ZenRobotics Sorting Systems for Sunshine Groupe in Melbourne

ZRR3 Waste Sorting Robots for Australian Material Recycling Facility

ZenRobotics, a Finnish robotic technology developer, is to deliver a robotic waste sorting system to waste management firm Sunshine Groupe in Melbourne, Australia.

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ZenRobotics, a Finnish robotic technology developer, is to deliver a robotic waste sorting system to waste management firm Sunshine Groupe in Melbourne, Australia.

The manufacturer said that the three-armed ZenRobotics Recycler (ZRR3) units will be the first of it’s kind in Australia and it is expected to be fully operational in spring 2017.

Sunshine Groupe, founded in 1926, is a family-owned business with recycling experience in five generations. The firm said that it has recently been investing in a bid to position itself as one of Melbourne’s primary waste processors.

“We believe that through changed thinking and innovative technology, wastes can be transformed into valuable resources. We will achieve this by challenging conventional waste practices and by looking for new and innovative technologies to recycle waste,” explained Tom Buxton, Director at Sunshine Groupe.

Through a partnership with Sustainability Victoria, Sunshine Groupe installed a material recycling facility (MRF) at its Brooklyn landfill and recovery site.

The facility allows Sunshine Groupe to better identify resources from the 120,000 tonnes per annum waste stream to be repurposed and reused for other materials. A mixture of waste materials will be dropped off at the primary transfer station where it will then be processed to sort the materials into specific fractions.

After waste has been sorted through these processes, the materials will be transferred to the state-of-the-art robotic material sorting plant.

ZenRobotics explained that this is where the ZRR3 - a tri-station robotic gantry arm plant supplied by ZenRobotics’ dealer, Robots in Waste - will use precision sensors and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to sort precise material types from the waste stream.

According to Robots in Waste’s Jim Duncan the Australian market looks very promising for the technology.

“It is exciting for Robots in Waste to have the Sunshine Groupe project finally close to completion as there are many companies that are aware of this significant development and are watching with interest,” he said.

“Because of the sheer size of our country we will have people flying across the continent to see the ZRR3 in action. Such is the interest in the system”, concluded Duncan.

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