ZRR is now trainable, adding flexibility to waste sorting

ZenRobotics is proud to launch the latest version of its robotic waste sorting system, ZenRobotics Recycler (ZRR). The ZRR is now fully trainable which means that operators can themselves train the robot. The new feature enables customers to quickly react to changes in the waste.

One of the main benefits of robotic waste sorting is flexibility. One robotic unit can sort numerous materials and objects of various shapes and sizes at the same time, reducing the need for complex pre-processing of waste. Coupled with unique recognition capability, waste sorting robots are the answer to ever-fluctuating waste streams.

“Unique ability to learn new fractions, allows waste operators to quickly react when the incoming waste changes. Also, increased flexibility results in increased return on investment when waste operators can modify the sorting task based on market conditions” Timo Taalas, ZenRobotics CEO, explains. “This allows customers to explore new use-cases. For example, we had a customer who was sorting wood from C&D and found a customer for grade a-wood. He was able to switch the sorting task on the go”, Taalas adds.


Customers value more flexible sorting

ZenRobotics’ customer Eberhard, located in Switzerland, has experienced the benefits of robotic waste sorting.

“Working with the ZRR allows us to respond quickly to changes in the quantities and properties of the input materials. For us it is important that the ZRR is flexible in sorting different kinds of materials under different conditions. At the end of the sorting process we want to have pure mineral matter, without impurities, which can be used for recycled products. If there are impurities in the materials which have already passed through the ZRR, the system can later learn to recognise these impurities. We are able to train the robots to learn and handle different types of materials which makes the system useful and profitable for us.”


Robotic waste sorting gains foothold

ZenRobotics Recyclers are currently in use in the Netherlands, Switzerland, and Finland and soon in Japan. “We have seen a huge increase in demand and we’re about to announce new market entries, like France, shortly”, Timo Taalas concludes. In addition, ZenRobotics is currently expanding its distribution network. In December ZenRobotics and Blue Group announced a distribution agreement for the UK and Ireland.


ZenRobotics Recycler overview