AUTOSORT FLAKE Sorts by Colour & Polymer

Next Generation Plastic Flake Optical Sorting System from TOMRA

Tomra sorting PET recycling autosort flake
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Norwegian firm TOMRA Sorting, which manufactures sensor based sorting equipment for the recycling industry, has launched its next generation AUTOSORT FLAKE for sorting plastic flakes by both polymer and colour.

According to the company, the AUTOSORTFLAKE's next-generation sensor technology also detects metal, while its twin-processing mode offers customers a high waste throughput together with a constant high quality output from one single machine.

“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,” explained TOMRA Sorting's product manager recycling, Valerio Sama.

“The latest advance is a clear example of partnering with our customers to develop optimal results,” he continued. “Our new AUTOSORT FLAKE has combined a field-proven mechanical setup with experienced in-house R&D to deliver another industry milestone.”

According to Sama, as a result TOMRA can now offer a complete bottles-to-flake solution for upgrading plastics.

Customer Perspective

Detailing the advantages from a customer perspective, David Bourge, a plant manager for SUEZ, Regene Atlantique, said: “By combining AUTOSORT (bottles sorter) with AUTOSORT FLAKE (flake sorter), 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,” he continued.

As with its AUTOSORT stablemate, AUTOSORT FLAKE deploys TOMRA's patented FLYING BEAM® technology combined with the newly developed FOURLINE 2mm optic module.

This feature is said to provide customers with continuous calibration to eliminate errors leading to costly downtime and providing output. It was also claimed to contribute to low maintenance requirements and low energy consumption.

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