German automated sorting specialist Tomra Sorting Recycling will be presenting a range of sorting technologies during the upcoming Plastics Recycling Show Europe 2019, including its new Innosort Flake solution.
The PET flake sorting sensor solution combines both colour and material sorting with the help of NIR (near-infrared) technology.
The system, featuring RGB (red, green & blue) cameras and NIR sensors developed by Tomra, can upgrade throughput by offering a single machine solution.
Tomra will also be showcasing its Autosort Flake system, which is claimed to be the first machine to simultaneously combine detection of colour, enhanced material information and metal objects.
The model, Tomra maintains, “sorts all types of polymers with the highest purity, regardless of grain size.”
Both machines feature Tomra’s patented Flying Beam technology which replaces an external light source.
The lighting technology focuses only on the area of the conveyor belt that is being scanned, and therefore saves energy by up to 70%.
Flying Beam also offers “a continuous calibration feature”, through which customers can monitor and optimise the performance of their operations on a real time basis.
In addition to the lighting technology, the sorting machines are equipped with Tomra’s Fourline high speed NIR sensors which allow resolution of up to 2mm.
The high-precision technology is claimed to minimise the loss of valuable product yield and improve product recovery.
Tomra will be exhibiting at Stand E14 at PRSE 2019, to be held 9-11 April in Amsterdam.