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Avmor, Canada's leading manufacturer of professional cleaning solutions for the Jan/San and foodservice markets, believes that the professional cleaning industry should honour this day by focusing on ways to protect human health... and at the top of its list is indoor air quality.
Through this acquisition, Papyrus Supplies says it is further strengthening its Nordic position in the field of cleaning and facilities management supplies.
A simple, battery-free, door-mounted air freshener solution for washroom cubicles, the Airplus Ellipse offers maximum ease of service with easy loading and activation of the refill: the cartridge has been designed to activate inside the dispenser using the action created by closing the cover - thus avoiding any possible fragrance spillage.
From 18th to 20th September 2017, the Federation will be holding its congress alongside the international cleaning trade fair CMS Berlin 2017 - Cleaning.Management.Services in the German capital. The headline topic of the international conference is 'Cleaning in the digital world - processes, people, technology.'
The 2016 show will feature over 800 exhibitors from over 45 countries, showcasing their cleaning and hygiene products and solutions in a total floor area of approximately 60,000sq.m. RAI also reports that more live demonstrations are to be given across the show floor than ever before, including in the Outdoor Cleaning Show and High Pressure Demonstration Area where visitors will be encouraged to 'try-it-yourself' with many of the products on display.
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Although I’ve not as yet been able to find anything on the companies’ websites, I’ve been reading a lot over the past few days about a new system of aircraft cleaning that at first glance appears to be based on the ‘ultraviolet light’ automatic room cleaning & disinfecting systems that are proving successful in hospitals, which we’ve been covering in Cleanzine for some years.
Like hospital patients and visitors, air passengers are often carrying viruses and other nasties of which they’re unaware, that can quickly spread from one person to another and do particularly well in busy areas and confined spaces. And like those responsible for allocating patients their hospital beds, the airlines face incredibly quick turnarounds, so cleaning needs to be thorough and effective as well as ultra-fast.
This new method could fit the bill and although it may well cost the cleaners their jobs, those involved could hopefully be retrained in something they might find more rewarding and less stressful. Having seen the disgusting mess in which some of my fellow-passengers leave their seats and surrounding areas, I can imagine that the cleaners will be delighted not to have to deal with it any longer!
The automated system, which uses UV organic LED (UV OLED) disinfection lights to kill harmful bacteria on dirty surfaces, would be activated once the passengers and crew had left the aircraft and would shut down automatically if someone opened the aircraft door. It would be delivered via disinfection lights installed along the floor and near the overhead cubicles and lights above the seats. The technology could also be installed on a roll-out mat or cart that could be wheeled into the empty cabin.
According to the reports I’ve read, details of the technology were revealed in a recent patent filing by California-based MAG Aerospace Industries, which is owned by French company Zodiac Aerospace.
The application pointed out that airlines often don’t have enough time to clean cabin surfaces and that the cleaning may simply involve rubbish removal and general tidying – and that sanitising would generally be out of the question.
It will be interesting to see how this one develops…
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MTW Research has published a new Research & Analysis market report providing a fresh, comprehensive & reliable review of the public and private sector UK Contract Cleaning Market in 2016 with forecasts to 2020.
Fully revised and updated with new, easy to read charts for 2016, this well-respected market report is based on sales from more than 80% of the industry by value and is now in its sixth edition. It is written specifically for cleaning equipment suppliers & cleaning contractors representing a key source of vital market intelligence, 2,000+ sales leads, analysis & intelligent comment.
Event organisers, the British Cleaning Council and Quartz Media, say they are extremely pleased with attendance at the inaugural Manchester Cleaning Show.
ContinuumBridge, a provider of enterprise IoT (Internet of Things) solutions, has launched Spur, an intelligent call-to-action device and service aimed at service providers in the facilities management, retail, leisure and hospitality industries. It provides an intelligent, easy-to-use means for service users to initiate a request or report an issue and provides the user with an immediate acknowledgement.
The physical part of Spur is a call button that integrates a display whose message indicates to the user what they are able to request/report and then provides instant visual feedback confirming the outcome.
The shortlist is as follows:
SkyVac has launched what it believes is the world's most powerful pole operated gutter cleaner. The company says that the SkyVac Industrial is at least three times more powerful than any other model; capable of drawing 8000 litres of air per minute and lifting water 150in. It will even remove heavy tufts of grass up to 5 kilos.
Celebrating its fifth year of UK production, SkyVac has designed this model for all situations. It has three motors controlled by a power management lever to operate on 6,500 - 8,000 litres suction per minute and to ensure economical use of electricity.
Just imagine the air in a room being made odour free and sanitised safely and efficiently in 15 minutes... This is what the AC7Duo offers at a push of a button. No chemicals or deodorants are required as this commercial grade air cleaning system is inspired by nature - a thoughtful combination of harnessed ozone power and mobility under your control.
Fresh and clean smelling air is often critical for a company's performance and reputation, as well as for its occupants' health and wellbeing.
One of the most dominating stories of the past few weeks has been the uncertain future of the Tata steelworks in Port Talbot, Wales. The closure of the plant and others like it around the UK would have far reaching negative consequences, some of which concerns Brushtec.
The flat steel strip in our wafer ring brushes is sourced from the Port Talbot plant. From the Tata plant in Scunthorpe is where we source the wire rod for our side gutter brushes.
Eunited Robotics - the European Robotics Association - reports that the ISO Technical Specification with safety requirements for industrial human-robot collaboration (ISO/TS 15066) was finalised by the responsible international ISO working group in December 2015 and published by ISO on February 15, 2016.
The document can be ordered at ISO store (www.iso.org). ISO/TS 15066 contains requirements for the safe implementation of robots in collaborative operations and with robotics being used more and more in cleaning, the publication is timely.
"The 2014 edition of Esclean was a giant leap towards the sector's objectives," say the Spanish show's organisers. "It succeeded in promoting professionalisation and guaranteed product quality, encouraged a culture of professional cleaning and hygiene, fostered the launch of actions aimed at reducing costs while improving the hygienic result of cleaning.
It also "disseminated the idiosyncrasies of a sector that creates employment and wealth and which is committed to the environment, enhanced well-being, quality of life and public health."
Despite having policies in place to prevent infections, staff at outpatient care facilities fail to follow recommendations for hand hygiene 37% of the time, and for safe injection practices 33% of the time.
This is according to a study published in the April issue of the American Journal of Infection Control, the official publication of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control & Epidemiology (APIC).
Cordant Services has secured contracts to supply a wide-range of cleaning, security and front of house services to the University of London. Dedicated teams will create a clean, safe and attractive environment within all the buildings of the University's academic and residential estate
The contracts, which will run for five plus two years, will provide a comprehensive range of services, including general routine cleaning, periodic cleaning and ancillary services.
A family-owned business based in Selkirk in the Scottish Borders, RP Adam is, this year, celebrates its 125th year in business.
And if you've been wondering what's going on under the scaffolding that's been erected around it recently, there's another type of battle underway, as cleaning and conservation work is carried out on the 104 year old sculpture of the 'Angel of Peace descending on the Quadriga.'
The visit was organised by the Chamber and was attended by the Mayor of South Ribble, Councillor Mary Green, her husband and consort Tony Green and Carl Rogers (business development manager at the Chamber).
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