As a fourth-generation company that values reliability and continual development through technology, The Melosch Company recognizes the enormous potential of the TOMRA Insight data platform
. With the capability to revolutionize the waste management and recycling industry, TOMRA Insight collects data from automated sorting units to provide a fully transparent performance overview. Moreover, the statistical analysis can be used to instantly optimize machine settings and make data-informed decisions that positively impact the business long term.
Where tradition meets innovation
The Melosch Company is an operator-owned family business in northern Germany whose origins go back to 1907. With core expertise in paper recycling
for over 100 years, the company offers tailored disposal solutions and modern processing facilities to prepare secondary raw materials optimally. Municipal waste paper sorting remains a strong pillar of their business today and operates in 11 production plants with 5 paper sorting systems, employing approximately 350 people and processing more than 150.000 metric tons of high purity recyclable paper annually. This throughput requires about 250.000 metric tons of mixed waste paper from municipalities.
Vadim Sander, Branch Manager at the Melosch Company’s Ahrensburg plant, explains: “The quality of our raw materials can vary based on the location, but the quality of what is sold to the processors has to be consistently high. To meet our customers’ quality requirements, we decided to embrace digitalization and continue being at the forefront of our industry.”
Sander’s task was to find an economically feasible automated sorting solution, especially in a market with high demand and labor shortages. He observes: “As the packaging and paper industry steadily transitions to a circular economy, our customers’ quality expectations have gotten a lot higher. Quality used to mean adding manual sorters to remove impurities and distinguish between paper types. Now it’s about delivering nearly perfect quality in a fraction of the time. With the labor environment not being in our favor, it only seemed logical to upgrade our lines with the newest generation AUTOSORT®
with TOMRA Insight to uncover new opportunities for optimization. The fully automated, connected sorting units maximize throughput and stabilize our workforce. Our customers are satisfied too because the TOMRA sorting units deliver consistently pure yields.”