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  • As a technology leader, TOMRA Sorting Solutions continues to be pioneer in sensor-based sorting in the waste and metal recycling industries. Our goal: support our customers to optimize their sustainability and operational value. Our method: use our established and renowned industry expertise to provide state-of-the-art machines and exceptional service throughout the entire process.
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  • TOMRA RECYCLING OPTICAL SORTERS

  • TOMRA Sorting is a pioneering leader in sensor-based sorting technology with an extensive range of application knowledge. For over 20 years, our comprehensive know-how provides our customers valuable insight while significantly optimizing recycling and resource recovery operations.
      • TOMRA Solutions

      • RESOURCEFUL SOLUTIONS FOR NEARLY EVERY WASTE STREAM

        The complex nature of processing waste and metal waste streams often requires more than a standard machine. Our industry knowledge and leading-edge technologies offer you a competitive advantage, while our exceptional service offering maintains optimized operations long-term.

        ROBUST, FLEXIBLE AND HIGHLY EFFICIENT

        Optimize your operations with sensor-based sorting equipment designed for a wide variety of applications.

          • AUTOSORT

          • THE NEXT GENERATION IN SORTING ALL SORTS

            TOMRA’s AUTOSORT combines leading-edge features and technologies in one machine. Compact and flexible in construction, AUTOSORT allows for an uncomplicated integration into existing and new plants. Featuring TOMRA’s FLYING BEAM® technology, an excellent homogeneous light distribution for better detection and monitoring across the entire belt width is guaranteed and results in heightened performance and operational efficiency. Settling for an optional integration of TOMRA’s DEEP LAISER technology moreover enables the detection of previously undetectable materials and drives the levels of sorting purity even further

            Key Customer Benefits

            • New generation FLYING BEAM
            • Integrated Deep Learning Technology
            • Extended resolution for fines sorting

            Technology:

            • FLYING BEAM®
            • SHARP EYE®
            • GAIN (optional)
            • DEEP LAISER

            Applications:

            • bulky waste
            • commercial and industrial waste
            • construction & demolition waste
            • municipal solid waste
            • organic waste
            • packaging
            • paper
            • polymer recovery / mixed plastic
            • refuse derived fuel
            • metal recovery
            • weee-electronic scrap
            • wood
          • AUTOSORT SPEEDAIR

          • NO MERCY FOR LIGHT MATERIALS ON FAST MOVING BELTS

            AUTOSORT SPEEDAIR stabilizes light material on high speed conveyor belts thus ensuring higher throughput and sorting quality. Fan-driven air inlets are responsible for generating a steady stream of air above rapidly moving conveyor belts to prevent light material from moving and thus allow for a facilitated identification of material fractions. Available as bundle of core device, conveyor belt and catcher hood or as a single core device, the installation of AUTOSORT SPEEDAIR requires a complete AUTOSORT machine setup.

            Key Customer Benefits

            • Closed air loop for optimized air handling leading to lower installation and running costs.
            • High belt speed for higher throughput rates
            • Uncovered conveyor belt ensures low risk of material blockage resulting in less downtimes

            Technology:

            • FLYING BEAM®
            • SHARP EYE®

            Applications:

            • paper
            • packaging
          • AUTOSORT CYBOT

          • ADDING AN EXTRA PORTION OF AUTOMATION

            AUTOSORT CYBOT is the first waste sorting robot on the market which combines four essential technologies at once. Seamlessly interacting with the AUTOSORT it achieves the highest sorting accuracy and purity levels in two steps: first objects are first detected by AUTOSORT sensors and subsequently sorted into one of four separate target fractions by the fast picking robot arm. Complementary to the AUTOSORT, it adds additional automation and possibilities to the sorting process

            Key Customer Benefits

            • Multisensor system
            • Modular conception
            • New generation FLYING BEAM

            Technology:

            • FLYING BEAM®
            • SHARP EYE®
            • SUPPIX®
            • DEEP LAISER

            Applications:

            • polymer recovery / mixed plastic
            • municipal solid waste
            • packaging
          • INNOSORT FLAKE

          • ONE MACHINE MATERIALLY DIFFERENT.

            HIGHLY EFFECTIVE WITH ANY GRAIN SIZE
            INNOSORT FLAKE is the ideal dual-sorting solution for plastic recovery facilities looking to improve the quality, reduce loss and optimize operations to improve cost structures - at attractive conditions.

