AMP Robotics launches automated secondary sorting facilities in Atlanta and Cleveland


DENVER–(BUSINESS WIRE)–AMP Robotics Corp. (“AMP”), a pioneer in AI, robotics and infrastructure for the waste and recycling industry, has introduced two new high-diversion production facilities based on its infrastructure model for secondary sorting advanced. The company-owned facilities, located outside of Atlanta and Cleveland, are designed to economically process and consolidate low volumes of difficult-to-recycle plastics, papers and mixed metals from waste supplied by facilities for the recovery of raw materials (MRF) and other materials. suppliers.

“With the success of the pilot facility we launched last year in Denver, we have been working hard to bring additional facilities online powered by our AI application for material identification and advanced automation” , said Matanya Horowitz, founder and CEO of AMP Robotics. . “This secondary sorting model helps process the millions of tons of recyclables and billions of dollars of raw materials lost to landfills despite the demand for high-quality recycled content from consumer packaged goods companies and brand owners. ”

The strength of AMP’s AI makes secondary sorting technically and economically feasible. AMP’s artificial intelligence platform, AMP Neuron™, recognizes 50 billion objects each year, a number that continues to grow exponentially as the company’s install base grows. Using its secondary sorting model, AMP recovers mixed paper, metals, and a portfolio of #1 through #7 plastics in a variety of form factors and attributes with high accuracy and purity, with a particular focus on plastic mixtures only made possible by AI. The company resells these products, including custom chemical and polymer blends needed by processors and fabricators, to end market buyers. AMP continues to innovate its AI capabilities to identify and recover flexible films and packaging, which create operational challenges for MRFs and which have historically been complicated to recover and expensive to reprocess into raw materials.

AMP’s secondary facilities reduce recovery costs while creating high-quality, contamination-free bales of recycled material for resale. AMP’s business model also introduces market certainty, reduced disposal costs and new revenue streams for established MRFs by creating a destination for residues they would otherwise have to pay for landfill, as well as demand for mixed or impure plastic streams which may not have strong end markets.

“We’ve had AMP’s AI-guided robotic systems installed since 2019, and they’ve helped us reduce labor costs, increase recovery, and increase capacity,” said Joe Benedetto, President of RDS of Virginia. “Now that we are working with AMP on residue, mixed plastics and containers for secondary processing, we are seeing lower disposal costs and a new source of revenue. In addition, we are better fulfilling our commitment to ensure that more recyclable materials are actually recycled.

AMP plans to introduce additional facilities in the second half of 2022. The company is seeking relationships with waste management companies to accept or purchase residual or secondary materials as well as strategic partnerships with plastics scavengers, recyclers chemicals and other plastics manufacturers for the removal of salvaged materials. plastics.

The launch of AMP’s newest secondary sorting facilities is part of the continued expansion of its AI-enabled robotic systems business. AMP has approximately 230 deployments of its AMP Cortex™ robotic sorting systems at more than 80 facilities on three continents, and has doubled revenue year-over-year for three consecutive years. The demand for robotics to retrofit existing recycling infrastructure continues to grow; the industry needs capabilities to meet the 2025 targets of CPG (consumer packaged goods) companies that have committed to using PCR (post-consumer recycled) content.

In addition to secondary sorting, AMP’s AI enables AMP Clarity™, the company’s material characterization and robot performance software solution. The company is introducing new features including mass estimation; robot selection assignments, alerts, and status tracking; and extensive reporting capabilities to help MRFs and converters adopt a data-driven approach to optimize operations, increase recovery revenue and reduce costs.

“Data is at the heart of our work. Our AI platform, AMP Neuron, continues to make breakthroughs in data accuracy and classification of different polymers, form factors and other packaging types. Our neural network is built on a data engine that has recognized over 50 billion containers and packaging types under real-world conditions,” said Amanda Marrs, Senior Product Manager, AMP Robotics. “These advances in material recognition continually improve our customers’ performance and open the door to other packaging categories that have historically been difficult to identify, such as plastic films and flexible packaging, an area we are focusing on. strongly focus in the development of new products. ”

Data is considered essential to improve recycling and recovery rates for a circular economy. As a member of National recycling strategy released last year, the US Environmental Protection Agency cited standardizing measurements and increasing data collection as one of its five goals. AMP continues to innovate in the application of data with AMP Clarity.

AMP sponsors, exhibits and speaks at multiple sessions at WasteExpo 2022 this week in Las Vegas. Marrs joins May 10 MRF and Software Technology panel; Chris Wirth, Vice President of Marketing and Government Affairs, participates in “The Role of Government in Funding Recycling Infrastructure” on May 11; and Jonathan Levy, Director of Government Affairs, will speak on the May 11 panel “Recycling in the 1920s.” Visit the AMP team at booth 3405 throughout the show to learn more about its robotic sorting solution, AMP Cortex™, and recycling intelligence tool, AMP Clarity.

About AMP Robotics® Corp.

AMP Robotics modernizes the global recycling infrastructure by applying AI and automation to increase recycling rates and economically reclaim recovered recyclables as raw materials for the global supply chain. The AMP Cortex™ high-speed robotic system automates the identification and sorting of recyclable materials from mixed material streams. The AMP Neuron™ AI platform continuously trains itself by recognizing different colors, textures, shapes, sizes, patterns, and even branded labels to identify materials and their recyclability. Neuron then guides robots to select and place the material to be recycled. Designed to operate 24/7, all of this happens at superhuman speed with extremely high precision. AMP Clarity™ provides data and material characterization on captured and missed recyclables, helping recyclers and producers maximize recovery. With deployments in North America, Asia and Europe, AMP’s technology recovers recyclables from municipal collection, valuable products from e-waste and high-value materials from construction and demolition debris.


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