The chewing gum market has been steadily increasing in recent years. Many consumers dispose of their gum responsibly; however it is still being dropped onto pavements by many. It is the second most common litter after cigarette butts. Defra reports that gum contributes to pavement staining more than any other litter. Unfortunately this mainly occurs around schools, cinemas and fast food outlets frequented by the young.
Isn’t There a Better Way?
Cleaning chewing gum residue from pavements is time consuming and uses a combination of aggressive techniques. These require areas to be cordoned off, large quantities of water and sometimes additional chemicals. Add to this inconvenience, disruption and wear to the pavement fabric and you will understand why we often get asked: “Isn’t there a better way?”
Now There Is
Well now there is. After many months of co-operation and development with specialist gum removal company CGRS, trials of a new technique using one of our pavement cleaning machines have proven spectacularly successful.
99% of Chewing Gum Residue Removed In One Pass
As the accompanying pictures show the result is remarkable, 99% of gum residue is removed in one pass with the pavement being deep cleaned at the same time. This is achieved without using any chemicals and the waste water and gum residue is collected by the machine. Result: Clean, bacteria free pavements which are immediately usable by the public.
For local and city councils this represents a significant breakthrough. Our machine removes gum four to six times quicker than a man with a high pressure lance, and it also deep cleans the pavement in that time. One pass over a width of 1.2metres at a speed of 1mph removes 99% of gum residue and leaves the pavement clean and dry. No high pressure jetting means pavement damage from dislodged sand and grout is non-existent. And all this is done unbeknown to pedestrians who just carry on life as normal.
So, after many years of trying we can now say: “Yes there is a better way; we have a solution to the sticky problem of the chewing gum blight on our pavements.”
As part of a new series we will post pictures of our products working in high profile or unusual applications. The purpose is to show how diverse and effective our products are in the most unlikely theaters.
Right now the ATP World Tour final is taking place in London and between matches four of our Brava pedestrian sweepers keep the court surfaces clean and free or any litter or debris that might cause problems.
Warehouses are hectic places with the emphasis on efficiency. Nothing is allowed to stop product picking or put away. This leaves little time for housekeeping. Euromec’s new Slalom sweeper thrives in this environment.
Powerful Floor Sweeper
Compact and powerful, the Slalom industrial sweeper is a slim 800mm wide machine with swinging side brushes that produce a 1100mm swept width. This means it can work in narrow aisles, ally ways and throughout a warehouse. Being a ride-on machine means it is quick and efficient with the potential to sweep over 6000 square metres an hour.
Battery Powered Electric Machine
Slalom is an electric sweeper with its rear wheels driven by a powerful electric motor. Power comes from twin 24 volt batteries that will keep the sweeper working for a whole shift. Weighing in at only 185 kgs, Slalom manoeuvres easily through doorways and between buildings adding to its versatility.
Dust Free Sweeping
Slalom’s excellent sweeping performance is a result of its forward throw sweeping system and fully vacuumised side brushes. This floor sweeper does not make dust as it works, unlike most of its competitors. Collected dust and debris is thrown into the Slalom’s rear mounted hopper which has a generous 3 square metre filter system to clean the exhausted air and contain any dust. An electric filter shaker completes the sweeping system and keeps the filters efficient by knocking off any dust that clings to the filter element.
Easy to Use
Operators love this machine. They sit at the front and have an excellent view of their working area. Light and intuitive controls fall easily to hand, their familiar layout being just like a car. Having the hopper at the back means that Slalom cleans into corners and around obstructions, an optional on-board vacuum cleaner ensures that all areas can be cleaned.
Large Range of Hard Surface Cleaners
Slalom is one of Euromec’s 34 different hard surface sweepers. From a small walk behind machine to a municipal road sweeper all are built to work reliably for many years in the toughest environments. Euromec provides service and spare parts for all its machines from a central head office in Leicestershire.
Stand number 5E120 is where you will find Euromec at the 2014 Commercial Vehicle Show. Alongside our proven range of warehouse floor scrubbers and sweepers we will debut the new Model 850 mid size, ride-on sweeper.
Ride-on sweepers are used widely in the logistics and distribution industry to keep the many vast warehouses and yards clear of dust and debris. The new 850 ride-on sweeper offers a level of performance previously unobtainable at its price point. This will be of interest to the industry in its constant fight to reduce costs. Alongside its reduced capital cost the new machine is also more energy efficient than the outgoing model, offering great whole life cost savings.
