EverestLabs places more robots in California

MRF in Sunnyvale, California, adds sorting robots with RecycleOS programming.

Fremont, California-based EverestLabs says the Sunnyvale material recovery facility (MRF) in that California city has announced it will complete the installation of additional EverestLabs RecycleOS-powered robotics by the end of this month.

The installation is taking place at the Sunnyvale Materials Recovery and Transfer Station (SMaRT Station), which process collected material in Mountain View and Sunnyvale, California, processing 7,500 tons of recyclables annually.

The SMaRT Station accepts municipal solid waste (MSW) and recycling materials from 235,000 residents and all businesses in Sunnyvale and Mountain View. The installation of the robotics is expected to increase material recovery by a factor of “two to three times higher than human sorters and help alleviate labor availability issues,” according to EverestLabs.

RecycleOS-powered robotics will deliver 49 percent more picks using 45 percent less space than competing solutions in the market, says the firm. RecycleOS will also enable the Sunnyvale facility to track data for “real-time continuous improvement and reporting,” EverestLabs says.

“We elected to expand the use of EverestLabs robots because of their small footprint, ease of installation, and successful recovery of hard-to-recover objects like HDPE [high-density polyethylene] milk jugs and in tight locations,” says Jeff Dobert, director of operations at Bay Counties SMaRT.

He adds, “We not only tested EverestLabs solutions extensively on our site but also saw how successful RecycleOS-powered robotics have been at our sister site in Northern California and other locations nationally. It is a no-brainer to continue expansion in our plant. EverestLabs’ AI [artificial intelligence] object recognition and software platform is by far the best we’ve seen.”

JD Ambati, founder and CEO of EverestLabs, says, “We truly appreciate the commitment of Bay counties SMaRT led by Jeff Dobert and Facilities Manager Jeff Nabhan and the entire City of Sunnyvale staff. Today, the RecycleOS enterprise AI platform is enabling MRF operators, the unsung heroes of the recycling ecosystem, to directly impact climate change by recovering more high-quality recyclables for manufacturing.”

EverestLabs says it has increased the operational efficacy of MRFs by performing quality control and net new recovery tasks with 99 percent uptime, high AI accuracy of 95 percent-plus and a robotic efficacy rate of more than 90 percent.

EverestLabs, which is funded in part by American, Canadian and Japanese venture funds, describes RecycleOS as “the only enterprise AI software and automation solution for addressing critical problems in recycling plants or MRFs.”

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