ZenRobotics: New Generation of Waste Sorting Robots

By: | March 26th, 2024

image source by TZenRobotics Fast Picker

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The Finnish robotic recycling technology company ZenRobotics launched the fourth generation of waste sorting robots, called ZenRobotics 4.0. In comparison with the previous versions, this latest model has new features and upgraded Artificial Intelligence (AI). Hence, this can optimize and improve the efficiency and can identify over 500 types of waste.

Dr. Jarmo Ruohonen, General Manager at ZenRobotics, said, “ZenRobotics 4.0 is our latest iteration of waste sorting robots with improvements that we believe revolutionise waste sorting technology and are more than just an upgrade to waste management operations—they are ‘efficiency perfected’,”.

The robot can identify objects with the AI recognition system that are passing by and are made out of plastic, glass, wood, metal, etc., after which a grasper reaches for the object and puts it in the designated bin. According to the company, the precision and efficiency is raised from 60 to 100% in comparison to previous generations. Moreover, increased is also the reliability, alongside faster maintenance, and cost-effectiveness.

Dr. Jarmo Ruohonen added, “Our commitment has always been to work with forward-thinking recycling companies to automate their waste management processes and make outdated, inefficient, and unsafe manual sorting a thing of the past. Our AI-powered robots enable companies to take in new high-quality recyclables to meet modern recycling requirements and sell high-purity materials in the aftermarkets,

Buyers are able to choose between the Heavy Picker 4.0 and the Fast Picker 4.0. The first one is able to sort waste of up to 40 kg (88 lb) at a rate of 2,300 per hour. The second option has a rate of 4,800 picks per hour, however, for a maximum item weight of 1 kg (2.2 lb).

The company was founded in 2007. The company became a part of the global manufacturer of materials processing machinery, Terex Corporation.

Ashton Henning

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