Monday, November 21, 2016

Nilfisk and Carnegie Robotics Preview Industry-Changing Advance Liberty A50 Autonomous Scrubber/Dryer at ISSA 2016


Advance, the brand known and trusted to introduce productivity-enhancing innovations in the commercial cleaning market, proudly introduces the Advance Liberty A50 Autonomous Scrubber. The Advance Liberty A50, designed in partnership between Nilfisk and Carnegie Robotics, LLC, a leading provider of advanced robotics sensors and software, is specifically designed to leverage today’s most advanced autonomous technologies to make commercial floor care in such settings as retail, hospitality, education, healthcare, and more, more productive, safer and easier than ever.

“We are thrilled to launch the most advanced and easiest to use scrubber/dryer in the commercial floor care industry,” said Jonas Persson, president and CEO of Nilfisk. “Nilfisk has an unprecedented legacy of bringing ingenuity and innovation to market by way of products that improve and advance the industry. The Advance Liberty A50 is our most important product innovation yet, and it will set the standard and lead the way for intelligent equipment going forward in the commercial cleaning industry.”

The Advance Liberty A50 is the cleaning industry’s only stand-on scrubber/dryer that can be operated autonomously or manually, providing cleaning professionals with unprecedented flexibility based on their cleaning needs. With its proprietary sensor suite, software and camera, the scrubber/dryer recognizes unknown obstacles as small as a tennis ball and then automatically maneuvers around them, making the Advance Liberty A50 safe to use in open or congested spaces. And, a proprietary mix of technology, including cameras, sensors and lasers, allow the Advance Liberty A50 to accurately track its cleaning path and clean close to obstacles and walls.

"Carnegie Robotics is excited to partner with Nilfisk to bring the most innovative and advanced scrubber to the commercial cleaning market,” said Steve DiAntonio, CEO of Carnegie Robotics. “We've adapted military and space grade technologies to provide the Advance Liberty A50 scrubber with state-of-the-art perception and intelligent navigation that deliver safe and reliable floor cleaning. At the same time, we’ve engineered a simple to use interface that enables flexible and efficient operation.”

The Advance Liberty A50 will be the first product to launch under Nilfisk’s recently announced The Horizon Program, a pioneering global program that will deliver the most intelligent and technologically advanced cleaning solutions in the industry. Working with Carnegie Robotics, Nilfisk’s Horizon Program is a strategic, long-term initiative to launch multiple products that will provide the full spectrum of autonomous capabilities. Nilfisk’s work with Carnegie Robotics is the only partnership in the industry that combines the highest levels of expertise in robotics and commercial cleaning to design and develop state-of-the-art autonomous cleaning solutions that truly meet the needs of the commercial cleaning industry.

Nilfisk and Carnegie Robotics will officially launch the Advance Liberty A50 scrubber in the spring of 2017.

About Carnegie Robotics, LLC

Carnegie Robotics, LLC (CRL), is an ISO 9001:2008 certified supplier of reliable and advanced robotics sensors and platforms for defense, agriculture, mining, infrastructure, and commercial applications. CRL has grown steadily since its founding in 2010 by fulfilling the increasing demand for reliable and environmentally robust components that provide perception and intelligence for autonomous systems. In addition, CRL partners with major equipment suppliers to deliver disruptive, automated systems to traditional markets. For more information on CRL, visit www.carnegierobotics.com. 

About Nilfisk

Nilfisk is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of professional cleaning equipment. For over 100 years, Nilfisk has been committed to making the world a cleaner place, and the company offers only the very best in cleaning solutions and technologies to millions of businesses and homes around the world. Nilfisk has sales companies in 45 countries, and its products and services are used in more than 100 countries across the world. Learn more at www.nilfisk.com.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Healthier cleaning for healthier environments

Cleaning a healthcare facility is almost always more complicated than cleaning a school, business or other public space. There are simply more things you need to keep in mind besides the cleaning itself. 

What are you leaving behind? 


Chemicals can make highly effective cleaning solutions, but most chemical cleaners create fumes or leave behind residues that can comprise your job in the long run. That’s why more and more facilities are requiring chemical-free or reduced chemical cleaning from their staff or contractors.
Advance’s REV™ Technology is the perfect solution for this trend. The Advance SC500™ walk-behind scrubber, for example, not only features REV Technology and our exclusive EcoFlex™ System, but also SmartFlow™ Technology as well.
  • REV™ Random Orbital Scrubbing is so effective, it can actually eliminate the need for chemical floor strippers, one of the worst offenders on the chemical cleaning front.
  • The EcoFlex System allows you to clean with the least amount of detergent needed to do the job—or even with water alone.
  • And SmartFlow Technology automatically reduces the solution flow rate when the scrubber takes a corner or otherwise slows down, conserving both water and detergents.
Together, these technologies can reduce your water and chemical consumption significantly, which can go a long way toward making your facility a healthier place. 

Don’t trade clean floors for dirty air  

Air quality is another factor that’s often overlooked. Yet, in their efforts to reach the high levels of cleanliness that healthcare environments require, many cleaners will use equipment that compromises air quality.

Vacuums, for example, have a tendency to kick dust into the air even as they’re sucking it up from the floor. That’s because their motors are often so powerful they stir up dust that would ordinarily stay undisturbed. Advance engineers understand this problem and work continuously to develop vacuums that minimize dust. An example of this effort is the  Advance Spectrum™ upright vacuum. Featuring an exceptionally efficient three-stage filtration system—including a certified H.E.P.A. filter—this powerful carpet vac doesn’t just clean your carpets, it practically cleans your air at the same time.

“Can you keep it down out there?” 

Most people don’t think of noise as pollution per se, but there’s a growing movement to change that perception. This is especially true in healthcare environments, where peace and quiet is critical. The problem is, cleaning machines are powered by motors and motors make noise.
Advance engineers have addressed this problem, too, by designing some of the quietest running equipment in the industry. The SC500 scrubber mentioned earlier is just one example; it features a Quiet Mode setting that reduces operating noise to a whisper. In general, Advance vacuums and burnishers are so quiet, they can often be used during daytime hours, silently going about their business through the hustle and bustle of even the busiest hospital day.
So even though maintaining exceptionally high standards in healthcare environments can be a demanding challenge, having the right tools can help make it simple.