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September 27, 2019

CMS Berlin update – 26 September 2019

From 24 to 27 September we will be providing daily information on innovations and highlights as well as industry news from CMS Berlin 2019.


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Highly concentrated cleaning power

How can cleaning agents be made more eco-friendly? This was the question that Dr. Schnell asked himself 35 years ago. At CMS Berlin 2019 the company is presenting an innovative approach to protecting the environment, with its Ecolution system. Ecolution is a range of ultra-concentrated cleaning agents with an effect five times stronger than that of standard concentrates. They are supplied either in liquid form or as water-soluble sticks. The purpose of both types is to reduce the amount of waste produced and to cut CO2 emissions when being transported. A special dispensing device ensures that no more than the required amount is used. A patent has been applied for the sticks, which dissolve completely when water is poured on them in the spray flask. They are available for the sanitary cleaner Milizid and the universal cleaner Forol. The sticks save space and the bottles, made from fully recycled plastic, can be reused many times. Compared with ready to use bottles this reduces the amount of waste produced by 98 per cent, according to Dr. Schnell.

Hall 6.2, Stand 100, contact: Franz Felbermeir, T: +49 (0)89 35 06 08 972, M:


From cleaning machine to robot

Brain Corp is an AI company in San Diego that supplies software for self-driving cleaning machines. Its Brain OS system can be retrofitted to manually controlled scrubber-driers from well-known manufacturers, without the need to replace the entire machine, thereby resulting in significant cost savings. Autonomous floor cleaning brings many benefits, maximising the productivity of the cleaning team and guaranteeing consistent quality. Real-time reports about the machines’ workload and performance are stored in the cloud. In this way the thoroughness of the cleaning is continuously monitored. Artificial intelligence enables the knowledge gained by one machine to be made available to the entire fleet. Walmart supermarkets are among the premises in the USA that are cleaned by machines equipped with Brain OS. From its recently opened Amsterdam office the company is now targeting the European market.

Hall 2.2, Stand 216, contact: Anders Terkildsen, T: +45 (0)40 33 46 36, M:


Spotless floors with the Blitz One sweeper

Enway’s self-driving sweeper, the Blitz One, can clean up to 35,000 square metres per day. Its outstanding feature: it also empties the dirt collected in the 150 litre container at a predetermined place. A 2D map can also be displayed on the user interface, defining the places to be cleaned and where the vehicle’s bin is to be emptied. No-go areas can also be defined on this map. The sensors installed on the vehicle react reliably to changes in its surroundings, enabling it to avoid any obstacles that may be detected. The Blitz One is fitted with two side brushes and two contra-rotating brush rollers. After a three hour charging period the cleaning vehicle can operate for six hours. 

Hall 2.2, Stand 156, contact: Erik Bergmüller, T: +49 (0)151 73079998, M: 


Slimline assistance for clean floors

Italian design not only influences fashion. The Fimap company from Veneto has also made lasting improvements to the design and operation of its cleaning machines. This begins with the colour concept: components requiring cleaning or emptying are made of yellow plastic and are thus easily identifiable. A display screen enables cleaning operatives to familiarise themselves with the machine. Tutorials are available in several languages to answer queries about maintenance or filling up the machine. With their low consumption of water and cleaning agents these units are highly efficient, both economically and ecologically. For optimised utilisation, data about deployment and utilisation are stored in the cloud and can be monitored from a smartphone using the My.Machine app. New products from Fimap include the walk-behind scrubber-suction machines in three sizes, Genie XS, GL and GXL.

Hall 1.2, Stand 110, contact: Luca Begnini, T: +39 045 6060411, M:


Chemical-free cleaning with ozonised water

It looks like a flashlight, but does in fact have multiple uses in chemical-free cleaning: the iClean Mini, an innovation from the Canadian company Tersano and Kenter Next, transforms cold tap water into a safe and efficient cleaner. At the push of a button the water is converted into an oxidising solution by diamond-covered electrodes. This is perfectly safe for the environment but effectively removes dirt, germs and odours. The iClean mini is charged by plugging into a socket, and can then be used as a spray several hundred times. It is suitable both for commercial and private environments and also for disinfecting surfaces, without using any harmful chemicals.

