Emerging markets: Prochem stops dust up in data centres
14 January 2021
DATA CENTRES are a fast-growing market set to rise by up to 15% and presenting special cleaning needs. Based in Farnham, Surrey Technivo is a specialist in cleaning these buildings and recently sourced four Prochem dual-speed rotary machines with suction kits and filter bags especially for the sector.
Technivo offers a wide range of data centre support services, from decontamination and management before, during and after construction works, through controlled environment movement of sensitive server hardware to power and environmental audits for businesses.
The company provides comprehensive specialist technical deep cleaning solutions including the cleaning of floor surfaces and voids, air conditioning equipment, trunking, ducting, lighting systems and areas of high sensitivity that include IT componentry; servers, EUC computing equipment and similar.
Nick Powis is the company founder and managing director while Gemma Charman and Angela Ford run operations of the business, looking after a fast-growing number of contracts across the UK and Northern Europe.
Data centres are demanding customers even if there are very few people in them. The technology housed in them running 24/7, 365 days a year provides the means by which businesses globally conduct their day-to-day business.
It’s easy to forget about them – that is, until something goes wrong.
“Over-heating is the issue and often this is caused by insufficiently clean environments,” says Gemma.
“We had been using one major supplier’s machines for some time but began to feel they weren’t quite right for the job so switched to another only to find those weren’t quite right either.”
Enrique German, a new supervisor with the company with a lot of experience of cleaning technology, recommended Prochem for robust, reliable and long-running machines that are portable and easy to transport.
“Enrique went on a Prochem Hard Floor Cleaning & Maintenance training course all about different floor types at Chessington, checked out the machine’s dust extractors, tried one out and bought four,” continues Gemma.
“Our job is to keep dust incursion and movement as low as possible to prevent it getting sucked into the servers.
“Technical cleaning is essential and machine scrubbing part of this process so consequently the presence of dust and of its control is a constant battle. The Prochem technology really helps with thoroughly cleaning demanding floors while filtering out consequent dust build-up.”
Data centres are a growing market and not many companies specialise in them as Technivo do.
Says Nick Powis: “It all came about starting with smaller critical IT rooms within large office buildings but quickly morphed into much larger, often hyperscale size areas such as Data centres. The market is extremely fast moving and as we move more rapidly into the online world, shows no signs of abating.”
“We now provide services for a large portfolio of commercial sites in and around London, with operations spanning Surrey to Liverpool, while we also have established operations in Frankfurt and Amsterdam.”
A base staff of 30 keeps the business turning over while a mobile workforce man vans working the UK client base. It’s a lockdown-proof business as no matter what is happening out there, the internet carries on!