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Blue Group and ZenRobotics

Blue Group and ZenRobotics

ZenRobotics-overview along belt Blue Group are delighted to announce that a distribution agreement for the UK and Ireland  has been agreed with ZenRobotics Ltd., the most advanced robotic waste sorting  equipment supplier.   The ZenRobotics Recycler uses robotic arms to reclaim valuable raw  materials whilst lowering costs, reducing manual labour, increasing recycling efficiency  and increasing the purity of the recycled materials sorted from the waste stream. With two  robot arms it can make up to 4,000 picks/hour, compared to a human operative, who on  average, achieves around 700 picks/h.  Couple this impressive uplift in speed and  efficiency with multiple shifts and the result is a dramatic increase in plant productivity.  24/7 waste processing is at last a reality!

Blue Group will incorporate ZenRobotics Recycler into their recycling facilities designed by BlueMAC, the plant manufacturing division of the company, located in Ireland.  Once incorporated into a facility the ZRR is designed to recognise and recover mixed waste, including metal, wood, stone, cardboard and rigid plastic fractions from mixed C&D and C&I waste streams. IMAG2629_BURST002_COVER

The technology is controlled by ‘ZenRobotics Brain’ which utilises multiple sensor inputs in real time, reacts to changes and even learns from its mistakes.  The ‘Brain’ analyses the input from a plethora of sensors (metal detector, NIR-near infrared spectral camera, VNIR-visual range spectral camera and 3D) using advanced artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms.  It also applies machine learning to combine the data of two physical sensors to create a so-called virtual sensor.

Blue Group Director, Eugene Donnelly commented on the agreement, “This technology is the future for waste plants and we are delighted to be working with the world leader. The technology is almost three times quicker than a human, more accurate and can work over multiple shifts, which will ultimately save a company money over the long-term.”


ZenRobotics Ltd. was founded in 2007 and is today the world leader in robotic waste sorting systems. Their competitive advantage comes from tedious scientific research and rock-solid product development. The ZenRobotics Recycler relies on artificial intelligence technology in both identifying the valuable raw materials in the waste, and in controlling the robot’s adaptive picking motions.


“ZenRobotics is proud to enter the UK market hand in hand with a dynamic market leader. Together we can offer the robotic technology that increases sorting efficiency, flexibility and lowers the operating costs. This positive impact will help our customers to reach the 2020 targets and move beyond.” Says Dr. Mac Borkowski, UK Sales Director at ZenRobotics.

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