AMP Robotics and Ryohshin Partner on New Industrial Automation for Construction and Demolition Recycling

Technology Leaders Partner to Launch High Performance Artificial Intelligence Robotics Systems to Japanese Market

AMP Robotics and Ryohshin partner to launch groundbreaking AI-driven robotics systems for construction and demolition (C&D) recycling.

DENVER & TOKYO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--AMP Robotics Corp. (“AMP”), a pioneer in artificial intelligence (“AI”) and robotics for the recycling industry, and Ryohshin Co. Ltd. (“Ryohshin”), a leader in waste management technology in Japan, today announced a partnership to make and sell AI-driven industrial robotics for material recovery in the Japanese Construction and Demolition (“C&D”) market. The companies also announced the commercial launch of a comprehensive solution of high-performance C&D robotic systems now available in Japan.

Ryohshin and AMP co-developed a groundbreaking robotic system using the AMP Neuron™ AI platform to guide high-performance robots that recognize, sort, pick and process C&D debris for recycling. The two C&D robotic systems are called ‘AI-Benkei’ and ‘AI-Musashi’.

AI-Benkei is the heavy-duty workhorse using a single-robot cell to handle heavy debris up to 40 kg, processing up to a remarkable 25 metric tons per hour. AI-Musashi is the highspeed racehorse using a tandem-robot cell that rapidly picks smaller items at an unprecedented speed of 160 pieces of material per minute, processing up to 10 metric tons per hour. The two systems combine payload and speed to form a complete solution that can operate 24/7 and process a vast array of material including metal, wood, electronics, concrete and much more.

“Ryohshin is grateful to partner with AMP. I am very pleased by their expertise in artificial intelligence and robotics. Our teams worked extremely well together to successfully commercialize this new C&D technology,” said Osamu Kono, chief executive officer of Ryohshin. “Our customers will benefit greatly from AI-Musashi and AI-Benkei. This technology marks a significant advancement for recycling in Japan.”

AMP has licensed AMP Neuron to Ryohshin for their use and sale of these robotic systems in Japan. In return, AMP will use the robotic technology developed with Ryohshin for its own next generation AMP Cortex™ C&D robotic system for sale in North America.

“Ryohshin’s strong reputation and leadership in the Japanese recycling market makes a perfect match for us as we expand internationally. They are a fantastic technology partner and we see this as the first of many collaborations”, said Matanya Horowitz, chief executive officer of AMP. “The combination of AI-Benkei and AI-Musashi with AMP Neuron is a tremendous leap in technology and productivity for C&D businesses. We are excited about the market response and will launch our own next generation AMP Cortex™ robotics system for C&D in North America soon.”

AMP Neuron is the “eyes” and “brain” of the robotic system achieving real-time pattern recognition to identify target materials. It continuously learns by processing vast amounts of data converted from millions of images captured via its vision system. AMP Neuron recognizes different colors, textures, shapes and patterns to identify material characteristics. AMP Neuron collects all data in a material stream, providing transparency about its material composition, as well as analysis of operational productivity. Customers use this data to monitor and measure performance, while gaining critical insights to make key business decisions.

Ryohshin will show AI-Benkei and AI-Musashi at the 2019 N-Expo, Asia’s largest environmental trade show taking place in Tokyo March 12 - 15, 2019.

About AMP Robotics Corp.

AMP Robotics™ is transforming the economics of recycling using advanced artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics. The company’s high-performance industrial robotics system, AMP Cortex™, precisely automates the identification, sorting and processing of material streams to extract maximum value for businesses that recycle municipal solid waste, e-waste and construction and demolition. The AMP Neuron™ AI platform operates AMP Cortex using advanced computer vision and machine learning to continuously train itself by processing millions of material images within an ever-expanding neural network that experientially adapts to changes in a facility’s material stream. Visit us at

About Ryohshin Co. Ltd.

