SOUTHEAST ASIA CONSTRUCTION13 Mar 2019
Japan goes robotic in construction and demolition market
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AMP Robotics Corp, a pioneer in artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics for the recycling industry, has formed a partnership with Ryohshin Co Ltd, a leader in waste management technology in Japan, to manufacture and sell AI-driven industrial robotics for material recovery in the Japanese construction and demolition (C&D) market.

Both companies also announced the commercial launch of a comprehensive solution of high-performance C&D robotic systems now available in Japan.

Ryohshin and AMP co-developed a groundbreaking robotic system using the AMP Neuron AI platform to guide high-performance robots that recognise, sort, pick and process C&D debris for recycling. The two C&D robotic systems are called ‘AI-Benkei’ and ‘AI-Musashi’.

AI-Benkei is the heavy-duty workhorse using a single-robot cell to handle heavy debris up to 40 kg, processing up to a 25 tonne per hour.

AI-Musashi is the high-speed racehorse using a tandem-robot cell that rapidly picks smaller items at an unprecedented speed of 160 pieces of material per minute, processing up to 10 tonne per hour.

The two systems combine payload and speed to form a complete solution that can operate 24/7 and process a vast array of material including metal, wood, electronics, concrete and much more.

“Ryohshin is grateful to partner with AMP. I am very pleased by their expertise in artificial intelligence and robotics. Our teams worked extremely well together to successfully commercialise this new C&D technology,” said Osamu Kono, chief executive officer of Ryohshin. “Our customers will benefit greatly from AI-Musashi and AI-Benkei. This technology marks a significant advancement for recycling in Japan.”

AMP has licensed AMP Neuron to Ryohshin for its use and sale of these robotic systems in Japan. In return, AMP will use the robotic technology developed with Ryohshin for its own next generation AMP Cortex C&D robotic system for sale in North America.

“Ryohshin’s strong reputation and leadership in the Japanese recycling market makes a perfect match for us as we expand internationally. They are a fantastic technology partner and we see this as the first of many collaborations,” said Matanya Horowitz, chief executive officer of AMP.

“The combination of AI-Benkei and AI-Musashi with AMP Neuron is a tremendous leap in technology and productivity for C&D businesses. We are excited about the market response and will launch our own next generation AMP Cortex robotics system for C&D in North America soon,” added Mr Horowitz.

AMP Neuron is the ‘eyes’ and ‘brain’ of the robotic system achieving real-time pattern recognition to identify target materials. It continuously learns by processing vast amounts of data converted from millions of images captured via its vision system.

AMP Neuron recognises different colours, textures, shapes and patterns to identify material characteristics. It collects all data in a material stream, providing transparency about its material composition, as well as analysis of operational productivity. Customers then use this data to monitor and measure performance, while gaining critical insights to make key business decisions.

To watch a video on how the robotic systems work, click here.