TOMRA Sorting provides an entire sensor technology portfolio that facilitates successful automated sorting in versatile sorting tasks.
At TOMRA Sorting, we produce simple to use and easy to install sorting equipment. With an established product family, including AUTOSORT, FINDER, COMBISENSE and X-TRACT, we support our customers in effectively getting the most out of their operations for a variety of applications including the sorting of mixed municipal waste, paper, mixed packaging or diverse plastics or recovering wire, copper or aluminum from car shredding operations, among others. Our innovative technology results in systems that can recognize even the smallest of input particles. In assessing which machine is best for their individual application, TOMRA Sorting’s experts invite customers to use one of several global Test Centers - prior to purchase. Through our worldwide service network, we support our customers remotely or onsite in minimal time, ensuring their operation runs both smoothly and efficiently.
As the most flexible sorting system within TOMRA Sorting Recycling’s product family, the AUTOSORT combines detection of color and enhanced material information resulting in a multifunctional system that optimizes effectiveness across a broad variety of applications.
With TOMRA Sorting’s groundbreaking and patented FLYING BEAM® technology, AUTOSORT offers continuous calibration which means substantially less downtime and greater output stability compared to our nearest competitors. Our FOURLINE technology leads to higher performance and low energy consumption, confirming that it is indeed possible protect environmental resources while reducing operating costs. The flexible and universal modular system can easily be integrated into sorting plants, and meets a wide variety of sorting needs including the single stream, packaging, paper, and household waste.
INNSORT FLAKE is the ideal dual-sorting solution for plastic recovery facilities, sorting plastic fractions from 2 to 12 mm by color and simultaneously by polymer types. Thus, vast proportions of contaminants can be removed and the potential loss of PET flake material significantly be reduced. This all-in-one solution with ultra-high resolution and specialized sensor configuration offers superior performance with exponential results. It’s an economically favorable sorting solution providing a quick return on investment and scalable flexibility.
Continuing its pioneering tradition, TOMRA Sorting’s AUTOSORT FLAKE is the first to successfully combine detection of color, enhanced material information and metal resulting in an exceptionally effective system that optimizes flake sorting applications.
As a clear example of partnering with our customers to develop optimal results, AUTOSORT FLAKE combines field proven mechanical setup with experienced in-house R&D to result in another first in its field: analysis and sorting flakes precisely by color AND material (including metal) at the same time. As a result of its innovative technology and mechanical construction, AUTOSORT FLAKE provides its customers with the best possible throughput using a single machine while ensuring constant and high-quality output.
As with AUTOSORT, TOMRA Sorting’s groundbreaking and patented FLYING BEAM® technology, allows AUTOSORT FLAKE to provide customers with continuous calibration translating into substantially less downtime and greater output stability compared to our nearest competitors. Our FOURLINE technology leads to low maintenance needs and low energy consumption, confirming that it is indeed possible protect environmental resources while reducing operating costs.
When searching for options to recycle plastics, our customers know that TOMRA Sorting Recycling can offer a complete solution to provide the best end result.
High throughput, high consistency and high product yield at peak performance owing to LASERstate-of-the-art technology. TOMRA Sorting maintains its leadership by the brand new AUTOSORT LASER and its patented system amongst a range of applications.
As a sensor-based sorting machine based on laser, electromagnetic and near-infrared technology, the pioneering AUTOSORT LASER allows the separation of glass, ceramics, stones, porcelain (CSP) metals and plastics (including transparent) from household- and commercial waste. Coupled with an independent background system, simultaneous single-point detection results in exceptional and consistent sorting results with greatly reduced downtime. Even thick and opaque glass can easily be identified and sorted with TOMRA’s AUTOSORT LASER technology. Customers can take advantage of the fully flexible sensor configuration capabilities through TOMRA’s user-friendly touchscreen (ACT). As with all AUTOSORT models, the AUTOSORT LASER features TOMRA’s patented Flying Beam® technology, with its continuous calibration feature which supports customers in monitoring performance on a real time basis. Along with its unique mechanical design, built for the highest safety standards, these advantages mean the customer benefits from reliable and stable results across a range of applications.
