Robots cleaning Terminal 4 at Singapore Changi Airport
31 August 2017
As Singapore Changi Airport (SIN) embraces automation to beat the labour shortages, it is also turning to robots to keep its latest addition - Terminal 4 - sparkling clean. Changi Airport Group (CAG) has deployed four automated cleaning robots at T4 after a search that took about three years and plans to add six more in 2018. The robots - which bear cartoon faces – each cost about SGD 80,000 and can clean 1,600 m²/hr. Housekeepers are trained to programme the robot to mop, clean and pick up small items, among other tasks. Beyond the terminal floors, robots are also being used to clean car parks and toilets. CAG said this will reduce housekeeping manpower by about 20% and make its employees better skilled. Kenneth Ho, senior manager of facilities management at CAG, said Terminals 1 to 3 will soon see such cleaning technology, after studies are done on the robots’ efficacy at T4. He added that airports in New Zealand and some parts of the US use similar technology.