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Machinex to present Samurai sorting robot at Waste Expo and IFAT

Self-aware sorting technology developed in partnership with AMP Robotics

Machinex will present its new sorting robot, the SamurAI, at Waste Expo in Las Vegas, April 24-26. Visitors will be able to see this new machine at booth 3435. Machinex will also present SamurAI at the IFAT exhibition in Munich, Germany, May 14-18, in booth B5.112.

Featuring a unique 4-articulation robot, this machine employs superior artificial intelligence (AI) technology to identify materials for accurate, positive product recovery or as a precise quality control function. The AI operates according to a pre-determined order of task hierarchy to maximize financial return while continually improving and learning from operating experience to assure maximum recognition efficiency.

According to Machinex, compared to a human sorter, which achieves an average of 35 picks per minute, the SamurAI manages to double this average by reaching 70 picks per minute. The SamurAI has been designed to accommodate sorting conveyor width up to 48 inches while offering a modular design for multiple robot configurations.

Machinex says they have responded to the requirements of MRF operators, and that this robotic solution will reduce reliance on manual labour working in difficult environments, therefore reducing ongoing operating costs while improving overall system performance.

In recent years Machinex has developed equipment such as ballistic separators and optical sorters for integration into both new and existing sorting facilities to achieve extremely high recovery and purity levels. The SamurAI therefore comes in support to enhance the automation and the performance of the complete plant in order to reach the strict quality standards of the local and export markets and divert more material from landfill.

Pierre Pare, CEO of Machinex Group, says: "We developed this technology further to always answer the evolution of the market needs. Machinex has nearly 35 years of knowledge and experience in the waste and recycling industry, developing and integrating technologies in material recovery facilities, thus ensuring that our clients always remain ahead of the market.''

After a very detailed and rigorous process to select a partner to provide Machinex with an artificial intelligence system, AMP Robotics was engaged due to their wide experience and expertise within the recycling industry. AMP Robotics is well represented within the North American market and their AI technology is installed and successfully operating in several material recovery facilities. The role of AMP Robotics will be to provide the artificial intelligence for the robot, while Machinex will provide all of the required robotic hardware and will ensure its complete system integration.

Matanya Horowitz, CEO of AMP Robotics: "We are very excited to be partnering with Machinex, an industry leader in material recovery. With Machinex we not only expand our market reach but gain a truly collaborative and deeply experienced partner who shares our vision of the potential of artificial intelligence in the recycling industry."

The first two SamurAI units will be installed immediately following Waste Expo, in May 2018, at locations in both the United States and Canada. With the two new SamurAI and multiple AMP installations, Machinex is positioned to deliver the knowledge and experience to insure successful future operations. Further robots are soon to be installed while a number of other sales are currently being finalized with customers both from North America and Europe.

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