Hall 1.2, Stand 208, contact: Ufuk Karakurt, T +49 (0) 8221 2799 18, mobile: +49 (0)173 9234491, M:


App showing a full load

Personal protective equipment and the digitalisation of distribution services are the main features of the display by igefa at the CMS Berlin 2019. Work safety does not just involve the safety aspects of shoes, helmets or outerwear. “We also want to show how service providers can boost their brand recognition by using their own branding on clothing”, explains Thomas Kurtschak, who is responsible for corporate communication at igefa. “There is room for improvement in this respect for the providers of building services in particular.” The “icos Go” has been improved by igefa to enable cleaning staff to report stock levels and requirements at a storage facility by simply scanning QR codes on the shelves, even from a basement and without login details. Using this app and the target quantities for each customer that it provides, igefa truck drivers are also in a position to ensure that storage areas are always well stocked.

Hall 6.2, Stand 102, contact: Thomas Burtschak, T: +49 (0)33394 51 210, M:


More safety on ladders

The master roofer Udo Heyl suffered two accidents on ladders before developing the LeiKoSi system for securing the top of a ladder. Unlike other devices of this nature the safety attachment can be fixed in place on the ground using folding bars. It locks securely in the gutter, flat roof profiles or in window or railing parapets, providing a reliable way of securing straight or extending ladders. Because there is no need for a second person to secure the ladder, the LeiKoSi also offers economic benefits for businesses. For member businesses the building trade’s occupational insurance association will meet 50 per cent of the purchase cost of devices for securing the top of ladders. For his invention in 2019 Udo Heyl was awarded the national prize for outstanding innovational achievements for the trade.

Hall 6.2, Stand 116, contact: Udo Heyl, T: +49 (0)631 41477716, M:


Infinitely variable robot

Adlatus LR200 is an autonomous platform that reveals its full intelligence through its interaction with a number of robots: For example, while one automatically delivers hospital meals in accordance with a program, another cleans the corridors, a third carries out other tasks, and all of this is controlled by an operator by means of a smartphone or tablet. Peter Kwestro, sales director for Adlatus Robotics, explains that the truly unique characteristic of this platform is its ubiquitous applicability. With add-ons from third party suppliers it offers infinite variability in the ways that it can be adapted to its surroundings and its allotted tasks. The LR200 automatically produces a virtual map of its working routes and can also react to spontaneous changes in its surroundings. If the battery is running down the unit can act autonomously and make its way to an inductive charging point. “Station operation”, i.e. charging briefly at dwell points for the LR 200 is also possible.

Hall 1.2, Stand 203, contact: Petra Ruckgaber, T: +49 (0) 731 964278 27, M:


Optimised digital cleaning plans

Post Immobilien Management und Services AG from Switzerland developed the IntelliClean software solution to more effective deployment of the company’s cleaning staff. Using data analyses and reporting the Smart Cleaning program provides the maximum clarity regarding the required cleaning services. In addition sensors in the company’s rooms provide utilization data. If a meeting room is unused for an extended period or if a member of staff is on holiday, the system will automatically adjust the cleaning frequency accordingly. A tablet is used to clearly show the cleaning operatives their routes, and tasks are ticked off as they are completed. The system uses an app to show a building manager precisely what services have been provided.

Hall 6.2, Stand 133, contact: Stefan Chapuis, T: +41 (0)794069021, M:


Practice Forum: The new ecolabel for building cleaning services

The ruling 2018/680 by the European Commission 2018/680 specifies the criteria for the EU ecolabel for building cleaning services. In their paper at the CMS Practice Forum, Marcus Gast of the Federal Environmental Agency, and Christine Sudhop from the National Guild Association of the Building Cleaning Trade, explained the details of the Ecolabel Regulation and the advice about the awarding of contracts under the Green Public Procurement scheme (GPP), which is seen by many people as the most suitable means of supporting environmental protection in the cleaning of buildings.

