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Amsterdam Innovation Award 2020 winners announced

Winners of Interclean Innovation Award 2020 announced during Interclean Online Day One

Category winners of the Amsterdam Innovation Award 2020 have been announced as part of the first day of Interclean Amsterdam online, ‘Innovation Day’.

This world-renowned award is a celebration of innovation, featuring the best solutions that has been seen over the past year while looking forward to an exciting future of further development.

Out of a total of 86 entries, the winners across the four categories of the Amsterdam Innovation Award 2020 are:

Machines, Accessories & Components: LeoBot by LionsBot
A family of cleaning robots, each with their own specialism, the LeoBots are a step forward in terms of cleaning results – and bring a lovable personality with them.

Runners up:
Whiz by ICE Robotics/Softbank Robotics

Equipment, Detergents & Washroom: VacuTronic by Hermes
A new part of the Hermes system, the VacuTronic aids every area of façade cleaning – all while catching the wastewater created by this process.

Runners up:
ZERO Waste Cleaning: Reduce + Reuse + Recycle by green care PROFESSIONAL
TWT Solar System by TWT

E-cleaning: ToolSense IOT & ToolSense NOW by ToolSense
ToolSense aims to eliminate sub-optimal machine use and failure through the digitisation of cleaning processes at a fraction of the cost of other systems.

Runners up:
TASKI IntelliTrail Analytics by TASKI, Diversey
TORK Digital Cleaning Plans: Cleaning Software

Related Products/Services: TORK Virtual Reality Clean Hands Training by Essity
An interactive hand hygiene training simulation, TORK Virtual Reality Clean Hands Training puts users in the role of a nurse or physician – gaining feedback on their hand hygiene compliance.

Runners up:
Recycle Factory by Spectro
Kärcher Battery Universe by Kärcher

Sustainability was reportedly key for judges this year, and all the awarded products and solutions demonstrated their ability to drive the circular economy or reduce resource consumption. The drive for efficiency and productivity was another major point for the jury, as the winning products and solutions are designed to reduce the time spent on tasks and free up resources to be used to improve cleaning quality.

Michelle Marshall, chair of the jury, said: “There were so many diverse products to evaluate and compare – from all sectors of the market – that selecting the final nominees was complex. We can see three main themes emerge time and again – digitisation, robotics and sustainability. The vast majority of products we have chosen to be finalists in our four categories highlight one or more of those trends.

“Alongside these ‘megatrends’ we must always remember that people are the centre of any cleaning operation and it was encouraging to see our finalists have really considered the needs of the operatives who will be using their products and solutions. What we see here is a group of solutions that aims to make the job of the operative more streamlined, less labour intensive and more ergonomic – achieving an all-round ‘smarter’ way of doing what can be a challenging and fatiguing job.”

Michelle also addressed the current COVID-19 pandemic, which forced the postponement of Interclean Amsterdam 2020 itself until 3-6 November. She added: “This unprecedented event had brought cleaning out into the public consciousness in a way we have never seen before. As plans are made around the world about how we move forward, the industry will undoubtedly have a crucial role to play in sharing expertise, developing strategy and managing the practicalities of safeguarding hygienic environments. Maybe now is the time the cleaning industry will finally have the recognition it deserves.”

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