Recycling Product News Logo

This ad will close in 15 seconds

AI-powered robotic waste sorting system installed at Zanker Recycling facility

Plexus Recycling Technologies commissioned to install system for C&D sorting

The ZenRobotics sorting system layout.
The ZenRobotics sorting system layout.

Company info

10855 Dover St., Ste. 1000
Westminster, CO
US, 80021

Website:
plexusrecyclingtechnologies.com

Read more

6795 Calle de Linea
San Diego, CA
US, 92154

Website:
thecpgrp.com

Read more

285 Shorland Drive
Walton, KY
US, 41094

Website:
steinertus.com

Read more

6345 Downing Street
Denver, CO
US, 80216

Website:
komptechamericas.com

Read more

401 NW Adler St.
P.O. Box 1
Madras, OR
US, 97741

Website:
keithwalkingfloor.com

Read more

San Jose-based Zanker Recycling, a U.S. leader in construction and demolition (C&D) materials processing systems and recycling, has announced that its awarding a contract to Plexus Recycling Technologies, the North American distributor of ZenRobotics the world's leading, and most experienced AI robotics team for sorting waste materials. The ZenRobotics ZRR2 AI Robot will be the second to operate in the U.S. and operational by fall 2018.

Zanker Recycling currently handles 2,600 tons of C&D material daily processed through three recycling systems. This high volume taxes the limits of these systems resulting in excessive overtime. By providing a fourth processing line featuring the ZenRobotics system, Zanker Recycling will dramatically increase diversion from landfills and decrease in overtime and operating costs.

"The advantage of deploying AI robotics to recycling differentiates Zanker from our competitors," said Michael Gross, Director of Sustainability for Zanker Recycling. "In this case it means identifying the sweet spot where a hybrid mix of our employees and robot delivers the biggest payback, both to the bottom line and also to our employees while increasing the diversion of recyclables."

The ZenRobotics ZRR2 AI will operate 20 hours per day with total system production at 150,000 tons per year increasing diversion of recyclables by 20%. The operation will only allow a very small amount of human interaction to the sorting process, possibly as quality control, thanks to the two ZenRobotic Recyclers installed on the 3D material sort line handling the majority of difficult to handle materials.

In a new twist for recycling systems, material feeding will be highly automated from the beginning of the process. The front end will only have to operate 50% of the time to  process the inbound material. In the middle of the system are two large dosing bunkers that can store up to 100 tons of material. The ZenRobotics Brain will control these along with all equipment downstream to allow a very smooth-running operation focused on recovery and efficiency.

"This will be the most advanced waste material processing facility in the world," said Dane Campbell, the project's System Engineer from T3CHCOMP. "We have combined the very best equipment available, into one fantastic recycling system for Zanker". Plexus Recycling Technologies will provide key European systems such as the ZenRobotic Recyclers, Komptech Terminator, Komptech Ballistor and Komptech Fines Drumscreen. To bring all of these systems together, along with key equipment from Action Equipment Company, Steinert and Keith Manufacturing, Plexus selected long time C&D system leader, Krause Manufacturing of the CP Group.

"This will be a substantial milestone for all of us," said Ashely Davis director of Sales and Marketing for CP group. "Bringing the Krause name back to lead the C&D material processing industry again, with such a great team to support Zanker's automated system will be amazing. We are able to showcase the new Air Drum Separators and superior Glass Breaker fines screen next to technology partner Plexus's equipment offering." 

The entire system's PLC Electrical Control will be provided by Hertlein Industries, one the most experienced and knowledgeable teams ever used for controlling and integrating waste material processing systems.

The ZenRobotics artificially-intelligent sorting robot.

"Zanker's investment into the newest and best technology available is a testament to the ownership and management of Zanker" Marcel Vallen, CEO of Plexus and Komptech Americas says. "We could not have partnered with a better organization than Zanker to unveil the power of ZenRobotics ZRR2 AI Robot in California. I am very excited."

Denver-based Plexus Recycling Technologies is changing the face of the environmental solutions industry by combining years of experience with premier technologies that solve entrenched problems. It's not enough to just be the best solution today, at Plexus Recycling Technologies, we look towards the future. As a full line recycling solutions provider, we scour the globe for high end, highly efficient comprehensive solutions so our customers don't have to.

San Jose-based Zanker Recycling, owned by Zanker Road Resource Management Ltd., is a privately-owned solid waste and recycling company that began operations in 1985 by developing a landfill into a full-service resource management and composting/recycling facility. In 1998, Zanker expanded operations by permitting an adjacent landfill site as a construction and demolition debris processing facility. These two facilities process more than 2,600 tons of mixed debris per day. Currently, Zanker operates four nationally-recognized recycling facilities: The Zanker facilities are national leaders in construction of demolition debris diversion and composting. Through its aggressive and innovative recycling efforts, Zanker diverts more than 80 percent of waste they receive from landfilling.

