The B2 electrical ride-on sweeper is a pioneering new development in the field of industrial electrical sweeping machines. The advanced technology enables the self-driving electrical sweepers to take on a wide range of cleaning tasks autonomously. The autonomous electrical sweepers operate intelligently without a driver and avoid obstacles, while they sweep various materials from the ground and vacuum them into a container. Even the emptying of the collected material is done independently.
The B2 model can clean up to 5860 m² of floor space every hour. The maximum runtime of the lithium-ion battery is six hours, and it is recharged and ready for use after three hours. This means that two cleaning runs, for a total of 12 hours, can be carried out per day. With this in mind, B1 can clean over 70,000 m² of space in just one day. ENWAY electrical sweepers can be used in production, warehouse, and industrial locations. They move independently and safely between people, vehicles, and other obstacles, and are perfect for indoor and outdoor use.
Compared to human operators, the B2 electrical sweeper navigates much more precisely in many situations. The reliable sensors are able to react within a fraction of a second, even in dynamic situations.
The features and advantages of the B2 electrical sweeper summarized are:
With the help of autonomous cleaning machines, work processes can be automated and made more efficient. Companies with large operating areas in particular benefit from their use. The service robots independently undertake time-consuming and physically demanding work. Activities such as sweeping floors need only to be monitored by the cleaning staff. In the meantime, the staff can instead concentrate on areas that cannot be cleaned by a robot.In addition to relieving the cleaning staff, personnel shortages can also be compensated at any time, without hiring additional staff. In addition, cleaning robots always deliver reliable cleaning results with consistently high quality. ENWAY technology is new and yet proven. The autonomous electrical sweepers are already in use in logistics, waste management, and industry. The robots are constantly being improved, and detailed training materials are developed and expanded for new customers. The experienced, 35-strong ENWAY team is able to prepare and implement the use of autonomous machines in many different environments.
Around eight weeks before commissioning, an ENWAY technical employee checks the general conditions in the company. In particular, the requirements for operational cleaning are determined, and questions about cleaning operations, network coverage, disposal, and parking positions are clarified. Then, the 3D mapping of the location takes place.A virtual 3D world of the future work environment is created. With the help of the images recorded in the application area, a high-performance computer generates a precise 3D map of the environment. The first test drives can then be carried out at the virtual location using simulation software. About two weeks before commissioning, B2 begins training on-site. This involves planning the route, defining the parking position, planning the automatic disposal, and finally, determining the performance of the machine in test runs. When using new technologies such as autonomous cleaning, the company’s on-site staff is also important in practice. This is why ENWAY trains the responsible team in the company in which the B2 electrical sweeper is used. In a predefined test area, the employees independently carry out their first cleaning runs. They will also familiarize themselves with the functionality of the machine and the operator app, in which cleaning times and routes can be adjusted. In addition, current and past cleaning runs can be monitored and analyzed here.
B2 recognizes obstacles such as shopping trolleys, forklifts, rear-view mirrors, ramps, and moving objects, and intelligently reacts to avoid them. This ensures that every cleaning trip runs smoothly, and the appropriate cleaning quality is achieved.
Nevertheless, should faults occur, the cleaning machines can be accessed at any time via the web app. In addition, ENWAY can stop the autonomous operation at any time via tele-operation.
Via connection to the cloud and the use of artificial intelligence, B2 collects new experiences on every cleaning trip and shares them within the fleet of cleaning robots. The advantage is that every new sweeper draws on the existing fleet’s entire wealth of experience, and applies this knowledge immediately. In this way, a fleet of B2 cleaning machines can be scaled up quickly and safely.
The project on which this report is based is funded by the State of Berlin as part of the program for the promotion of research, innovations and technologies - Pro FIT - under application number 10163649. The author is responsible for the content of this publication.