Contract cleaners validating poor performance
The first model was launched in 1987 under the Robo Kent brand.
Robots developed during this time covered applications for sweeping, vacuuming, floor scrubbing, courier services and guard security.
Background With the proliferation of embedded microprocessors in the process and automotive industries during the 1980’s, it was only natural that entrepreneurs would look to this same technology to revolutionize the commercial cleaning industry.
The original goal was and continues to be to take a manually operated floor cleaner and turn it into a fully autonomous machine (i.e.
Ten employees were expected to show up at 5 AM to begin the work – not one made it.
As I have experienced numerous times throughout my career, assembling and maintaining a reliable workforce is one of the greatest challenges in the conventional contract cleaning industry. With the recognition that these conditions are characteristic of the industry as a whole, I undertook research to identify robot development companies.
Ultrasonics struggled with even minimal route complexity including wide aisleways and infrared sensors didn’t recognize glass walls.
Wet floors would result in wheel slippage, which led directly to errors in distance calculations and robots that failed to clean the entirety of the programmed surfaces.
Worse yet, if the error was significant, the robot would get lost and would be unable to re-establish the correct route.
The time has arrived for commercial businesses, particularly in the retail, industrial/warehouse, education, airport and office building segments to reconsider robotic cleaning. and counting In August 1983 my motivation to pursue and integrate robotic cleaning equipment into my business was ignited.
My three-year-old cleaning company, Commercial Services of Virginia, had a contract to clean a local Sears store.