            TOMRA FLYING BEAM® technology with ultra-high resolution enables 2mm polymer recognition, therefore removing vast proportions of contaminants, as well as significantly reducing potential loss of PET flake material.

            What’s more, its continuous signal correction ensures low downtime.


            Key Customer Benefits

            • FLYING BEAM® Technology: Continuous Signal Correction, Integrated Light Source, Enhanced LightDistribution
            • Highest polymer recognition available on the market
            • Throughput up to 4.5 t/h
            • Proven success and expertise from the market leader TOMRA

            Applications:

            • polymer recovery / mixed plastic

          • AUTOSORT FLAKE

          • ONE MACHINE FOR CONSISTENTLY HIGH YIELDS

            EXCEPTIONALLY EFFECTIVE WITH ANY GRAIN SIZE
            TOMRA Sorting’s AUTOSORT FLAKE simultaneously detects color, metals and enhanced material information regardless of grain size with one machine. Its small footprint, both in terms of size and power consumption, enables steady product yields due to its optimized sensor system. Online calibration offers a limitless combination of sorting possibilities.

            Key Customer Benefits

            • Simultaneous material, metal and color detection
            • FLYING BEAM with continuous signal correction, integrated light source and enhanced light distribution Highest available sensor resolution
            • Optimized sensor system

            Applications:

            • polymer recovery / mixed plastic
          • AUTOSORT FINES

          • RECOVER VALUABLE METAL OF ALL SIZES

            SORTING SMALL FRACTIONS ACROSS MULTIPLE APPLICATIONS
            AUTOSORT FINES simultaneously sorts small fractions in order to recover extremely valuable polymer particles. Its wide mechanical setup offers high throughput and excellent purity levels, which facilitate a short-term return on investment.

            Key Customer Benefits

            • High-speed valves for optimized performance
            • Wider mechanical setup -
            • FLYING BEAM with continuous signal correction, integrated light source and enhanced light distribution
            • Stable investment to generate quick ROI
            • Minimal downtime

            Applications:

            • weee-electronic scrap
          • AUTOSORT LASER

          • ACHIEVE PEAK PERFORMANCE IN MSW

            SIMPLIFY PLANT PROCESSES AND REDUCE OPERATIONAL COSTS AUTOSORT LASER
            has made an enormous breakthrough in terms of efficiency, safety and recovery yields in the processing of household and commercial waste. It excels at separating thin, thick or opaque glass from transparent polymers, thanks to its independent background system and combination of sensors.

            Key Customer Benefits

            • Independent background system
            • Simultaneous single-point detection for multiple applications
            • User-friendly touch screen and flexible sensor configuration
            • Glass vs. transparent polymer recognition
            • Built to meet the highest safety standards

            Applications:

            • glass
            • municipal solid waste
            • weee-electronic scrap
          • AUTOSORT COLOR

          • PRECISE FREE-FALL DETECTION REGARDLESS OF MATERIAL TYPE

            Combined with the field-proven AUTOSORT LASER, the new AUTOSORT COLOR achieves unprecedented effectiveness at high throughput levels, even when input materials are wet, dusty or dirty. TOMRA’s very own FLUID COOL® LED technology delivers a constant light source and quality resulting in maximum yield stability, and its easy maintenance and self-cleaning function also helps sorting facilities minimize the risks of disruption, downtime and repair costs arising from damage to components in sorting machines not intended for glass. Now equipped with the new award-winning and intuitive TOMRA ACT user interface, AUTOSORT COLOR operators can easily see critical sorting information and real-time process data at a glance.

            Key Customer Benefits

            • precise free-fall detection regardless of material type
            • easy maintenance
            • self-cleaning function
            • fluid cool technology

            Applications:

            • glass
          • AUTOSORT RDF

          • CRITICAL VALUE INSIGHTS IN REAL-TIME

            ONLINE ANALYSIS FOR OPTIMUM PROCESS CONTROL
            TOMRA Sorting technology is widely used throughout Europe for online analysis in the production substitute fuels. AUTOSORT RDF permanently monitors critical values such as heat, chlorine and water contents of waste streams to ensure a quality assurance with lower costs than traditional sampling methods – all in real time!

