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Weda keeps things clean in Germany’s tropical waters

23

Nov

2010

November 23rd, 2010

The ideal conditions for any pool-cleaning machine is a square-sided pool that is closed for the night. Tropical Island in Germany is exactly the opposite: a recreation centre that is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and a pool with soft shorelines and even some islands! But Weda’s machines have been working hard there every day of the past five years, and they have been doing a great job.

Tropical Island is a perfectly mad idea, but also a wonderful one. A huge former airship hangar has been converted into a giant entertainment and recreation centre that attracts thousands of visitors every day. It’s a place where you can sunbathe, take a walk on the beach or go for a swim in tropical waters. And if the beach isn’t hot enough you can visit a sauna or a treatment area that offers massage and oil treatments of various kinds. You can take a hike through the rain forest, or just chill out on the verandah of a cabin you’ve rented for the evening. There are plenty of bars and restaurants, so you can stay as long as you like until the rain outside stops falling.</p>Tropical Island is located 60 km south west of Berlin, Germany, which makes it much closer than Thailand or the Canary Islands for north Europeans. Visitor numbers have been consistently high since the resort opened for business five years ago. “iT wAs A ChALLeNge for us to find the right cleaner robot for this type of facility,” says Norbert Kanmann, one of five Weda employees working at the Delmenhorst office near Bremen. “Initially, the customer made an enquiry about our fully-automated models since they work so well in most pools. But normal swimming pools have straight edges and the pool is closed at night.”

Norbert Kanmann therefore recommended two Weda B600s and a Weda B680. Both of these models are fully automated, but they can also be controlled manually using remote control units. This means that large parts of the pool can be cleaned in automated mode, while the remaining bits can be controlled manually by an operator. “This is The mosT efficient way of doing the job, and the aim here was to win time. Tropical Island stays open for guests all night long, every day of the year. The cleaning therefore has to be done during a couple of hours each night when most people are asleep.”

Weda’s machines for cleaning pool bottoms have the highest suction and brushing capacity on the market, which was a decisive factor in Tropical Island’s selection of machine. Another key point was the excellent level of service provided by Weda, which has been active on the German market since the mid 1970s and have over 60 machines in operation today in the Berlin area alone. During a cleaning cycle at Tropical Island a machine collects between 30 and 50 kg of sand that drifts from the edge of the beach into the water along with other forms of organic waste commonly found in pools.

“Supplying a site such as Tropical Island requires a very high level of service,” explains Norbert Kanmann. “First off we have to train the customer’s own staff to use our machines. But then we have to take responsibility for maintenance and service. You can’t have any long stoppages at a place like Tropical Island which has so many visitors all day.”

  • 4,200 square metres of tropical water cleaned every day by Weda’s machines
  • The building that Tropical Island is located in has a volume of five million cubic metres.
  • There are 10,000 square metres of rainforest with 50,000 plants and many bird species.
  • Weda’s cleaning machines clean Tropical Sea, which covers a surface area of 3,000 square metres, and Bali Lagoon, which covers 1,200 square metres.
  • Tropical Island is always open so cleaning takes place during the quietest hours of each night.