More from C&D Recycling

Versatility and mobility: an in-depth report on impact crushers

Impact crushers have broad appeal across various sectors and for good reasons. Our panel of experts provides insight as to why this is, plus information on the dynamic market for impact crushers in Canada, their applications and advantages, customization and options, as well as what to consider when buying an impact crusher.

New Pitbull Grizzly screen an economical option for small- to mid-sized contractors

Lake Erie Portable Screeners introduces the heavy-duty Pitbull PB678 Static Grizzly. The compact screen is a smaller version of the popular PB148 for added jobsite versatility and pairs well with the Pitbull 2300 screening plant, making it an economical option for operations looking for a compact solution to sort oversize material on a reduced scale. The PB678 Static Grizzly includes features for easy bar removal or adjustments as well as transportability. It is ideal for a wide range of industries, including aggregates, mining, scrap, excavation, demolition, forestry and landscaping.

free-paper-airplane

Get our newsletter

Learn more

Recycled aggregates for roads

Municipalities are responsible for the care and maintenance of vast amounts of roads, from lanes to highways. When those roads are repaired or replaced, there's the potential to generate a significant amount of aggregate material - concrete and asphalt removed from the surface that must be dealt with.
Today's roadbuilding contractors are taking this material and recycling it more than ever before. However, research is showing that some municipalities are far better than others when it comes to using this type of aggregate in their roads - and some are far behind.

Keestrack optimizes electric drive technology

Keestrack offers today the most versatile range of hybrid and plug-in solutions in mobile processing technology for quarrying and recycling applications. This applies to the complete product range, from screening plants and stockpile conveyors to mobile track-mounted crushing solutions of all relevant technologies and for all production capacities.

Brokk releases diesel demolition robot with 40 percent more hitting power

Brokk has introduced the Brokk 520D. Meeting both Tier 4 Final and Europe's Stage IV emission standards, Brokk says that the new machine is the most eco-friendly diesel demolition robot on the market. The 520D replaces the Brokk 400D, one of the first diesel models released, and comes equipped with Brokk's signature SmartConcept technology, boasting 40 percent more hitting power.

Powerscreen of Canada to show latest crushing and screening plants at National Heavy Equipment Show

Powerscreen is one of the world's leading providers of mobile crushing, screening and conveying equipment. Official distributors, Powerscreen of Canada will exhibit at the National Heavy Equipment Show in Toronto, from March 28-29th, 2019. Exhibiting at booth number 5004, experts will be on hand to talk crushing and screening and visitors will have the opportunity to get up close to a Powerscreen Chieftain 2200 screen.

free-magazine-subscription

Get Our Magazine

Paper or Digital delivered monthly to you

Subscribe or Renew Learn more

LEED changes a boost for C&D

Construction and demolition (C&D) materials are hefty. It is why we can so effectively build roads, bridges and buildings out of them. It's also why, by weight, they are the most significant material in the North American waste stream. This creates a challenge for recycling, as it's usually too expensive, in terms of ROI, to ship most recovered C&D end products, including wood, concrete, drywall, asphalt, and asphalt shingles.

​Rubicon Global and State Farm Arena divert nearly 12 tons of waste from landfills

Rubicon Global, the Atlanta-based technology company that provides waste, recycling and smart city solutions to businesses and governments worldwide, has successfully diverted nearly 12 tons of waste destined for landfills from State Farm Arena during last week's festivities in Atlanta, Georgia. This waste was generated as a result of five events being held at the State Farm Arena leading up to and in support of the ‘Big Game.'  

Ecowaste Industries to add to C&D materials transfer and MRF capacity

Ecowaste Industries operates the Ecowaste Landfill in Richmond, B.C. where they accept inert refuse, mainly from construction and demolition activities. This material is renewed into products such as compost, bark mulch and crushed concrete for sale. At the end of 2018, Ecowaste Industries Ltd. acquired the operating assets and facilities of Urban Wood Recycling and Smithers Enterprises, both based in Vancouver.  The transaction was approved by both parties on November 21, 2018 and the sale closed on December 31, 2018. Since the start of the year, Ecowaste has been accepting Urban and Smithers customers at the Ecowaste Landfill in Richmond. 

