Automatische Demontage von Mobiltelefonen

Automatic Dismantling of Mobile Phones

In the past 3 years ProAutomation has been part of a research project studying and implementing new technologies for automatic inspection and dismantling of mobile phones. ProAutomation has know-how on disassembly technologies as well as an integrator of assembly lines and took the role of dismantling phones and gaining valuable fractions. These fractions – mainly Lithium-Ion batteries, PCBs and the so called residual fractions are seperated in one of the interconnected machines.
Having integrator know-how we also took care of handling the products within the inspection and dismantling process. Knowing the difficulties of recognizing used products using cameras, we also developed and researched options for machine learning algorithms using cameras.

A big step within this project is the built-up of a demonstrator, showing all technological options while already producing clearer fractions for further recycling. We are now going to use this demonstrator in field tests.


Roland Ambrosch: „This is the worldwide first machine demonstration for the automatic disassembly and sorting of valuable materials from end-of-life electronic equipment.“

Now it’s on recyclers to gain rare earth metals from clearer fractions we prepared and to not loose valuable elements like Tantalum and Wolfram.

A video of the demonstrator is now online on our project website:


This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 680449

ADIR project team

automatic dismantled phones