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TOMRA's latest automated LIBS sorting technology is making aluminium recycling worthwhile

New aluminium laser separation technology for top yield quality is featured at ALUMINIUM 2016.

18 October 2016

TOMRA´s LIBS technology

Coupled with its market-leading X-TRACT, TOMRA Sorting will launch its laser-induced breakdown spectoscropy (LIBS) technology, at ALUMINIUM 2016, in Düsseldorf, Germany, between 29 November and 01 December, 2016. Conveniently situated in the exhibition’s Recycling Pavilion (Hall 11), TOMRA Sorting can be found at Stand 54 where its ALUMINIUM 2016 team will be on hand each day to provide visitors with information about TOMRA’s aluminum sorting portfolio, including both its enhanced LIBS technology and revamped X-TRACT, answer questions about varied technologies and services, and offer expert advice on individual projects.

Earlier recycling methods could only achieve limited sorting outcomes. Down-cycling, the most viable option, suffered the significant disadvantage that the majority of high-grade scrap was invariably downgraded during the process. Modern sensor-based sorting technologies offer much-enhanced sorting functionality, sorting scrap into different grades including 5xxx and 6xxx series alloys and removing unwanted product. The robustness of TOMRA’s LIBS technology extends the options for the usage of scrap- and secondary aluminum, as it employs a dynamic laser and the full width of the belt, resulting in industry- relevant high throughput while ensuring optimal purity levels

In addition, new alloy-sorting techniques now make it possible to use the separated secondary material – unlocking even more intrinsic value from what was once a 'lost' resource – while substantial energy savings reduce processing costs and increase profit margins. And while customers can now make more use of scrap, the adoption of this "green" technology clearly demonstrates a commitment to responsible and sustainable recycling.

Outlining why TOMRA Sorting is keen to be part of ALUMINIUM 2016, Frank van de Winkel, TOMRA Sorting Business Development Manager Metals, said: “ALUMINIUM 2016 gives visitors the opportunity to learn more about the benefits and new possibilities created by cutting-edge sorting technologies. Aluminium recyclers, smelters and remelters in particular will find TOMRA Sorting applications on display which are extremely relevant to their sector. Keep in mind, we’ve been in this industry for years, so we understand what’s necessary to get the full job done. It’s our job to discern what the market needs and provide solutions that really lead to payoffs for our customers. In this case, the result is wide-ranging experience within the aluminum recycling industry which we put to work in developing customized solutions to fit customer requirements.”

With more 60 units sold into the worldwide aluminium recycling industry – in Europe, Asia and North America – TOMRA Sorting has become one of the leading suppliers of sorting units for the separation of different scrap sources such as: taint tabor from (old) sheet scrap, extrusion profile scrap, used beverage can scrap and the production scrap/new scrap from manufacturing waste.