BHS and NRT Introduce Max-AI™ technology and its first unit, the Autonomous QC, with Sadako AI inside

BHS and NRT Introduce Max-AI™ technology and its first unit, the Autonomous QC, with Sadako AI inside

For longer than a year and a half, Sadako team has joined forces with BHS and NRT experts to bring Max-AI to life.

Max-AI™ technology is an artificial intelligence system that identifies recyclables and other items for recovery. There has been ai in manufacturing for years now but now, through deep learning technology, Max-AI employs multi-layered neural networks, along with a vision system, to see and identify objects similar to the way a person does. Learn more about technology here.

The first available machine utilizing Max-AI technology is online in a quality control (QC) role. The Autonomous QC sorts container streams following NRT optical sorting. The unit uses its vision system to see the material, its artificial intelligence to think and identify each item, and a robot to pick targeted items. With the help of data annotation techniques, and availability of varying data sets to learn from, this kind of system is a possibility in today’s increasingly data-powered world. This system is able to make multiple sorting decisions autonomously, for example separately recovering thermoform trays, aluminum, and mixed plastics while removing residue from a stream of PET bottles. All of this is done at rates exceeding human capabilities.

The first commercial Max-AI Autonomous QC is operational at Athens Services’ advanced Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) in Sun Valley, California providing quality control of their Polyethylene Terepthalate (PET) material stream during the plant’s two daily shifts. See it in action.

Sadako is very proud to be a technological partner of BHS and NRT and to have contributed to Max-AI’s birth … our cranes are now flying higher than ever!

About Bulk Handling Systems (BHS)
BHS is a worldwide leader in the innovative design, engineering, manufacturing and installation of sorting systems and components for the solid waste, recycling, waste-to-energy, and construction and demolition industries. Wholly-owned subsidiaries include Nihot (Amsterdam), NRT (Nashville, TN) and Zero Waste Energy (Lafayette, CA). Clients around the globe choose BHS because of its experience, dedication to cutting-edge technology, quality construction and durability, and unmatched customer service. BHS has built some of the largest and most durable MRFs in the world – and they are achieving the highest throughput, recovery, and purity rates in the industry.