The Mopping Robot tackles dirt and stains in hard-to-reach places, like under kitchen cabinets and around toilets. Just attach a Cleaning Pad and the robot automatically selects wet mopping, damp sweeping, or dry sweeping. The robot mop is designed to clean hard floors.
How Floor Mopping Robots Work
Looking for an autonomous floor mopping solution for your residence, commercial space, retail, healthcare, manufacturing facilities? Well, floor mopping and cleaning robots are here to serve you. It’s amazing how these machines have quickly emerged from being mere prototypes and exhibits in science fairs, to being in the middle of the action, doing some high intensity mopping on the floor. As you begin to learn more about these amazing machines and think of buying one, here’s a comprehensive guide to enhance your understanding of floor mopping robots.
What is the construction of floor mopping robots like?
The basic design of a floor cleaning robot is all about motor driven parts, and a navigation system based on infrared signals and sensors. Here’s more:
Navigation: This is what separates a $1500 robot from a $50 robot for floor mopping – its navigation capability. Most renowned floor mopping robots use their proprietary navigation systems inside the robots, though the basic science at work in each is same.
- Firstly, the robot uses infrared signals to calculate room size. It calculates the time taken by the signal to bump back to the receiver, and does the calculation accordingly.
- Next up, once the robot starts moving around, its bump-sensors are always on the lookout for obstacles. These robots use infrared sensors on the underside of the unit. Unless there’s an obstacle ahead, it expects to receive the signal back immediately. If the signal is lost, it knows that it needs to change its direction.
- If such a floor mopping robot hits an obstacle, its bumper retracts, hence activating mechanical object sensors. Based on this feedback, it backs up, rotates, and checks the forward path till it finds it clear for further movement.
- A side infrared sensor allows the robot to carry out the mopping action while being very close to walls without actually touching them. This also enables cleaning around furniture.
Advanced floor mopping robots have the capability to return to their charging stations when they start running out of battery. Once the battery charge drops beyond a threshold, a sensor in the robot starts searching for the infrared signal coming from the charging dock. The robot then guides itself to the charging dock, and docks to the charger. Once it is fully charged, it can return to the position where it left off mopping and resume.
The mopping/cleaning assembly: A floor mopping robot comprises a removable magnetic cleaning pad, to which a dry or damp microfiber cloth can be attached. The robot presses the cloth against the floor, and sweeps it to achieve the desired cleaning. Now, a mopping robot also has a tank to store clean water, which it can spray over the cloth to achieve damp moping. Generally, the robot floor mopping system comes with a damp and dry microfiber cloth. You can easily purchase such cloths from the market, and use with the robot.
These robots are ideal for cleaning hard floors, wooden and tiled floors, and marbled floors. Apart from the mopping assembly, these robots possess dirt and grime sensors, spinning brushes to disengage the dirt from the surface, agitator brushes to capture dirt, and a dirt bin where all the collected debris is deposited.
Motors: A floor mopping robot’s mechanics depend on the number and nature of motors it uses. Most of these robots have separate motors to drive a total of 2 wheels. Separate motors drive the pinning side brush and vacuum. The mopping assembly is driven by another motor. These motors are energized separately from the battery, based on the instructions coming from the circuitry of the robot.
Virtual Walls: Sophisticated floor mopping robots come with virtual wall units. These are sensors that you can place at different positions in your rooms, to demarcate an area within which you want the robot to carry out mopping. The robot identifies infrared signals coming from these units, and processes them as instructions to stay within the region demarcated by similar signals. These virtual wall units can also be purchased as add-ons for a few of the floor mopping robots. The outer body: Most automatic floor mopping systems are housed in a slick looking plastic casing. Buttons for functionalities such as mode switching are embedded on the plastic housing. Most contemporary floor mopping robots look fabulous, because of the design and appeal of the outer body. Premium floor mopping robots also feature design aspects like chrome bezels, aesthetic curves and classy shades.
Battery: Most floor mopping robots use a rechargeable battery such as NiMH batteries. These batteries take anything between 5 to 7 hours to fully charge, and are generally rated around 3 amp-hours and 18 volts. Advanced robotized floor mopping machines can get fully charged in 3 to 4 hours. Full charging is generally sufficient for 2-3 hours of floor mopping, which is sufficient for most uses.