6. The Facility Uses a Combination of People and Technology


While the priority is always towards more automation, the Sims facility uses a combination of people and technology with 100 full-time employees working there. The facility is open 24 hours a day, 6 days a week with processing occurring 16 hours of those days. The operating equipment processes materials at a speed of about 60 tons per hour. Human sorting is the necessary and last step in the process to identify items that may have been missed in the multi-step automated process.