Sweepers and Floor Scrubbers
Alongside the new machine will be a wide range of other industrial cleaning machines: From the best selling Brava walk behind sweeper to the super efficient Mega floor scrubber. As always the stand will be manned by cheerful Euromec engineers who will be delighted to explain the reasons behind the choice of a particular machine or advise you on the best for your situation.
Unique Multi-purpose Maintenance Machine
The chance to view the unique Powerflex machine on our stand should not be passed up. We will be showing the most powerful model, the 3400 fitted with winter maintenance equipment. Snow plough on the front, gritter attachment on the rear the Powerflex is ideal to keep busy distribution centres operational during inclement winter weather. Anyone familiar with the Powerflex will know though that during summer months it can be fitted with any manner of attachment to perform other tasks. Most popular are the sweeper and mower attachments which, when combined with the winter maintenance attachments mean you can make the most of this flexible machine all year round.
Visit us on Stand 5E120, we will be delighted to show you around our range of products, chat about industry issues or just provide you with somewhere to rest your feet and enjoy a coffee. See you there.
A brand new sweeper has just joined our line-up – the R850. A mid-sized rider this machine replaces the R703 – a faithful servant but now showing its age a little. Major advantages of the new model are its larger size and therefore sweeping performance, strong, unitary construction which means less maintenance and its great price.
The R850 is a tough no nonsense sweeper. This makes it resistant to operator error and easy to maintain. Its simple construction makes it very reliable in even the most arduous applications.
The R850’s direct drive fans are a great example of technology reducing the number of parts and thereby increasing reliability. Add a larger filtering surface and this machine will perform much better than its predecessor in dusty environments. Other improvements include direct drive side-brush motors and a larger diameter main brush. For more details see this page on our website.
The R850 has a class leading 120 litre capacity hopper which means more sweeping between empties. Cleaning performance is enhanced by the machine’s litter gate and electric filter shakers. Available with either an electric or petrol motor this machine will provide many years of reliable sweeping.
During 2014 we are out and about showing off! A full programme of exhibitions and shows has been confirmed. In April we are going to the Commercial Vehicle Show at the NEC. Always good for us to rub shoulders with our clients and friends in the truck and logistics industries.
Commercial Vehicle Show Details:
Tuesday 29th April – Thursday 1st May
The CV Show
Out Door Pursuits
When the warm weather arrives we are outside into the sun(sic). Starting at Rockingham in May and ending at Burghley in September we are doing the rounds of the county shows and horse trials. All the details are as follows:
Thursday 1st May – Sunday 4th May
Brigstock Horse Trials
Sunday 1st June
The Rutland County Show
The Rutland Showground
Rutland LE15 7TW
Sunday 29th June
Thursday 4th September – Sunday 7th September
Burghley Horse Trials
Please put these dates in your diary and try to get along and see us at one or more show.
We sell hundreds of machines a year and this means we have a buoyant second hand business. Customers will often want to upgrade or replace machines before they are at the end of their useful life so we willingly take their old machine in part exchange. Once we have the used machine we give it a thorough inspection, strip down and service parts where necessary and then put it up for sale.
Pre-Owned Cleaning Machines
Pre-owned sweeping and scrubbing machines make up a large part of our second hand fleet. These may well be long term hire machines returned at the end of the contract or machines part exchanged when a customer upgrades. Regardless a common feature is that the working hours will be low for the age of the machine and it will be a long way from the end of its working life. Wearing parts such as brushes and filters may have needed replacing but otherwise the machine will be sound and capable of providing many years of reliable service.
To sell our machines we often have to demonstrate them. We have a large demonstration fleet just for this purpose. These machines have to be replaced before they are too old or when a new model comes along. Machines retired from our demo fleet are the pearls in our bargain basement. These ex-dem sweepers and scrubbers will have very low hours and will have been finely fettled and cared for. If you can get one they are a great bargain, as good as new but offering a significant saving on the new price.
Our second hand machines are listed on our website in the Bargain Basement section. Ordered by price, at the time of writing there are about 30 machines available. In a later post we will explain in greater detail what we do to bring the machines in our bargain basement up to scratch, but in the meantime if you see one you are interested in call us – it won’t be there long.
