May 042011
 

The waste management industry and robots are getting to know each other better, especially when it comes to the business of recycling.

ZenRobotics, a Finnish high-tech company founded in 2007 has released its initial signature product, the ZenRobotics Recycler.

According to Zen Robotics, the robot uses a variety of sensors to distinguish and sort recyclable items. The company refers to this sorting technology as sensor fusion.

On its website, Zen Robotics writes: “In the picking process sensor fusion combines all sensory data – including historical data – into an analysis of whether the item is wanted or not. It is also possible to learn to use sensors by combining the data streams through machine learning methods to provide information that would be impossible to obtain just by the disparate sensors themselves. Never before has there been such a diverse and accurate analysis of waste.”

This recycling robot functions as a highly sophisticated waste sorting system. According to the company, the ZenRobotics Recycler has been designed for commercial and industrial waste, municipal solid waste, and construction waste.

Of interest, the entire robotic sorting system has been assembled with off-the-shelf industrial robotics components. This machine sorting system utilizes is able to separate raw materials from waste.

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