            Key Customer Benefits

            • Accurate and timely measurements of critical values
            • User-friendly online calibration and monitoring
            • Ensures uniform quality of refused derived fuel
            • Easily integrated into existing processes
            • Largest installed base in recycling

            Applications:

            • refuse derived fuel
          • COMBISENSE

          • HIGHLY ADAPTABLE FOR MORE ADVANTAGES

            ADJUSTABLE TO ANY MATERIAL MIX FOR MAXIMUM METAL RECOVERY
            TOMRA Sorting’s COMBISENSE leads the metal recycling market with its highly flexible, multi-parameter fraction separation. Offering unsurpassed color detection, COMBISENSE separates high purity metals from even the most difficult fractions in terms of composition, grain size and mixed waste streams.

            Key Customer Benefits

            • FLUID COOL® technology means maximum yield stability for short-term ROI
            • Exceptional purity levels of all material grain sizes
            • Dual Processing technology leads to superior color detection, ideal for separating grey metals
            • Auto-adjustable ejection module
            • Ultra-flexible with multiple sorting programs

            Applications:

            • end of life vehicle scrap
            • metal recovery
            • weee / electronic scrap
            • zorba
          • COMBISENSE CHUTE

          • DETECTION DOWN TO THE TINIEST DETAIL

            RECOVER MORE VALUABLE MATERIAL WITH UNRIVALED SENSOR TECHNOLOGY
            TOMRA Sorting’s COMBISENSE CHUTE offers a highly flexible, multi-parameter fraction separation effective in separating fine metal grains, as well as glass sorting. Offering superior image resolution and color detection, COMBISENSE CHUTE separates high purity fractions from even the most difficult waste streams.

            Key Customer Benefits

            • FLUID COOL® technology means maximum yield stability for short-term ROI
            • Dual Processing technology leads to superior color detection for sorting mixed metals and glass Simultaneous single-point detection for highest purity
            • Double sided detection for maximum recovery
            • Ultra-flexible with multiple sorting programs

            Applications:

            • metal recovery
          • FINDER

          • SORTS METALS WITH HIGH PURITY RESULTS

            PROFIT FROM MAXIMUM RECOVERY OF VALUABLE METALS TOMRA
            Sorting’s FINDER is renowned for its capability to effectively recover high purity metal fractions, regardless of composition complexity or grain size. Ultra-flexible thanks to its modular design, FINDER is adaptable to both mixed waste and metal recovery streams.

            Key Customer Benefits

            • SUPPIXX® technology means exceptional purity levels for greater salability
            • Z-TECT technology, using artificial intelligence, leads to stable sorting performance
            • Intelligent Object Recognition for sorting non-ferrous materials
            • Adapts to a variety of applications and waste streams
            • High throughput screening for high yields

            Applications:

            • endof life vehicle scrap
            • ash
            • metal recovery
            • municipal solid waste
            • weee / electronic scrap
            • wire recovery
          • X-TRACT

          • HIGHEST QUALITY OF SECONDARY MATERIALS IN METAL APPLICATIONS

            Reach the pinnacle of performance with TOMRA Sorting’s upgraded X-TRACT, which combines state-of-the-art sensor technology with exclusive proprietary software. High resolution, X-ray (XRT) coupled with : multi-density-channel capabilities enhance the precision of sorting even the most complicated material mixes across a wide variety of metal applications. Our field-proven Dual Processing Technology, coupled with TOMRA’s exclusive software development, means that the X-TRACT enables effective sorting of the highest throughput with reliable top-quality yield. Now equipped with the new award-winning and intuitive ACT user interface, X-TRACT operators can easily see critical sorting information and real-time process data at a glance.

            Key Customer Benefits

            • "Multi-Density-Channels for greater precision, even with mixed metals and small grain sizes
            • ACT user interface for more control – even from afar
            • Dual Processing Technology for best quality yield at high throughput
            • Application Packages for customized mechanical design"

            Applications:

            • end of life vehicle scrap
            • ash
            • "new" magnesium
            • metal recovery
            • municipal solid waste
            • organic waste
            • weee electronic scrap
            • wood
        • RECYCLING TECHNOLOGY

        • With up to 320,000 scan points per second, TOMRA Sorting’s high-resolution sensors collect data across multiple characteristics to ensure the precise identification of a wide range of materials.

          DRIVING DEVELOPMENT THROUGH PATENTED TECHNOLOGY

          With an extended temperature range, its point scanning principle focuses only on the area of the conveyer belt that is being scanned. The result: up to 70% reduction in power consumption and lower maintenance levels.

