New Robots with Artificial Intelligence to Assist in Cleaning and Maintenance at Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport
The Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (LMM) is gearing up to improve its cleaning and maintenance operations with the acquisition of three robots equipped with artificial intelligence. This move comes in response to the increase in passenger arrivals, with 12.2 million visitors recorded last year, exceeding the numbers from the previous year.
Aerostar Puerto Rico, the company in charge of operating the airport, invested $220,000 in purchasing three Nilfisk 500 models from the Thoro Al company. These robots are designed to cover one million square feet of floor space, helping to keep the airport facilities in optimal condition.
The president of Aerostar, Jorge Hernández, emphasized the company’s commitment to enhancing cleaning efforts, stating that an additional $1.4 million has been allocated for cleaning and maintenance this year, bringing the total budget to $7.2 million.
Since 2013, Aerostar has invested approximately $47 million in cleaning and maintenance activities, reflecting the company’s dedication to ensuring the airport’s facilities remain clean and presentable for visitors.
Nelman Nevárez, Director of Operations at the airport, stressed that the introduction of these robots does not replace the need for human personnel. They are intended to complement the work of the 110 daily cleaning employees, allowing them to focus on deep cleaning tasks while the robots handle routine maintenance.
The Nilfisk 500 robots are capable of sweeping, mapping, cleaning spills, and acting as vacuum cleaners. They can operate autonomously if programmed or manually under the guidance of a human operator. Each robot has been assigned specific areas to clean, covering terminals A, B, C, D, and the public areas of the airport.
Furthermore, the robots are equipped with sensors to navigate their surroundings and can avoid obstacles, including humans, to ensure safe operation. The Aerostar team has been trained by the manufacturing company to program the robots’ routes and functions effectively.
Looking ahead, Nevárez expressed the possibility of acquiring additional robots in the future to accommodate the airport’s expansion and growing cleaning needs.
The introduction of these high-tech cleaning robots reflects the airport’s commitment to leveraging advanced technology to maintain a clean and welcoming environment for all visitors.