ICMMA representatives met with Prof. Tom Duckett and Dr. Nicola Bellotto last month to explore the University of Lincoln’s FLOBOT project and establish ICMMA’s role as an industry partner to their research into a large-scale, autonomous floor washing machine, for washing the floors of supermarkets, airports and other big areas that have to be cleaned regularly.
Although it can be manually started, programmed and monitored by people, there will be no need to physically move it around making the process more efficient.
Professor Duckett said: “The general idea is to create professional service robots that will work in our everyday environments, providing assistance and helping to carry out tasks that are currently very time – and labour – intensive for human workers. Participating in this Innovation Action project is really exciting, because it means that many of the underpinning research concepts and technologies we have been developing at the Lincoln Centre for Autonomous Systems now have the potential to leave the laboratory and become part of real products like cleaning robots, which could impact on the everyday lives of people everywhere.”
EUnited have recently asserted the value of ICMMA and off the back of this a new ICMMA Legislative Expert has been appointed to lead on the UK Government affairs and lobbying activity on the behalf of ICMMA Members. ICMMA is now well placed to facilitate communication with many relevant UK Government departments, necessary for ensuring an additional vote in the right direction at an EU level.
EUnited will continue to support ICMMA by reporting into Technical Meetings but the focus will largely be on UK activity which will be led by Charalambos Freed who, following his appointment to Nilfisk next month, will take up company membership of ICMMA and the role of ICMMA Legislative Expert.
EUnited releases ICMMA statement:
EUnited “Through collaboration with ICMMA, EUnited Cleaning is able to discuss different upcoming changes in European Regulations and work out a position towards the EU. For example ICMMA can participate at the Expert Forum of DECC, and other stakeholder groups, where they can present their technical feedback which is worked out in collaboration with EUnited Cleaning. ICMMA can and has accessed and influenced the UK Government in matters relating to commercial cleaning machinery. Furthermore, ICMMA can formulate position papers which are sent again to UK representatives of the Government on different issues whether matters of consultation or legislation. Thus helping to ensure that UK industry have a unified voice with which to argue with Government e.g. in the case of WEEE, RoHS or energy label requirements.”
ICMMA takes up its seat at EUnited’s Panel of National Associations for the first time today.
ICMMA representatives met with DECC earlier this month to challenge their current package of proposed energy-related legislation, a new Energy Labelling Regulation to replace the current Framework Directive.
Proposals envisage abandoning the plusses that were introduced in the last revision to cope with those products that have improved beyond A over the past 20 years. Existing labels would have to be revised within five years to match this new Regulation.
Among other changes it is proposed that all energy labels should be revised periodically, with both old and new labels being supplied (but not displayed) simultaneously for a certain period; that the top scales would be expected to remain empty for up to 10 years; and that empty classes at the bottom of the scale should not be shown. So vacuum cleaners might have an A-D scale with C being the best available on the market.
Following the meeting, the subsequent suggestions have been lodged with DECC which they have confirmed that they will consider:
- Instead of implementing the product database it would make more sense to coordinate and apply, in a more intense way, the already existing tools, ranging from ADCO groups to ICSMS, which could be widened to cope also with performance issues.
- Product labelling should be easily assigned to an unambiguously defined timeframe at least for the market surveillance authorities and to avoid any retroactive measures in the field of re-labelling. Furthermore, a case by case study shall be undertaken in order to take the technology of every product into account when looking on re-labelling and rescaling. This includes the differentiating between household and commercial vacuum cleaners.
- Modification of Article 12 ‘Delegated Acts’ and Article 13 ‘Exercise of the Delegation’ to an implementing act in order to give Member States the possibility to stay involved in more detail.
ICMMA have been brought into DECC’s Energy-using Stakeholder Group and will be attending later this Autumn to hear about and further influence the provisions of the labelling directive as well as an update on the DECC Workplan and the potential inclusion of hand driers and pressure washers.
The Water Technology List is part of the Enhanced Capital Allowance (ECA) scheme. Businesses can claim back first year capital allowances on water efficient plant and machinery listed on the WTL. ECA lets businesses write off 100 per cent of the cost against taxable profits in the year of purchase. Defra annually reviews the lists of eligible water technologies and products.
The aims of the ECA scheme:
- To encourage businesses to invest in more sustainable technologies by providing fiscal incentive to users
- To be used as a marketing tool for manufacturers, thereby encouraging innovation.
Defra are currently reviewing the eligibility criteria for Industrial Cleaning Equipment listed on the Water Technology List (WTL).
There are approximately 474 products currently listed on the WTL for Industrial Cleaning Equipment which currently consists of the following technologies, first added to the WTL in 2007 and last reviewed in 2008/09:
- Scrubber/Driers (ride-on machines)
- Scrubber/Driers (walk behind machines)
- Steam Cleaners
ICMMA Members are invited to share your views on whether the current criteria continue to reflect developments in the market place while remaining relevant, clear and workable.
