Tomra Sorting Recycling, owned by Norway-based Tomra Systems, has unveiled its new Autosort Flake which allows for simultaneous triple-sorting of recycled PET flake.
Tomra Sorting states that its Autosort Flake provides high-precision sorting by colour and material information to enhance the recovery of high-quality recycled products. The company highlighted the sensor technology which also detects metal, and says due its twin-processing mode customers are offered the best possible waste throughput together with a constant high-calibre output.
Tomra Sorting's product manager recycling, Valerio Sama, said: “Compared to our first generation flake sorter introduced in 2010, the new generation is able to do the job of two separate units and with a much higher degree of precision, reducing the loss of good material.”
Sama also touched upon the ability to combine different Tomra sensor-based sorting equipment at different steps of the process, saying that the Autosort bottle sorter and Autosort Flake combination provides the highest yield in the industry.
A customer of Tomra, David Bourge, plant manager at Suez's Regene Atlantique facility, said: “Thanks to the partnership with Tomra, we´ve been able to optimise our PET recycling operations. By combining Autosort with Autosort Flake, we´ve increased our high-quality product yield by 200%, resulting in considerably higher revenue – almost immediately through the central control computer (CCC) we are able to monitor, control, and greatly improve our production on a real-time basis. At every stage, the investment decision has resulted in quick payback.”
The Autosort Flake uses Tomra's flying beam technology with a fourline 2mm optic module which Tomra says provides customers with continuous calibration to eliminate errors leading to downtime.