Monday, April 26, 2021
DENVER/MENTOR, Ohio — AMP Robotics Corp. introduced that it has deployed six AI-powered robotic sorting methods to Evergreen, one of many nation’s largest PET bottle recyclers, at its Ohio processing facility.
AMP’s expertise identifies and types inexperienced and clear PET from post-consumer bales of plastic soda bottles, which Evergreen recycles into reusable flakes or pellets (rPET) and sells to finish markets as a uncooked materials for brand new containers and packaging.
Evergreen is a subsidiary of Greenbridge — previously Polychem — a number one producer of polyester and polypropylene merchandise, serving the meals and beverage, shopper packaged items and industrial industries since 1974.
“As a pacesetter in post-consumer PET bottle recycling, the precision and accuracy of AI and robotics has helped us higher monitor the composition of the fabric throughout our operation, increase restoration and guarantee prime quality within the rPET resin we produce,” said Greg JohnsonVP Operations for Greenbridge and Evergreen.
“AMP’s technology aligns with our core values of environmental responsibility, sustainability, the safety and well-being of our team, and profitability.”
Products constituted of rPET might be recycled once more – essential as states contemplate producer accountability laws that may cost producers increased charges for hard-to-recycle packaging and will encourage packaging design that makes use of extra recycled content material.
If plastics will not be correctly separated through the sorting section and completely different supplies are processed collectively, a decrease high quality resin is created, which can not meet the producer’s product requirements and the strict necessities for meals and beverage packaging.
The set up of AMP at Evergreen demonstrates the corporate’s continued market growth with plastic reclaimers alongside infrastructure modernization with materials restoration services.
“Greenbridge and Evergreen are at the forefront of applying innovation to increase post-consumer resin (PCR) uptake and processing,” stated Matanya Horowitz, founder and CEO of AMP Robotics.
“With the US recycling lower than 10% of plastics produced yearly, their software of superior expertise is growing restoration, lowering materials landfills and lowering greenhouse gasoline emissions.
“AI-driven sorting can yield scientifically calibrated mixes of material that meet the specifications of recuperators and end-market buyers. The technology creates a higher quality end product and a greater volume of recycled content that brands can source for their recycled content goals and sustainability commitments, and improves the bottom line of the recuperators that provide it.”
Last month, AMP introduced the launch of the corporate’s automated secondary sorting services, which apply superior automation enabled by AI to economically type small quantities of residue to get better blended plastics akin to PET, HDPE, LDPE, PP and PS.
These materials streams additionally embody prime quality recyclables akin to used beverage cans (UBCs) and previous corrugated cardboard (OCC) that are in excessive demand for resale to aluminum producers and paper mills. AMP’s secondary services cut back restoration prices whereas creating contaminant-free, high-quality recycled bales for resale.
AMP’s enterprise mannequin additionally introduces market certainty and new income streams to established MRFs by creating demand for residues that may in any other case value firms to eliminate.
AMP deployments span North America, Asia, and Europe. Within the United States, AMP spans over 25 states, together with California, ColoradoFlorida, Minnesota, Michigan, New York, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin, along with Evergreen’s Ohio plant.
In January, AMP introduced it had raised $55 million in working capital in a Series B financingled by XN with participation from new buyers Valor Equity Partners and GV, in addition to current buyers Sequoia Capital, Sidewalk Infrastructure Partners, Congruent Ventures and Closed Loop Partners.
AMP stated it’s utilizing this newest funding to scale its enterprise, develop revolutionary new AI product purposes and increasing its work with shopper packaged items (CPG) firms akin to Keurig Dr Pepper (NASDAQ: KDP).