In order for a service or service provider to qualify for the ecolabel there are seven obligatory criteria that must be met in full, and in eleven optional criteria at least 14 out of a possible total of 43 points must be achieved. The regulation specifies that “the building cleaning services group of products must encompass the regular, professional cleaning of the interiors of buildings used for business or administration, other buildings with public access, and private homes”. This means that the ecolabel for building cleaning services is a combination of requirements imposed on service providers and on the services as such. Moreover “anyone involved in the business who is entitled to display the EU ecolabel for building cleaning services is not permitted to provide other services that do not come within the scope of the EU ecolabel”, which is likely in practice to result in substantial demarcation problems, according to Gast and Sudhop.

CMS Practice Forum: The new Ecolabel for building cleaning services / Thur, 26 Sept. 2019, 12.30 – 1 Christine Sudhop, T: +49 (0) 228 917 75 0,
M: / Marcus Gast, T: +49 (0)340 2103 3154, M:


Cleaning safely and autonomously

Nilfisk is presenting its first self-driving cleaning machine, the Liberty SC 50, at CMS Berlin 2019. Several 3D, 2D, infrared and depth sensors are used to ensure that the scrubber-suction machine can identify its surrounding and respond accordingly. It has been given the obligatory international safety certification from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the Canadian Standards Association (CSA). This ensures that, while it is operating, this cleaning robot does not endanger humans or the environment. It can respond flexibly to any unplanned changes to the cleaning plan. Its FleetLogger software enables users to create their own digital fleet management scheme. It compiles an inventory, helps to observe maintenance cycles and plan investments.

Hall 1.2, Stand 208, contact: Press’n’Relations GmbH, Monika Nyendick, T: +49 (0)731 96287 30, M.:


The Future PU-Mop can wipe a figure of eight almost on its own

Cleaning operatives usually move a mop in a figure of eight pattern, and the “outward” arc of the wiping action is generally quite easy. The sense of “going across the grain” in the return action has now been eliminated with the Future PU-Mop from the Arcora company, based in Aschheim. It achieves this by applying a special weaving technique when making the cloth used in this product. The remarkable smooth gliding action enables areas of up to 40m² to be covered, according to Klaus Mittermeier, Arcora’s sales director for Germany. With its pads for cleaning machines Arcora is introducing the PU-Pad with a water control system that operates with foam and does not absorb any water. This reduces the amount of water used by up to 80 per cent, with 60 per cent savings on chemicals.

Hall 4.2, Stand 111, contact: Klaus Mittermeier, T: +49 (0)152 53751638, M:


Elegant dispenser for toilet rooms

With its black surface the Myriad soap and paper dispenser adds a touch of elegance to toilets in stadiums, rest areas, restaurants or fitness studios. The new collection from the UK-based company Brightwell Dispensers is being shown in public for the first time at CMS Berlin 2019. The smooth surfaces make the dispensers easy to clean. The surface can be adapted to meet customers’ specific requirements, for example by the inclusion of a logo. The Myriad range includes soaps, towel and toilet paper dispensers, as well as waste bins, enabling washrooms to be given a uniform appearance.

Hall 4.3, Stand 228, contact: Nicole Mathes, T: +44 (0)1273 513,566, M: 


Practice Forum: Good hygiene is a process

In the course of his paper at the CMS Practice Forum the general manager of the IHO, Dr. Thomas Rauch, spoke about the importance of national methods and recommendations for manufacturers, sales and customers in the context of the European Law on Biocide Products and Medical Products. The increasing number of European legislative processes that are directly translated into national law presents the cleaning products sector with numerous challenges. The new Medical Products Regulation explicitly includes the cleaning products and disinfectants used to clean medical products. It has the status of a uniform European item of legislation. One of its main aspects concerns the licensing processes for biocide products. These include a description of the chemical and physical characterisations of the products, the environmental behaviour and risk assessments, as well as efficacy testing to ensure adequate disinfection on the basis of international methods, e.g. harmonised European standards. In addition the application of the products is regulated, with the consequence that the concentrations and reaction times stipulated in the licensing conditions must be adhered to. Other conditions may not be advertised, since this would be punishable as an infringement of the law. The first disinfectants are currently undergoing the licensing and evaluation process.  Within the next two to five years the IHO expects the majority of products to be subject to the same process. The conclusion to be drawn from his paper is that good hygiene is not a product but a process.

