26th April 2023 

A group of four people near sorting equipment

From left to right: Thomas Alden, mechanical engineering tech lead at Recycleye; Philip O’Brien, project manager at Recycleye; Arthur Doak, director of research and development at MSS; and Pat Keltner, senior service technician at MSS. MSS

Leading US optical sorting equipment manufacturer MSS Inc. and ground-breaking British technology company Recycleye announce a strategic partnership in North America to combine their strengths and bring new technology to the waste sorting and recycling sectors.  

Recycleye AI technology has been incorporated with the trusted MSS, Inc. optical sorting solution, creating a powerful new family of offerings, introduced today as MSS Vivid (Visually Verified Identification) AI. This new solution is unique among current AI detection and extraction offerings in that it combines powerful Recycleye AI vision systems with robust MSS air ejection system capabilities to sort material at the highest sort volumes.  

Using field-proven air ejection as the extraction method allows recyclers to run higher belt speeds, process more volume and eject side by side materials on the belt similar to optical sorting, but without the limitations of a mechanical effector. MSS Vivid AI combines the reliable rapid-sorting air jets the company is known for with the granular real-time data provided by AI that plant managers need to drive efficiency and profitability in their MRF. 

With MSS’ background, the company can pair the right detection method with the right extraction method. Within the family of products, MSS can also offer a mechanical robot paired with Recycleye AI technology which can be more suitable in certain applications. Additionally, the companies can pair the AI vision system with a near-infrared (NIR) sensor or metal detection.  

Using AI to detect objects, MSS Vivid AI is able to detect black plastics, and subtle differences in object color, shape and texture like non-UBC aluminum from UBC cans or thermoforms from PET bottles. The AI solution from Recycleye (known as Recycleye Vision) is also able to identify food-grade from non-food grade plastics. 

Customers buying MSS Vivid AI will benefit from the established high-quality customer service levels offered by MSS, a CP Group company, which means technicians are available for on-site response and rapid access to replacement parts overnight across the US.  

The new product will be available in the summer of 2023 and will be introduced to the public at CP Group’s booth #3629 at Waste Expo in New Orleans from May 1-4, 2023.  

Speaking about the announcement, Greg Thibado, Vice President of MSS Inc. said “We are excited to bring this innovative pairing to the North American waste sorting and recycling markets.  Incorporating the Recycleye AI platform provides their outstanding technology to our established sorting solutions. Working with the award-winning team at Recycleye, we know that we have the best AI solution adapted to our customers’ needs”. 

Victor Dewulf, CEO of Recycleye added “Recycleye and MSS Inc. share the same vision of creating a world without waste, that is clean and sustainable to the generations that follow. We are proud to combine our technology with these globally trusted sorting capabilities for the North American market and confident that together, we can further reduce the impact of waste on the planet”.