Issue Date: 19 August 2013
LOOK AT THE WHOLE LIFE COST SAVINGS WHEN CHOOSING SCRUBBER DRIERS
TASKI Machines Offer Productivity, Performance and Sustainability Benefits
Operators who choose their scrubber driers on capital cost alone are missing out on significant productivity, performance and sustainability savings that can be made over the working life of their machines by choosing TASKI machines from Sealed Air’s Diversey business. When these “whole life costs” are taken into account these machine can work out much less expensive than seemingly cheaper options.
The TASKI range of scrubber driers are widely accepted as being among the highest quality machines on the market. They are used successfully by numerous building care and facilities management providers in the UK and Ireland. While these machines represent excellent value in their own right, their true value can only be seen when taking into account the savings and other benefits achieved over a working lifetime.
It is vital to right-size the machine for the application. Too large and it can be expensive to buy and operate. Too small and it can be inefficient and overworked which will lead to poor productivity and reliability. It is also critical to consider operational performance instead of the basic specification. All too often, machine tenders specify a width or power level. Many TASKI machines deliver the same performance as larger models from other manufacturers. This can make it more economical to choose a slightly smaller TASKI machine even if the initial expectation is for a larger and more expensive model.
The next, and equally important, consideration is the ongoing cost of running and servicing the machine. Considering many machines are expected to work for five years or more these savings quickly add up.
The TASKI range offers superior performance to cover large areas quickly and with reduced need for repeat cleaning. This promotes productivity and reduces operating costs. Features such as CSD, IntelliFit and IntelliDose utilise highly sustainable super concentrates and are designed to ensure the correct amount of water and cleaning product is always used, irrespective of machine speed, simply and automatically with no wastage. This not only saves consumables but reduces energy costs. The range is also certified for the Government’s Water Technology Listing which means they qualify for additional capital allowances.
TASKI machines are designed for ergonomic operation. Advanced squeegee design and direct suction ensure powerful and efficient removal of solutions and debris from floors so that cleaned areas can be used immediately, important in public spaces and when daytime cleaning.
Further productivity gains and cost savings are achieved when using TASKI machines with advanced XFC batteries. These reduce energy consumption by seven per cent compared with comparable gel batteries for lower energy costs and CO2 emissions. Minimal gassing makes XFC suitable for public spaces and sensitive areas. XFC also allows the machine to recharged very quickly and for short periods whenever required, such as during breaks or while operators carry out other tasks. The machine is always available to support highly-productive continuous operations or opportunity and daytime cleaning. There is no need for spare machines or batteries which saves further costs. Machines with conventional batteries simply cannot do this because they must be recharged for long periods when the battery becomes drained.
Routine service points are coloured yellow for easy identification. This helps ensure daily checks are completed and reduces the risk of errors which promotes consistent performance and machine reliability. On-board diagnostics used in conjunction with software tools carried by service engineers ensure performance and faults can be identified, analysed and rectified quickly and easily.
High commonality of components across the range minimises the number of spares which, together with the TASKI engineers’ experience, ensures extremely high first rate fix rates. Routine servicing is more predictable and there is reduced risk of unscheduled outages and machine downtime. Maintenance packages can migrate from responsive to predictive and, for businesses like Diversey, the emphasis is now on service levels based on first time fix rates rather than initial response times.
Machines that are properly specified and configured for the application should give consistent and reliable performance throughout their projected working lifetime with predictable and reduced costs. Armed with this information Diversey can forecast very accurately the total life time cost of the machine which operators can build into their own projections. This raises the possibility of financing machines through fixed, regular payments that removes cleaning machines from capital budgets and balance sheets.