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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The rise of the machines?

10th of December 2018
The rise of the machines?

Robots will put us all out of a job as the march towards automation in our workplaces continues apace, we were told. Scary stuff. But now we are beginning to hear that we may have less to fear from machines than the doomsayers would have us believe, writes Hartley Milner.

We all love watching Charlie Chaplain’s cane-swinging tramp shuffling

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Robots at railway stations

10th of December 2018
Robots at railway stations

Christian Bouzols reports for ECJ about cleaning robots now in use at SNCF railway stations.

Keeping its stations clean is a matter of great importance to the SNCF (Société Nationale des Chemins de fer Français). Some two tons of waste are picked up every day in a typical main railway station. The thousands of passengers who

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In safe hands?

7th of December 2018
In safe hands?

Knowing that your facilities are secure when outsourcing contracts is paramount. Secure commercial cleaning expert Julius Rutherfoord & Co wants to see levels of security vetting improved across the professional cleaning industry, says operations director Caroline Hutchins.

Security is an issue that every business, large and small, must take

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