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RTV With Serious Cleaning Capability

Kubota RTV500 with on-board jet washer

Delivered today to the Bushey Jewish Cemetery, having been specially modified for their application, is this customised Kubota RTV500.  A large water bowser is hooked-up to a front mounted, handheld jet washer with a heavy duty hose. Providing the water pressure is an auxiliary Honda motor connected to a pump, all mounted at the rear on a custom load-bed. Having been thoroughly tested and trialled by the client this is the first of many machines that will be provided over the next months.

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ATP World Tour Finals

ATP-world-tour-finals2Brava walk behind sweepers working at the 2014 ATP tour finalsAs part of a new series we will post pictures of our products working in high profile or unusual applications. The purpose is to show how diverse and effective our products are in the most unlikely theaters.

Right now the ATP World Tour final is taking place in London and between matches four of our Brava pedestrian sweepers keep the court surfaces clean and free or any litter or debris that might cause problems.

Aisles and Smiles With New Floor Sweeper

Floor sweeper (model name Slalom) in aisleWarehouses are hectic places with the emphasis on efficiency. Nothing is allowed to stop product picking or put away. This leaves little time for housekeeping. Euromec’s new Slalom sweeper thrives in this environment.

Powerful Floor Sweeper

Compact and powerful, the Slalom industrial sweeper is a slim 800mm wide machine with swinging side brushes that produce a 1100mm swept width. This means it can work in narrow aisles, ally ways and throughout a warehouse. Being a ride-on machine means it is quick and efficient with the potential to sweep over 6000 square metres an hour.

Battery Powered Electric Machine

Slalom is an electric sweeper with its rear wheels driven by a powerful electric motor. Power comes from twin 24 volt batteries that will keep the sweeper working for a whole shift. Weighing in at only 185 kgs, Slalom manoeuvres easily through doorways and between buildings adding to its versatility.

Dust Free Sweeping

Slalom’s excellent sweeping performance is a result of its forward throw sweeping system and fully vacuumised side brushes. This floor sweeper does not make dust as it works, unlike most of its competitors. Collected dust and debris is thrown into the Slalom’s rear mounted hopper which has a generous 3 square metre filter system to clean the exhausted air and contain any dust. An electric filter shaker completes the sweeping system and keeps the filters efficient by knocking off any dust that clings to the filter element.

Easy to Use

Operators love this machine. They sit at the front and have an excellent view of their working area. Light and intuitive controls fall easily to hand, their familiar layout being just like a car. Having the hopper at the back means that Slalom cleans into corners and around obstructions, an optional on-board vacuum cleaner ensures that all areas can be cleaned.

Large Range of Hard Surface Cleaners

Slalom is one of Euromec’s 34 different hard surface sweepers. From a small walk behind machine to a municipal road sweeper all are built to work reliably for many years in the toughest environments. Euromec provides service and spare parts for all its machines from a central head office in Leicestershire.

The Big Clean-up

road sweepers The floods in the Wales and the South of England are appalling. Our thoughts are with the individuals and businesses that are suffering at the hands of this exceptional weather. While the rain continues to fall and the water levels continue to rise, flood defence is the focus.

Once the waters have subsided the big clear-up will start. People will want to get back to some form of normality as quickly as possible. We hope that’s where we will be able to help. In our range of machines there are a number that are ideally suited to clearing roads and cleaning floors.

Floor Scrubbers

Floor scrubbers are fantastic at clearing liquid spills and leave the floor spotlessly clean, having collected the waste water. Their road going counterparts are equally effective. If you have a factory that has had its floor flooded a scrubber drier will collect water from all the low spots in the floor and remove the detritus left by the flood water. Not a pleasant thought but an effective solution to the problem.

Good luck to all those affected. Let us know if we can help.

How Does A Floor Scrubber Work?

ride-on-floor-scrubber-studio shotThe picture on the left shows a typical ride-on floor scrubber or scrubber drier as the industry sometimes refers to them. Nothing particularly special about it except maybe its size which is substantial, but we will come back to that.

