Based in Tessenderlo, Belgium, Containers Maes has grown to become one of the country’s largest container and waste logistics operators, servicing both the public and the private sectors. Now the specialists in sustainable recycling are to pioneer the world’s first robotic recycling system, the ZenRobotics Recycler.
The ZenRobotics Recycler systems consists of a powerful conveyor belt feeding system, a specialised sensor package, the robotic picking cell, the recovered fractions container bays and the artificial intelligence-powered control system, dubbed the ZenRobotics Brain. Once installed and functioning, the system enables the sorting of commercial and industrial waste, municipal solid waste and construction waste. Unlike alternative sorting methods, the Recycler can perform a number of different tasks at once, reclaiming various raw materials and remove contaminants from the main stream. To add to its sustainable credentials, Containers Maes plan to run the system on solar power alone, another world first.
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Enthused about the project, Containers Maes’ Environmental Director, Werner Willemoons, commented:
“We want to change the game. The future of recycling lies in innovative technologies and the efficiency gains they bring. ZenRobotics Recycler is certainly the best available technology in the field, so it’s a no-brainer to go with it.”
ZenRobotics is a Finish-based high-end cleantech company, whose main product is the ZenRobotics Recycler, a waste sorting system for separating raw materials from waste. The system is available globally through a reseller network operating out of nearly 50 countries.
ZenRobotics CEO, Juho Malmberg, added:
“We are thrilled to start the ZenRobotics Recycler revolution in such as highly competitive, central market as Belgium. Containers Maes is an exemplary, futuristic, recycling company ready to embrace the future.”
At a cost of more than €1 million, the installation of the new system at Containers Maes will be completed within the last quarter of 2012.