Ezitracker a leading provider of workforce technology has collaborated on a project to increase productivity in the cleaning environment by introducing Robotic Vacuum Cleaners (RVC’s) into the contract cleaning environment with The Perfect Little Company (TPLC).
Ezitracker has collaborated on a project to increase productivity in the cleaning environment with(TPLC). TPLC has successfully developed robotic vacuum cleaning systems for the commercial market, which are already being used to support schools, offices, warehouses and cleaning contractors across the UK.
The robots are usually rented in groups of 10 complete with a trolley (A hive), designed to increase efficient use of the robots. Depending on the size of the site, a single operator will typically use between 1 and 4 hives (10 – 40 robots) to vacuum 4,000 – 6,000ft² per hour. A single robot will typically be able to fully vacuum 600 – 800ft² per hour. This means that a single operator with the additional support of robots can increase the size of area vacuumed from a “spot cleaned” 4000ft² area to a fully vacuumed 6,000ft² area. The Hive Cleaning Trolley is used for charging, storing, cleaning and transporting the Abbees.
During the time that robots spend vacuuming, the cleaners can focus on other cleaning duties such as removing waste, wiping and dusting. On average it takes 15 minutes per trolley (Hive) to distribute, collect then empty the robots, so that creates 45 minutes of “free time” per hour for cleaners to carry out other duties. Through this partnership, we are not only able to provide clients with much more detailed analysis on the reliability of employees, but also their productivity, and it makes it easy for clients to identify those employees that are important to retain and where to deploy them whilst the robots clean. Robots introduce a new level of efficiency that human cleaners are simply incapable of; a person can only vacuum or mop so many square feet per hour. Robots enable cleaning to take place at any time, or night, they can also remain operational without intervention for longer periods.
Christian Berenger, Managing Director, Ezitracker said:
“A combination of robotic and internet technology is transforming the efficiency and effectiveness of facilities management and contract cleaning. The potential impact on productivity and results in the sector is enormous.
Contractors already using our remote workforce technology are already able to highlight the staff that regularly turn up for work on time and are there until the end of their shift. We found that integrating robotic vacuum cleaners reduced the stress and strain on these cleaning staff. By increasing the amount of available time that they have to complete other cleaning duties, and training the staff to use the technology, it increased the value of each member of the cleaning teams.”
Michael, Managing Director, TPLC said:
“We are excited to partner with Ezitracker on this project. Implementing robots in to an existing cleaning programme both reduces the health and safety risks associated with cleaning and improves the time management of other cleaning duties. Once a robotic workflow is planned and implemented, a site-specific schedule is created, and staff are trained to become ‘Robot Assisted Cleaners’ who are proficient in the distribution and management of the robots. This process then becomes the cleaner’s task. Then Ezitracker’s smartphone and mobile technology and in-app communication tools deliver added value by allowing them to log these completed tasks. Contract compliance checks can then happen in real-time, remotely. For managers and their clients, this knowledge is power.”
We fully expect that the concept of ‘Smart Facilities Management’ will become the standard and transform cleaning contractor businesses from reactive to proactive and predictive. FM service providers already using workforce management technology can simply add the robots into the workforce mix. Artificial intelligence in facilities management means eliminating uncertainty and letting the computers do the thinking, freeing up time for Managers to streamline processes, achieve optimum levels of productivity and boost long-term profitability.
Ezitracker provides web-based solutions for, Mobile Audits, Payroll Automation and Management Reporting to cleaning & facilities management companies, security companies and temporary workforce agencies. They can be quickly and easily integrated with other business critical software packages to make easier, cost effective and efficient.
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