Why a Floor Scrubber?

As the most popular type of cleaning machine the floor scrubber is also the most effective. By combining mechanical cleaning with a cleaning fluid a floor scrubber will produce floors that are spotlessly clean. The machine’s water collection system also makes sure they are dry almost instantly and therefore safe. The additional benefit of this is that waste water and its pollutants are collected and disposed of properly.

How Does A Floor Scrubber Work?

floor scrubber-schematic
If you need a floor scrubber understanding the principles of how they work will help you get the right machine and get the most from it. The schematic shows how the major components are arranged in our sample machine, click to enlarge. Brushes at the front, water collection system, affectionately known as a squeegee, at the back with the operator sitting at the front for ease of use. Under the body work we have two large tanks, the batteries and some motors. One of the motors provides traction the other vacuum for the water collection system. One tank is for clean water the other for waste water.

In Operation

As the floor scrubber moves forward the cleaning solution is dispensed into the brushes and onto the floor. The brushes rotate and scrub the floor loosening and lifting the dirt. The water and the dirt are sucked up by the squeegee and pumped into the waste water tank. There are however a number of important variables in this process, namely the speed of the vehicle, the speed and pressure of the scrubbing process, the amount and make-up of the cleaning solution and the number of passes you make over the floor. Also the number and style of scrubbing brush can be specified. Each one of these is very important and we will be examining each in later posts.

More information

If you want to know more now then visit our website where some of these issues are outlined.

Commercial Vehicle Show

cvshowThe Commercial Vehicle Show is on at the NEC from 9th to 11th of April and we are there! Come along to stand 4G61 and experience our unique hospitality and see some of the most productive floor cleaning machines available.

At the show for the first time will be our PowerFlex multipurpose street sweeper. Compact and extremely powerful this machine is ideal for large distribution centres, industrial estate roadways and of course regular road sweeping. Come to our stand and book a demonstration at your premises. If its snowing then we will also be able to show you how effective its snow plough and snow brush are! Would book early though as May is approaching and we may not get much snow in May!

The PowerFlex 2200 Street Sweeper

The PowerFlex 2200 Street Sweeper

Also on display will be a large selection of walk behind and ride on sweepers. Our Brava will be there rubbing shoulders with the Boxer large ride-on sweeper. Two of our unique scrubber-driers will also be on show illustrating how far this type of technology has come.

Choosing the right cleaning machine!

montageWith the vast array of cleaning machines available which one do you choose? This post attempts to give you some insight into the questions you will need to answer. Not rocket science but maybe help you prepare for your discussions with prospective suppliers. Also it might help you avoid overlooking an obvious but important point.

Dry or wet?

Dust and debris that is dry can be collected by a sweeper. Introduce water, grease or oil and the situation changes. So the first consideration is just that, will your cleaning be in a dry environment? Yes; look at sweepers. No; then you will need a scrubber drier or a combination machine.

Cleaning Result Required

If you just want to collect dust and debris and are happy with the appearance of the floor then again a sweeper will do just that. However if you want to remove marks and staining from the floor you will want the scrubbing action of a scrubber drier.

Where do you want to clean?

Working inside vs outside introduces a number of considerations. I addition to the wet vs dry situations we have already considered there is the machine’s motor – if its not electric it will produce fumes. Is this acceptable? If not electric power is a your only way to go. When looking at the sweeper’s power requirement look for synergy with the forklifts you might have on site already. Do you have LPG powered forklifts or red diesel on site for tractors then could your sweeper’s motor take advantage of these resources?

Size of the problem

This is a trade off. Cleaning machines have a theoretical cleaning capacity, this is derived from the machine’s cleaning width and its working speed. So, if you want to clean your warehouse floor you could choose a large machine that cleans it in an hour. A machine with a smaller cleaning capacity might take two hours but cost 30% less. There is your dilemma!

