At WasteExpo 2021 in Las Vegas, AMP Robotics Corp. (“AMP”), a pioneer in AI, robotics, and infrastructure for the waste and recycling industry, announced key company milestones executing against its plan to sustainably improve and scale the recovery of recyclables. These achievements coincide with the company’s ongoing market expansion and continued innovation cycle to modernize the domestic and global recycling system.
“We entered 2021 with momentum driven by strong demand for our recycling AI and automation solutions, and it continued through the first half of the year as we continued to deploy systems at scale and doubled year-over-year revenue,” said Matanya Horowitz, founder and CEO of AMP Robotics. “Our investment in operational scale is paying off as we see even stronger adoption of our technology, with customers re-ordering systems to install in other facilities that they own. We continue to innovate with the pilot of our automated secondary sortation facility, as well as the launch of AMP Clarity, our new waste characterization software. AI is powering real-world solutions for the recycling system that may have seemed out of reach not long ago.”
Recycling data milestones chart path to overcoming industry barriers
A lack of data transparency, reliability, and consistency on the performance of material recovery has been a longstanding obstacle to recycling modernization. Data is the foundation of the company’s AI platform, AMP Neuron™, whose artificial neural network has created the largest known real-world dataset of recyclable materials for machine learning. With the power of this data, AMP has achieved two milestones:
- The company can now classify more than 100 different categories and characteristics of recyclables across single-stream recycling, e-scrap, and construction and demolition debris.
- AMP has extended its object recognition run rate to more than 10 billion items annually. This combination of scalable accuracy and classification creates a step-level solution for data collection and measurement that materials recovery facilities can use to optimize their operations; reclaimers, mills, and manufacturers can use to validate that incoming feedstock meets specifications and standards for chemically compliant bales; and brand owners and government stakeholders can use to measure the quality, flow, and recovery of recyclable materials.
The modularity of the standalone AMP Vision™ system provides economically viable, pervasive sensor technology that can be deployed at operations across the recycling system so this data can be collected throughout different facilities, waste sheds, and municipalities.
New gripper technology enables performance breakthrough
AMP also continued to innovate new material-specific feature sets and performance enhancements to support more precise automated sortation and rapid recovery of high-value commodities. With more than one dozen patents or patents pending, the company has focused its R&D efforts on continuous improvements to the performance and reliability of its flagship robotic sorting system, AMP Cortex™. In recent months, AMP has been testing a new gripping technology that pushes the existing boundaries of its proprietary robotic path planning to accelerate pick speeds beyond what had previously been considered possible.
In June, AMP marked a breakthrough, recording speeds of up to 140 picks per minute on a single robot and a sustained rate of 120 picks per minute on many common picking layouts. This can translate to an increase of more than 50% in recovery for unevenly distributed material streams. This latest innovation is focused initially on optimizing the recovery of recyclable fiber like mixed paper, OCC (corrugated cardboard), and SOP (sorted office paper). AMP will be beta-testing these new performance features in the field with select customers over the next three to six months and expects to commercialize the offering more broadly as a feature upgrade by the end of 2021.
Addition of key personnel supports expansion
Over the last year, AMP has rapidly scaled its business to meet demand. In less than 12 months, the company has doubled its staff—hiring in finance, operations, engineering, product management, sales, marketing, service, and talent management.
Following the installation of the company’s first robotic system in Europe in late 2020, AMP’s pipeline continues to grow. Based in the UK, and to support the expansion of its business in the region, Gary Ashburner has joined AMP as its EMEA general manager to build out the company’s European infrastructure, leading customer and partner acquisition, pre- and post-sales consulting, system design, supply, installation, training and service.
After the company’s successful launch of its automated secondary sortation model, AMP added Bart Weihl as vice president of facility operations to lead the team managing the buildout of its future facilities. Prior to AMP, Weihl was vice president at Barnes Aerospace and held advanced manufacturing and supply chain roles at Owens Corning, GE, and Boeing.
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