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Last Friday in Brussels, the European Commission and the European Agency for Safety & Health at Work (EU-OSHA) in cooperation with the Netherlands EU Presidency, launched a two-year Europe-wide campaign: Healthy Workplaces for All Ages. Focusing on sustainable work and workplace safety and health in the context of the ageing workforce, the campaign provides a timely reminder that the younger workers of today are the older workers of tomorrow.
The Group delivers services in the UK, North America, Germany, Spain and Morocco, with more than 800 million journeys annually made on its buses, trains, light rail services and coaches. It strives for operational excellence in everything it does across the organisation, from its safety and CSR policy to choice of vehicle and livery.
Over the coming weeks, many cleaning companies will go out on site and temporarily remove the green tarnish... knowing that the algae will return in a couple of months.
The company says that the range will inspire customers to Imagine more from their washrooms with a choice of 24 dispensers featuring a modern, striking geometric look inspired by interior design trends and the Cannon Hygiene logo.
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Welcome to our ‘live’ on-site show issue of Cleanzine, in which we attempt to bring you a flavour of the Amsterdam show and share some of the innovation we’ve seen. I say ‘attempt’ because the show is now so vast that we’ll be lucky to experience even 10% of what’s on offer. It’s busy and it’s buzzing and there’s lots to see and do and oh so many people to meet…
In terms of development, ‘The Internet of Things’ seems to be where the industry is heading. We’re cleverly using that as a way of providing real value in what we do, taking away the need for clients to cut prices to the quick – whether they be janitorial suppliers, cleaning contractors or building owners/facilities managers.
Used properly, the IoT will enable us to provide such great service and connectivity that those buying into it will be able to reduce their own costs by working proactively, rather than reactively, and thus (hopefully) see that they really can afford to pay for the technology because in the long term it will be well worth the outlay. It will give them all they need and allow them to – as building owners or facilities managers – provide a better environment for their workforce, customers and visitors, or – as contract cleaners – hold onto the contract long-term rather than see it go to a lower bidder/potentially better service provider at the earliest opportunity the client has to sever the ties.
It offers really control. The potential is enormous and incredible. We just need to embrace it.
Finally, if you’re an exhibitor and John and I haven’t managed to visit your stand, do please get in touch and send us your news and pictures. It doesn’t have to be about your appearance at this show but can be about your products and services, your ideas or even industry-related things you lke or which make you unhappy.
It really doesn’t matter what country you’re from – we have a global readership and someone, somewhere will be interested in your story. Nor does it matter whether your company is large or small… After all, even those with enormous exhibition stands will once have been a small business and will have worried about whether they could cover the cost of the smallest booth. Just look where their vision took them…
And talking of vision, look out for next week's issue, when we'll be announcing the results of our ISSA/Interclean 'Quirky Awards' (for non-Brits, 'Quirky, in this case, is a tongue-in-cheek look at some of the innovation that's caught our eye).
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The international jury said: "This exciting and inspiring technology that has not been seen in the professional cleaning sector before and it brings with it many opportunities and possibilities.
The demand for automated cleaning machines is growing rapidly, particularly in the world's developed countries. This is due to significant advances in robotic technology, labour shortages and the need for higher productivity in daily or routine cleaning tasks.
Understanding that more transparency ensures greater efficiency in building cleaning, Karcher is focusing increasingly on its digital range for building cleaning under the title of 'Connected Cleaning'. As a first step, two systems will be merged onto one platform, providing greater transparency of workflows and machine use.
This gives the operator an entirely new information base, which can aid in decision-making and help increase the profitability of the business.
The compact version of the world's first battery powered dry steam based gum removal system, the GumBusters GB Compact is ideal for any premises where the forecourt or pavement is plagued by regular outbreaks of unsightly and sticky gum deposits.
But because it is so small the GB Compact can easily fit into a contractors van and be ready for any client GumBusting emergency!
Regular readers of our 'live' show reports will be familiar with the Cleanfix Robo, which we've filmed being put through its paces during at least two - and possibly even three - previous shows, so we were pleased to learn that this latest version (Robot RA 660 Navi to give it its full name) has received the recognition we feel it deserves, having been awarded the Innovation Award in the Machines, accessories and components category at this year's show.
The programme enables facilities managers to maximise the business and commercial benefits of washroom excellence and stay ahead of the competition.
Elsewhere in this issue you will have seen that the Cleanfix second generation floor washing robot won its category at the Innovation Awards this year.
What you will not have seen, unless you have been to the Innovation Lab at the Show, is a demonstration of the UV disinfection robot working alongside the Cleanfix robot.
We were really impressed with this machine, which despite its huge size was really comfortable and offered great visibility. And although we weren't actually able to try it out properly, the company's Bill Ruhr told us that it delivers exceptional sweeping and scrubbing performance and that it's easy to operate and maintain - and also that it's "absolutely loaded with great features".
These include a cleverly-designed screen that the operator can see clearly in the low light during the day in a warehouse environment and the ability to instantaneously switch the controls between 28 different languages.
The portfolio of Deb Stoko hand cleansers, sanitisers and after-work restore creams contains products that have been formulated to address and reduce the spread of infection as well as the risk of occupational skin disease.
The range consists of floor cloths and mops. Ready-to-use non-woven, dry, or impregnated with cleaning detergent or dry microfibre products...."Get to work straightaway with materials that are always clean," says Derik Landman,
Key developments from Prochem on Stand 01.128 include a further performance upgrade to the company's new model Endeavor SX9500 extraction machine - now available with a waste tank float switch which facilitiates a more accurate and premeditative means of knowing when the tank is full.
Quil and Peter posed for a picture with the new brand's stand graphics before explaining that the growth in the global foodservice and hospitality markets offers a significant growth opportunity to the manufacturer's UK, EU and ROW trading partners.
These lovely ladies got us all excited about a range of really-well thought products that Truvox will be rolling out over the coming months and into early part of 2017 - then told us that we couldn't write about them!
Stabilised Aqueous Ozone is dispensed via the Tersano lotus Pro and is quickly becoming a 'go to' product for facilities companies that want to significantly reduce their impact on the environment. It is 100% chemical free, leaves no smears or residue, reduces water consumption and crucially does not compromise on hygiene standards.
The ultimate scrubber for small or hard to reach areas... from removing layers of dirt from grout lines to just caked on layers of dust and dirt, this machine is very powerful and great to use. We loved maneouvreing it over the staircase.
Taking centre stage on the stand is the growing Easymix family which now offers two new concentrated air fresheners ecomix: pure breath green tea and pure breath floral.
This fully automatic self-cleaning toilet seat is attracting a lot of attention (but luckily no users) and what makes it particularly interesting is that it can be easily retrofitted to conventional toilet bowls.
"The CWS Paradise Cleanseat Pro" simply gives visitors a good feeling," confirms Maren Schulte, CWS product manager at CWS-boco International.
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BPI Recycled Products' manufacturing sites gained ISO 14001:2004 accreditation for environmental management and each site put controls in place to reduce the amount of waste they were generating.
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The trend to research a company, as well as its products and services online, prior to purchasing, is now a well-established practice. Recognising this, and the need to continually innovate within its business operations, Futures Supplies has now linked up with independent feedback provider Feefo as an efficient means of gathering genuine customer feedback to continually improve its customers' experiences.
"Existing employer concerns over the cost implications of the National Living Wage, pension auto-enrolment and the impending Apprenticeship Levy are starting to affect confidence amongst employers.
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