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Robotic Floor Cleaners - Sweeper or Scrubber-Dryer

Looking for industrial robot cleaning machines? Crescent Industrial specialise in finding the ideal autonomous cleaning machine for industry: warehousing, manufacturing, cleanrooms, construction – anywhere where the floors need cleaning regularly. Are you looking for the best robot vacuum for commercial use? Please read our 7 Factors when choosing robot floor cleaners blog for ideas on what to look for, or contact the team at Crescent.

Industrial Robot Vacuums

Commercial robot vacuum machines save time and reduce human fatigue or danger in many situations. Shown here are popular models of sweeper vacuum robots, designed for commercial situations, for hire or purchase. Speak with the Crescent team for a demonstration or a site assessment, finding you the perfect industrial robot vacuum.

Industrial Robot Scrubber Dryers

Commercial cleaning robots are designed to clean large areas of hard floors without an operator. The robotic scrubber dryers from Crescent combine the latest self-driving logic with powerful floor-cleaning performance. Fully automated including charging, filling with clean water and emptying of waste water, Crescent offer machines for hire or sale and full service support across the UK.

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How do Commercial Robot Sweepers Work?

Commercial robot sweepers, also known as robotic floor cleaners, autonomous industrial cleaning robots or robotic sweepers, are increasingly popular in various commercial settings like warehouses, factories, construction sites and retail spaces. The large quantities of fine dust in industrial settings such as foundries and brickworks, or large pieces of swarf and debris in engineering factories and workshops would ruin any domestic robot. This is where specialist industrial vacuums and sweepers are needed. Here's a general overview of how they work:

1. Navigation and Mapping

Sensors: These robots are equipped with an array of sensors, including ultrasonic sensors, infrared, and sometimes LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) to navigate around obstacles and map their environment.
SLAM Technology: Many use Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM) technology to create a map of the area and plan efficient cleaning paths. This tech helps the robot understand where it has cleaned and where it needs to go next.

2. Cleaning Mechanisms

Brushes and Rollers: They typically have one or more rotating brushes or rollers designed to sweep dust and debris into an onboard collection bin.
Vacuum Suction: Some models also incorporate a vacuum system to aid in the removal of finer particles from the floor.
Mopping Functionality: Some models may include this, but generally these are known as scrubbers or scrubber-dryers and are discussed separately.

3. Battery and Charging

Battery Powered: These robots are battery-operated, usually with a rechargeable lithium-ion battery.
Self-Charging: They often can return to their charging dock automatically when their battery is low. The range of the battery pack will affect the area that one machine can effectively cover.

4. Programming and Control

Pre-programmed Routes: In some cases, they can be programmed with specific routes or areas to clean. Some have a teaching mode, where you can show them where to go.
Remote Control: Operators can control them remotely, sometimes via an app, which can also be used to track cleaning progress, schedule cleaning times, and receive notifications.

5. Maintenance and Waste Disposal

Regular Emptying: The collected waste in the bin needs to be regularly emptied. Advanced models will do this automatically too.
Maintenance: Regular maintenance like cleaning the brushes, and filters, and checking for wear and tear is necessary.

6. Adaptability and Safety Features

Adapts to Different Environments: They are designed to work on various types of flooring, including concrete, tarmac, vinyl or tiles.
Safety Features: Equipped with safety features to stop operation if they encounter unexpected obstacles or are picked up.

Advantages in Commercial Use

Efficiency: They can clean large areas efficiently, saving time and labour costs.
Consistent Performance: Offer consistent cleaning performance, which is particularly valuable in environments where cleanliness is paramount.
Operational Flexibility: Can be programmed to operate during off-hours to avoid disrupting business operations. They can sometimes access areas that are too dangerous or constricted for humans to enter, for example underneath machines or racking.

These robots are a part of the broader trend of automation in various industries, contributing to efficiency and effectiveness in maintenance and cleaning tasks. The technology is continuously evolving, leading to more sophisticated and capable models over time.