It shouldn’t surprise you to learn that cleanliness is poised to become a major industry buzzword for 2020. With COVID-19 disrupting so many industries, businesses are struggling to figure out how to maintain the highest standards of cleanliness while keeping costs manageable. If companies want both employees and customers to feel safe in their place of work, they have to go above and beyond to ensure it’s clean and hygienic.
One way that businesses can do that is through autonomous cleaning equipment. These autonomous robots are capable of cleaning and scrubbing floors to perfection, allowing for a more effective redistribution of staff and other resources. They’re frequently used in high-traffic areas like hospitals, airports, stores, and schools, to ensure that customers (especially those in vulnerable populations) are able to feel secure.
Here are a few more ways that autonomous robots can be used to provide an extra level of cleanliness.
When administrators and managers working in large facilities like hospitals and schools need to ensure the building’s cleanliness, they typically turn to a small army of workers who sweep, mop, and disinfect it from floor to ceiling. When a business invests in an autonomous robot, hardworking staff can be utilized more effectively. Instead of being required to take care of all cleaning tasks, humans can oversee the robots and deploy them to work in areas that might be more dangerous, like in hospital rooms with vulnerable patients. Many autonomous cleaning robots, especially those with UV lighting capabilities that kill bacteria, are ideally suited to these tasks. With those areas safely sanitized by robots, staff can oversee this critical work, and take care of high-touch areas like doorknobs, light switches, and handrails.
Additionally, these robots help cut down on expensive overtime pay. According to recent reports, these robots can pay for themselves in as little as 15 months.
In many industries, there are rigorous compliance standards that have been put in place to ensure an acceptable level of cleanliness. Using automated metrics, many cleaning robots are able to transmit data about how much surface area has been cleaned, and ensure that these compliance standards are being met.
Unlike human beings, robots are never going to be distracted or waylaid from their path. They follow the same route every single time, and as long as they are maintained and function optimally, they will always be extremely efficient. The sensors built into these robots ensure that they can detect the presence of obstacles, and if necessary, reroute themselves to avoid collisions. They can even monitor the travel path of a moving vehicle in a warehouse, and ensure they're staying out of harm's way.
There’s never been a better time to optimize how you clean your business. Autonomous robots can offer a consistent, efficient cleaning experience that frees up your existing staff to focus on areas that require their attention and time.
If you are looking for smart sensing technology to equip an autonomous robot to help take on some of the burdens of cleaning and sanitizing your business, get in touch with the Hokuyo team. Our high quality sensors allow autonomous robots to keep critical environments like hospitals and schools clean and safe, and we're working hard to ensure our sensors support all your efforts.