Sadako has developed Wall-B, a device that integrates state-of-the-art computer vision and robotics for the automatic recognition and sorting of valuable material in waste treatment plants. Wall-B is intended to complement existing machinery and human labour to enhance waste recovery rates. Generating economic, environmental and regulatory benefits in a sector with few recent technological inputs and which is becoming more critical to society.
Waste Treatment Plants are subject to the loss of huge amounts of valuable material (2 M € per plant/per year on average) because current processes and technology are not able to recover them in a cost-efficient way. Waste streams and regulation are increasing.
Wall-B is an automatic sorting system comprised of a robotic arm with a suction cup and 2D and 3D cameras, all controlled by in-house developed computer vision software. The system is able to recognise and pick up any targeted material from an on-going waste stream.
The value proposition
Wall-B is a disruptive technology for waste sorting processes. It allows waste treatment plants to increase their waste recovery rate, a critical metric in terms of economic results, environmental impact and regulatory compliance.
Furthermore, Wall-B is marketed under a revenue sharing model, meaning that no initial investment is required. In addition, Wall-B enables low operating and maintenance costs.