          TOMRA'S FLUIDCOOL® LED technology delivers a constant light source and quality resulting in maximum yield stability. The illumination unit enables steady and reproducible sorting results - mostly independent of ambient temperature changes. Coupled with a dual technology sensor system, TOMRA'S FLUIDCOOL® leads to unsurpassed color detection and recovery of materials with high purity levels - even with very fine material grains.

          With TOMRA's revolutionary SUPPIXX® image processing technology, resolution levels are enhanced by eight times and "noise" caused by mechanical and electrical influences are completely eliminated. In applications where throughput and material density play a factor, the accuracy of SUPPIXX® technology results in the reduction of lost product yield. Customers benefit from this exceptional level of resolution, making it possible to identify event the finest particles with great precision and subsequently separate them with a high degree of purity highly increased product yield.

            • FLUIDCOOL®

            • TOMRA'S FLUIDCOOL® LED technology delivers a contstant light source and quality resulting in maximum yield stability. The illumination unit enables steady and reproducible sorting results - mostly independent of ambient temperature changes. Coupled with a dual technology sensor system,TOMRA'S FLUIDCOOL® leads to unsurpassed color detection and recovery of materials with high purity levels - even with very fine material grains.
            • FLYING BEAM®

            • The most energy efficient and maintenance-friendly system available, AUTOSORT is the first near-infrared (NIR) scan system not to require an external light source. Instead, it incorporates groundbreaking FLYING BEAM® technology, ensuring stable and excellent performance at various temperatures due to the extended temperature range. The innovative point scanning principle focuses only on the area of the conveyer belt that is being scanned.

              This leads to a wide range of online calibration possibilities which increases the sorting stability over time. The result: up to 70% reduced power consumption and lower maintenance levels.

            • SUPPIXX®

            • With TOMRA's revolutionary SUPPIXX® image processing technology, resolution levels are enhanced by eight times and "noise" caused by mechanical and electrical influences are completely eliminated. In applications where throughput and material density are a factor, the accuracy of SUPPIXX® technology results in the reduction of lost product yield. Customers benefit from this exceptional level of resolution, making it possible to identify event the finest particles with great precision and subsequently separate them with a high degree of purity highly increased product yield.
            • DEEP LEARNING:GAIN INTELLIGENCE

            • GAIN for advanced accuracy of complex sorting tasks at high throughput rates
              GAIN is a deep learning-based sorting add-on for TOMRA’s AUTOSORT machines. By classifying objects from sensor data, GAIN is trained from large amounts of collected data to detect objects with a specific form or texture. In combination with TOMRA’s AUTOSORT, both non-PE objects and PE-silicon cartridges can be successfully removed from PE-waste streams leading to higher purity of sorting results and without compromising the throughput speed of the AUTOSORT.

              Key customer benefits:

              • Sensor-based ejection of bundled, damaged and deformed cartridges achieving higher PEHD product quality
              • Supports full belt-speed up to 3m/sec ensuring the outstanding AUTOSORT performance
            • LASER OBJECT DETECTION®

            • DETECT THE UNDECTABLE
              With the LOD key option comes the perfect complement to existing TOMRA equipment for applications that cannot be seen from NIR-Sensors like black plastics (PP, PE, PET etc.), glass and waste items.

              An immediate installation to new or operating recycling streams closes the loop to incomparable reliability and peak performance, substantially less downtime, greater output and low energy consumption through TOMRA´s patented and pioneering technology, to its operator.

              • Detection of black plastics and glass
              • Independent background system leads to stable detection
              • Flexible integration to existing products with low maintenance
              • Sorting out impurities from paper (e.g. black objects and polymers)
              • Peak performance with low energy consumption

            • SHARP EYE®

            • Introducing the new solution is SHARP EYE technology - a breakthrough made by enhancing TOMRA’s patented FLYING BEAM®, already the best sensor technology on the market.
              As the first near-infrared (NIR) scan system with point-scanning, FLYING BEAM® intensively focuses on the area of the conveyor belt being scanned, thus distinguishing even the finest molecular differences in materials flowing down the recycling line. The combination of TOMRA’s AUTOSORT machine and SHARP EYE has been calibrated to identify – and effectively sort – material input for challenging applications, such as separating PET bottles from trays and deinking.
          • Applications

              • Metal Sorting

              • The demand for high-quality scrap metal and secondary raw materials is on the rise. Thanks to its versatile sensor technology, TOMRA Sorting has offered a sensor-based metal sorting system capable of exceptional metal recovery and sorting – for over two decades.

