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As we said in our first newsletter, Black-I Environmental’s robots — both ultraviolet and spray — were introduced in the fall at Boston’s MassRobotics, the industry supported showcase that provides entrepreneurs and innovative robotics/automation startups with the workspace and resources they need to develop, prototype, test, and commercialize their products.

Ty Hookway, CEO of CleanCraft, in Rochester, NY, an innovator in the professional cleaning business, saw videos of the demonstrations and was intrigued.  CleanCraft, founded in 1995, is a large upstate New York regional prøfessional cleaning company with more than 400 employees managing more than 10 million square feet of healthcare, office and university space. The hospitals Hookway had cøntracts with were familiar with ultraviolet light and its effect on viruses, bacteria and other pathogens, but most UV-C devices within the healthcare industry are portable. Meaning staff moves a light around a room from place to place (leaving while the device is operated), then packs it up and brings it to the next room. And so on. It is a slow, inefficient, labor intensive system.

Hookway was loath to take the risks of purchasing a robot, so agreed with Black-I to rent one on a shared revenue basis. Black-I trained CleanCraft’s employees how to program and operate the robot, who then demonstrated the unit to the two hospital clients. They immediately signed on. 

Hookway is planning to purchase a robot outright for his company. Perhaps more than one. Black-I learned a lot selling and servicing its robots to CleanCraft, and is now marketing it directly to hospitals, including those in the VA system,  as well as other professional cleaning companies starting in the Northeast U. S., with plans to go national in the near future. Prospects are not limited to healthcare and cleaning companies, as the need for advanced disinfecting autonomous robots touches every industry, including hotels, warehouses, schools, restaurants and others.

Check back often to see how CleanCraft and other clients are making out! We’ll update our progress here regularly. For even faster news of how our robots are performing, and other developments in this rapidly growing field, contact us. All we need is your name and email address.

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