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

Coupled with its X-TRACT, TOMRA Sorting will launch its 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.

 Source: TOMRA