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Keppel is an established member of the GVS Grossverbraucher- because it results in yellowing floors. For many of our customers, spezialisten e.G., a German wholesalers trade union that has been we have managed to fix this problem by cutting off a narrow strip distributing Tomcat machines and systems as an official partner of sanding screen and placing it underneath the edge of the pad. of Rebi GmbH since December 2014. This allows us to sand the edge even more intensively, while giving The machines mentioned above are the Tomcat Stick Edge, a regular surfaces the usual treatment.” manually operated one-pad scrubbing machine, and the MiniMag For Kaldenbach, the changes brought by the new system are not Edge, a classic scrubber-drier. Together with Maximilian Knicker, limited to functionality: “Why deal with time-consuming work pro- Sales Consultant at Rebi GmbH, and Thomas Billigmann, Execu- cesses and planning stages if one system can handle everything? tive Assistant, Kaldenbach is showing us today why the US system The system saves us loads of time and we use it in several loca- has the potential to make a long-term impact on the market. They tions. The whole team immediately saw the benefits.” The bottom are working on a hallway with PVC floors that clearly are worse line and environmental aspects looked good as well: “It’s not just for the wear after long years of everyday school life and recurrent the money saved on buying chemicals. My employees and the refurbishments during the holidays. At first glance, it seems that floor coatings are now much less exposed to cleaning fluids that the flooring is due for a complete replacement. are especially concentrated for stripping. Let me tell you, this is a big relief,” Klaus Peter Kaldenbach explains. First pass: dry, no chemicals Knicker gets down to business: First, he guides the Tomcat A fortuitous trade fair encounter MiniMag across the floor for an initial, dry pass without clean- Rebi GmbH, established in 1960, initially specialized in mechan- ing chemicals. This first phase already highlights the unusual ical engineering and brake technology. In the 1970s, the fami- way in which the Edge system works because there is no lathery ly business also ventured into trading, adding pneumatic and water covering the corridor. Only the machine’s rectangular plate, hydraulic systems to their portfolio. Rebi soon expanded into equipped with a PVC scrubbing pad, stands out. One single cycle compressor sales and maintenance. Before long, the company with the machine is enough to remove the first layers of the old entered the field of cleaning technology. At first, the product floor coating. “This is possible due to the special method at the core range covered industrial vacuum cleaners and pressure washers; of the Tomcat system,” Knicker explains. “Unlike regular, rotating eventually, it also included floor cleaning machines. It was at a machines, what we have here is an oscillating movement of up to trade fair in Amsterdam in 2012, that Rebi discovered Tomcat 2,500 rpm. It is entirely dry: no water, no cleaning chemicals.” Commercial Cleaning Equipment. It did not take long for Rebi’s The Tomcat technology makes it possible to forgo water and clean- staff to get excited about the innovative systems offered by the ing agents in most cases. “Even with an extremely worn floor, you American manufacturer. “The modus operandi of the Edge sys- can expect outstanding results by applying water and chemicals tem immediately convinced our management. They met Tomcat’s sparingly and selectively.” Klaus Peter Kaldenbach continues: CEO at the event and agreed to set up a distribution network “Now, one employee with one machine can take care of an entire in Germany, with Rebi as the importer,” Thomas Billigmann, classroom. The job used to require hour after hour of prepping. who had a leading role during the negotiations in Amsterdam, Now, it just takes 30 minutes.” This opens a whole new level of recounts. “At this stage, we have a strong network throughout flexibility to Kaldenbach and his crew during the school holiday Germany, with branches in almost every region. I might add season. that our partnership with the GVS Group has been particularly In a second pass, Knicker treats the floor with water and clean- ing agents. Thanks to the vacuum on the machine, all residue is sucked up at the same time. Read GLOBAL CLEANING “After a short drying period, you can already start to apply the new coating,” Maximilian Knicker explains. Thanks to the rectangular system design, cleaning service providers no longer have to spend ages going over floor edges and corners. “The Edge system works beyond the wheelbase of the machine, allowing for perfect clean- ing in corners and right up to the baseboards.” On your tablet – In addition, the system comes with a wide selection of treatment pads and attachments. Besides the standard scrubbing pad, sand- Everytime and everywhere. ing screens and discs are available for removing particularly stub- born, layered dirt from the edges. Knicker continues: “Fact is, Now available conventional methods have been used inadequately, and multiple in your App Store. coating processes have eventually led to dust and dirt inclusions in the corners and at the edges. This is especially problematic GLOBAL CLEANING | ISSUE 2016 33


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