The Future of Recycling Is All Robotic

Very often we find off-the-shelf commercial technologies well suited for military applications and vice versa with military transfer technologies. Thus, careful observers should be aware of dual-use technologies and all their potential applications. As the founder of an online think tank, such things worry me constantly. Recently, I was reviewing research funded by the IARPA – Intelligence Advanced Research Project Agency and thought to myself that this is pretty nifty technology and has applications everywhere. .

You see, there was an interesting article that caught my attention in the Journal; IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON MICROWAVE THEORY AND TECHNIQUES, entitled; “Spectral Signatures to Identify Explosives with Broadband Millimeter Wave Illumination,” James C. Weatherall, Jeffrey Barber, and Barry T. Smith. The summary, among other information, stated the following:

“Millimeter wave imaging systems used in airports, government buildings and other personnel screening facilities use advanced imaging technology (AIT) to detect explosives and weapons concealed under clothing.” objects detected. The method described here demonstrates that material data in the form of a dielectric constant can be derived from the change in reflectivity in millimeter waves over a frequency range of 18 to 40 GHz. By fitting the reflectivity to an optical model, the thickness and dielectric constant, including attenuation, can be calculated. “

Well, if that’s possible, we can build robotic recycling handlers to go through the trash, garbage, and garbage that humans dump and pull it out for plastics, metals, glass, paper, wood, and organic material for mulching – without a single human hand. never touch anything or even much supervision to monitor the robotic imaging system So let’s discuss this, shall we?

Imagine that the waste is dumped on wide conveyor belts with a reflective surface to enhance the imaging of those millimeter waves, then as the conveyor belt moves, many robotic arms capture the different pieces of debris based on the type and sort them. on other moving U-shaped conveyors these pieces in the appropriate categorized bin corresponding to the type of material, then imagine these large bins on rails, advancing as filled in the wagons, then each train heading towards the installation of specialized recycling handling this specific material – iron, copper, aluminum, cardboard and paper, glass, rubber and / or plastic.

Of course, as advanced as such a process may seem, it is hardly difficult to imagine or create. Will this technology solve our recycling efficiency challenges once and for all? Please consider all of this and think about it.

Source by Lance Winslow

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