Innovative cleaning robot keeps our warehouse clean

Innovative cleaning robot keeps our warehouse clean

Our maintenance team in Genk recently received reinforcement. In the form of a brand new, state-of-the-art cleaning robot. Previously, the halls were cleaned with manned scrubbing machines, such that maintenance staff were working on a repetitive task for hours. Since the cleaning robot handles those tasks, the maintenance staff can focus on more complex areas to be cleaned or on operational tasks.

Before the machine was purchased, it was first thoroughly tested for two months for effectiveness and safety. “We intentionally opted for an ambitious set-up: a warehouse full of order pickers, machines and moving people. Safety was our top priority,” said Benjamin Hermans, Business Unit Manager. “And the robot performed well. During the test period, the machine was occasionally adjusted and adapted by the supplier for optimal results. H.Essers is the first customer to use the cleaning robot in a warehouse. They are usually used in sports halls and other large open spaces.” Equipped with the very latest technology, the robot can do a lot, including intelligently avoiding objects and people. “We tested this extensively, all toes were spared.” In the event of a malfunction or outage, the maintenance employee in charge is notified via his or her mobile phone, and we receive daily performance reports in our mailbox. If necessary, the machine can still be operated manually and it can also reach difficult spots that were previously cleaned manually, such as under empty racks. “Our robot gets the 6,000 square meter job done in about three hours. Needless to say, our warehouse is shipshape around the clock.”

Fully-fledged team member

In the coming years, H.Essers will gradually be deploying these machines at other locations. The choice of specific locations depends on the estimated effectiveness and the presence of more difficult spaces, such as narrow corridors and obstacles for which the robot still needs to be tested. “The robot now in use has already been named Bertha by the warehouse staff; a good sign that this newest ‘colleague’ has been fully accepted into the team.”