A recent robotic system can effectively sort out recyclable materials from construction waste and could be the solution to the growing problem of handling global waste. This is the brain child of ZenRobotics, a Finnish technology company.
The ZenRobotics Recycler (ZRR) works intelligently by sorting out construction materials on a conveyer belt. It pulls out recyclable materials and puts them in bins for collection. The system can effectively take the place of manual sorting. This could be a boon in handling the major amount of waste worldwide from the construction and demolition sector.
The team at ZenRobotics said, "It's a really difficult job for robots and machine learning systems to do. There are currently no such systems in the world, so our system is the first. Using a process called "sensor fusion," the recycler analyses the data and sorts through objects on a conveyor belt and distributes them into surrounding chutes."
ZenRobotics is hopeful that this creation will be a boon in relieving the burden of the repetitive and dangerous task of waste filtration, a job that is presently executed manually. Manual sorting of waste is hazardous for health with the presence of sharp materials , asbestos and heavy metals.