Now in its fourth generation, the FINDER specializes in effectively separating high purity metal fractions from even the most difficult fractions in terms of composition, grain size and mix from mixed waste and metal streams.
With TOMRA’s revolutionary SUPPIXX® image processing technology, customers benefit from an exceptional level of resolution, making it possible to identify fine particles with great precision and subsequently separate them with a high degree of purity. Coupled withbelt-error detection, SUPIXX® ensures that plant operators enjoy both high throughput and constant superior quality output. Modular flexibility and Intelligent Object Recognition (IOR) means that the FINDER is adaptable across multiple applications within metal recovery segments, including wire recovery and stainless steel sorting, as well as polymer recycling, including the separation of PET/PE/PP/PS.
The COMBISENSE is a specialized high end machine to separate high purity metal fractions from even the most difficult fractions in terms of composition, grain size and mix from mixed waste and metal streams.
Through TOMRA’s innovative FLUIDCOOL®LED technology, the COMBISENSE delivers a constant light source and quality resulting in maximum yield stability. Coupled with a dual-technology system, FLUIDCOOL®LED leads to unsurpassed dense color detection and recovery of non-ferrous metals with high purity levels – even with very fine material grains. The COMBISENSE can be used across multiple applications due to its multiple sorting programs, demonstrating its flexibility to meet varying customer needs.
Cutting edge X-ray sensors empower the X-TRACT for special sorting tasks.
By combining X-ray transmission (XRT) and DUOLINE® technology, TOMRA's X-TRACT enjoys superior recognition of secondary resources - irrespective of input material desity. Through TOMRA's exclusive high-speed X-ray processing technology, customers benefit from an exceptional level of resolution - with even the most varied metals mix and smallest grain size. The result: high throughput and purity leading to high profits.
As the global pioneer in sensor-based sorting, TOMRA’s sorting technology continues to dynamically drive the development of increasingly better and newer sensors. Customers benefit from exceptional material detection that lead to optimized product yield.
TOMRA Sorting Solutions offers an extensive and exclusive range of advanced detection technologies for identifying and separating a wide variety of materials. Pioneers in the automation of waste sorting, TOMRA Sorting's innovative sensors indentify and recover recyclable materials accurately and profitably and with dramatic cost savings.
The high-resolution sensors found in TOMRA Sorting technology operate at a rate of up to 320,000 scan points per second. Coupled with exclusive and application-specific electronics, TOMRA's sensors lead to congruent data collection across multiple material characteristics. This ensures precise identification of a broad range of materials, and means that both large objects can be precisely scanned and the smallest particals can be accurately detected.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
The value of Zorba – shredded non-ferrous metals originating from end-of-life vehicles or WEEE – continues to increase, as the demand for copper, nickel and brass created by modern lifestyles is on the rise. TOMRA’s sensor-based sorting technology can double the value of Zorba.
Many re-processors are limited by using only traditional processing methods, such as manual sorting or sink-float treatments for Zorba. Others are selling on the mixed material instead of directly recovering high quality fractions themselves. Because the cost of running TOMRA’s sensor-based systems is just 20 percent of that of dense media plants, and with global demand for recovered mixed metals continuing to rise, metal reprocessors and materials recovery facility operators can significantly enhance their profitability by directly recovering high quality fractions with this state-of-the-art technology.
Sensor-based sorting for metals works by combining different technologies to enable the recovery of high purity metal fractions from even the most difficult fractions in terms of composition, grain size and mix from mixed waste and metal streams. By increasing its purity and enabling operators to recover smaller fractions than previously possible, TOMRA sorting technology enables operators to maximize their returns on this increasingly valuable resource.
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 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).
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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, 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.
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.