As part of this annual criteria review the WTL require information from manufacturers and suppliers on the UK market and the penetration of water efficient products in UK businesses. This information is essential for assessing the impact of the ECA scheme. The data provided is used to estimate the
current size of the UK market, the potential value of WTL equipment and estimated growth in the market.
The questionnaire and associated information can be found at the following link: Criteria Review Consultation 2015 – Industrial Cleaning Equipment. Please email your completed questionnaire to: Jennifer.Beaumont@ricardo.com. All responses must be received by Friday 11th September 2015 at the latest.
The Code of Practice is for the training of operators and the safe operation of ride-on and pedestrian operated cleaning equipment and was originally produced in June 2011 and at that time was recognised by the Health and Safety Executive as a genuinely useful set of guidance for the safe use of equipment. ICMMA’s Technical Committee feel that the time is now right to revise this document to bring it up to date and the technical departments of each of our Members are involved in making amendments.
The document will be amended and placed again before the HSE for their review at the Cleaning Industry Liaison Forum before being made widely available to the industry through strategic partnerships with the British Cleaning Council and The Building Futures Group and on ICMMA’s new website www.cleaningmachines.org
For the first time ICMMA have been invited by EU-nited to have a place on their Panel of National Associations. The panel meeting takes places as part of CMS Berlin, the international trade show for cleaning systems and infrastructure services, in September.
Kevin Webb, Chairman of the ICMMA Technical Committee said of the opportunity “I am delighted that the part that ICMMA Members can play as a collective has been recognised in this way. We are grateful to EU-nited for the invitation.”
Following the last successful meeting at RAF Duxford, ICMMA’s Technical Committee met in the first week of July at Karcher UK. The group, swelled by new and potential Members, heard about the review of Eco-Labelling and the likely impact proposals to re-label away from A+++ would have on consumer confidence as well as updates on Machinery Directive’s RE-D Seminar and another areas of standardisation. ICMMA continue to work closely with their European counterpart EU-nited to lobby UK to vote favourably for the industry at an EU level.
Cleaning Machinery Manufacturers are expected to be well represented at the forthcoming Industrial Cleaning Machinery Manufacturers Association (ICMMA) Technical Committee meeting in early July as Numatic, Taski, Bosch, Dyson, Nederman, Truvox, Makita, Battery Service Hub, Sebo, Denis Rawlins and Fimap all confirm their attendance and join Kärcher UK at the meeting they are kindly hosting.
The recap on updates previously provided by the Department of Energy and Climate Change and the National Measurement and Audit Office will enable ICMMA’s strengthening membership to feed into work plans and understand lobbying priorities falling out of Europe so that the next set of activities can be set and progressed.
Kevin Webb, Chairman of the ICMMA Technical Committee said “we warmly welcome the wider representation that is being encouraged and urge all attendees at our July meeting to participate fully in the conversation, agenda setting and to learn of the impact it can have with our European counterpart, EUnited.”
Hazel Langley, who is handling the Secretariat of the group on behalf of The Building Futures Group, said “the group will be looking to agree some industry positioning statements and work through how it will serve its place on the European Panel of National Associations as well as renewing its constitution, communications strategy and focus in light of member’s requirements.”
If your company manufacturers or produces electrical, mechanical or electronic cleaning machinery and you would like to be involved in this meeting or subsequent ICMMA activity please contact Hazel via our contact page.
The successful Industrial Cleaning Machinery Manufacturers (ICMMA) Technical Committee earlier this year had Eco Legislation 2017 central to its agenda and gave members direct access to the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and the power to influence the UK voting at an EU level. Mike Walker, Head of Sustainable Energy Using Product Policy at DECC confirmed that the government were keen to listen to businesses and that working through strategic associations such as ICMMA was an efficient way of doing that.
ICMMA continues its re-launch with the support and re-investment of The Building Futures Group. This approach will see ICMMA retain its identity and broaden its reach with relevant associations and organisations. An expansion in membership is also expected as companies who manufacture, produce or distribute machinery and equipment to the contract cleaning and facilities management industry are invited to participate.
The Summer ICMMA Technical Committee has been planned for 3rd July 2015 and is kindly being hosted by Kärcher UK at their Banbury Office. Kevin Webb, Senior Approvals Engineers at Numatic International and Chairman of the ICMMA Technical Committee said ‘We are looking forward to welcoming back existing ICMMA members and some new ones to the table as well as Charalambos Freed from the VDMA and EUnited. Charalambos is working with us to enable ICMMA to increase the industry representation, be a part of their panel of national associations and influence the writing of standards in the area of industrial cleaning machinery manufacture.’
To participate in the ICMMA Technical Committee members need to first be a paid up member of The Building Futures Group, the trade association and Sector Skills Council for Cleaning and Facilities Management. New members are welcome to come along to the Summer meeting on Friday 3rd July to see if ICMMA is for them.
Please contact Hazel Langley via our contact page if you would like more information.