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Warehouse cleaning robots could be answer to hygiene requirements

The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for extra hygiene measures. As retailers are recovering from lockdown restrictions, warehouses are coming under increasing pressure to process more orders, meaning that less time is available for cleaning. Robot cleaners could provide the answer to this.

According to James Burman, writing for SHD Logistics, robot cleaning machines are an expensive but effective way to clean. He explained their benefits:

“Not only is labour resource freed for higher value tasks, but consistent cleaning schedules deliver a healthier workplace and automated updates provide transparent reporting on what was cleaned and when.”

Cleaning by employees is often carried out when the warehouse is closed, but this can be difficult in a warehouse that processes orders 24 hours a day. Modern robots detect objects to prevent collisions. They can be deployed during busy periods, as they work without crashing into racking, shelves or people. A robot cleaning machine works unsupervised to clean the floor. It self empties, self deploys and recharges itself automatically.

Robot cleaners are good for cleaning floors, but they’re not suitable for warehouse equipment. A warehouse equipment provider can provide equipment made from tubular steel, which is easy to clean by hand. Shelving, trolleys, tables and other equipment should be regularly cleaned by workers.

Though it is unlikely that staff will catch COVID-19 from a metal surface, it’s possible for traces of the virus to remain on metal for five to nine days if not removed by cleaning.

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