Transforming waste into welfare through automation
By 4Manufacturing 12/01/2021
A social enterprise is adopting smart, connectable automation technology to ultraclean unwanted mattresses and prevent them from going to landfill.
The Liverpool-based organisation has developed a manual system to clean the mattresses so they can be sold to low-income families cheaply and given away to those most in need.
Working with technology advisers at Made Smarter, Bulky Bob’s has designed a smart conveyor and carousel system that will completely automate the cleaning process.
It believes the solution will speed up production from one mattress per hour to 20, creating significantly greater capacity to clean more. It also has ambitions to roll out the system nationally and subsequently prevent millions of reusable mattresses from being thrown away.