Wellman International, one of the world’s largest manufacturers and recyclers of PET, was one of the first users of TOMRA’s cloud-based sorting data dashboard TOMRA Insight. Wellman’s processing plant in the Netherlands, which has an annual PET flake processing capacity of 42,000 tonnes, has connected six sorters to TOMRA Insight: five AUTOSORT machines, which pre-sort PET bottles, and one AUTOSORT FLAKE, which purifies the flakes after washing.
TOMRA works closely with recycling operations to continuously develop the data platform as part of the subscription service. Johannes Jacoby, Product Manager Digital at TOMRA Sorting Recycling, was closely involved in the set-up of the system for Wellman International. “Wellman sought TOMRA Insight to bring more transparency to their sorting activities. On one end, they required a better understanding of what events were causing machine stops, to reduce downtime. In addition to this, they expected a more detailed analysis of material loss during the recovery process, to precisely assess the quality of bought-in materials and to optimize the recycling process. TOMRA Insight has helped significantly with these objectives.”
Remote data access for ease of use
The ability to remotely monitor all sorting activities using a single interface frees up time for the process management staff. Jorrit Beetsma, Process Technician at Wellman International: “Before, we could only extract data by physically going to a machine’s screen, and it wasn’t always easy transferring that data to a computer. Now it’s easy to consult the data remotely from our office. And I have to say that the interface is highly intuitive. I have never had to search for a single button or functionality.”