RoboKent ‐ a case study in man‐machine interfaces

Jan Larson (Marketing Communications Manager, The Kent Co., 2310 Industrial Parkway, Elkhart, Indiana 46516, USA. Tel: +1 219 293 8661; Fax: +1 219 295 8610; E‐mail:

Industrial Robot

ISSN: 0143-991x

Publication date: 1 April 1998


The idea of robotic floor cleaning landed on the housekeeping industry like an alien from outer space in the early part of the decade. An industry that had seen little progress in the past 100 years suddenly was faced with a method of scrubbing and sweeping floors without a human being trailing a machine. It was frightening for employees unfamiliar with computers and afraid of losing their jobs and it was no small outlay for the housekeeping budget. It has taken less than five years for an industry, managers and staff alike, to realize the benefits and lead the way into the future with service robots.



Larson, J. (1998), "RoboKent ‐ a case study in man‐machine interfaces", Industrial Robot, Vol. 25 No. 2, pp. 95-100.

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