During the last century, appliances such as vacuum cleaners, dishwashers and washing machines have made life easier. Imagine the changes that we know in the 21st century when we will be able to delegate even more household tasks to machines with robotics.
Facility management in general and especially cleaning, are among the most promising areas of robotics. The first version of the robotic vacuum cleaner entered the market in 1996. Twenty years later, it has become essential in the cleaning sector. Other interesting developments in the field of robotic cleaning are coming in the next few years.
The ammonia sensors in toilets
Cleaning toilets can be a time-consuming process. Some toilets are used more often than others, but most facilities management departments apply the same level of cleaning in all toilets, regardless of their actual use. The use of ammonia sensors can solve this problem. I2R (Institute for Infocomm Research) recently announced that the cleanliness of toilets tracking system was available, By effective use the sensor in each toilet, the staff who in charge of cleaning can thus be alerted if a toilet should be cleaned, or on the contrary, if it has not been used since the last cleaning. This technology has said to be able to improve the productivity of cleaning companies by up to 20%.
Inspection roofs by drones
Drones are able to take high-resolution images and multiple angles of an inaccessible target. Roof inspections can be dangerous for humans. So why not do it with drones? This enables the facilities management department not only save time, but also to make the perilous and complex tasks by machines.
Several robots available in the market to mitigate the problem of clogged sinks and drains. Detecting and unclogging blockages often require a significant number of hours of labour work, and often under unsanitary conditions. With the pipe inspection robots, there is no need to send men into the stench of drains to find the problem; you only need to send robots!
Amazon already effectively uses robots in its warehouses to collect things and transfer them to the distribution center. A similar trend is expected in the cleaning sector, with sensors capable of detecting the level of cleaning supplies available, and robots capable of supplying the cleaning department when levels are too low.
Detection of heat
Everybody might have experience of coffee spill on shirts. In this situation, it is always easier to clean immediately after the incident occurs. Several sensor prototypes are being designed for this purpose. When the heat and moisture changes are detected, they will signal the tasks and alert the cleaners.
Due to the increasing availability of sensors and robots, the cleaning department staff will require a different skill set in the future – programming and operation of robots. Consequently, fewer people responsible for cleaning will be needed and more technical specialists will be required.