Design Concept of an Automated Solid Waste Selection System

Conference: ISR 2018 - 50th International Symposium on Robotics
06/20/2018 - 06/21/2016 at München, Germany

Proceedings: ISR 2018

Pages: 4Language: englishTyp: PDF

Personal VDE Members are entitled to a 10% discount on this title

Boanta, Catalin; Brisan, Cornel (Department of Mechatronics and Machine Dynamics, Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania)
Margaritescu, Mihai (The National Institute of Research and Development in Mechatronics and Measurement Technique, Bucharest, Romania)
Verl, Alexander (Institute for Control Engineering of Machine Tools and Manufacturing Units, Stuttgart, Germany)

The selective disposal of the solid waste represents one of the modern problems of the middle and low income cities around the globe, a problem that generates environmental hazards if it is not properly managed. Since the selective collection of the waste is still far to be achieved on a large scale, an automated selection of the waste could overcome the environmental problems generated by landfill sites. This paper presents the concept of an automated solid waste selection system composed by several sub-systems: a transportation network (a set of conveyors), an image recognition system to identify the type of transported solid waste and a waste robot disposal system that selectively grabs the unsorted waste items. Besides this, a waste disposal algorithm is developed as task planning for the robot disposal system.