Stella Artois turns vacuum cleaners into robotic bartenders

21st of December 2018
Stella Artois turns vacuum cleaners into robotic bartenders

Lager manufacturer Stella Artois has performed a Christmas miracle by turning robot vacuum cleaners into automatic bartenders this year.

The Stella Artois BART - which stands for Bartending Automated Robotic Technology - comes in the form of a kit that may be attached to a robot vacuum by means of heavy-duty hook-and-loop patches.

BART comprises

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ISS to cut 100,000 jobs in bid to reduce complexity and risk

20th of December 2018
ISS to cut 100,000 jobs in bid to reduce complexity and risk

Danish facilities services group ISS is to cut its staff by 20 per cent and pull out of 13 countries in a bid to streamline operations.

As part of a two-year plan to focus on key markets, the Danish firm will reduce its customer base by 50 per cent and pare down its 490,000-strong staff to 390,000.

The company aims to increase its annual

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Hand hygiene to tackle the spread of disease through air transport

18th of December 2018
Hand hygiene to tackle the spread of disease through air transport

The frequency with which we travel by air today has increased the rate of contagion, according to a study. But improved hand washing by travellers could significantly cut the risk of infections.

Airports attract an international population which means that infections and bacteria are brought in from many countries, claim study authors Smixin AG.

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Stick-on robotic arm puts the toilet seat down automatically

14th of December 2018
Stick-on robotic arm puts the toilet seat down automatically

A battery-operated device for the household toilet could help save relationships, according to its developers.

Described as "a box with a better memory than your boyfriend", the SmartNudge ensures that the toilet seat is always returned to its lowered position after use by a man.

The unit contains a sensor which automatically detects when the

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Sweepers - six degrees of separation

12th of December 2018
Sweepers - six degrees of separation

Dust, stones, rubble, leaves, paper cups, broken glass, takeaway cartons – these are just a few of the items that a sweeper has to pick up. So, what are the challenges involved in removing such a vast array of debris, asks Ann Laffeaty? And do sweepers need to be able to separate out all those different types of rubbish?

Most cleaning

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Waste management - recycling is part of the solution

11th of December 2018
Waste management - recycling is part of the solution

Total Recycling Services, one of the UK’s leading waste management providers, believes in the important role recycling companies play in the worldwide plastics pollution problem. ECJ spoke to operations director Andy Dobson about the effects plastics are having on the environment right across Europe and what the waste management industry is

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