New sidewall protection for OTR tires designed for concrete and aggregates recycling

At concrete and aggregate recycling sites, recycled aggregate is produced by crushing concrete and asphalt to reuse the aggregate in the construction industry as a base for roads or building foundations.  To keep operations running site managers rely on loaders to push large jagged chunks of torn up sidewalk, roadway or building materials - which can contain steel rebar - to the crushing line to reduce its size.

free-paper-airplane

Get our newsletter

Learn more

Frontline Machinery set to host 3rd annual Crushing & Screening Equipment Demo Day

On March 13th, 2019, Frontline Machinery is hosting their annual Crushing & Screening Equipment Demo Day. The largest of its kind in Canada, this special event brings together customers and stakeholders from the aggregate, C&D and civil construction industry for a live, hands-on demonstration of crushing, screening and stacking conveyor systems.

Cat multi-processors feature quick-change jaws, greater cutting/crushing forces, increased speed, durable design

Three new Cat MP332, MP345 and MP365 Multi-Processor models are heavy-duty, high-production tools that accept multiple interchangeable jaws for taking on a variety of specialized demolition tasks. The new models, compared with previous models, can cycle 50 percent faster and generate up to 19 percent greater cutting/crushing forces. An innovative locking system enables a single operator to typically change jaw types in 15 minutes or less, using only standard hand tools. An included stand securely and stably holds unused jaw sets.

  • Concrete Cutter: outer jaw cracks concrete, inner jaw shears steel
  • Demolition: cracks thick concrete structures
  • Pulverizer: crushes concrete, separates rebar
  • Shear: cuts structural steel, pipe, cable
  • Tank Shear: cleanly cuts tanks or plate steel at right angle on three sides
  • Universal: cuts steel and crushes concrete

Metso to expand NW Rapid crushing plant range

Metso is introducing new higher capacity models to its popular wheel-mounted Metso NW Rapid series. In addition to a bigger jaw crusher model, the NW Rapid units are now also available with a variety of robust cone crushers, including the first model with the MX crusher. Easily transportable using standard prime movers, over a thousand NW Rapid models have already been sold into aggregates and C&D recycling applications.

Anaconda Equipment joins McLanahan family of companies

In 2017, McLanahan Corporation began a partnership with Anaconda Equipment of Northern Ireland to distribute and sell Anaconda's line of mobile track equipment. As the relationship between the two companies progressed, it became clear that their values and business styles were closely aligned. Today, the two companies are proud to announce that Anaconda Equipment will officially join McLanahan Corporation's family of companies upon legal closing within the next 30 to 60 days.

Latest mobile dust suppression design features Tier 4 Final Gen Set

BossTek has updated its family of self-powered dust suppression equipment with Tier IV Final-compliant generators, ensuring compliance in all 50 states and Canada.  BossTek made the announcement with the debut of the new DustBoss DB-60 Fusion, a field-proven suppression system driven by a high-reliability 25 HP electric motor and paired with a gen set powered by a heavy-duty 4-cycle indirect injection diesel engine.  Designed, engineered and assembled in the USA, the generator features a dual-containment fuel cell, heavy gauge lockable enclosure and oversized brushless alternator for easy starting.  

Customer feedback based on proven designs is shaping the latest wood waste processing machines

Multiple major manufacturers of horizontal grinders have released new models in 2018. HOGS, as they are sometimes called (HOrizontal GrinderS), are unquestionably the workhorse of the wood recycling industry and are a key piece of equipment for composters, land clearing contractors and biomass-for-energy producers, as well as C&D and MSW processors, where in both cases, wood and other organics are part of a mixed stream of materials. The latest model horizontal grinders feature lighter weights with higher production, increased transportability and site mobility, diesel, hybrid and fully electric power options, along with sophisticated controls systems, and ease of use and maintenance for operators and owners. This article looks at the latest horizontal grinder models and updates from Morbark, CW Mill, Rotochopper, CBI, Diamond Z, Bandit, Vermeer, Precision Husky, and Peterson Pacific.

McCloskey holds crushing and screening demos at dealer open day event in Northern Ireland

McCloskey held its first multi-spread demonstration event, at King Bros. Quarry in Co. Armagh, Northern Ireland, on Thursday, November 1, highlighting the power of their equipment working together. The demonstrations were an integral part of events tailored to familiarize both new and established dealers with the versatility and productivity of McCloskey's latest products

​New Brokk 170 offers 15 percent more power while retaining compact build

Brokk, the manufacturer of remote-controlled demolition machines, has introduced the Brokk 170. With SmartPower – the company's signature intelligent power management system – the new machine offers 15 percent more power than its predecessor, the Brokk 160, but retains the same compact dimensions. The Brokk 170 is one of four new next generation Brokk remote-controlled demolition machines Brokk is launching at World of Concrete 2019 at booth C4249 in Las Vegas.

free-magazine-subscription

Get Our Magazine

Paper or Digital delivered monthly to you

Subscribe or Renew Learn more