SoftBank Robotics launches Scrubber 50 at ISSA to address staffing issues

Kenichi Yoshida, Chief Business Officer at SoftBank Robotics Group Corp

SoftBank Robotics Australia announced Scrubber 50, developed by Gausium Robotics at ISSA Cleaning & Hygiene Expo in Sydney. Supplied by GERMii Australia, Scrubber 50 will address staffing issues and help revitalise the cleaning and facility management industries in Australia.

What are the features of the Scrubber 50?

Scrubber 50 is a fully automated AI- powered floor cleaning robot equipped with a large collection of sensors, including 6 cameras (3D/2D) and a LiDAR sensor, for keeping fall prevention and collision detection. It can automatically detect and avoid people, obstacles, and other objects while cleaning, ensuring no disruption to its service or those around it.

The Scrubber 50 runs on a large 60Ah lithium-ion battery to ensure high productivity on a single charge. Featuring a fully integrated working station, Scrubber 50 docks itself to charge its batteries and to empty and rinse its tank so that it’s set up ready to go on next use.

It also features an environmentally friendly design with four filters mounted inside the robot that can filter collected waste into fresh water to reuse for cleaning. The new robot requires low level maintenance and is easily monitored by operators through an interactive Fleet Management System that records performance and cleaning reports in real time.

Lift integration is a new feature that allows zone cleaning so that Scrubber 50 can clean multiple levels of a building autonomously, making it suitable for use in a range of facilities, including commercial facilities, warehouses, offices, supermarkets, hotels, and hospitals.

What were the executives’ thoughts on Scrubber 50?

Kenichi Yoshida, Chief Business Officer, SoftBank Robotics Group Corp. said, “SoftBank Robotics is committed to leveraging the best new and emerging technological innovations to provide solutions for today’s problems. It is increasingly important to find smart solutions to support businesses, employees and members of the public alike to accelerate productivity.”

“We are pleased to debut Scrubber 50 at the ISSA Exhibition in Australia. With robotics we have the power of AI and automation to enable us to meet the demands of this new world.”

Allen Zhang, Chief of Overseas Business, Gausium Robotics commented: “At Gausium, our solutions are developed to improve all elements of facilities management by streamlining efficiencies, saving costs and supporting the workforce to upskill and increase productivity.”

“Our products are best in class when it comes to combining navigation with AI. We are so pleased to work with SoftBank Robotics to bring this innovation to Australia,” Zhang said.

As the Scrubber 50 supplier in Australia, GERMii Australia is working closely with clients across the facilities management industry to fill service gaps. “GERMii is a 100% Aussie owned tech and services firm, and we’re seeing first-hand the impact that the staff and skills shortage is having on our customers in all industries,” said Harold Van Haltren, CEO, GERMii Australia.

“We are committed to delivering solutions that utilise AI to increase productivity by making better use of the limited labour pool available. Having a cobot, or AI co-worker, perform regular, routine duties supports existing staff and delivers longer term productivity gains. The Scrubber 50 beat expectations in pre-launch trial and we can’t wait to roll it out widely.”