One of the firsts in the world, the Carton Concil of North America recently came up with a recyclable-sorting robot in association with Alpine Waste & Recycling and AMP Robotics. The Carton Council was carrying out a pilot program that makes use of AMP Cortex which is an Artificial Intelligence (AI) framework, this permits the robot to learn how to adapt with identification, grabbing, and separation between several beverages and several cartons of food. It has been nicknamed as “Clarke”, this system works over a container line with arms like a spider with a few special grippers to browse through the stream of recycling things and then grabbing cartons.
The AI also permits the Clarke to learn a little from experience, just like we humans do. This robot can remember shapes, textures, and logos. This brings-in better optimal separation efficiency. Effective separation is very important for keeping contamination aside from other stuff during the process of recycling. Clarke can pickup 60 cartons per minute, while humans can only pick up 40 cartons per minute. The founder of AMP Robotics, Dr. Matanya Horowitz, claims, “it’s only getting better and better. Clarke can be a cost-effective way for facilities to introduce new packaging that does not always have a large volume. Additionally, unique grippers can be developed to identify and pick contaminants, which is one of the biggest issues our industry currently faces.”
The Vice President of recycling projects for Tetra Pak cluster Americas and Carton Council of North America, Jason Pelz, adds, “Clarke greatly expands opportunities for the carton industry as we work to increase the efficiency of carton recycling and, ultimately, divert more cartons from landfills. Everything Clarke has learned about identifying cartons can be transferred to robots at other MRFs. We are excited to bring innovation to carton recycling and believe this technology has widespread implications for the recycling industry, as it can be adapted to other materials.”
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