In December 2022, ZenRobotics have recently had some coverage on the BBC News website. ZenRobotics’ relationship with English Waste Management firm Grundon, who are currently trialling ZenRobotics “Fast Picker” robot at its Bishop’s Cleeve site in Gloucestershire, have every expectation that it will improve their efficiency.
Grundon hopes AI technology will increase the volume of recyclable material it can capture
Supplied by Helsinki-based company ZenRobotics, the “Fast Picker” is developed with an ‘In-built brain’ which, with the appropriate training, becomes more advanced over time. Eventually, its AI memory will learn to pick and sort a variety of waste streams at a “human rate”.
Once proficient in identifying and separating plastics, Grundon will begin training the robot to pick steel or aluminium cans, paper, and cardboard.
The robot picks items that it recognises and deposits them down one of two chutes
Ed Fagan, Grundon's head of projects, said this to the BBC: "Both optical and robotic sorters can be deployed alongside humans in our waste sorting facilities. We can really see robotic sorters making a difference in environments which are less well suited for humans, such as the sorting of contaminated waste or working in areas with high levels of noise and dust."
Grundon aims to develop technology to eventually have a fully autonomous sorting plant
In their fleet of waste separation technology, ZenRobotics also supplies the “Heavy Picker” robot, better suited to bulky materials, and their ZenBrain which boasts a highly advanced recognition ability and autonomous decision-making.
Link to view the article itself on the BBC News website visit https://www-bbc-com.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-gloucestershire-63502444.amp