Machinex displays robotic sorter at WasteExpo and IFAT

Machinex displays robotic sorter at WasteExpo and IFAT

The SamurAI employs artificial intelligence from AMP Robotics.


Machinex has announced that it will present its new sorting robot, SamurAI, at WasteExpo, which is April 24-26 in Las Vegas, at Booth No. 3435 and at the IFAT exhibition in Munich, May 14-18, at Booth No B5.112.

Featuring a robot with four articulations, this machine employs artificial intelligence (AI) technology from AMP Robotics, Colorado, and robotic hardware from Machinex, which also will ensure complete system integration. The AI operates according to a predetermined order of task hierarchy to maximize financial return while continually improving and learning from its operating experience to assure maximum recognition efficiency, Machinex adds.

Machinex says AMP Robotics is well-represented within the North American market and its AI technology is installed and successfully operating in several material recovery facilities (MRFs).

Matanya Horowitz, CEO of AMP Robotics, says, “We are very excited to be partnering with Machinex, an industry leader in material recovery. With Machinex we not only expand our market reach but gain a truly collaborative and deeply experienced partner who shares our vision of the potential of artificial intelligence in the recycling industry.”

Pierre Pare, CEO of Machinex Group, says, “We developed this technology further to always answer the evolution of the market needs. Machinex has nearly 35 years of knowledge and experience in the waste and recycling industry, developing and integrating technologies in material recovery facilities, thus ensuring that our clients always remain ahead of the market.’’

Compared with a human sorter who averages 35 picks per minute, the SamurAI averages 70 picks per minute and has been designed to accommodate conveyor widths of up to 48 inches while offering a modular design for multiple robot configurations, Machinex says. This robotic solution is designed to reduce MRF operators’ reliance on manual labor and ongoing operating costs while improving overall system performance.

Machinex says it has developed equipment that includes ballistic separators and optical sorters to achieve high recovery and purity levels in new and existing operations. SamurAI is designed to enhance the automation and the performance of the plant, helping to reach the strict quality standards of the local and export markets and divert more material from landfill.

The first two SamurAI units will be installed immediately following WasteExpo in May 2018 at locations in the United States and Canada. With the two new SamurAI and multiple AMP installations, Machinex says it is positioned to deliver the knowledge and experience needed to ensure successful future operations. Further robots are soon to be installed, while other sales are being finalized with customers from North America and Europe, the company adds.