                An increasing number of countries have legislation in place that makes the processing of materials, the sorting of scrap metal, and the recovery of valuables mandatory, easing the disposal of residue material. TOMRA Sorting assists its customers in effectively and efficiently sorting recovered scrap metal, resulting in high-quality yields and providing sustainable economic and environmental benefits. 

                  • END-OF-LIFE VEHICLE SCRAP | SHREDDER

                  • The growing demand for high-value, secondary raw materials renders targeted recycling increasingly attractive. Modern TOMRA Sorting technology generates clean non-ferrous metal fractions in customer shredder operations and results in valuable scrap metal gains.

                    The aim of scrap sorting in a shredder process is to generate clean, metal fractions from a very complex – and varied - input stream. These input streams contain ferrous metals like unalloyed steel, non-ferrous metals like aluminum, copper and brass, as well as plastics, glass and compound materials. Through a pre-sales consulting service, TOMRA Sorting engineers support ELV shredder operators by co-designing a customer-specific sorting solution that leads to high-quality yields while keeping the process and disposal costs as low as possible.

                  • ELECTRONIC SCRAP | WEEE

                  • The growing demand for high-value, secondary raw materials makes targeted recycling increasingly attractive. In the EU alone, experts estimated over 8 million tons of disused electrical equipment in 2010. TOMRA Sorting’s goal is to utilize electronic scrap sorting to sort out pollutants as well as high-purity components.

                    The WEEE Directive (RL 2002/96/EC) has required the collection and recycling of used electrical equipment since 2003. Additionally, the growing global demand for valuable secondary raw material also serves to encourage high-quality electronic scrap sorting. Waste Electronic Equipment contain a sizeable amount of these worthy materials, such as steel, aluminum, gold, silver, platinum or copper. Effective sensor sorting through TOMRA Sorting ensures that it doesn‘t go to waste.

                  • ASH RECYCLING

                  • Incinerated municipal solids and other waste streams results in a significant amount of ash residue, which often contains valuable metals. The amount of this remnant being created globally is rapidly increasing due to legislation which prohibits landfilling and creates new incentives for incineration. TOMRA Sorting sensor-based systems allow waste management businesses to capitalize on today’s challenges whilst simultaneously enabling them to look to the future with confidence.

                    Many countries will have to consider incineration in order to manage their waste, due to a lack of space and a desire to achieve internationally recognized environmental targets. High metal content that exists within the resulting ash residue represents a commercial and environmental opportunity for waste management businesses.

                    The recovery of ferrous and non-ferrous metals from ashes is a very important part of an incinerator’s recycling footprint. It has traditionally been efficiently achieved by using magnets which recover over 90% of the metals. The non-ferrous metals traditionally have been recovered by Eddy Current Separators. However, this technology does not perform as well and recovery rates for the non-ferrous metals are only 40% at maximum. Introducing TOMRA Sensor equipment to an existing process immediately minimizes metals losses and maximizes revenue.

                  • NON-FERROUS METALS | POST SHREDDER

                  • The widespread use of electronic products has created an enormous demand for the sorting of non-ferrous metals such as copper and aluminum. To be usable, these non-ferrous metal fractions must be treated to a high degree of purity. Thanks to TOMRA’s efficient sorting technology, separating these materials from metal waste makes is worthwhile in every aspect.

                    TOMRA Sorting’s efficient non-ferrous metals sorting and recycling technology provides benefits for shredder machinery, heavy media operators and aluminum re-smelters. Shredder operators can create individual fractions out of mixed product which yield much higher market values. Heavy media operators can produce and sell pure final products themselves, meaning their investment in technology is recouped quickly. After wet processing, the aluminum product still contains impurities and its concentration can be improved further using TOMRA sorting technology and sold for a considerably higher profit.

                    Finally, the need to sort small grain sizes continues to increase. TOMRA Sorting offers belt and free-fall [chute] machines, which are able to sort very fine non-ferrous metals by efficiently detecting and sorting material such as copper, brass and aluminum and create high value products.

                  • WIRE RECOVERY

                  • Previously, cable and wire materials were often lost in the treatment and sorting process, resulting in a financial loss due to the high proportion of copper they contain. TOMRA sorting technologies are capable of detecting these wires, transferring them to a metal product and then finally sorting them in a further step into a cable fraction of outstanding purity.

