EverestLabs, developer of RecycleOS, the first artificial intelligence (AI)-enabled operating system for recycling, has announced the opening of its Robot Operation Center (ROC), the first centralized monitoring service for robotic cells installed in materials recovery facilities (MRFs).
Monitored by the engineering staff at EverestLabs’ headquarters in Fremont, California, and a team in Chennai, India, the ROC helps optimize the performance of EverestLabs’ robotics cells in MRFs worldwide and removes the need for reactive maintenance.
Included in the price of the RecycleOS robotics solution, the ROC is monitored around the clock by a team of engineers and technologists who track productivity and maintenance needs, such as pick efficiency and accuracy, changes in the material stream on conveyor lines due to upstream issues, the need to replace suction cups and more. The linchpin of the ROC is EverestLabs’ RecycleOS at each MRF. RecycleOS is the only full-stack enterprise AI software and robotics solution for recycling plants, consumer packaged goods companies and packaging manufacturers.
“We not only hear from the operations center about necessary robotics cell maintenance proactively, but also about any big swings on materials distribution on the conveyor. As a result, we can address upstream equipment issues (optical sorters, etcetera) at a faster pace,” Director of Operations at Bay Counties SMaRT Jeff Dobert says. “Thanks to this team, our plant operators, shift supervisors and mechanics can focus on other responsibilities around the facility without worrying about robot maintenance.”
Operators at MRFs work hard to keep up with the pace of the materials they receive and process, while also managing equipment and addressing staffing issues. The monitoring service helps deliver maximum recovery with minimal effort from plant operators. As a result, plant operators can focus on running their plant and tending to robotic cells only when needed. MRF operators are experiencing a 25-percent to 40-percent increase in recovery with EverestLabs as there is no unmonitored downtime that can take hours or days to correct.
EverestLabs founder and CEO Jagadeesh Ambati says MRF operators deserve the best robotics software technology can deliver.
“We opened the Robot Operations Center to help MRF operators lead recycling into the 21st century,” he says. “The new center allows us to further provide MRFs with access to full-stack enterprise AI software and robotics that assure vertical integration, efficiency and allow for continuous improvement at plants.”