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Using cleaning technology to manage a fleet of machines | Tennant

when you have a large fleet of cleaning machines to manage, you’ll quickly find yourself faced with challenges, like:

  • Who’s using what machine (and when)
  • Monitoring machine locations and finding lost machines
  • Monitoring machine performance and maintenance needs
  • Calculating costs per machine

All of the above are critical to ensure your operations can run smoothly and you get the most from your machines. But doing it all manually just isn’t practical for you or your team. Collecting and reporting on all the data eats into valuable cleaning time (and profits). 

So, what’s the solution? The good news is, you can purchase machines equipped with smart cleaning technology so you can monitor and manage your cleaning equipment. It won’t solve all your problems, but it’ll help minimise them and make them a lot easier to keep under control.

Want to know more? Here are some ways that smarter cleaning technology (like Tennant’s IRIS® Asset Manager) can help you manage your large fleet of machines.
Use data to make decisions about your cleaning machines

Running a business is all about data these days - yes, even a cleaning business! With more advanced cleaning technology, you can get access to data on your machines, how they’re being used, and where they’re located.

Getting the right data at the right time can help empower you to make better decisions based on facts (not just gut feel). And these decisions can have a real impact on your operations. For example:

  • Swapping an underutilised machine out into the field
  • Scheduling an extra training session for staff who aren’t following protocol or best practices
  • Investing more in the machine/technology that demonstrates better performance (providing a clear business case for all stakeholders backed by data)

Real, quantifiable metrics mean you can confidently make decisions, deliver a better clean, optimise team performance, and run a better business. Which in turn means happier customers. 

Automated data means team management without micromanagement
Data helps you confidently manage the who, what, when, where, how of your machines - without micromanaging your team or taking up valuable time with manual processes and data entry.

It means you can ensure accountability and motivate your team to perform their best and reach KPIs for their area. The right technology can help support your role as a team leader and manager by providing real data on how your team (and machines) are performing.

Spot patterns and solve problems
What happens if you get a customer complaint? Or you experience a recurring maintenance issue with one of your machines?

Smart cleaning technology can help you find out the source of your problem and fix it. 

If a customer complains about the standard of cleanliness in an area, you could check the data to make sure your cleaning machines were being used appropriately, and for the expected length of time. To solve the issue, you’d make sure the machines are performing optimally and increase the cleaning time, if needed.

Or perhaps you have certain machines that seem to break down regularly. Data enables you to check the machine’s usage and identify if there are any patterns that might cause problems. For example, inappropriate usage or missed services. Some extra staff training will ensure your machines perform as expected.

Another very useful pattern you can track is spending data - on maintenance, servicing, and repairs. That way, you can forecast future spending and set aside a more accurate budget.

Onboard new team members with built-in training technologyIf you’ve got a large fleet of cleaning machines, you’ve probably got a sizable team to go with it. When you need to train a large team or onboard new team members regularly, it’s important to have training processes that scale easily. Especially with new cleaning technologies that continually change and improve over time - regular training means your team can keep up with the latest changes, new efficiencies, and improved standards.

But what if your training and onboarding processes were built into the machines themselves? These days, many advanced cleaning machines include technology that can speed up your team’s learning. For example, some Tennant machines come with Pro-Panel™ LCD Touch-Screens. These control panels offer a huge range of features and options, including on-demand training videos, 28+ language options for diverse workforces, and pre-operation checklists.

Save on costs
Managing a large fleet can get expensive. But you can control and mitigate those costs with smarter cleaning technologies. For example:

  • By tracking battery charging activities and ensuring team members follow best practices, you can extend battery life and minimise battery replacement costs
  • You can decrease the likelihood of losing machinery or equipment with location data and alerts, minimising machine replacement costs
  • You can ensure efficient cleaning technologies are being utilised to maximise performance and cost savings
  • By keeping an eye on machine servicing, you can identify and rectify misuse and user error, which can extend the life of your machine and minimise replacement costs

Try smarter cleaning technology out for yourself
Get your fleet equipped with Tennant’s IRIS® Asset Manager and enjoy better, smoother fleet management than ever before. IRIS® gives you complete visibility of your fleet with push reports and critical alerts, as well as key metrics across machine usage, battery performance, machine location, servicing, maintenance costs, and efficient cleaning technology usage.

Try a Tennant scrubber equipped with IRIS® today. Contact our​ friendly team to book a demo or find out more on 1800 553 8033.

Tennant Company is a recognized leader in designing, manufacturing and marketing solutions that help create a cleaner, safer, healthier world. With a vision to become a global leader in sustainable cleaning innovation that empowers our customers to create a cleaner, safer and healthier world, Tennant creates solutions that are changing the way the world cleans. Tennant products include equipment used to maintain indoor and outdoor surfaces, as well as TennantTrue® financing solutions, equipment parts, service, and maintenance to help ensure superior cleaning performance from your Tennant machines.

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