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Refind SORTer

Inspired by natural vision but with the speed and reliability of a digital computer the Refind Sorter can identify and sort a vast and highly customisable range of objects after being presented with examples of them.

The technology uses modern artificial neural networks to recognise where the items belong, optionally while collecting comprehensive statistics on the stream and the operations.

All are winners with the Refind Sorter. Collectors and ITADs can increase the yield from current streams while the potential access to realtime price data provides new possibilities for incentive-based collection. Reuse and refurbishment companies profit from better quality and less waste. The Refind Sorter can be used for efficient pre-sorting of large volumes of phones, tablets, hard drives and other products in second hand trading.

 
 
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CHOICES AND customisation

1.The Refind Sorter always includes the Refind Mind - the software to build up an image database and to later classify the images.

2. The customer can then choose to also include a Photo box, which is the actual camera to also produce the images used by the Refind Mind. The Photo box comes in three sizes:

  • RS25 - Refind Sorter 25, handles objects up to 25 cm long

  • RS50 - Refind Sorter 50, handles objects up to 50 cm long

  • RS100 - Refind Sorter 100, handles objects up to 100 cm long

3. The third module that can be included in the Refind Sorter is the Sorting add-on. There are various sizes of robot arms, pushing actuators and airjets. The choice depends on the stream of objects (co-mingling or lined up one by one) and the types of objects (size, weight, ability to grip them, etc).

 
Examples of the type of operation statistics that the Refind Sorter can provide the user with: uptime, number of picks, distribution of classified objects, estimated weights.

Examples of the type of operation statistics that the Refind Sorter can provide the user with: uptime, number of picks, distribution of classified objects, estimated weights.

DYnamic data

The sorting criteria for the Refind Sorter are flexible. They can be static in nature, as in product model, specie or color, to name a few, or dynamic, like the item's current online value or stock supply level.

Using a digital sorting solution allows for fast and flexible changes to the identification unit and the sorting equipment. The knowledge will always be kept and the sorting system can be scaled up for increased capacity by "copy & paste", unlike the case for new human operators which would require training.

The equipment logs each classification and can therefore generate thorough sorting statistics.

 
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cell phones and beyond

The Refind Sorter can be used for many different types of objects and applications. Everything from pure image analysis to full scale automation of recognition and materials handling. Thanks to the general software technology and the modular equipment solutions - opportunities are vast!

For example, the Refind Sorter technology can be used for sorting out hazardous objects from a mixed e-waste stream, for sorting out valuable material from a mixed shredded metal stream, for registering an incoming stream of used products to a second-hand trader and for counting objects.

 

Contact

For inquiries or questions, please contact: Johanna Reimers, johanna.reimers@refind.se, +46 733 100 362.

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