Masotina chose ZenRobotics as partner for AI-based sorting of plastic waste
Italian waste management company Masotina’s S.p.A. facility is one of the largest material recovery facilities (MRF) in Europe that receives, sorts, separates and prepares recyclable household waste plastics. Masotina has made substantial investments in recent years into advanced automation and recycling technologies to gain a leadership position in the plastic waste recovery and recycling market. By partnering with ZenRobotics, Masotina expands its technology leadership to include AI-based waste sorting robotics at its flagship facility.
Masotina wanted to invest into advanced automation and recycling technologies to gain a leadership position in the plastic waste recovery and recycling market
They expanded their technology leadership to include AI-based waste sorting robotics
Thanks to its compact size, Fast Picker has been integrated into the existing sorting line despite very tight spaces at the facility
Fast Picker sorting robots improve efficiency and reduce the need for manual sorting
The robustly automated Masotina S.p.A. household waste plastic sorting facility is located near Milan and has a yearly capacity of 250.000 tons. The facility has been retrofitted in recent years to feature automated sorting and selection lines that make use of the highest recycling technology to separate out recyclable waste plastics through a combination of optical, mechanical and manual sorting. One of the latest additions is the ZenRobotics Fast Picker sorting station that performs quality control at the facility, improving efficiency and reducing the need for manual sorting.
Fast Picker ensures high output purity
The facility separates household waste plastics coming mostly from municipal collection. Plastic waste is first sorted from other valuable recyclable materials like paper, cardboard, aluminum, tinfoil, polylaminates and inert. Then it is separated by polymer and color to maximize the recycle-reuse value of plastic. The job of the ZenRobotics Fast Picker is to ensure high output purity for clear PET by removing contaminants and taking out other valuable recyclable polymers such as HDPE that are returned back to the recycling loop. Thanks to its compact size, the ZenRobotics Fast Picker has been integrated into the existing sorting line despite very tight spaces at the facility.
Enormous potential, rigorous ambitions
Italy is at the top of the major European economies in many sectors of the circular economy. The country has a strong plastic sector for both virgin and recycled plastic. The Masotina S.p.A facility is a perfect example of how existing MRFs can make use of the latest technology to improve their efficiency and economics in waste sorting. Smart robotics has enormous potential to recover more and more recyclable materials.
Masotina S.p.A. is a long-established company operating in the selection of non-hazardous waste since 1937. The Company was founded with the concept to treat waste as a secondary resource, while offering a complete range of environmental services to support sustainable management of natural resources. Today, the Company’s main goal is to provide for the reuse and recycling of plastic waste, whilst minimizing the use of landfill sites. Since 2011 Masotina has been owned by a group of international investors led by Pioneer Point Partners LLP, a private equity fund based in London and specializing in the energy and environmental sectors.
ZenRobotics is the leading supplier of intelligent sorting robots for the waste industry and the first company to apply AI-based sorting robots to a complex waste-sorting environment. Our intelligent robots, powered by our very own advanced AI software, make recycling more efficient, accurate and profitable. Our ambition is to make the circular economy a reality by turning global waste into clean raw materials.
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