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THE APPLIANCE OF SCIENCE Paul Thrupp looks at how Interclean has helped set the stage for the 2019 Cleaning Show.


In my role as Deputy Chairman of the British Cleaning Council, and the Council’s representative for the Federation of Window Cleaners, I am already immersed in preparations for next year’s Cleaning Show in London.


Co-produced by the BCC, The Cleaning Show 2019 will once again be hosted at Excel in March 2019, and after the incredible success of our recent London and Manchester events it’s already generating substantial interest from trade exhibitors.


If my recent visit to Interclean is anything to go by one of the dominant themes in London in 2019 will be the proliferation of autonomous technologies and increasingly ‘smart’ machines. There was clear evidence that robotics and telemetry in particular were evolving at a rapid pace, with Internet of Things (IoT) enabled devices also starting to really get some traction.


I was also struck that it wasn’t just the usual suspects utilising these technologies, and that more and more companies were embedding autonomy into a wider range of products than ever before.


As you might have expected, unmanned floor machines were being put through their paces by a variety of manufacturers, and it was apparent that some of the limitations found with first-generation robotic cleaners have been overcome.


This was demonstrated in kit like ICE’s Robo 3 and the latest machines from


Intellibot. Other units which stood out included Adlatus’ CR 700 and Kärcher’s KIRA B50, both of which had a self-docking function to enable recharging. The KIRA also had the ability to refill itself with fresh water, which again is a relatively recent advancement in this category.


“One of the dominant themes in London in 2019 will be


the proliferation of autonomous technologies and


increasingly ‘smart’ machines.”


With regards to telemetry technology, the process by which data from an untethered object can be monitored, transmitted and received remotely, the impact on cleaning equipment was also highlighted. But beyond the simple tracking of machinery and other assets, telemetry also has advantages when added to trolleys, such as helping with staff planning and tasking.


Another way it can be used effectively in conjunction with trolleys is by analysing tasks by time and location, and further by proving a task was completed – which is not only useful for general quality monitoring but


potentially invaluable when defending an insurance claim based on an alleged operative’s negligence.


Such advancements in data-based IoT and robotic technologies, as demonstrated at Interclean, will undoubtedly have a significant presence at our own 2019 Cleaning Show, building on some of the home-grown innovations we saw at Excel in 2017.


In fact, if you were one of the 5,500 visitors to that show you will probably remember we had some amazing demonstrations of internal window cleaning washing systems, highly sustainable cleaning products and advanced consumable dispenser technology.


So, if bots and big-data is your thing – or you simply want to see how the appliance of science in the world of commercial cleaning might make your professional life a little bit easier – make sure you put 19 to 21 March 2019 in your diary.


And if you have some breakthrough tech, or another product you think might wow the Cleaning Show crowds, my colleagues managing the exhibition stands and conference speaker schedule would be more than happy to have a chat with you.


Either way you can find out more, keep updated and get in touch via our website.


www.cleaningshow.co.uk www.britishcleaningcouncil.org


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