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World’s first robotic recycling system installed

Belgian recycling company, Maes is to install an automated sorting system that utilises specialised sensors and a robotic picking arm, manufactured by ZenRobotics.

According to Helsinki, Finland based ZenRobotics its ZenRobotics Recycler is the world’s first robotic recycling system which is marketed globally, through a reseller network in place in 49 countries.

The company said that the system consists of a powerful conveyor belt feeding system, a specialised sensors package, the robotic picking cell, the recovered fractions container bays, and ZenRobotics Brain – the artificial intelligence-powered control system.

It was claimed that the combination of technology enables the sorting of wood, stone, and metal fractions from the incoming construction and demolition waste stream. Furthermore, Maes is to run the system from solar power.

The Maes facility is located near the recycling company’s corporate headquarters in Tessenderlo, Belgium, and is expected to take delivery of the first international installation of ZenRobotics Recycler during the last quarter of 2012.


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