The advantages of sensor-based technology
Among the benefits which the installation of TOMRA´s AUTOSORT® has generated for performance and work at the facility, Alonso emphasizes: “the lower maintenance and cleaning costs, as well as greater ease of use and cleaning of the equipment. In addition, other considerations are the equipment’s great ease of use, stable and increased sorting performance, versatility in order to sort new products demanded by the market, the ability to change products to be sorted or to reconfigure the material sorting chute, ease of instruction configuration in the same optical separator when handling different streams (MSW, light containers, etc.) or when emptying the unit after the cleaning shift, setting the configuration to “do not blow” for all the optical separators or for cleaning out the recirculation circuit, and setting the configuration to “do not blow” in the first optical separator in the recirculation circuit.”
On the other hand, there is still margin for efficiency improvements at the Granada Eco-Park through the installation of more cutting-edge TOMRA Sorting equipment. According to Ricardo Alonso: “Other streams have been uncovered with sufficient quantities of recoverables which warrant the installation of sensor-based automatic separation. These include cardboard recycling and recirculation of recoverables (mainly Tetra-Pak) in the flat fraction stream; cleaning equipment for the organic fraction prior to composting; consistent sorting of recoverables (including metals and plastics) which exist in the fraction (particle size Ф50-80 mm) for their subsequent incorporation into the facility’s already existing automatic sorting stream, and recovery of glass during processing,” he concludes.