To try and include every single process, development and piece of equipment that has affected the industry in a single feature would be ridiculous if not impossible. This is not a "Best of the Best" list; it is a chance to see and hear about some of the equipment making its way to the marketplace.
Principles and long-accepted methodologies need not be shattered in order for something to be innovative. Some may have already seen some of this technology at various trade shows and exhibitions, while others are getting their first look at what the cleaning and restoration industries has to say about some of its latest developments as we head into 2005.
"The E65 is an ideal first camera for companies just starting out in thermography or a good choice for companies that might already own a full-feature camera - like our new ThermaCAM P65 - that wish to expand their infrared inspection programs by equipping more operators with an infrared camera," Tom Scanlon, vice president of FLIR Americas Thermography Products, said.
The E65 comes with ThermaCAM QuickView software, enabling the creation of basic IR inspection reports and the seamless downloading of thermal images to a PC. The E65 is also configured to use a wide range of additional and optional software to help the end-user expand its capabilities.
"We see this as a breakthrough technology that will further position Tennant Co. as a leader in carpet care," Janet Dolan, president and CEO of Tennant Co., said. "The technology is expected to have a profound impact on the way commercial carpets are cleaned."
ReadySpace technology relies on sprayer units that apply water to two counter-rotating, specially designed fabric rollers that pick up soil from the carpet. As the rollers turn at a rate of approximately 400 times per minute, they are rinsed with a solution spray, and a built-in vacuum extracts the soil from the rollers.
"Our goal with the DefendAir 500 is to offer restorers the ultimate air scrubber for on-the-job performance, versatility and confidence," John Ormsby, director of customer relations at Dri-Eaz, said. "The HEPA 500 combines true, tested particulate removal with innovative features - such as daisy-chain capability, stackable operation, and Microban antimicrobial product protection - to make it ideal for any restoration job."
The HEPA 500 also features advanced, high-quality filter media from 3M; multi-stage filtration; easy filter access; low-amp draw; and a built-in ring for easy ducting.
The electronic fuel injection (EFI) and a simplified heat exchange system are so technologically advanced that all the troublesome maintenance and costly components formerly associated with the older technology has been eliminated without compromising heat and performance. Heat still exceeds 230 degrees without spiking, and the combination of the Nissan 50-HP industrial engine, with EFI and electronic ignition, makes the ThermalWave a smooth and efficient operator at just 1-gallon per hour of fuel consumption.
Urine-Off uses a very specialized combination of bacteria and enzymes developed specifically to target the salt crystals that give urine its staying power on any surface, as well as every other component of urine. Instead of covering the crystals or using a stronger smell to overpower the urine odor, Urine-Off attacks and completely eliminates the problem.
The bacteria and enzymes in Urine-Off are designed to thoroughly release and break down the molecular structure of urine. They are isolated in a production process that requires seven steps and are then blended with water and a mild surfactant in an extremely high concentration for maximum effectiveness. Urine-Off contains no alcohol, encapsulators or masking agents because it does not need them - it breaks down and remediates the urine, including uric crystals.
Phoenix's Axial Air Mover includes a 2-speed fan delivering a FOCUSED 3,000 cfm air stream; lightweight stackable enclosure designed to fit technicians' vehicles; onboard duplex GFCI outlet; circuit breaker; and superior cord management.
The deck is constructed of a high-impact co-polymer mounted to a stainless steel handle. A new rebuild kit for the ceramic swivel is also available.
The Turbo-Hybrid features a cleaning capacity of 400 to 1,000 square feet per hour, depending on soil build-up and surface texture. Featuring a comfort-grip non-slip handle and easy-access inline filter, the Turbo-Hybrid carries a one-year manufacturer's warranty on all non-wear components.