Most, if not all of us have seen this robotic vacuum, pictured above, at one point or another. Believe it or not, they first made an appearance as early as 1996, and have come a long way since. Commercial cleaning companies around the globe have started to explore the use of robots - yes robots - to accomplish a select few cleaning functions. However, we will go over if robots will be completely replacing humans in the cleaning field along with some advantages of robots doing the cleaning.
Will Robots Replace Humans?
The big question, are robots the future? With technology in the year 2021 robots in a way could be the future especially at a commercial level. With competition in the cleaning industry ramping up and technology making things more efficient, businesses may need to invest in some form technology down the road with an inevitable paradigm shift.
Now, this doesn't necessarily mean all you see is robots taking over human jobs everywhere, rather this will give us humans more time to focus on other duties such as business and product development and customer relations.
Advantages of Robots
According to a report by the International Federation of Robotics, industrial cleaning robots are expected to be used by more and more companies in the not so far distant future. There are many reasons for this that mainly focus around two things, speed and efficiency. With technology always improving, they have been becoming more accurate.
With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic one big thing is to decrease human contact. Well, this has caused more interest in robots with that very thought in mind. Robots also can't get sick by toxic fumes with cleansers or copious amounts of dust. If robots for whatever reason need human intervention, operators and technicians can safely control the robot. This can also create more jobs as well? Also, with more dangerous tasks such as hi dusting, and window washing, robots can assume some of these tasks and eliminate risk of injury.
These are just a few advantages of robots in the cleaning industry and do not be surprised if more and more companies will begin to follow this trend. To give you a little insight as to robots in cleaning TODAY, there are active floor cleaning robots, window cleaning robots and duct cleaning robots!