The robot evolution

21st of January 2019
The robot evolution

Too expensive, too limited and not fully autonomous – these were the general criticisms of contemporary robot cleaners when we last ran an ECJ Cleaning in the Digital World supplement two years ago. How far has this picture changed, asks Ann Laffeaty.

It was a little more than 20 years ago when the idea of an autonomous cleaning machine

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The role of the smartphone

17th of January 2019
The role of the smartphone

Practically everyone today has a smartphone, and these ubiquitous devices are used for everything from communication to game-playing and information-gathering to navigation. But how far have they encroached on to the world of cleaning, asks Ann Laffeaty?

Glance around any train carriage, shopping centre, bus, street or waiting room and at least

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The world of cleaning, 2028

15th of January 2019
The world of cleaning, 2028

How has the cleaning industry evolved from a technological viewpoint over the past 10
years? And what changes will we see 10 years from now? Ann Laffeaty looks back on the past and canvasses the views of industry players about future developments.

If we were to go back in time a mere 10 years we would probably be astonished at how rudimentary the

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Right time, right place

8th of January 2019
Right time, right place

Swiss Post is a business that takes innovation very seriously. In fact in 2014 it established its Development & Innovation unit to act as a hub for projects and bundle them into subject-specific development programmes. One of the areas of focus has been facilities services. ECJ speaks to Kaspar Adank, head of innovation for Swiss Post real

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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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