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Thank the robots for a modern waste management industry

Written by

Neil Martin

Neil Martin

We all know that waste of all kinds, especially plastic, is a major problem in the oceans and rivers. The goods is that the robotics and automation industries are doing their bit to see that technology is helping to solve one of the biggest problems to face mankind. 

One such company is RanMarine Technology which is based in Amsterdam, the second home of Bot-Hive.

Amsterdam might be a mecca for many raucous hen and stag parties, but in the quieter streets, away from the madding crowds, it is a beautiful City, strewn with wonderful cafes and intimate bars. Last time I was there, and I go there a lot, I was happily sipping a strong cafe, and doing the final edit of a trade magazine that I was editing. Happy days.

Back back to RanMarine Technology though, which specializes in the design and development of industrial autonomous surface vessels (ASV’s) for ports, harbours and other marine and water environments.

The company's main product is the WasteShark. This is designed to clear plastics, bio-waste and other debris from waterways. And perhaps as importantly, the data from these robots will allow customers to closely monitor, in real time, the environment and makeup of their water. This in turn allows them to create an accurate picture of the water's DNA over time. 

WaterSharks are designed to be used either manually via an onshore operator, or autonomously with online control and access.

So, look out for more WaterSharks, they could be out there soon, helping to save the planet. 

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