                    A good example of a high-quality product is copper wiring and insulated wires stemming from various treatment processes. Secondary copper smelting plants and cable treatment companies require high-quality input in order to work efficiently.

                    TOMRA combined two of its sensor technologies with SUPPIXX® image processing, making it possible to detect and separate even the smallest metal particles. The two signals are combined and processed to produce one statement, resulting in effective and profitable recovery of resources in ways previously unimaginable.

                  • COPPER SORTING

                  • Copper granulate, recovered by the recycling process of copper wires and cables, has the potential to be a high value resource. However, even after the removal of impurities, polymers and ferrous from the granulate, it can still contain small amounts of lead, brass or aluminum – often up to three percent. TOMRA sorting technology removes the remaining pollutants efficiently and automatically from the copper granulate – with an especially high efficiency of lead removal.

                    Common copper sorting technologies, such as eddy current sorters or densimetric tables, do not remove all impurities. TOMRA Sorting has developed an innovative sensor-based copper sorting solution which removes the granulate's remaining pollutants efficiently and automatically, and is particularly effective at extracting lead. The copper sorting machine uses optical free fall detection and high speed air jets to separate the materials.

                • Waste Sorting

                • Many of the materials we consider as waste can be recovered and used either for recycling or energy recovery. In a time when resources are becoming scarce, both of the above alternatives are preferable to landfill or burning.

                  At TOMRA Sorting, we recognize that to recover these materials, waste sorting operators need to find economic and reliable solutions. This is why we are the preferred partner of many customers across the globe. By using TOMRA Sorting you will find that we recover many types of valuable materials from the waste sorting stream and sort them efficiently according to the specific needs of our customers. Whether you're looking to recycle materials or recover energy, our extensive range of technologies and specialists for waste sorting will provide solutions to meet your needs.

                    • PACKAGING

                    • Packaging waste is mostly made up of different polymers, beverage cartons, paper and glass. Depending on the country in question, different collection systems apply and the material will invariably arrive in different conditions to the MRF’s (Materials Recovery Facility).

                      At TOMRA Sorting, regardless of the collection system operated, we are able to optimally sort the valuable fractions from packaging waste with high efficiency and purity.

                      We currently operate packaging waste sorting units at packaging MRF’s in many countries including Belgium, Canada, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Spain, UK and USA. Amongst the typical packaging waste sorting tasks that are performed by TOMRA Sorting in such plants are the sorting of polymers according to their material type (PET, HDPE, PP, PS, mixed polymers, etc), beverage cartons and paper (de-inking and cardboard fractions).

                    • MUNICIPAL SOLID WASTE

                    • Municipal solid waste (MSW) contains recyclable fractions, such as plastics, mixed paper, cardboard, and metals. The demand for these materials is rising, compared with that for primary resources.
                    • PAPER

                    • The recovery of valuable paper fractions from a paper sorting waste stream has been common practice for many years. To ensure that paper sorting process detect different paper grades with greater efficiency, TOMRA Sorting has innovated and further enhanced a unique solution based on optical technology.

                      Although paper has a long history as a part of the recycling revolution, and traditional sorting methods have produced good-quality product, TOMRA Sorting's expertise within the industry have raised paper recycling, for example de-inking of printed paper or recycling of cardboard, to the next level. Customers benefit from extensive field-proven technology and application know-how that lead to exceptionally high-quality yield. Consequently, TOMRA Sorting is now successfully sorting paper in more than 30 MRF’s worldwide.

                    • COMMERCIAL & INDUSTRIAL WASTE

                    • Commercial and Industrial (C&I) waste sorting separates many elements, such as plastics, paper, cardboard, and film - all of which can be effectively recycled into saleable products.

                      Traditional manual or semi-automated techniques are only able to recover low levels of separate materials from commercial and industrial waste streams. In contrast, TOMRA Sorting’s fully adjustable, state-of-the-art, senor-based sorting and recycling systems convert complex and varied commercial and industrial streams into high quality, separated output. The systems also make manual picking unnecessary, thus reducing labor costs and material loss while increasing the efficiency of commercial waste recycling.

                      Through the ability to react quickly and cost-effectively to changes, such as highly variable input streams and legislation, TOMRA´s commercial waste sorting systems also provide complete future flexibility.

