Amp Robotics Corp., a Denver-based company that develops artificial intelligence (AI), robotics and infrastructure for the recycling and waste industries, announced the launch of two new high-diversion production facilities based on its infrastructure model for advanced secondary sorting.
The facilities will be located outside of Atlanta and Cleveland and, according to Amp, designed to economically process and aggregate low volumes of difficult-to-recycle plastics, papers and mixed metals from residue supplied by recycling facilities. recovery of primary materials (MRF) and other 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 Amp founder and CEO Matanya Horowitz. “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. “
Using its secondary sorting model, Amp picks up mixed papers, metals, and a portfolio of #1-7 plastics, with a particular focus on AI-only plastic mixes. amp says it then resells the products, including the custom chemical and polymer blends needed by processors and manufacturers, to end-market buyers. The company says its AI platform, Amp Neuron, recognizes 50 billion objects on an annual basis, and adds that it continues to innovate its AI capabilities to identify and recover films and flexible packaging which can create operational challenges for MRFs, are complicated to recover. and expensive to reprocess.
Amp says it plans to introduce additional facilities in the second half of 2022 and is seeking relationships with waste management companies to accept or purchase residual or secondary materials as well as strategic partnerships with waste pickers. plastics, chemical recyclers and other plastics manufacturers for the removal of recovered materials. plastics.
The launch also comes as part of Amp’s continued expansion of its AI-enabled robotic systems business, with approximately 230 deployments of its Amp Cortex robotic sorting systems in nearly 80 facilities on three continents, and has doubled its revenue year-on-year for three consecutive years. .
“Data is at the heart of what we do,” says Amanda Marrs, Senior Product Manager at Amp. “Our AI platform, Amp Neuron, continues to make breakthroughs in data accuracy and classification of different polymers, form factors and other types of packaging. Our neural network is built on a data engine that has recognized over 50 billion containers and packaging types under real-world conditions.
Marrs adds, “These advancements 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 on which we focus heavily in new product development.