In the wake of the digital wave that seems to have taken the cleaning industry into its fold, ISSA Interclean 2016 expo was fully charged with innovative products and solutions offered by exhibitors from across the world. Clean India Journal spoke to leading manufacturers from various countries to capture the innovative trends in the cleaning market today. In total 810 exhibitors from 47 countries were exhibiting.
Cleaning Expos globally are witnessing more and more solutions being included year after year. The Show at Amsterdam this time had dedicated halls for laundry and management & mobility solutions besides washroom, steam cleaning and high pressure cleaning.
“As expected the IT developments became much more visible during the 2016 show,” said Rob den Hertog, Manager, ISSA/Interclean. “The InnovationLab and the Management & Mobility Solution pavilion were very busy during the show. Also the Amsterdam Innovation Award honored new technologies like Augmented Reality, Robots and Management Solutions based on The Internet of Things. But also many efficient and green solutions were presented during the show.
“The well-established segments are Machines, Equipment, especially High Pressure& Steam, Chemicals and Washroom. We are exploring new areas related to professional cleaning but for the moment these are only small,” he added.
The digitalization of cleaning is more pronounced at the equipment end with manufacturers focusing on simplifying processes. The most outstanding innovation introduced at this show was Robotic Cleaning showcased by Diversey-Sealed Air, Cleanfix and many others. Other innovations included facilities like GPS tracking, wi-fi enable battery charging, sensor systems, water level indicators and many other innovative systems.
Speaking during an exclusive interview with Clean India Journal, Dr Ilham Kadri, Vice President, Diversey Care-Sealed Air, stated that robotic cleaning will not only enable efficient cleaning but will also reduce the cleaning time that the housekeepers have to put in.
Digitalization, on the other hand, helps to connect with cleaning enabling efficient execution of cleaning tasks as per need rather than a routine schedule, explained Marcus Asch, Vice-Chairman, Karcher.
In recognition of the new systems and products, The ISSA/Interclean Awards too was much in tune and the overall winner award was given to Sealed Air Diversey Care for its product Augmented Reality: Suma Revoflow. Other category winners were: Robot RA 660 NAVI from Cleanfix and the Quick & Easy System from Werner & Mertz Professional. The BRC 40/22 C from Kärcher won the Visitor’s Choice Award.
Besides digitalization, there were innovations such as front brushes in ride on machines with auto opening system to clean more widely, machines that have aluminium construction and are three times much lighter than traditional machines, better filters for long lasting industrial use, sensor based indicators and others.