CMS Practice Forum: Lising of disinfectant products in the era of the Biocide Products Regulation / Wed., 25 Sept. 2019, 2.00 - 2.30 p.m. contact: Dr. Thomas Rauch,  M:


On caterpillar tracks to the solar panels

The general manager of TG hyLIFT, Alfons Thihatmer, uses a grip test to demonstrate the non-slip properties of his company’s hyCleaner, the black Solar facelift. Powered by an electric motor, this device runs on belts made of specially tanned leather to pull itself along, even if a strong person tries to restrain it. Used for cleaning solar panels, it obtains its energy from a standard e-bike battery. It automatically brakes when it encounters a corner or ledge, its brushes can also be arranged asymmetrically, and it can be disassembled simply by undoing a locking bolt in the centre. Of modular design, this device also has a hook to enable it to be lifted onto a roof by means of a hoist, and it can operate on gradients of up to 35 degrees. It is made in the town of Gronau, and the manufacturers not only supply the device itself, but also all the peripherals, including equipment for the delivery vehicle. And of course a wide range of other cleaning equipment for facades and solar modules is also available.

Hall 3.2, Stand 217, outdoor display area 109, contact: Alfons Thihatmer, T: +49 (0)172 5307040, M:


Practice Forum: The new building cleaning industry guidelines

During his paper at the CMS Practice Forum, Dipl.-Ing. Karsten Oetke from BG BAU presented the structure and content of the new “Building Cleaning Industry Guidelines”. This is a special new form of assistance for companies in the building cleaning sector when risk assessments are being drawn up. It accurately describes work safety regulations in a clearly understandable way and provides concrete assistance in defining work safety measures for the building cleaning sector. It also includes the main preventative measures needed to enable statutory objectives for the protection of companies and their workforce to be attained. Experts from the industry, the National Guild and various professional associations have collaborated in drawing up these rules. The industry rules are primarily aimed at entrepreneurs. With its direct practical relevance it is also applicable to all other involved persons within companies, such as the members of the staff and works councils, work safety experts, works doctors and safety officials. The subject matter of the new “Building Cleaning Industry Guidelines“ has now been approved and is currently being prepared for printing. Publication is expected in the autumn of 2019.

CMS Practice Forum: The Building Cleaning Industry Guidelines / Thur., 26 Sept. 2019, 10.30 - 11.00 a.m. contact: Dipl.-Ing. Karsten Oetke,  M:


Practice Forum: Update for the building cleaning trade

The new training regulation for the building cleaning trade came into effect on 1 August 2019. It replaces the previous regulation from 1999. In his position as the employers’ coordinator, and as the person responsible for supervising the process, Dr. Hendrik Voss from the Main Association of the German Craft Trades (ZDH), presented the most important new features in his paper at the CMS Practice Forum. In-company training has been thoroughly modernised as a result of the new statutory basis thus provided. At its heart are the latest technological developments in this sector, current cleaning methods and the subject of sustainability which, as a separate occupational item, will also provide a model for other craft trades. The subject matter of the training regulation was prepared by specialists in the main employers’ and employees’ associations, in collaboration with representatives of government ministries and the Conference of Ministers of Education and Culture. The main structural improvements include the so-called “Extended Apprenticeship Exam”. This involves testing parts of the apprentice’s final qualification after 2 years, with 30 per cent of the results being included in the final grade. As a result the previous intermediate exam is dispensed with. To ensure that training quality remains at its previous high level it takes place over a total of six weeks in training centres that are not confined to any one business.

