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Well into the 20th Century, canary birds were used in mines by coal miners to detect the poisonous gas, carbon monoxide. Due to their size and physiology, canaries are much more sensitive to the toxic effects of carbon monoxide than humans. So, being held in a small cage ahead, it would sometimes alert the miner to the need for a quick exit, by falling off its perch.
Hans Henrik Lund has taken up his position as new CEO for Nilfisk, a leading global player in the professional cleaning industry.
400 exhibitors have registered so far and 17,000 trade visitors from 65-plus countries are expected to attend. Due to the success of the 2015 event, CMS has now opened an additional hall - taking the total to five.
Steam Clean Systems says its new Nebula Steam Cleaner offers a breakthrough in vehicle cleaning technology.
The global biosurfactant market is anticipated to generate demand of over 340,000 tons by 2020, growing at a Compound Annual Growth Rate of around 4% from 2014 to 2020.
Absence of direct bio-based substitutes of these products is expected to be one of the major factors driving the market over the forecast period, together with rising environmental concern over the consumption of synthetic surfactants and the growth of the global personal care industry.
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CMS cleaning summit opens with a parade of cleaning products. On Tuesday, numerous exhibitors at the international cleaning trade fair CMS Berlin 2017 - Cleaning.Management.Services. kicked off the event with a spectacular display which involved manufacturers of cleaning machines and cleaning agents showcasing a wealth of innovations and technological developments of their products at the south entrance to the Berlin Exhibition Grounds.
Trends at CMS 2017 include eco-friendly scrubber dryers capable of working large surfaces; easy-to-use cleaning robots which can clean smooth surfaces and windows without an operator; ergonomically designed mops; paper towel dispensers for highly frequented public washrooms; fast-acting all-purpose cleaners for coated and uncoated surfaces and floor coverings; easy-care cleaning cloths and gloves for removing stains without chemical agents; easy-to-use cleaning industry software for organising employees and tasks; a wide range of apps for rapid mobile access to all details of customer and property information as well as intelligent machine management.
CMS Berlin 2017 is running until the evening of Friday, 22nd September at the Berlin Exhibition Grounds and boasts 429 exhibitors from 24 countries - a record figure for this event. With displays covering a hall area of 29,000sq.m, exhibitors are providing a comprehensive overview of the cleaning industry's commercial range of products and services, including numerous cleaning machines and cleaning agents making their world debut.
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The 22nd Congress of the World Federation of Building Service Contractors, taking place this week alongside CMS Berlin, has been attended by over 500 senior executives from the international cleaning industry. The main theme is 'Cleaning in a Digital World - Processes, People Technology'.
In cooperation with the District Authority Berlin Mitte, Kärcher has this week - as part of its cultural sponsorship and to draw attention to CMS 2017 - cleaned the mosaic tiles arranged in a circle around the Neptune Fountain on Alexanderplatz in Berlin.
Three experts from the family-owned business based in Winnenden focused on the removal of trodden-in chewing gum - a particularly stubborn contamination.
Built by Swiss firm Zaugg AG, the company usually makes snow clearing equipment for use on roads, railways and airfields. With this heritage it is only natural for solutions to other problems to be introduced.
With Granuline a highly effective group of products based on granules has been created that, for the first time, can match the cleaning capabilities of liquid cleaning products. The speed with which the granules are dissolved in water has never previously been achieved by any other manufacturer.
The marketing of this cleaning product in the form of small, light sticks of powder results in enormous savings in the costs of transport, logistics and storage. The packaging units are already pre-measured, thereby avoiding mistakes or the application of excessive amounts, which also cuts costs and helps to protect the environment.
Productive... manoeuvrable... ergonomic... Airports, railway and bus stations, shopping centres... Providing a large area performance, the highly manoeuvrable and flexible Scrubmaster B120 R can be relied upon to carry out all cleaning tasks efficiently in areas with high buildings.
Available in four different working widths with disc or cylindrical brushes, a turning circle of only 179 cm and a small clearance width, the machine is perfectly equipped for every application. And thanks to its ergonomic design and smart features, the Scrubmaster facilitates particularly efficient and comfortable working.
With its light weight and compact format it can also be used in buildings without lifts or where storage space is limited. This easy-to-use implement does not require any special devices for filling or disposal either, a standard tap and drain are sufficient.
With a scrubbing width of 700mm and 60kg continuously variable pressure with 200 rpm brush rotation velocity, the Adlatus CR 700 (to give it its full name) is impressive enough, the fact that it requires no-operator to push it along is exceptional, but the automated 'return to dock' capability makes it unique.
In practical terms, what this means is that with the Vermop System ONe, cleaning managers always know exactly what is happening in the premises that they are responsible for.
The Vermop Equipe Digital trolley system provides direct feedback via a digital module, such as ground covered, and products used, which may be used to compare with planned target times.
The stainless steel body of the faucet prevents corrosion and surface bacteria and with up to 70% water savings, the untouchable is also ideal for use in clinics and washrooms where the refillable 1000ml bottles may be replenished with any appropriate low viscosity fluid.
No more abseiling down high buildings at risk to life and limb, or working at the limits of the telescopic cleaner, thanks to the cleaning drone from CleanCopter. It has been developed by Stephan Kallweit, a professor of robotics from Aachen, together with the building cleaning contractor Uwe Böhme.
2017 marks a historic anniversary for Brightwell Dispensers, as they are celebrating an impressive milestone of being in business for 70 years. What began as a small firm in post-war Britain has continuously grown into a global manufacturer of high-quality products for the cleaning and hygiene industry.
The company is now exporting their products in over 85 countries, with offices in the UK, Germany, USA and a strong network of distributors.
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