September 22, 2021
AMP Robotics, which develops robotics and artificial intelligence for the waste and recycling industry, has announced the installation of its first AI-guided robotics systems in the U.K. and Ireland with Recyco, a recycling and waste management business in Northern Ireland.
The project includes two robots – a single AMP Cortex unit along with a tandem unit – installed on Recyco’s fibre lines for quality control to improve pick rates and bale purity, AMP said. Recyco is conducting the project with REP-TEC Advanced Technologies, an official reseller and integrator of AMP Robotics.
“We’re delighted to bring our first robots to the U.K. and Ireland as we continue to see strong demand for our AI and automation solutions and build our pipeline in Europe,” said Gary Ashburner, European general manager for AMP. “Recyco has been a superb partner in this process, and recognizes our technology addresses chronic staffing challenges it and many recyclers face, while aligning with its goals of maximizing recovery, increasing landfill diversion, and advancing sustainability.”
AMP’s technology applies computer vision and deep learning to guide high-speed industrial robots to precisely identify, differentiate, and recover recyclables found in the waste stream. It can sort by color, size, shape, opacity and other features, storing data about each item the system perceives. AMP said its sorting technology can pick up to 80 items per minute, about twice the pace of a human sorter. With the tandem sorter, the company said it recorded up to 150 picks per minute. The AI platform can quickly adapt to packaging introduced into the recycling stream with recognition capabilities to the brand level, which is becoming critical as demand for sufficient quantities of high-quality recycled material grows to meet consumer packaged goods companies’ commitment to use of post-consumer recycled content.
“AMP’s robots have quickly doubled the pick rates we were accustomed to, maintaining and even improving the purity of our bales, which we depend on to maximize prices with our end-market buyers,” said Michael Cunningham, owner and CEO of Recyco. “We’re proud to be leading the way for AI-powered recycling in these islands, and look forward to continued gains in productivity and efficiency.”
AMP said it has more than 160 systems installed globally, covering North America, Asia, and Europe. The AMP Neuron AI platform encompasses the largest known real-world dataset of recyclable materials for machine learning, with the ability to classify more than 100 different characteristics of recyclables across single-stream recycling; e-scrap; and construction and demolition debris. The company added it is reaching an object recognition run rate of more than 10 billion items annually.
For more details on the company and its robotics, visit the AMP Robotics website here.