Veolia Ordered Three SamurAI Sorting Robots

Machinex will deliver three sorting robots on behalf of Veolia group, which will be installed at Bègles, near Bordeaux in France.

The implementation of these robots will take place as part of modernization work on the single-stream material recovery facility (MRF), provided for the public service delegation contract for recovery and treatment of domestic waste in the metropolitan area of Bordeaux Metropole, the Canada-headquartered machine manufacturer informed. The installation is scheduled for fall 2022. These three robots are to integrate a new single-stream system that can handle new streams resulting from the extension of sorting instruction, offering real performance guarantees. “Two robots will perform the quality control of clear PET and PE/PP by retrieving other recoverable and unwanted materials that may be present,” Machinex gave account. “In addition, a third SamurAI will be placed on the rejects line to recover a maximum amount of materials at this time of the process.”

The announcement reinforces Machinex’s establishment on the European and French market, with now a presence on two sites operated by Veolia. Two sorting robots would be installed this summer on the modernized Portes-Les-Valence site and operated by Veolia under a contract binding it to three syndicates in Drôme and Ardèche: SYTRAD, SYPP and SICTOBA.

Machinex has enhanced its presence in the French market and added a sales force in France since spring 2020 with the hiring of a local salesperson, Pierre-André Ruisi, to be close to customers and manage after-sales service. The company’s objective is to collaborate with French MRF providers to sell equipment separately that can be integrated as ready-to-use equipment, such as robots. In parallel with its efforts to continue its establishment in France, Machinex continues to develop high technology equipment, such as SamurAI sorting robots and MACH Hyspec optical sorters, and design new ones, such as MACH Vision. “This material flow analysis system, connected to the MACH Intell, provides great understanding of the material stream composition in real-time,” the manufacturer emphasized. “Interconnection of all these high technology equipments is made possible thanks to Artificial Intelligence. Thus, Machinex is now able to provide complete technological solutions for MRFs of the future.”

(Published in GLOBAL RECYCLING Magazine 2/2021, Page 53, Photo: Machinex)