Ryohshin is a technology leader in the Japanese waste management and recycling market. The company designs, engineers, manufactures, distributes, integrates and services one of the most extensive equipment lines in the market today. Headquartered in Toyama, Japan and founded in 2001, they have earned a strong reputation in quality and service from a diverse customer portfolio. Ryohshin is committed to sustainability and the environment powering their facilities with solar energy, while introducing new technologies that advance the effectiveness of recycling to preserve our planet. Learn more at


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AMP Robotics Receives NWRA’s 2017 Innovator of the Year Award

The National Waste & Recycling Association has recognized AMP’s artificial intelligence and robotic sorting systems that are deployed in multiple Material Recovery Facilities as being at the forefront of innovation in the recycling industry. The 2017 Innovator of the Year – Recycling Equipment award was bestowed today at the NWRA’s Executive Leadership Roundtable.


The technology that drives the company’s Cortex robot has been likened to facial-recognition technology. The robot’s ability to harvest materials off of the material line is possible due to vision software that learns using computational models called neural network and advanced deep learning methods. The robot itself fits on existing material lines, has little to no retrofit costs, and is installed within a weekend. The solution solves several major issues facing recycling operators today including labor, capital and quality.


“AMP is on the forefront of innovation as artificial intelligence begins to become more prevalent in the waste and recycling industry,” said Darrell Smith, President & CEO of NWRA.


For over 50 years the NWRA has been advancing the solid waste and recycling industry providing leadership in advocacy, research, education and safety. The Recycling Innovator of the Year award is a global competitive process that considers the best recycling equipment designers and manufacturers that are challenging and advancing recycling operations.


“We are excited to accept this award from NWRA. The association’s recognition as Innovator of the Year for recycling equipment validates the efforts of AMP Robotics, our partners, and our customers to bring these technologies into the waste and recycling industries,” said Dr. Matanya Horowitz, CEO of AMP Robotics. “AMP’s innovations have transformative implications for the recycling industry as the system can be adapted to sort a wide range of materials, including extraction of contaminants.”


AMP Robotics appreciates the support of the Carton Council of North America, Alpine Waste & Recycling, Dem-Con Companies, and Closed Loop Partners. For more information on this award please see this link to NWRA’s press release.

AMP Robotics Selected as The Circulars 2018 Tech Disruptor Finalist

We are thrilled to announce AMP Robotics has been selected as a Finalist in The Ecolab Award for Circular Economy Tech Disruptor.


The Circulars, an initiative of the World Economic Forum and the Forum of Young Global Leaders, is the world’s premier circular economy award program. The awards are open to individuals and organizations from commerce and civil society in seven distinct categories and are designed to recognize and celebrate, on a prestigious global stage, all facets of the circular economy movement. Now in its fourth year, The Circulars event will be held at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos on 22nd January 2018.


AMP Robotics was formed with the goal of bringing artificial intelligence and robotics to the recycling industry to fundamentally change the costs of recycling. We have successfully developed a new kind of sorting technology for recycling facilities: the Cortex robot. It is capable of automating the separation of commodities with practically no retrofit or change to existing operations. Cortex robots are powered by Neuron, the artificial intelligence that perceives material in the dirty, commingled conditions found in facilities today. Cortex is designed to operate in single stream, C&D, and e-waste facilities.

 We are excited to be recognized by The Circulars as a Finalist in the Ecolab Award for Circular Economy Tech Disruptor. The other finalists are prestigious companies and it is an honor to be considered among them for this award. Check out our entry, along with the entries of the Finalists from all categories, at The Circulars Awards Finalist website.

AMP Robotics is one of Colorado's 50 Startups to Watch in 2018

Tech in Colorado is experiencing explosive growth. There are many exciting startups and homegrown corporations pushing the boundaries of technology, and proving that Colorado is the place to be for cutting edge development. Once a year, Built in Colorado hand-selects startups that have the vision, team, focus and funding to drive innovation within the tech community. For our 50 Startups to Watch in 2018 list, we chose local companies that have positioned themselves for rapid growth and scaling in the year to come.


