“NIR technology cannot detect items such as black plastic and rubber, glass, and other waste items, by combining our new LOD technology, which can detect these items, with our powerful AUTOSORT and FINDER systems, TOMRA once again leads the industry in developing and adapting technology to meet continually evolving specifications in the market.”
Explains Carlos Manchado Atienza, regional director, Americas for TOMRA Sorting, Inc.
LOD gives recycling facilities a low energy, cost-effective solution for meeting tough customer purity requirements. The new TOMRA sorting system boosts final product purity by as much as 4 percent without sacrificing circuit productivity. Its modular design enables the flexible LOD system to be added onto the same platform as existing latest generation TOMRA sorting equipment. Alternatively, it can be added to the circuit as its own standalone sorting stage.
Developed for simple and fast installation and programming into existing plants, the new LOD is mechanically mounted to a platform. Unlike other systems, this arrangement allows for both large and small feed material to pass under the laser without blockage.
“LOD is the perfect complement to existing TOMRA equipment within a circuit to give purity levels a boost to meet ever-tightening final product purity requirements such as the China National Sword standard, increasing product purity levels expands market potential and increases the profit potential for customers.”
Comments Ralph Uepping, technical director of recycling at TOMRA Sorting.
Sorting glass from paper
Unlike alternative methods that demand high energy draw, TOMRA’s new LOD system cost-efficiently sorts glass as well as plastic material and black plastic from paper, significantly boosting product quality. Foreground detection technology ensures the laser beam only identifies material above the belt, reducing background noise and giving operations the flexibility to use any type of belt feeder for the circuit.
Combined with TOMRA’s AUTOSTORT near infrared technology – either as an add-on to the existing platform or as an additional line – LOD gives customers an efficient solution for upgrading product quality without air systems that stir up dust particles, lead to paper material loss and increase circuit downtime for cleaning. An open design allows a variety of material from small pieces of paper to large boxes to pass through the laser without fear of clogging or sorter recalibration.
Increasing material value
LOD offers easy and fast integration into scrap processing facilities relying on TOMRA’s FINDER system, which features Intelligent Object Detection (IOD) to sort non-ferrous material such as aluminum and stainless steel. LOD separates black rubber, glass and plastic material from Zorba and Zurik products, allowing operations to turn these commodities into more valuable revenue streams. The product purity offered by LOD can allow operations to reduce the number of manual pickers required at the end of the process, lowering operational costs.
For operations tight on space, the new LOD bolts onto the existing FINDER platform to help increase final product quality by 3-4 percent to meet new 2018 China scrap import regulations. The flexible laser sorter can adapt to circuits with 42.2-in (1,200-mm), 70.9-in (1,800-mm) or 94.-in (2,400-mm) widths.
About TOMRA Sorting Recycling
TOMRA Sorting Recycling designs and manufactures sensor-based sorting technologies for the global recycling and waste management industry. Over 4,900 systems have been installed in 50 countries worldwide.
Responsible for developing the world’s first high-capacity near infrared (NIR) sensor for waste sorting applications, TOMRA Sorting Recycling remains an industry pioneer with a dedication to extracting high purity fractions from waste streams that maximize both yield and profits.
TOMRA Sorting Recycling is part of TOMRA Sorting Solutions which also develops sensor-based systems for sorting, peeling and process analytics for the food, mining and other industries. TOMRA Sorting is owned by Norwegian company TOMRA Systems ASA, which is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange. Founded in 1972, TOMRA Systems ASA has a turnover around €710m and employs over 3,500 people.
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