Legislation regarding recycling – both to preserve resources and to reduce hazardous waste – puts strong requirements onto waste handling. The AAWSBE1 experiment aims to sort batteries inside Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE). It will detect potential battery-containing items from residuals in a WEEE small electronics stream, as well as presort battery streams for more efficient recycling of the batteries.
The AAWSBE1 system will be adaptive, responding to e.g. new items appearing, changes in item value, both successful and failed picks, conveyor movements and settling. It will be designed to work as an individual sorting station in a line, with either manual or robot sorting stations, capable of either working alone or of integration into a cognitive factory.