AMP Robotics has been selected for the 50 Startups to Watch in 2018 list. We are very excited to be part of this great roster of startup companies. We have a lot of great opportunities in 2018, and plan to continue to grow in Colorado and contribute to the State’s technology and sustainability leadership position.


You can learn more about the 50 Startups to Watch in 2018 list at this link and read about the other great companies selected.

AMP Robotics Awarded The Ecolab Award for Circular Economy Digital Disruptor

The World Economic Forum and the Forum of Young Global Leaders, in collaboration with Accenture, awarded The 2018 Circulars at the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The awards recognize individuals and organizations that have made notable contributions to the circular economy. Circular economies look beyond the current take-make-dispose extractive industrial model, and design out waste and pollution, keep products and materials in use, and regenerate natural systems. 


AMP Robotics was awarded The Ecolab Award for Circular Economy Digital Disruptor. The Circulars recognized AMP's new sorting and data acquisition technologies for recycling. The Cortex robot automates the separation of waste with practically no retrofit or change to the existing operations of Material Recovery Facilities. Cortex robots are powered by AMP’s artificial intelligence vision system that perceives material in dirty, commingled conditions found in facilities today.

AMP Robotics would like to thank Ecolab, The Circulars, and Accenture for this global recognition. AMP's Founder & CEO, Matanya Horowitz, has accepted this award at the World Economic Forum in Davos. Data and automation are key steps in enabling a circular economy, and AMP Robotics is at the forefront of advancing machine learning and data-driven insights in the recycling industry. The following video was produced by The Circulars describes AMP Robotics and The Ecolab Award for Circular Economy Tech Disruptor.

Robb Espinosa Joins AMP Robotics as Vice President of Operations

Recycling and Waste Management Veteran Brings Operational Expertise to Support Growth and Scale

AMP Robotics Corp. (“AMP”), a provider of artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics to the recycling and waste management industry, has hired Robb Espinosa as vice president of operations. In this role, he is responsible for overseeing and scaling AMP’s operations, field engineering, and technical support. He will report to CEO Matanya Horowitz.


“Robb’s deep experience designing, building, managing, and operating recycling and waste processing facilities is a perfect fit for AMP,” said Horowitz. “Given his background, Robb deeply understands the transformative potential of AI in recycling. His expertise managing rapidly scaling companies will be invaluable as we continue to profitably grow our business.”


Espinosa brings more than 30 years of recycling and waste management industry experience to AMP. He has held leadership roles in a variety of industrial scale processing companies. Most recently, he was COO at Midwest Recycling Service and Sales where he helped to design, build, commission, and optimize numerous material recovery facilities (MRFs) nationwide. Previously, he was vice president of operations for Rational Energies, a plastics recycler that processes waste into fuel. Prior to that, he held leadership positions for Bulk Handling Systems (BHS), Greenstar North America, and TRI-R Systems Corp.


“I look forward to using my industry expertise to scale AMP’s impressive technology platform and help the company grow to meet demand,” said Espinosa. “AMP’s innovations in AI bring groundbreaking applications to generate better quality, lower cost, and higher throughput over traditional processing and labor practices without a significant change to existing operations or additional capital investment, outside of AMP’s products.”


Espinosa holds a BA in Organizational Development from Regis University in Denver, Colorado.


About AMP Robotics Corp.


AMP Robotics™ is an industrial artificial intelligence technology company that is changing the economics of material recovery and recycling. AMP’s breakthrough technology automates the identification, sorting, and processing of material streams to extract maximum value for material recovery facilities (MRFs) that process municipal solid waste, construction and demolition, e-waste, and auto-shredding. AMP's engineering design lowers the cost of capital investment with fast modular implementation easily dropping into existing facility infrastructure without costly retrofits or interruption to operations. To learn more about the company, visit