Choosing the right combination of optical sorters with robotic arm and valve block ejectors delivers two powerful robot options to boost recovery of targeted materials
ROBOTIC technology in the recycling industry is evolving rapidly, particularly in the realm of optical sorting. Drawing from deep datasets, optical sorters which use different ejection methods can process material fractions more efficiently and at higher purity rates than ever before. But what exactly constitutes a robot in the recycling industry and how do these machines leverage the deep learning subset of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to benefit today’s recycling facilities?
Recycling Robots, Take Two, the latest eBook from the global leader in sensor-based sorting, TOMRA Recycling, explains the similarities and differences between optical sorters with valve block ejectors and optical sorters with robotic arm ejectors. It details how, when implemented as part of a holistic system design, the two can work in combination to improve sorting performance. The eBook explains that the term ‘robot sorter’ is not just a machine with sorting arms.
TOMRA’s eBook also highlights the four critical components shared by all optical sorters, the different sorting technologies available to recyclers and the role of software in sorting. Processing software, in particular, is critical to the sorting process and should be developed specifically for the type of sorting technology employed to maximise materials recovery.
The eBook concludes with the message that, while not new to the recycling industry, the use of AI and deep datasets is expanding, which is helping to increase material processing speed, achieve higher recovery rates of the most complex material fractions and maximise circularity by bringing more high-quality recyclates into the loop. Together, optical sorters – both with valve block as well as robotic arm ejectors – allow for more efficient use of staff which lowers overall operating costs for the recycler. To be most effective, however, these sorters must be positioned in the line as part of a holistic approach to a plant’s design.
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