A separate part-sorting cell consists of two Equators, a Fanuc LRMate 200ic 6-axis robot, multiple lanes of low-profile conveyor, a Fanuc iR Vision system, and an ATI quick tool changer for the robot’s end-effectors. The vision system tells the Equator what part number is being presented and what measurement program to run. Good parts are subsequently placed on the appropriate conveyor, and bad parts are placed on a scrap conveyor.
Although plastics make up only about 11% of all US municipal solid waste, many are actually more energy-dense than coal. Converting these non-recycled plastics into energy with existing technologies could reduce US coal consumption, as well as boost domestic energy reserves, says a new study.
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