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Dutch recycler takes robotic sorting to next level

The Netherlands – Robotic sorting technology supplier ZenRobotics of Finland is to deliver two of its Next Generation ZenRobotics Recycler (ZRR1) units to Baetsen Recycling in the Netherlands. The system replaces the earlier ZRR Fast Picker unit that has been in operation at the Dutch firm’s plant since March 2013 and is intended to ramp up the level of automation on the sorting line.

ZenRobotics′ managing director Timo Taalas comments: ′These two years of co-operation have taught us a lot. Together we have been able to further develop the ZRR system in a heavy-waste sorting environment. The renewed ZRR is now more durable and rigid, and specifically fine-tuned for handling bulky waste.′

The Next Generation ZenRobotics Recycler is capable of sorting at an average rate of 3000 picks per hour, with a peak of ′as much as 4000 picks per hour′, claims the developer. Features include a new gripper that can pick even heavier objects of up to 20 kg and that can reach a full 2 metres along the sorting belt.

According to Baetsen′s managing director Hans van Roosmalen, robotic sorting can bring ′a considerable business advantage to waste recycling companies that want to be frontrunners in a challenging market′.

The Next Generation ZenRobotics Recyclers are already in operation at the SITA Suomi Oy, waste sorting plant in Helsinki. SITA Suomi Oy is part of SUEZ Environnement.


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