In 2022, Terex acquired ZenRobotics, one of the first companies to apply AI-based robots to waste sorting. ZenRobotics have been serving front-running recycling companies since 2007, using AI to automate waste sorting and make outdated, inefficient and unsafe manual sorting a thing of the past with safe sorting robots.
AI-powered robots replace inefficient, costly and potentially dangerous manual processes
How to robotize waste sorting?
Recycling plant operators can benefit from AI-based sorting regardless of where they start –whether upgrading an existing facility with intelligent robots or investing in a new, fully automated recycling facility. There are three ways in which a waste operation can be robotised and automated:
· Standalone Solution: Fully automated and independent waste sorting station
· Retrofitted Solution: Integrate waste sorting robots into your existing facility
· Greenfield Solution: Design a new large-scale facility around smart robotics
AI-powered robots replace inefficient, costly and potentially dangerous manual processes, making sure valuable recyclables aren’t wasted, and minimising risk to workforce. It will look a little different with each operator, but these are the underlying reasons why more and more operators are automating their waste sorting processes.
Smart waste sorting robots are the most efficient way to pick desired materials out of waste streams and they require minimal human involvement. Higher automation means lower costs and risks related to using manual sorting, as well as less facility downtime. Today’s best-performing MRFs are data and robotics driven or to say it better, ZenRobotics-driven.