Tuesday, May 29, 2012

New Slip Resistance Test Method

This article was originally published by CleanLink

Slip-and-fall injuries have long been a standing problem for manufacturers and consumers of ceramic tile. However, a new industry standard stands poised to change how tile is tested. The ANSI/NFSI B101.3-2012 wet Dynamic Coefficient of Friction (DCOF) standard joins the 2009 release of the ANSI/NFSI B101.1 wet Static Coefficient of Friction standard and now provides manufacturers a comprehensive approach to quantifying the "Traction" levels of all types of ceramic, porcelain, and polished concrete materials.

In the past the slip resistance qualities of highly polished stone and porcelain materials could not be accurately measured. Russell Kendzior, Committee Secretary for the ANSI B101 standards committee states that: "wet SCOF testing simply wouldn't work on highly polished stone which the ANSI B101 committee had to go back to the drawing board to develop a better test method."

Read the full article at: http://www.cleanlink.com/news/article/New-Slip-Resistance-Test-Method-is-Published--14331

Monday, May 21, 2012

Interview With a Product: Clarke Focus II MicroRider Autoscrubber

Plant Services hosts a weekly column titled, "Interview With a Product", which is a Q&A on readers' favorite products uncensored and without their packaging.

Recently, their interviewee was the Clarke Focus II MicroRider Autoscrubber. Check out the interview below!

Clarke Focus II MicroRider Autoscrubber: Happy to be here.

Plant Services: What industry are you designed for?
N: I'm ideal for diverse applications, ranging from sizeable locations to areas that are inaccessible with larger riders. 

PS: So what exactly do you do?
N:  With my 26-inch disc scrub deck or 28-inch Boost scrub deck, I'm built to deliver flexible operation to meet diverse cleaning requirements.

PS: What sets you apart from the competition?
N: I feature a low-profile SafetyGlide deck, which is designed to automatically move in line with the path of my rear squeegee. My deck is engineered to ensure precise, straight edge cleaning without additional labor-intensive detail edge mopping.

PS: Interesting. What is your best feature?
N:  I feature an optional, onboard chemical mixing system that is made to automatically deliver the correct mixing solution to the scrub deck.

PS: Why should someone buy you?
N:  My compact size ensures easy maneuverability in areas with limited access or tight corners. My Safe-T-Steering and quiet performance also increase user safety and make daytime cleaning and cleaning of noise-sensitive areas viable.

PS: How would people at your company describe you?
N: Well, Jill Kohls says that I satisfy diverse cleaning challenges, while maximizing productivity. She is forever complementing me on my small, easily maneuverable design and wide cleaning path.

PS: Tell us more about Nilfisk-Advance.
N: Nilfisk-Advance is one of the world’s leading manufacturers and suppliers of professional cleaning equipment. With global company headquarters in Denmark, the company has developed professional cleaning equipment for over 100 years. 

PS: And now it's time for a fun question. What irritates you?
N: Dirt.

Check out this interview, and others, at: www.plantservices.com

Monday, May 14, 2012

Battery Maintenance For Your Floor Machine

Battery maintenance is important for every floor machine, as batteries are crucial to the machine's performance. The Clarke® Battery Maintenance System (CBMS) is not a charger, but rather a performance device designed to help lead-acid batteries charge faster, provide maximum performance and power, and maintain runtime over a longer life.

The CBMS uses patented pulse technology to prevent the main cause of battery problems and failure–the build-up of lead-sulfate deposits on the battery plates. By removing these damaging deposits from the plates, your batteries can last up to three times longer than their usual lifespan.

The Clarke® Battery Maintenance System can be used on both Wet Lead Acid or AGM batteries.

Stay tuned for next week's post on different types of batteries and how they affect your floor machine!

Monday, May 7, 2012

Clarke Rider Autoscrubber® Features Superior Scrub System to Maximize Cleaning Performance

The Clarke Focus® II MicroRider™ is the newest compact rider addition to the company’s line of autoscrubbers®. Available with a 26 inch disc scrub deck or 28 inch BOOST® scrub deck, the Focus II MicroRider delivers flexible operation to meet diverse cleaning requirements.

The Focus II MicroRider models feature a low-profile SafetyGlide™ deck, which automatically moves in line with the path of the rear squeegee—resulting in 100 percent water pick-up and eliminating the need for side skirts. With a spring-loaded safety design, the deck ensures precise, straight edge cleaning without additional labor-intensive detail edge mopping. In addition to superior scrub capabilities, users can experience enhanced operation with the 28 inch BOOST model, which delivers simple floor finish removal capabilities without costly chemicals, slippery floors and undesirable odors. With BOOST technology, operators use up to 70 percent less solution, extend equipment pad life and increase battery runtime, all while reducing labor and cleaning costs.

Learn more at: http://www.clarkeus.com/products/autoscrubbers/focusiimicrorider.aspx