Country Spotlight: Robots Down Under

Our first delivery to Australia is approaching, so for this country spotlight, I caught up with Jim Duncan, our very own roboteer in Australia.

JJ: So Jim, it’s great to have ZenRobotics representation in Australia and New Zealand! What has the reaction toward the ZenRobotics Recycler system been like?

JD: Well, let’s say strong and serious. Right from the introduction of the system there has been a lot of interest toward the ZRR from both the media and potential customers. We have plenty of companies that look to the future and are ready to re-invent the machine, so to say, to get something that matches their own recycling needs now and in the future. And, honestly, they really want to have their very own waste-sorting robot!

We have plenty of companies that look to the future and are ready to re-invent the machine, so to say, to get something that matches their own recycling needs now and in the future. And, honestly, they really want to have their very own waste-sorting robot!

JJ: What are the key benefits of the ZRR system, from an Australian perspective? Which local problems ZRR is able to solve?

JD:  Most ZRR benefits are universal. However, what’s important here is the ability to drive predictability into the sorting business. Steady performance, reduced dependency on human labour (while cutting down health and safety issues) and the ability to extend operating hours all make ZRR a great system. Low power consumption and machine learning are also valued highly.

What’s important here is the ability to drive predictability into the sorting business. Steady performance, reduced dependency on human labour and the ability to extend operating hours all make ZRR a great system.

ZRR excels at improving staffing. Getting reliable work crews to work long hours is a real challenge here. Robots help companies to redeploy personnel into more productive tasks.

JJ: What kinds of companies are interested in robots?

JD: Robots raise interest across the board. I’ve talked to all different business sizes, from corporates to privately operated businesses, and everyone is listening to the possibilities.

JJ: How would you describe the Australian waste industry, where it is today and where is it going?

JD: Exciting is probably the word I would use. Companies are increasingly looking at different markets for materials, with the export of some fractions being now on the increase. Waste volumes will only rise as the major population centres continue to grow. Regulations are somewhat mixed between the different Australian states, although gate fees are probably rising across the country. Looks quite promising for robots and true hands-free sorting!

JJ: Thanks Jim!

 

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Robots in Waste Director Jim Duncan represents ZenRobotics in Australia and New Zealand. You can reach Jim at [email protected]

by Janica