As supply chain challenges and environmental concerns rise worldwide, automation is part of the solution. AMP Robotics Corp., whch provides artificial intelligence, robots, and infrastructure for the waste and recycling industry, has been expanding its presence in Europe to meet demand and provide dedicated local support. The company exhibited at the IFAT 2022 trade fair for water, sewage, waste, and raw materials management this week in Munich, Germany.
“We’re seeing strong interest in and satisfaction with our AI and robotics technology here in Europe thanks to our technological leadership,” said Gary Ashburner, general manager for Europe at AMP Robotics. “Our AI platform, AMP Neuron, continues to achieve breakthroughs in data accuracy and classification of different polymers, form factors, and other packaging types, which is helping our customers take a more data-driven approach to increasing recovery, lowering costs, and optimizing operations.”
AMP Robotics claimed that its systems are modernizing the world’s recycling infrastructure to increase recycling rates and economically reclaim raw materials for the global supply chain. The Louisville, Colo.-based company said its technology recovers recyclables from municipal collection, precious commodities from electronic scrap, high-value materials from construction and demolition debris, and valuable feedstocks from organic material.
AMP offers Neuron, Cortex, Vision, and Clarity
AMP said its neural network is built on a data engine that has recognized more than 50 billion containers and packaging types in real-world conditions. The AMP Neuron AI platform continuously trains itself by recognizing different colors, textures, shapes, sizes, patterns, and even brand labels to identify materials and their recyclability.
Neuron then guides robots to pick and place the material to be recycled. Designed to run 24/7, Neuron does this at superhuman speed with extremely high accuracy, according to the company.
The AMP Cortex high-speed robotics system automates the identification and sorting of recyclables from mixed material streams. With approximately 230 deployments in more than 80 facilities across North America, Asia, and Europe, AMP claimed that its install base is the largest known fleet of recycling robots in the world. It said it has created the most expansive neural network of field data for recycled materials.
AMP Vision is a modular computer vision system designed to help operators understand material flow throughout key stages of sorting operations. It also serves as a quick and efficient alternative to manual sampling audits, said the company.
When Vision is integrated with the AMP Clarity software, users can monitor real-time material characterization and performance measurement throughout a facility. By specifying what recyclables are captured and missed, it helps recycling businesses and producers maximize recovery.
AMP recently introduced new Clarity features including mass estimation; robot pick assignments, alerts, and status tracking; and expanded reporting capabilities.
The AMP Neuron platform s built on a data engine that has recognized more than 50 billion containers and packaging types in real-world conditions. Souce: Business Wire
Robotic recycling grows in Europe
AMP installed its first AI-guided robotics systems in the U.K. and Ireland with Recyco in September 2021. Since then, it has deployed more recycling systems throughout Europe, including at FCC Medio Ambiente/Environment in Spain.
“AMP is the leading brand in robotics, and that was an important factor for us in choosing a solution to improve our sorting productivity and efficiency,” said Alfredo Vigre, project manager in the Waste Treatment Department at FCC Medio Ambiente/Environment. “We tested the robot prior to implementation and were pleased with its ability to recognize and recover materials that optical sorters cannot. It’s been fast and effective, and a great tool for quality control.”
AMP has grown its team to include sales support, training, service, and marketing, in addition to direct sales staff focused on serving Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and Switzerland. At IFAT, AMP’s European-based team provided live demonstrations of the company’s vision system for material characterization at Booth 546 in Hall B6.
“As we continue to scale our business and innovate new ways to improve the economics of recycling, we’re committed to the European market and our growing customer base there,” stated Matanya Horowitz, founder and CEO of AMP Robotics. “Our efforts to modernize Europe’s recycling infrastructure are important to our global investors and critical to realizing our vision of a world without waste.”
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