Interecycling activities and plan within HR-Recycler
Interecycling is one of the oldest companies in Portugal in the WEEE recycling sector, which wants to grow up alongside the new methodologies that the market offers. Therefore, Interecycling (INT) is one of 13 partners of the European project HR-RECYCLER which wants to develop a ‘hybrid human-robot recycling plant for electrical and electronic equipment’ operating in an indoor environment.
Over the years, waste management and processing has abandoned the typical manual process and has been embraced by artificial intelligence (AI), allowing to reduce the necessary manpower (hazardous and expensive manual tasks) and consequently the costs involved in waste management and processing. AI is in constant development and it is used in the autonomous waste classification process. Therefore, machines are necessary to be able to see and deal with the complexity of the waste streams. So, it is necessary to develop algorithms that allow these machines to respond to the needs required in the waste management and processing, getting as close as possible to human performance and manpower.
Sadako (SDK) is the project partner responsible for developing the vision capabilities needed by the robots to see and manipulate WEEE (Waste Electric and Electronic Equipment) objects in the human-robot collaborative recycling process targeted. In February, INT will welcome SDK at our facilities to proceed with the collection of images during the process of dismantling the FPD screens and PC towers with high performance cameras from different angles and perspectives, similar to the sessions already done in facilities of the BIANATT, during the last plenary meeting in Greece.
Ana Catarina Antunes