A walk behind sweeper can clean a large car park. But, the time it takes when you consider the speed at which it can operate, the number of trips to empty the hopper and that the operator might be exhausted by the amount of walking would make it unacceptable: Then you have to figure out how much you want to pay to reduce or eliminate these factors.

So there you have it. Not exhaustive and it does not cover everything, but this might be useful as a starting point. At the end of the day talking to your suppliers engineers will be the best way to get just the right machine for your application.

Brushes as in Powered Sweepers

 

main-brushes

Powered sweepers use brushes to pick-up the dirt and debris from the floor and deposit it in the hopper. This post talks a little about the different brushes and their function.

Main Brush

The main brush sweeps dust and refuse into the bin at the rear of the motor-sweeper. Never sweep up string, wire, etc., which can become entangled in the brush and damage the bristles. Periodically check the condition of the brush. The main brush rotates against the direction of travel of the motor-sweeper and throws the dirt and debris over itself into the rear hopper on motor-sweepers having an up-and-over sweeping system.

Adjusting the main brush

The main brush should just touch the floor. While the motor-sweeper is stationary on an even floor the section of floor covered by the bristles should be 3 cm wide. If the main brush no longer touches the floor, or leaves lines of dirt, it has worn down and must be lowered. Once beyond the limit of adjustment the main brush should be replaced, a simple procedure on our sweepers.

Side brush

The side brush sweeps dirt from the edges of floors and from corners, and directs it to the centre of the sweeper where it can be picked up by the main brush. Looking from the operator’s position, the left hand side brush turns clockwise, the right hand side brush turns counter clockwise. On large machines the side brushes can oscillate so that when they meet an obstruction they will swing out of the way. Up to three side brushes can be fitted to extend the sweeping width of a machine.

Adjusting the side brush

Check that the shape of the trace left by the side brush is circular. As the bristles of the side brush wear down, adjust the height of the brush from the floor.  When the motor-sweeper is not in use, the side brush must always be raised above the ground, to prevent its bristles from becoming bent.

Scrubber Drier Technology

Scrubber Drier - MetroEuromec’s range of industrial scrubber driers is available with a low cost attachment that improves cleaning efficiency. The “roller brush” assembly is an option on most of our pedestrian and ride-on models.

The roller brush is a powerful pre-sweep unit. Mounted at the front of the machine it picks up loose debris from the floor before the scrubbing process. This enables scrubbing and sweeping in one pass, without the need for the area to be cleaned with a vacuum cleaner before scrubbing. Cleaning times are reduced by as much as forty per cent.

We are a specialist supplier of cleaning equipment and offer a full range of sweepers and scrubber driers to suit most industrial cleaning applications. Our scrubber drier range comprises nine models which offer the widest possible selection for any commercial cleaning task.

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Walk behind scrubber drier fitted with the roller-brush pre-sweep option

Our walk behind models feature single, two disc or roller brushes and may also be fitted with special squeegees for the cleaning of different surfaces. Standard features include high capacity polythene solution and recovery tanks, suction motor, brush head, squeegee and anti foam device. The largest pedestrian model will clean an impressive 1800 square metres per hour.

Our range of ride-on scrubber driers copes with the most demanding of industrial and commercial cleaning applications. Available with either scrubbing rollers or discs, they all have impressive cleaning performances. Scrubbing widths vary from 800mm to1300mm with the largest having a theoretical hourly cleaning performance of 3,800 square metres.

Metro is a high performance ride-on scrubber drier that has a 6000 square metre per hour cleaning capacity, by virtue of a 1050mm cleaning width and large 270 litre solution tank. Rear wheel drive offers good traction on all surfaces and the drivers position over the front wheel ensures the machine is safe to use in the most crowded environments.

Good, Clean Fun

metro scrubber drier

To attract as many visitors as possible, it is important that leisure facilities make a good first impression.  A clean, sparkling floor is often the first thing that a person will notice about a shopping centre, cinema or sports club.  In order to achieve such results, rubbish, dust and grime must be removed quickly and efficiently by sweeping or scrubbing the floor surface. 

