Recycleye wins FANUC award for innovation in recycling

FANUC’s Dr Kiyonori Inaba presents Recycleye’s Peter Hedley with the FANUC Global Partner Award for Innovation
FANUC’s Dr Kiyonori Inaba presents Recycleye’s Peter Hedley with the FANUC Global Partner Award for Innovation

FANUC UK has underlined its commitment to AI-powered robotic waste picking company Recycleye by extending its exclusive UK deal with the tech innovator, as well as internationally recognising its achievements at the FANUC Global Partner Awards.

The event, in Japan saw Recycleye win one of seven Global Partner Awards for Innovation. In further evidence of FANUC’s faith in Recycleye’s technology, the two companies have recently extended their exclusivity agreement, meaning that Recycleye remains the only UK company that FANUC supply for recycling applications.

Founded in London in 2019 with just four members of staff, Recycleye now employs more than 50 people and is the European leader in AI/robotic waste picking technology. It has an installed base of more than 25 systems across the UK, Ireland, France, Italy, Spain and Germany, where its technology is helping to revolutionise the waste sector by automating the detection and sorting of mixed recyclables.

Recycleye’s AI vision technology works in conjunction with FANUC 6-axis robots to automate sorting of recyclables

FANUC has been instrumental to the company’s rapid success, working closely as a strategic partner to de-risk Recycleye’s offering to the market.

Combining its proprietary AI vision technology with FANUC 6-axis LR Mate robots, the Recycleye Robotics system increases sorting accuracy by up to 12% and improves line output by up to 10%, helping waste operators to boost bottom lines and providing a solution to ongoing labour shortages in the waste management industry.

The Global Partner Award for Innovation was presented to Peter Hedley, chief technical officer and co-founder of Recycleye, by FANUC’s Dr Kiyonori Inaba, executive vice president and general manager of its robot division.

Mr Hedley said: “FANUC has been by our side since the start of our journey and we look forward to growing further together, offering materials recycling facilities an automated alternative to traditional sorting methods and helping to futureproof their business.”



Fanuc UK

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