ZenRobotics to achieve higher purity for US-Based metals recycler

ZenRobotics has reached a significant milestone in their global expansion by securing a major deal with a prominent metals recycling company based in the United States.
The ZenRobotics Heavy Picker offers precision in sorting non-ferrous metals such as copper from ferrous waste streams. Copyright: ZenRobotics

Under this agreement, three ZenRobotics Heavy Pickers will be deployed to effectively separate copper from its ferrous metals stream.

With the volume of scrap metal projected to double by 2050, the demand for efficient metal sorting has never been more pressing. However, the rising copper content in shredded scrap metal presents a considerable challenge for steel producers striving to maintain the quality of their steel products. To meet industry standards, steel producers typically require recycled steel to contain less than 0.1–0.2% copper content, without resorting to additional virgin pig iron. Conventional sorting technologies, such as multistage magnets and ballistic separators, struggle to effectively reduce copper contamination, intensified by the scarcity of manual labour for hand sorting.

Recognising the need for advanced sorting solutions to address the increasing demand for copper-free recycled steel, the Zen Robotics Heavy Picker, equipped with cutting-edge AI technology, offers precision in identifying and sorting non-ferrous metals such as copper from ferrous waste streams. Additionally, the system provides real-time reports on sorting operations, empowering users to optimise their processes and achieve desired material purities through a user-friendly intuitive interface.

By automating the sorting process, the ZenRobotics solution enables scrap processing companies, particularly those that handle end-of-life vehicles (ELVs) to reduce carbon emissions and comply with stringent regulations governing copper content in recycled steel. It also enhances operational efficiency while promoting safer working conditions by minimising the risks associated with manual sorting in hazardous environments.


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