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Researching recycling with thermal imaging

Recycling companies understand the importance of being able to extract as many useful materials as possible from our waste. The difficulty is finding certain materials in the ever expanding flow of waste. One way to find these valuable materials is to make use of computer vision technologies that see in a different bandwidth. Recently Studio diip has performed research to test how thermal imaging might be able to give feedback about the efficiency of the waste filtering mechanisms.

With a test setup built on top of a conveyor belt that included a thermal camera and normal camera we recorded footage that can be used for analysis. If our research indicates that we are indeed able to detect the presence of valuable materials we can continue to develop a solution that is able to give system operators more information about how well their processes are running.

Thermal camera on waste stream