12 Heavy Pickers
Inside Remeo’s next generation recycling facility
We collaborated with Remeo and STADLER to create the largest material recovery facility (MRF) in the world that uses robots in C&D and C&I waste recycling. STADLER designed the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) in collaboration with Remeo and built it, while ZenRobotics supplied AI-based robotics waste sorting technologies. This state of the art facility has the annual processing capacity of an 120,000 tonnes of construction waste and 60,000 tonnes of energy waste produced in commerce and industry.
Together with Remeo, we’re giving vast amounts of C&D and C&I waste a new life by recycling it into high-quality alternatives to virgin materials. The Remeo facility, located in the capital region of Finland, hosts twelve robot arms in total and is among the first in the world to combine C&I and C&D processing lines.
The next generation facility hosts twelve robot arms in total and is among the first in the world to combine C&I and C&D processing lines.
The facility covers more than 30 percent of all waste recycling needs in the Helsinki region in Finland
The world’s strongest sorting robots pick objects that weigh up to 30 kilograms and together perform up to 24,000 picks per hour.
Efficient recycling ensures exceeding the minimum 70 % recycling rate
The facility will cover more than 30 percent of all waste recycling needs in the Helsinki region in Finland. As an added bonus, this mega facility also removes the need to export the waste from Finland. Previously, much of the waste was shipped abroad as there isn’t enough capacity to recycle it nationally. Remeo’s facility stops this with effective recycling close to the place of origin of the waste, cutting transport emissions while at it thanks to short distances. Due to efficient recycling capabilities, Remeo is also helping its customers to meet the minimum 70 % recycling rate required by the law - going at 71.8% after first months of operation.
The key part of achieving these numbers are the twelve ZenRobotics Heavy Pickers – the world’s strongest sorting robots that can pick objects that weigh up to 30 kilograms and together perform up to 24,000 picks per hour. Meaning, the robots do all the heavy lifting that’s neither safe nor feasible for humans. These smart robots at Remeo’s facility are currently sorting fractions from four different types of waste: wood, metals, stone and plastics – and they’re trainable to recognise an unlimited amount of new fractions, too.
Circular economy vision turned into profitable business opportunities
The Remeo facility is an example of how AI-powered robot technology can be used to capture valuable and pure materials from waste streams in construction, demolition and other sectors more efficiently than before. So, instead of discarding these limited resources, the Remeo plant exemplifies the lucrative opportunities in turning the circular economy vision into profitable business for waste management companies around the world. In Remeo’s case, this means selling high quality recycled material such as paper, metal and plastic to Finnish and European industries as an alternative to virgin materials used in their manufacturing processes.
Close collaboration key to a successful outcome and completion ahead of schedule
The successful outcome of such a unique and complex project lies on the remarkable reciprocal trust and close collaboration between Remeo, STADLER and ZenRobotics – from the design phase right through to completion of the build and installation.
Remeo Oy is a Finnish company specialising in environmental management and circular economy. Remeo develops new circular economy solutions for recovering waste and repurposing it as raw materials for industrial needs. Remeo employs approximately 400 professionals in 13 locations and at eight materials recovery and reuse facilities. For more information visit: www.remeo.fi
STADLER is dedicated to the planning, production and assembly of sorting systems and components for the waste disposal and recycling industry world-wide. Its team of over 450 qualified employees offers a tailor-made full service, from conceptual design to planning, production, modernisation, optimisation, assembly, start-up, conversions, disassembly, maintenance and servicing of components to complete recycling and sorting systems. Its product range includes ballistic separators, transport conveyor belts, screening drums and label removers. The company is also able to provide steel structures and electrical switch cabinets for the plants it installs. Founded in 1791, this family-run company’s operation and strategy is underpinned by its ethos of delivering quality, reliability and customer satisfaction, being a good employer and providing strong social support. For more information, visit www.w-stadler.de
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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