CMS Practice Forum: New Apprentices’ Exam Regulation in the Building Cleaning Trade /Thur., 26 Sept. 2019, 2.00 - 3.00 p.m. contact: Dr. rer. pol. Hendrik Voß,  M:


Practice Forum: New requirements when using ladders

For some years now the building cleaning trade has been addressing the subject of working with ladders and the statutory regulations concerning their use. Opinions differ, ranging from demands for dispensing with ladders entirely to a call for the complete retention of all possible applications. The participants from all three groups with a particular interest in this topic formed a panel at the CMS Practice Forum to discuss the current position regarding the regulations and their implementation: accident insurers representing the legal framework, the building cleaning trade as users, and representatives of ladder manufacturers. “It is a sad fact that, as a result of accidents involving ladders, the injuries thereby incurred reveal a high proportion of new accident annuities, for example due to heel bone fractures with lifelong consequences for those concerned, and fatal accidents, especially resulting from head injuries. According to many years of accident statistics compiled by BG BAU, some 44 per cent of all those who suffered a fall did so from ladders or steps, in most cases when carrying out their work. In 2018 this situation led to changes to the ladder standard DIN EN 131 and in 2019 to a revision of the Technical Regulation TRBS 2121-2 “Hazards to employees when using ladders”, explains Dipl.-Ing. Bernhard Arenz from BG Bau, during the CMS Practice Forum. “From the manufacturers’ perspective and knowledge about the industry and products that has been acquired over many years and decades I do not believe that the newly drafted regulations of TRBS2121-2 are productive. The revision of the TRBS originated from the problem that there were too many accidents involving ladders. However, the fact is that the overwhelming majority of accidents are the result of improper use and previously damaged products. Many publications by the industry associations put the figure at around 90 per cent. The logical conclusion of such a situation would be to focus on the users of these products and to seek to find a remedy by providing compulsory training and tests of ladders“, claimed Hartmut Lechner from the ladder manufacturer Iller-Leitern. Those taking part in the discussion were: Dipl. Ing. Bernhard Arenz, head of the Prevention department at BG BAU, Dipl.-Ing. Uwe Holicka, publicly appointed and sworn experts for climbing equipment, Horst Keen, head of technical management for the Piepenbrock group of companies, Hartmut Lechner, general manager at Iller-Leiter, and Christine Sudhop, general manager with responsibility for technology and business administration for the National Guild Association of the Building Cleaning Trade.

CMS Practice Forum: Panel discussion: New requirements when using ladders / Thur., 26 Sept. 2019, 11 a.m. - 12 midday.


Practice Forum: Digitalisation – (not) a subject for small businesses?

A representative survey by PROXI GmbH reveals that businesses in the building cleaning trade need to make up a lot of ground with regard to digitalisation. Although the influence of digitalisation on the building cleaning trade is understood to be very significant, relatively few projects have actually been launched in this field. Especially in smaller businesses, concentrating mainly on providing services by the skilled trades, there is a lack not only of knowledge about IT but also of IT staff, and of the time to address this important subject area. These facts led to a closer examination of the important subject of “digitalisation”, especially in small businesses. The company conducted an online survey shortly before presenting a paper at the CMS Practice Forum which revealed a similar picture. It showed that only 20 per cent regarded the level of digitalisation in their own businesses as “good”, while for 80 per cent it was ”average” or “poor”. In their paper at the CMS Practice Forum, Karl-Heinz Martiné (PROXI GmbH) and Oliver Knedlich (Schulten Gebäudedienste) presented the different possibilities and sought to encourage smaller business in particular to embrace innovation in this area. In so doing they answered some important questions, such as how digitalisation could be used to attract new personnel and new clients, and also how one’s fleet can be effectively deployed and how commercial processes can be speeded up in order to eventually cope better with the pressures of competition. The message was clear: digitalisation in the building cleaning trade is already well under way and by no means strictly the preserve of medium-sized and larger businesses. Those who fail to keep up with developments risk damaging long term customer relations and may fail to keep pace with competitors. Martiné and Knedlich used practical examples to focus more clearly on the possibilities that digitalisation offers the building cleaning trade. The mobile performance report, CRM software, electronic archiving or GPS-guided route planning etc. were some of the examples enabling one to experience a direct practical relevance to the building cleaning trade.

CMS Practice Forum: Digitalisation – (not) a subject for small businesses? / Thur., 26 Sept. 2019, 1.00 - 2.00 p.m. contact: Oliver Knedlich, M:
Karl-Heinz Martiné, M:


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