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Among the key considerations CoxGomyl include when working with our clients on building maintenance systems is the efficiency of the solution and how the required functionality and frequency of cleaning cycles can be achieved in the most appropriate and cost effective way possible.

The Facade Maintenance Cycle Time (or FMCT) is a vital aspect in the development of building maintenance systems and well-trusted suppliers such as CoxGomyl will discuss this with you early in the consultation process. The Facade Maintenance Cycle Time describes the length of time it would take for the system to complete an entire cycle of whole facade surface area. From the starting point of the FMTC indication, however, individual needs can vary greatly depending on the preferences of the client, the type of building and its uses, the requirements for inspections and the weather conditions of the local climate. It’s also common, for instance, for clients to prioritise more regular cleaning of the lower floors which are most visible from street level.

An example of a CoxGomyl building maintenance system which has been specially developed to achieve this kind of focussed efficiency can be found at Shanghai World Financial Center. Bearing in mind the scale of this super-tall building at 492 metres, the Facade Maintenance Cycle Time is three months. In practical use, however, the façade access system is set up and programmed to focus its cleaning cycles and best serve the needs of the building. The observation deck, where transparency is obviously most important, is cleaned twice a month while the hotel and office areas are more than sufficiently served by once monthly and twice monthly cleaning cycles respectively.

Another benefit of working with a leading provider on a tailored building maintenance system is that suppliers such as CoxGomyl will be able to offer you the most advanced engineering and technology which can also help you meet your facade access and cleaning needs with maximum efficiency and cost effectiveness. Buildings of higher complexity often require multiple Building Maintenance Units (BMUs) in order to achieve the desired coverage and cleaning cycles. A highly engineered and flexible BMU, however, can often provide the required functionality without the need for multiple machines. The CoxGomyl building access system for 151 North Franklin in Chicago, for instance, delivers 100% coverage of the building envelope with a single BMU. This provides for all of their façade access needs through the functionality of a five-stage extending jib with an outreach of 33.7 metres, 180 degree slewing movement, a large cradle which accommodates three operators and a material hoist for weights of up to 680 kilograms.

While abseiling and rope access methods might appear to be the cheaper option initially, it is important to bear in mind all of your ongoing needs for regular cleaning, maintenance tasks and inspections. The question that then arises is whether rope access is in fact more cost effective than a carefully considered building maintenance system designed and manufactured by leading experts in the industry and tailored to meet all of the facade access needs presented by your specific building as practically and cost effectively as possible. Uncertainty is taken out of the equation when a façade access system has been provided which will effortlessly and consistently maintain your building in optimum condition over many years to come.

Contact us to discuss your facade access requirements and how we can help meet both your needs and your budget.

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