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AMP Robotics

While great strides have been made in waste diversion through numerous recycling initiatives and the introduction of automation, the recycling process itself remains costly and only serves a fraction of the waste stream. AMP Robotics seeks to address this imbalance with a low-cost robotics platform to fully automate the sorting process.

The platform draws from every aspect of robotics, incorporating state-of-the-art computer vision, path planning, and classification, yielding an exceptionally low cost, fast, and extensible system. In particular, the system does not rely on any fixed characteristics of the waste, and is instead trained by showing it thousands of images of its target waste. The system naturally learns to be robust to problems like dust, while being able to identify all classes of waste, from Construction and Demolition (C\&D) to Municipal Solid Waste (MSW).

The use of cutting-edge techniques enables the system to use inexpensive, commodity robotic hardware and sensors and compensate for inaccuracies with intelligence. The results include a reduction in capital costs and an increase in plant efficiency, changing the economics of sorting and allowing for a large increase in diversion volume.

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