The key to successfully integrating cobots into the workplace requires meticulous mapping of the navigation system and education and training of the employees who are responsible for managing the technology.
Working closely with engineers and Cobotiq — an autonomous robot provider — ISS has successfully deployed autonomous cobots specifically designed to handle large-scale cleaning tasks such as nightly floor mopping and vacuuming throughout several client facilities.
These cobots are purpose built (instead of retrofitted) with a navigation system, or NAV stack. This allows for better mapping, less human interaction, and more accessibility in the spaces ISS cleans. Programed to auto launch at a set hour each night, the cobots leave their docking stations, mop and vacuum large floorplates ranging anywhere from 12,000 to 300, 000 square feet, and promptly return to their docking stations once they’re done to recharge and await their next command. And because the cobots recycle water, they do not require any human interaction until the cleaning process is completed!
From my personal experience, managing that much cleaning in a single shift can be incredibly overwhelming and taxing on the body — not to mention all the other fine touch tasks required of overnight cleaners, such as dusting, glass cleaning, and disinfecting the washrooms, to name just a few.
Across a variety of industry sectors, building types, and workspaces, our clients, and their cleaning staff, have gained new and never-imagined benefits because of cobot collaboration in the workplace.
In part two of this blog series, we unpack specific client and employee benefits of cleaning cobots in the workplace and what that means for human workers in the future.