R2-VI – Resource Recovery Visual Intelligence

The R2-VI (Resource Recovery – Visual Intelligence) system by IHP Systems is redefining recycling – enabling the recovery of resources currently lost to bulk processing such as food-contact materials and black plastics.

The R2-VI system is an Artificial Intelligence and robotics system that detects, recognizes and sorts recyclables and other items for recovery.

Recycling Redefined by AI

The R2-VI system by IHP Systems is powered by ongoing technological development within the domains of Artificial Intelligence (AI), Computer Vision and Machine Learning. The development of the R2-VI system is building on the latest state-of-the-art research from leading universities and major tech corporations.

Food-grade plastics

Through product recognition of food-grade plastics, these can be separated from the mixed waste stream, enabling the recycling of food-grade plastics as food-grade plastics, in particular PET as rPET.

Plastics of all colours

By recognizing different colours, a more homogenous yield can be obtained, enabling recycling green plastic as green plastic, avoiding the dark, downward spiral of down-cycling with carbon black.

Detection and recognition of plastic objects for recycling – handling food-contact materials and black plastic objects.

Higher Quality Yield

The R2-VI system provides a higher quality yield, via breakthroughs in Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Computer Vision.

In contrast, to current plastic sorting systems, the R2-VI system by IHP Systems can recognize and efficiently sort:

  • Food-grade plastics.
  • Black plastics – and plastics of all other colours.
  • Plastics covered by film/foil.

The R2-VI system is yielding groundbreaking quality – providing uniform fractions.

Current systems

Current plastic sorting systems sort plastics by polymer type, producing bulk PE, PP and bulk PET-fractions. But the fractions are mixed – with e.g. the PP-fraction containing both detergent bottles and food trays, since both can be made from PP.

In addition, with current systems, all dark and black plastics are lost to bulk as the current spectrometric systems are unable to sort dark and black items.

… and current spectrometric systems mix white with transparent eliminating the possibility of creating recycled transparent items. … and PP-bottles covered with a PE-film are often sorted as PE!