Cleanzine: your weekly cleaning and hygiene industry newsletter 23rd March 2023 Issue no. 1057
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ICE - Autonomous cleaning and sustainability solutions
Our market leading product range and offer is constantly evolving to stay ahead of the game and meet customer needs, and this year our innovations are bigger than ever. At the Cleaning Show 2021 we will be presenting a whole host of innovative and sustainable solutions!
ICE Co-Botics - the first complete autonomous cleaning range
The last 18 months have proven to be a pivotable point in our industry. The embracement and appetite for innovation through autonomous cleaning is like nothing we have seen before. Last year during the first wave of the pandemic, we launched ICE Co-Botics - the UK cleaning industry's first comprehensive range of autonomous floor cleaning machines.
Now here we are 18 months on, and we couldn't have imagined how well the range would be received and adopted. We now have well over 200 Co-Bots operating alongside cleaning teams in schools, airports, train stations, hospitals, logistics centres, manufacturing/warehouse facilitiesand retail locations across the UK. And we are really seeing how the introduction of Co-Botics is benefiting facilities both from a cleaning and a cost saving perspective.
Our Co-Botics equipment has been designed to integrate into cleaning team operations, picking up the manual and repetitive tasks, which then allows operators to focus on hygiene and sanitising activities to promote cleaner and safer environments. It is extremely intelligent and can be fully operated, controlled, and managed by the teams on site. The SMART features ensure the delivery of the following key requirements when using autonomous equipment in day-to-day cleaning activities:
* Safety and efficiency - safe, consistent and easy to map and control.
* Intelligent - it will clean any area without the need for technical intervention.
* Environmentally friendly – boasting water recycling capabilities and a run time of up to five hours.
* Proof of clean - fully integrated telemetry and cloud-based reporting on a clean-by-clean basis.
As the demand for Co-Botics continues to gather pace and more facilities realise the benefits that autonomous cleaning can bring, one key point to remember is collaboration. The key to successfully integrating Co-Botics is to collaborate with the cleaning operatives to ensure that the machines become part of the cleaning team and are not seen as a threat or a separate function. This requires fully involving the frontline operators so that they see the real value of the machines as collaborating with them, not replacing them.
In these changing times, it's clear that facilities service providers must achieve more, both in terms of productivity and quality, without compromising financial budgets. Therefore, we believe that investment in automated cleaning is not just pioneering, but essential for future cleaning.
ICE sustainability solutions
Speaking on the future of cleaning, it isn't just Co-Botics that we have seen an increased demand for - sustainable solutions for all environments has been a top priority for our customers. ICE is proud to offer a range of cleaning equipment with water recycling capabilities, offering both productivity and sustainability benefits.
A number of our scrubber dryers recycle water during operation, resulting in productivity savings and a 60-70% reduction in water usage. This function is included in our MTech, AquaSmart and Co-Botics equipment.
We also offer chemical-free cleaning products as part of our ICE AquaSmart range. These are powerful Aqueous Ozone cleaning and sanitising solutions perfect for any cleaning application or sector. Installing an ICE AquaSmart unit on your site means that you will dramatically reduce chemical usage, consumption of single-use plastics and your overall environmental impact. Unlike other Aqueous Ozone systems, ICE AquaSmart eliminates the ongoing costs and plastic waste associated with stabilising products, as no replacement cartridges are needed.
ICE AquaSmart is easy and safe for your staff to produce and use, with no COSHH training required. Every time you use ICE AquaSmart you are reducing chemical usage, increasing cleaning efficiency, and helping to save the planet!
Aqueous Ozone is a fully sustainable, natural cleaner and sanitiser, and is completely harmless to humans and animals. It is more powerful than bleach and is effective against bacteria, moulds and viruses.
This safe and sustainable solution offers businesses the opportunity to incorporate chemical-free cleaning and sanitising within their facilities and results in valuable cost savings and sustainability benefits.
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