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Results of testing October 8, 2011 utilizing the Sidewinder tools with a commercial canister vacuum.

October 11, 2011

Measurements assume a fixed position for the user.
Area Coverage:

The typical single pass sweep area covered with a traditional 32mm wand set and floor tool is:
14” tool / 24” X 14” / 336 square inches / Assuming a 5% overlap as one sweeps which is very conservative: 319 square inches
12” tool / 24” X 12” / 288 square inches / Assuming a 5% overlap: 270 square inches
10.5” tool / 24” X 12” / 252 square inches / Assuming a 5% overlap: 240 square inches

The Sidewinder tool with 32mm wand set as compared:
15” tool / 78” X 15” / 1170 square inches / Assuming a 5% overlap: 1,110 square inches
18” tool / 78” X 18” / 1404 square inches / Assuming a 5% overlap 1,335 square inches

Standard 14” tool covers 28% of the area of the 15” Sidewinder.
Standard 12” tool covers 24% of the area of the 15” Sidewinder
Standard 10” tool covers 22% of the area of the 15” Sidewinder.

Maximum extension associated with detailing: A standard tool and wand set will reach forward from a fixed position approximately 24” ( .62 meters ) before the tool angles off the floor. The 15” Sidewinder and 32mm wand set will reach forward from a fixed position approximately 48” ( 1.23 meters ) before the tool angles from the floor.

Results moving forward while cleaning. As reported earlier this week we now have several test collaborating the 50% improvement in surface area cleaning with a backpack utilizing the 15” Sidewinder as compared to traditional 14” tools.

In three tests with the Ghibli AS6, 12” tool, and a 3 meter ( 10 foot hose ) in an open area the Sidewinder reduced the time to clean the area by a minimum of 45%. In the other two cases the result was closer to or equaled 50%. Assuming a user with minimal training in the Sidewinders unique motion productivity results in line with those demonstrated on back packs with a canister having an extended hose.

Testing doesn’t indicate the exposure of the tool to the complete floor surface to be identical. The Sidewinder tool pushed flush and slightly angled to the wall exposing more of the tool and air stream to edge cleaning. The carpet tool was less uniform in how it addressed edge cleaning. The angled and slightly open angle of the Sidewinder contact the base board at a height less than half that of the carpet tool reducing visible marking. Proper technique would suggest contact with the base board would be minimal for effective edge cleaning.

Noticed that control of the canister pull was easier. This is due to several reasons. With traditional tools was encouraged to reach behind and capture the hose in m second hand and pull the canister from a point behind and lower to the floor. With the Sidewinder the The hose laid across the upper arm almost at the shoulder so the pull was more uniform and required little thought.

Change of direction. Moving down a hall to a 90 degree turn both the traditional and Sidewinder required a second hand to the hose to control the canister through the turn.

The hose length is more important to easy access cleaning in a some what cluttered space. In a 18 foot ( 5.53 meters )  X 14 foot ( 4.31 meters )office the longer hose permitted the canister to enter into the space no more than 30 inches ( .90 meters )  and even with clutter and furnishings the entire space could be serviced with both the traditional tools and the Sidewinder. While the longer hose permitted both the traditional tool and the Sidewinder complete access detailing in and under desks, around wires on the floor, in narrow spaces, and against edges of furnishing h was easier with the Sidewinder. To access areas reached with the Sidewinder we would be compelled to move furnishings with traditional tools. The traditional tool also required move movement to angle the tool to access spaces,bending down, and reaching while bending.

In a room space open in the center with items against the wall the extended hose length permits cleaning with minimal interference or movement of the canister. Cleaning in a space 20 feet ( 6.15 meter ) by 20 feet ( 6.15 meter )  the traditional 6 foot ( 1.84 meter ) hose required the canister to move in a circle approximately 6 feet ( 1.85 meter ) in diameter to access the full space. With the longer hose the canister could remain stationary and rotate to access the full space. Again the Sidewinders longer wand and resulting extended reach minimized motion for the user. Once again detailing was clearly advantaged with the Sidewinder as was effective cleaning of the space up to the wall.

Conclusions: Assuming a mobile commercial canister with caster front wheels and an extended hose the Sidewinder tool will yield significant productivity gains as compared to tools traditionally provided with this equipment. We now have four independent tests which confirm this productivity improvement to be at or near 50%.

An extended hose offers significant advantages to productivity and as compared to the traditional 6 foot ( 1.8 meter ) hoses assuming one moves forward while cleaning.

Sidewinder will require less user movement including steps, bending, and physical manipulation of the tool than traditional tools.

Use of  Sidewinder would significantly benefit productivity and detailing in hard floor cleaning with central vacuum systems in both domestic and commercial environments.

Ray Storti / Cen-Tec Systems

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