                    • CONSTRUCTION & DEMOLITION WASTE

                    • The growing demand for high-value secondary materials renders high quality recycling increasingly attractive. Thousands of tons of recyclable materials from construction and demolition (C&D) activities are sent to landfill every day, resulting in increasingly higher costs - and lost profit.

                      Construction and demolition (C&D) waste represents the largest source of waste in Europe and comprises of a complex mix of materials, including inert material, wood, paper, plastics and metals. Reprocessing these secondary fractions is more energy efficient than using virgin material and improves the carbon footprint. Additionally, increasing landfill costs also mean alternative disposal options are urgently needed.

                      With TOMRA's pioneering and efficient sorting technology, separating valuable materials from C&D waste makes it worthwhile - in every aspect.

                    • ORGANIC WASTE

                    • The total waste volume contains a high percentage of organic waste material. Depending on the origin country, this fraction is treated in different ways. Within the organic fraction, the inert material can cause significant problems during the different treatment processes.

                      Inert organic waste material content must be reduced to a minimum in such a way that as little organic material as possible is lost. In order to operate an effective and efficient organic waste separation machine, it is necessary to empty and clean the decomposition unit more frequently. Time spent cleaning the organic waste separation machine will inevitably mean a loss of time in the bio-gas production process. Potential mechanical component damage from inorganic residue build up will also lead to additional maintenance costs.

                      TOMRA's sensor-based technology makes it worthwhile to sort fresh organic waste - regardless of contamination level. By combining NIR and XRT technology, customers enjoy a high and stable purity rate - with a quick ROI.

                    • REFUSE DERIVED FUEL

                    • One way in which valuables within waste can be utilized is by using it as fuel. Refuse derived fuel (RDF) is a term that applies to materials with a high calorific value (typically around 18 Mega joule per kilogram) that are removed from waste streams. Beneficiaries of this material are cement kilns to power plants.

                      TOMRA Sorting technology has long been utilized in many plants across Europe to produce a refused derived fuel material from different waste streams according to the specific needs of the end users. Quality assurance of solid recovered fuel (RDF) by random sample analysis is challenging, due to small sample sizes and differing laboratory results.

                      Online analysis, coupled with TOMRA's AUTOSORT, results in accurate and timely measurements of critical value during operational uptime. Permanent monitoring in real time allows for optimum generated refused derived fuels.

                    • BULKY WASTE

                    • Bulky waste sorting can produce a high number of valuable materials. The accessibility of these materials, however, is challenging due to its cumbersome nature.

                      In order to streamline the separation process, the initial treatment step must involve shredding the input material. Sizing of fractions by screening, followed by separation of light and heavy compartments, is inevitable in order to prepare fractions for sorting. With TOMRA Sorting's AUTOSORT, customers are then able to extract a valuable fractions that may otherwise have been lost.

                    • SINGLE STREAM RECYCLING

                    • Single stream recycling, otherwise known as dry commingled waste, comprises primarily of paper and cardboard, plastic packaging waste, textiles, cans and, in some cases, glass. The demand for these secondary resources continues to rise compared with that of primary resources.

                      TOMRA Sorting's application know-how results in an analysis of single stream input. The field proven AUTOSORT rapidly identifies input material, shapes, textures and colors, as well as the positioning of the object on the conveyer belt. The result: a scheme that shows the material composition so that optimized MRF design and equipment selection can take place - and maximium profits can be achieved.

                    • WOOD

                    • TOMRA Sorting can help you sort the contaminants out of wood.
                    • PET BOTTLE VS TRAY

                    • YOUR CHALLENGE: RECOVERING VALUABLE POLYMERS FROM PACKAGING MATERIAL
                      As recycling targets continue to set higher standards, getting the most out of your material flow has never been more crucial. Successful sorting of challenging material mixes, such as separating PET bottles from trays, has become increasingly important.

                      OUR ANSWER: INCREASED POLYMER RECOVERY - REGARDLESS OF MOLECULAR PROPERTIES
                      In order to produce new plastic food grade packaging from recycled polymers such as PET bottles, it is necessary to achieve very high and consistent quality standards. More importantly, innovative systems, as with TOMRA’s Flying Beam technology, must be capable of differentiating even the FINEST molecular differences in material flow. Only then can recyclers reliably produce high-quality recycled polymer, leading to higher profitability and greater ROI.