Manual methods such as brooms and mops are not only old-fashioned but also inefficient.  Sweeping with a broom is about ten times slower than the smallest powered mechanical sweeper and can create more dust than it collects.  Likewise a mop and bucket will tend to just spread the dirt around, whilst collecting not very much of it. A mechanical scrubber will do the job a lot faster!

In determining the correct powered sweepers or scrubbers to use, there are three main factors to consider.  The most obvious is the type of debris or dust that needs to be removed.  In most leisure environments, litter and spills will be the most common build-ups.

You will also need to decide whether you will use your sweeper or floor scrubber inside, outside, or a combination of both.  Shopping centres for example will mainly be indoors, whilst leisure centres can consist of sports halls, tennis courts and astro turf, which will require different types of machine.

Size also matters – the scrubber or sweeper must be big enough to clean the designated area in a reasonable time scale, yet manoeuvrable enough to operate within the confines of the building’s layout.  It is important that the size of the area and the amount of time available is taken into consideration, as these factors will dictate the required cleaning performance of the sweeper or floor scrubber, measured in square metres per hour.

There are two main types of cleaning machine: sweepers and scrubber driers.

Choosing between a sweeper and scrubber drier comes down to the type of cleaning required.  Sweepers collect dry dust and debris with the minimum amount of hassle, whilst scrubber driers apply water and detergent to the floor, and use a scrubbing action to remove grease, staining and ground-in dirt.

Sweeping machines work on the principle of rotating a cylindrised brush (the main brush) against the direction of travel of the machine.  This lifts the dust and debris from the floor.  The sweeper’s internal system will then deposit the collected rubbish in a hopper.  It does this using a vacuum system and/or throwing the dirt.  The hopper will be at the front of the machine if it a forward throw machine, and at the rear if it is a over-throw machine.   The over-throw system has the advantage of having the collection hopper at the rear.  This puts the driver at the front of the sweeper for a better view and easier manoeuvrability.

Scrubber driers work by applying water and detergent to the floor.  Then using a system of brushes, the floor is scrubbed to remove grease, staining and grime.  Scrubbers may have one, two or three brushes depending on the cleaning width requirement.  The pressure applied by the brushes will be adjustable to cater for different cleaning tasks.  Finally the dirty water is collected in waste-water reservoir to be emptied when the cleaning is finished.

Euromec, the UK’s leading supplier of floor cleaning machines, recently supplied two scrubber driers to the Mailbox shopping centre in Birmingham.

As a prestigious retail and lifestyle development, The Mailbox requires high standards of cleanliness. One of its main objectives is to ensure that there is no litter on the floor for more than 10 minutes.  Made from Chinese granite, the floor requires the very best in cleaning equipment to maintain its bright colour.  So The Mailbox set out to find a machine that would produce spectacular scrubbing results.

Euromec was selected as one of seven companies to demonstrate the performance of its scrubbers. The Metro and GO scrubber driers were chosen as the machines to use. The Metro is a high performance ride-on scrubber with a pre-sweep option and 6000 square metre per hour cleaning capacity, making it ideal for heavy duty industrial or commercial applications. The GO is a low-cost compact scrubber specifically designed for cleaning smaller commercial and industrial areas. Not only does it clean exceptionally well, it also leaves the floor completely dry.

Alison Harper, Operations Manager at The Mailbox was impressed with the floor scrubbers’ ability to achieve a visibly cleaner floor after just one demonstration. “Both the Metro and GO floor scrubbers have proved to be very efficient and a cost effective way to maintain the granite flooring.”

When choosing a floor scrubber or sweeper for use in leisure applications, take time in considering the size of area to be cleaned, what type of debris needs removing, and how long you have to do this.  The right machine for the right application will make all the difference in its cleaning performance, and the results you desire to make that good first impression.