With the vast array of cleaning machines available which one do you choose? This post attempts to give you some insight into the questions you will need to answer. Not rocket science but maybe help you prepare for your discussions with prospective suppliers. Also it might help you avoid overlooking an obvious but important point.
Dry or wet?
Dust and debris that is dry can be collected by a sweeper. Introduce water, grease or oil and the situation changes. So the first consideration is just that, will your cleaning be in a dry environment? Yes; look at sweepers. No; then you will need a scrubber drier or a combination machine.
Cleaning Result Required
If you just want to collect dust and debris and are happy with the appearance of the floor then again a sweeper will do just that. However if you want to remove marks and staining from the floor you will want the scrubbing action of a scrubber drier.
Where do you want to clean?
Working inside vs outside introduces a number of considerations. I addition to the wet vs dry situations we have already considered there is the machine’s motor – if its not electric it will produce fumes. Is this acceptable? If not electric power is a your only way to go. When looking at the sweeper’s power requirement look for synergy with the forklifts you might have on site already. Do you have LPG powered forklifts or red diesel on site for tractors then could your sweeper’s motor take advantage of these resources?
Size of the problem
This is a trade off. Cleaning machines have a theoretical cleaning capacity, this is derived from the machine’s cleaning width and its working speed. So, if you want to clean your warehouse floor you could choose a large machine that cleans it in an hour. A machine with a smaller cleaning capacity might take two hours but cost 30% less. There is your dilemma!
A walk behind sweeper can clean a large car park. But, the time it takes when you consider the speed at which it can operate, the number of trips to empty the hopper and that the operator might be exhausted by the amount of walking would make it unacceptable: Then you have to figure out how much you want to pay to reduce or eliminate these factors.
So there you have it. Not exhaustive and it does not cover everything, but this might be useful as a starting point. At the end of the day talking to your suppliers engineers will be the best way to get just the right machine for your application.
Powered sweepers use brushes to pick-up the dirt and debris from the floor and deposit it in the hopper. This post talks a little about the different brushes and their function.
The main brush sweeps dust and refuse into the bin at the rear of the motor-sweeper. Never sweep up string, wire, etc., which can become entangled in the brush and damage the bristles. Periodically check the condition of the brush. The main brush rotates against the direction of travel of the motor-sweeper and throws the dirt and debris over itself into the rear hopper on motor-sweepers having an up-and-over sweeping system.
Adjusting the main brush
The main brush should just touch the floor. While the motor-sweeper is stationary on an even floor the section of floor covered by the bristles should be 3 cm wide. If the main brush no longer touches the floor, or leaves lines of dirt, it has worn down and must be lowered. Once beyond the limit of adjustment the main brush should be replaced, a simple procedure on our sweepers.
The side brush sweeps dirt from the edges of floors and from corners, and directs it to the centre of the sweeper where it can be picked up by the main brush. Looking from the operator’s position, the left hand side brush turns clockwise, the right hand side brush turns counter clockwise. On large machines the side brushes can oscillate so that when they meet an obstruction they will swing out of the way. Up to three side brushes can be fitted to extend the sweeping width of a machine.
Adjusting the side brush
Check that the shape of the trace left by the side brush is circular. As the bristles of the side brush wear down, adjust the height of the brush from the floor. When the motor-sweeper is not in use, the side brush must always be raised above the ground, to prevent its bristles from becoming bent.
Freezing conditions throughout the UK have highlighted how badly prepared we are for snow and ice. Whole communities brought slithering to a halt by the cold weather. Everyone is asking “Where are our snow ploughs?”
This paragraph was written in January 2010. Sitting here with 6″ of snow outside and many schools closed and what seems like most people sitting at home watching Jeremy Kyle I am forced to think that not much has changed.
Once the snow is on the ground it’s tough if you haven’t made plans for such an eventuality. As a provider of machines that clear snow quickly and efficiently we have a vested interest. However the modern snow clearance machine doesn’t have to sit there for the other 50 weeks of the year gathering dust. Our Powerflex machines are multi-purpose, so if you buy a road sweeper you can also buy a snow plough attachment and voila, sweeper becomes snowplough in about 5 minutes. Now your sweeper, which you can’t use in the snow, becomes a snow plough which is just what you want.
This philosophy runs through the whole range of machines. Snowploughs, brushes and blowers are available – find the range here.