfill burden and reduce the use of plastic by avoiding the use of traditional plastic bottles, the sachets are 100% biodegradable and phosphate free and they offer many other benefits:
CleanCloud, the point-of-sale software solution which transforms dry cleaners and laundromats by giving them the digital infrastructure they need to streamline their processes and procedures, beat competition from the likes of rankingCoach and Applauz to come top in its category.
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I suppose that as a journalist, I shouldn't be saying that I never believe anything I read in the press - well not without thorough investigation from several sources, anyway! However, I'm going to take this image that's doing the rounds on Facebook at face value, for the purposes of the comment I'm about to make.
An ex-cleaner pointed out to me the difference between companies such as Amazon and the small cleaning companies working hard to keep their clients happy whilst ensuring that any employees can earn a good living and that taxes are being paid, but which the system seems to pin down so they're unable to ever be anything other than a small business or get beyond the 'one man band' stage.
I've always been of the opinion that each of us should earn enough for the work we do, to be able to enjoy a reasonable standard of living. I support the growing band of companies paying what is known as a 'living wage' and only wish there were more of them. I am aware though that the burden it puts on employers to pay over and above what is legally required, is sometimes more than they can afford.
Speaking to some of the smaller cleaning contractors as well as those involved in domestic cleaning, I've discovered that many face a sticking point... They're working at full capacity and because they're doing a good job, they're approached by potential new clients to whom they've been recommended. They want to take on the extra work, but the cost of employing one or more new members of staff and paying them a living wage - when added to the extra administration and equipment the new contracts will demand as well as all the extra taxes involved - means it's just not worth expanding the business since it will create a loss rather than produce a profit.
It's a difficult one, isn't it?
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The international cleaning trade fair is taking place for the tenth time and with around 450 exhibitors from 25 countries has once again attracted a record number of participants.
Kenter, Husqvarna, Hako and Adlatus are the winners of this year's CMS Purus Innovation Awards (PIA) 2019. An independent panel of experts chose four outstanding innovations from exhibitors at the CMS exhibition in the categories Large Machines, Small Machines, Equipment and Digital Tools and Systems.
The business, which is the UK's largest producer of refuse sacks and the largest polythene recycler in Europe, had already been accredited at three of its UK manufacturing sites.
The Comac C 85 NSC floor cleaner from Kenter is a genuine game-changer. Unlike conventional machines, in which the water has to be changed 20 to 30 times a month, the on-board treatment unit with its innovative five-chamber system, only requires one change of water per month.
The Automower 535 AWD from Husqvarna can operate on extreme gradients of up to 70%, while ensuring that the highest safety standards are also maintained.
A highly effective concept, and in their evaluation of the Dust Stop the panel of judges kept asking themselves the same question: "Why did no one think of this before?"
Adlatus Teams 2020 is a man-machine interface, supported by AI, that creates a team comprising a human facility manager and his autonomous robot assistants. The intelligent networking of the systems enables an extensive range of cleaning tasks to be undertaken by variable cleaning fleets. This can significantly boost productivity, especially when large areas are being cleaned.
With Adlatus Teams an efficient division of labour can be achieved: working largely on their own, the robots can tackle time-consuming and strenuous work, while the human members of the team monitor the various processes and can focus on those tasks that cannot be carried out robots alone.
Speaking at the CMS Practice Forum on day one of CMS Berlin, Johannes Bungart, managing director of the National Guild Association of the Building Cleaning Trade, said: "The first day of the fair confirmed that for almost every exhibitor digitalisation is the dominant theme at CMS."
On the one hand the discussion here in Berlin was on how processes were changing, what companies' digital strategies were, and how robotics, automation and sensor systems could effect changes, improve efficiency and create transparency. On the other hand, 90% of the work undertaken by companies in Berlin was on existing buildings.
For Fabian Forst, general manager of the Auconic company, a visit to CMS two years ago was the starting point for the development of a cleaning robot. His ClearBot prototype has been designed for working at height to clean building facades. It provides for thorough cleaning while also conserving water.
The invention by Martin Konietzky of res-bona International GmbH is already finding use in Austria in regional trains as well as in nursery schools. With a tip made of rolled up cellulose his WC Sauber Stab (Clean Stick) has been designed to clean toilet bowls, where it can subsequently be flushed away. The plastic rod by which it is held uses silver-ion technology to prevent any contamination by germs.
Heinz Kersten has developed the three-component Geysir hot water / hot steam system as an environmentally friendly means of clearing weeds from paths. A single rod or a number of them are used to carry out this treatment, depending on the size of the area. Water at a temperature of 110 degrees C destroys the protein structure of the plants and inhibits their growth, without the need for pesticides.
Environmentally friendly ingredients are used in the products from tana-Chemie, the winner of the German Environmental Award 2019 and one of the Werner & Mertz Professional brands. However, the efforts to protect the environment begin with the packaging, and the bottles containing this cleaning product are composed exclusively of recycled plastic made from yellow refuse bags.
Congratulations to London-centric corporate cleaning specialist, Principle Cleaning Services, which celebrated its 30th birthday recently with a party for the workforce.
With its Tork Paper Circle, at CMS 2019 Tork is presenting a recycling service for paper towels. Used towels are collected in special waste bins and then processed at the Tork plant to make new hygiene products. In July 2019 the Essity hygiene brand received the Environmental Technology Award of the Land of Baden-Württemberg for its innovation.
The drone travels tirelessly up and down the large window. Propelled by four rotors, it presses a cylindrical brush against the surface of the glass, which it cleans with pure water. "It can easily tackle 50 to 100sq.metres per hour," says Yves Bianga of WC3D. He has been working in a team led by Marcus Fritsche since 2012 to automate the glass cleaning process.
For the past year they have been offering this service, using drones, and have been successfully applying robot technology to fulfil cleaning contracts in the Dresden area.
Ashtead Technology has been appointed as the Preferred Rental Partner for the CCTV inspection equipment needs of Drain Doctor, the UK's largest drain clearance and emergency plumbing company.
Homes and businesses across the UK are storing rubbish and old junk that is wasting space, rent and rates, according to research by Censuswide for Skoup, a new 'pay-as-you-throw' service for surplus clutter and waste.
Research by Skoup indicates that homes and business are wasting space and money on storage for bulky items that they'll never use, such as sofas, filing cabinets, old equipment and general junk that cannot be recycled at the kerbside.
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