X-TRACT features a DUOLINE® x-ray sensor, which detects materials based on their atomic density, allowing the unit to sort materials based on their properties, regardless of thickness. Thanks to its dual processing technology even overlapping or adjacent objects can be identified by atomic density, delivering more accurate sorting with higher throughputs. Materials are fed into the high-speed conveyor belt, and the sensor technology instantly recognizes and analyzes the materials, while the high-speed air valve removes the target objects, resulting in a much higher processing volume per hour. Before installing X-TRACT, Tamatai Sangyo had four to six employees sorting waste by hand. Now, the entire line can be managed by only one or two people, allowing the company to allocate personnel to sales activities and other tasks. Tamatai Sangyo can process approximately 100 tons of industrial waste per day. Thanks to the improved processing, Tamatai Sangyo expanded its sales to more pulp mills and biomass fuel manufacturers.
Sho Otsuka, Director and Plant Manager of Tamatai Sangyo, says, “We compared various sorting systems worldwide. With sorting systems other than TOMRA’s system, it was necessary to scatter the materials so that they would not overlap before feeding them into the sorting machine. TOMRA Recycling’s sorting machines can sort even overlapping materials accurately with its unique technology, greatly reducing the burden on workers. The system has been able to adjust the programming to meet our detailed sorting requests, and the recycling work that we envisioned before the introduction is almost equal to what we are doing now. The recycling of wood shavings is now perfect, and we are satisfied with the results we have achieved.”
Masanobu Kawaguchi, Managing Director of TOMRA Sorting Japan K.K. commented “This was the very first X-TRACT installed for woodchip applications in Japan. It will be very good reference in the market to demonstrate how X-TRACT improves waste wood recovery and recycling.”