Nearly six months after Plessisville, Quebec-based Machinex launched its SamurAI robotic sorter, nine robots have been sold as of January, according to the company.
Machinex partnered with AMP Robotics of Colorado to create the SamurAI. AMP provides the robot’s artificial intelligence, while Machinex provides the robotic components and ensures its complete integration into sorting systems.
The first SamurAI was installed in May 2018 at Lakeshore Recycling Systems (LRS) in Forest View, Illinois.
Located on the container line, after an optical sorter ejecting polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and a ferrous magnet, the robot picks colored high-density polyethylene (HDPE), natural HDPE and aseptic containers.
SamurAI offers the flexibility to remove other products, such as PET and foil, as well.
The technology reduces LRS’ reliance on manual labor in its single-stream recycling facility, which decreases operating costs while improving the plant’s productivity, Machinex says.