We Use Robotics and AI to Reclaim Lumber for Reuse
Innovative Robotics and AI to Reclaim C&D Lumber
Urban Machine — where innovation meets sustainability. First, AI and computer vision locate metal fasteners. Our patented end effectors remove nails, staples, and screws. Then our metal detector ensures the wood is metal-free for our customers.
Why It Works
1. Economic Opportunity
Using The Machine lowers the cost of reclaimed lumber processing to compete with virgin lumber pricing.
2. Circularity Drives Sustainability
Urban Machine’s robots can be found generating large volumes of locally sourced reclaimed materials. This reduces landfilling, transportation, and carbon emissions while promoting circular practices.
3. Harvesting Quality Lumber from Buildings
Urban Machine captures high-grade, dimensional lumber from buildings. This wood is prized for its hardness, straightness, and tight grains. The Machine delivers a premium product that’s higher quality than virgin.
4. Keeping the Fiber Intact
Wood waste is typically ground up and buried in landfills or sold as a low-quality product. Urban Machine offers an opportunity to return lumber to the built environment, to build with again.
Who Is This For?
The Machine revolutionizes wood waste reclamation for C&D waste facilities, demolition contractors, developers, and architects. Our robotic solution reveals a lucrative opportunity to solve the industry’s massive waste problem.
In this episode of Hardware to Save a Planet, Dylan welcomes Andrew Gillies, Co-Founder and CTO at Urban Machine,
Join us for a night of networking and rich discussion amongst innovators across the built environment.
Urban Machine’s reclaimed wood offers a multitude of benefits in today’s construction landscape.