Interclean Amsterdam, the world’s leading tradeshow for cleaning professionals, started with the announcement of the winner of the Amsterdam Innovation Award. The overall winner out of a total of 89 entries was KIRA B50 from Kärcher. This first autonomous cleaning machines presented the whole package and a step forward in robotics technology for the cleaning industry.
“As with every Amsterdam Innovation Award, the jury was tasked with evaluating a high number of entries – the real challenge was to compare the impact and originality of products from such diverse parts of the industry” said Michelle Marshall, Chair of the Jury. The jury voted Kärcher robot as the winner of this category because the company has entered this market segment with a machine that can immediately be described as totally autonomous. The involvement from humans is minimal – which is what true autonomy means – and the opportunity charging feature makes demand-oriented cleaning in specific zones a reality.
KIRA B50 is Kärcher’s first robotic scrubber dryer. The company has entered the market with a fully autonomous machine with a docking station to allow independent charging and tank emptying/refilling. It offers automatic route planning of pre-defined zones.