At least that’s the take from Wittmann Battenfeld Inc., the U.S. branch of Austrian machinery maker Wittmann Battenfeld GmbH, as it set a new U.S. record for robot sales.
“Our robot and automation business in 2021 has just taken off,” Jason Long, national sales manager of robots and automation, said. “We are hearing more and more from our customers that they need to automate.”
And they also can help clean small plastic particles from beaches.
The BeBot was made by Poralu Marine, working with the environmental group 4ocean. Unlike human cleanup workers, who are great at collecting bottles and bags, the BeBot sifts through sand to remove far smaller plastic pieces.
The BeBot is going through testing now on beaches near 4ocean’s offices in Florida, but the group is planning on sending an additional robot to Hawaii.