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VACUUMS & SWEEPERS


and re-emission will also be tested and displayed alongside energy values, giving a clear picture of the appliance performance.


“Commercial vacuum manufacturers face a particular dilemma. For many years a large part of the cleaning industry has followed the school of thought that bigger is better, more power equals more pick up. Whilst 25 years ago there may have been some correlation between the two, today’s vacuums are able to produce greater pick-up efficiency from lower powered motors. ”


the push for lower energy usage if the drive for more economic cleaners is to be a success. He said: “Shifting this cultural perception is key to the successful adaption of lower energy, more efficient vacuums within the commercial market.


While we are committed to reducing energy usage, this cannot compromise performance, as that would simply be a backward step for both the product and the professional cleaning standards.


The most obvious question to ask would be how? But Ernill explains that the hard work put in by the Research and Development team has enabled them to create a cleaner that is both powerful, and in keeping with the EU’s eco-friendly aspirations.


including hybrid vacuum cleaners. This regulation shall not apply to: wet, wet and dry, battery operated, robot, industrial, or central vacuum cleaners.”


As far as commercial vacuums are concerned, the regulations specify it as a vacuum cleaner for use by cleaning staff or contract cleaners in offices, hospitals and hotel environments.


Many critics within the sector have stated concerns that the reduction in power will mean a loss of suction, and result in using the cleaners for longer, which could effectively end up using just as much power. But Ernill explains the testing process will be just as rigorous, to ensure there is no drop in performance or quality.


He added: “It isn’t simply about reducing power, vacuum pick-up


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He said: “Commitment to Research and Development has resulted in great moves forward both in the performance of the motor itself but equally as importantly the rest of the vacuum. Of course the motor is the heart of the machine, but let’s not forget it is only one element. Development in floor tool design, filtration and airflow bring greater efficiency from less power.”


While some in the industry still aren’t convinced about the switch to lower energy, the move has been praised by some, with James Brown, who runs the Vacuum Cleaner Museum in Derbyshire, adding that he believes higher wattage is no guarantee of higher suction.


And Ernill feels that there needs to be a change in the way people view


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“As Europe’s largest commercial vacuum manufacturer, Numatic International has welcomed the Ecodesign regulations as they echo energy saving innovations that were introduced to Numatic vacuums in 2010. While we are committed to reducing energy usage, this cannot compromise performance, as that would simply be a backward step for both the product and the professional cleaning standards.”


The commitment appears to have paid off, as Ernill talked of his pride at releasing a new range of dry vacuums earlier this


year that are in keeping with the EU’s energy efficiency targets, while also maintaining their own high standards of suction.


He explained: “Two years hard work, research, development and investment led to May this year when Numatic unveiled the range of commercial dry vacuums at the ISSA Interclean exhibition. The iconic Henry leads the range into the new era of lower energy vacuums with improved pick up both on carpet and hard floors. To be very clear, Henry now has improved dirt pick up and uses half the power. To achieve this result Henry has seen 14 key developments resulting in a combined increase in efficiency.


“However, be in no doubt Henry is still Henry, still just as durable and reliable with all the professional specification. Henry just got better.”


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