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How Does Artificial Intelligence (AI) Work with Robots?

When it comes to sorting waste with robotics, artificial intelligence (AI) is crucial. The simplest explanation is: AI is the machine’s brain and eyes, and the robot is the machine’s hands and body.

WHAT DOES THE AI SYSTEM DO?

In a waste sorting facility, the artificial intelligence platform uses computer vision to distinguish material features similar to the human eye. It will recognise different colours, textures, shapes, sizes, and patterns to identify material characteristics. It then applies machine learning to continuously train itself by processing millions of material images into data.

Once this is turned into data, the system can categorise paper, plastics and metals by colour, size, shape, opacity, brand and more. It is always building upon an ever-expanding neural network that can adapt to changes in a facility’s material stream.

WHAT IS AMP NEURON?

AMP Neuron™ is AMP Robotics’ own artificial intelligence and computer vision system. It uses an extremely accurate and highly reliable industrial camera to see unique characteristics in complex material streams. All the items captured on camera are listed and stored on the AMP cloud which is then used for continuous learning and future insights.

HOW DOES AMP NEURONWORK WITH ROBOTS?

 Put simply, AMP Neuron first "looks at" incoming waste material and using machine learning it quickly analyses what type of material it is. It then decides on what it should do next — either call on the robot’s suction cup arm to scoop it up or let it move past.

Each time AMP Neuron correctly sorts a piece of recycling, it learns how to do it better in the future. Not only correctly moving items for sorting but recognising them if they’re distorted or in poor lighting. Neuron’s pinpoint accuracy can recognise the brand of packaging or even a SKU on targeted material.