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Nilfisk Autonomous Cleaning Technology Takes Centre Stage At The Cleaning Show

Published 21st February, 2017 by Neil Nixon

Nilfisk Autonomous Cleaning Technology Takes Centre Stage At  The Cleaning Show

The Nilfisk Group have partnered with Carnegie Robotics, a leading provider of advanced robotic sensors to develop a ground breaking range of autonomous cleaning machines under the pioneering Horizon Program.

The first technologically advanced Horizon model - Nilfisk Liberty A50 will be at The Cleaning Show. Visitors can watch live demonstrations of this ground breaking technology at the Nilfisk stand (G01) throughout the event.

The Global Horizon Program

The Nilfisk’s Group Global Horizon Program project team has undertaken a large number of detailed customer interviews and workshops designed to understand customer requirements and real applications across the world. The game changing outcome is the best performing, most productive, safe, self-operating, driverless cleaning machines which heralds a new era for commercial cleaning.

The range of 2 in 1 autonomous cleaning machines provide unprecedented precision via a series of sensors, lasers and software programs that are currently used in the military sector for land mine detection in addition to other commercial applications and agriculture.

Technology Partner

In the Autumn of 2016 during the live digital launch of the Horizon Program the President and CEO of Carnegie Robotics, Steve DiAntonio, explained their approach to market in selecting a leading global partner in each sector with the courage to introduce disruptive, innovative technology.

Nilfisk were selected in recognition of their 110 year commitment in responding to the changing needs of customers, bringing innovative cleaning solutions to the market place, constantly striving to improve performance, productivity and reducing the total cost of ownership. Together the partnership brings state of the art technology to the cleaning industry enabling customers to deploy unmanned floor cleaning with accuracy and precision.

Sensor, Lasers & Software

The new Horizon range utilises a range of sensors to map the environment, detect people, obstacles and drop offs (stairwells etc.).

The robust, perception system therefore allows safe operation within multiple unstructured environments. All models will provide both manual and automatic modes. The CopyCat mode records a normal cleaning pattern for the area in question, allowing the same cleaning pattern to be ‘replayed’ autonomously when the play button is activated. The Fill in Mode allows an area to be outlined before the machine utilises an advanced algorithm to work out the best, most efficient way to independently clean the specified area.

With only 3 buttons the models are very easy to use with minimal training required for operation.

Both driverless modes free up cleaning operatives for manual, ad-hoc jobs in more unstructured environments such as busy offices.

Fundamentally Changing the Industry

Jonas Persson, President and CEO of Nilfisk commented on their ambition to fundamentally change the global commercial cleaning sector; ‘Some years ago we developed the ambition to produce the most productive, best performing and safe autonomous cleaning machine in the world. Building on our heritage and remaining consistent, we are setting a course for a long term, strategic program of unmanned, intelligent and connected cleaning solutions. This sophisticated technology will completely redefine how we look at productivity and the total cost of ownership.’

‘Nilfisk’s work with Carnegie Robotics is like no other partnership in the industry. This team brings together the highest levels of expertise in robotics and commercial cleaning to design and develop state of the art driverless cleaning equipment.’

Nilfisk is one of the world's largest manufacturers of commercial and industrial cleaning equipment. From Tub Vacs through to Grounds Maintenance and Road Sweepers, Nilfisk offer a complete and affordable solution to all cleaning challenges. For more details on the Horizon Programme or the Nilfisk product range please visit our stand G01 at the show.

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