AMP Robotics launches AI-guided dual-robot system

AMP Robotics launches AI-guided dual-robot system

AMP Cortex DRS is designed to drop into existing facilities without requiring a major retrofit or downtime.


AMP Robotics, Denver, has announced the launch of its AMP Cortex dual-robot system (DRS) focused on material recovery in municipal solid waste (MSW), electronic scrap and construction and demolition (C&D) recycling applications. 

The AMP Cortex DRS expands on the company’s existing product line of high-speed recycling robotics guided by the AMP Neuron AI platform. The AMP Cortex DRS uses two high-performance robots that rapidly sort, pick and place materials at an unprecedented speed of 160 pieces per minute, creating optimum productivity, the company says.

According to an AMP Robotics news release, the AMP Neuron uses computer vision and machine learning to recognize different colors, textures, shapes, sizes and patterns to identify material characteristics. Then, it directs the robots to pick and place the targeted material. The system can operate 24/7 with continuous high-precision sorting, preventing contaminants in material streams. AMP Robotics reports that it also increases the overall quality and purity of commodities to be reclaimed. The company says the system is modularly designed to drop into existing facilities without requiring a major retrofit or downtime, enabling customers to quickly benefit from advanced automation.

From sheets of paper to cardboard, sorting fiber is a major challenge for recycling lines, often becoming a contaminant for other recycled commodities. AMP Robotics reports that the design of the two robots opens up new material applications, namely the ability to efficiently process difficult material streams of postconsumer fiber. 

“The launch of the AMP Cortex dual-robot system marks another key technology milestone for AMP as we continue to advance the application of AI and robotics for the industry,” says Matanya Horowitz, chief executive officer of AMP. “Our latest innovation further improves the economics of recycling by helping waste management companies meet increased quality standards, reduce operational costs and achieve their productivity goals.”

AMP’s latest announcement follows recent press about its partnership with Ryohshin Ltd., Osaka, Japan, to develop two new robotic systems using AMP Neuron AI to recycle C&D materials for the Japanese market. Also, ERI, a large e-scrap recycler, announced plans for additional installations of the AMP Cortex system in its facilities.

“We are very pleased about how our latest material application helps solve the challenge of recycling fiber products,” Horowitz adds. “Our AI platform continues to adapt and deepen with new material applications proven by what we have recently achieved with C&D and e-waste. As we scale our business, we remain focused on continuous improvement and innovation. The launch of our latest AI robotics system serves as another great example of this.”

AMP Robotics is exhibiting at WasteExpo 2019 in Las Vegas from May 6-9. In addition to speaking at the conference about AI and robotics in recycling, Horowitz will also be receiving Waste360’s “40 Under 40 Award” and the publication’s annual “Innovator of the Year Award,” created to recognize forward thinkers who use technology to better the waste management industry.