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REDWAVE showcases XRF Sorting Machine in Munich

Innovation to provide new sorting possibilities for recyclers

XRF sorting machine
XRF sorting machine

At IFAT 2016 in Munich, Germany, from May 30 to June 3, Austrian-based REDWAVE is showing various live sorting demonstrations featuring the innovative REDWAVE XRF sorting machine. This technology is ideal for use in the following applications:

  • Mixed heavy metals: separation of pure fractions (eg: copper, zinc, stainless steel)
  • Mixed plastics: separation of brominated plastics
  • Mixed glass: separation of lead glass and heat resistant glass

According to Redwave, the sorting system REDWAVE XRF was initially used in the field of glass sorting, more precisely for the separation of heat-resistant and leaded glass from the waste glass cullet. Soon it became apparent that the fields of application go far beyond the glass sector. The use of this innovative technology together with the development of a new machine design set new standards in the metal sorting, in particular the sorting of nonferrous metals. Using this technology it is possible to separate also material which, up to now, was considered as not sortable.

Besides the high throughput and purity, the flexible and versatile application possibility of the XRF sorting technology is a great advantage compared to sorting techniques such as camera or X-ray transmission. The applicability of the X-ray fluorescence technology is very multifaceted and not limited to one material class or application. Compared to other technologies, moisture, coloring and surface contamination have no significant negative impact on the detection. High-purity metal fractions are produced due to the sorting processes, which can be sold directly and profitably. The flexibility of the XRF technique and the sophisticated sorting logic make it possible to respond to changes of the sorting processes as quick as possible. Furthermore, a great variety of sorting steps can be carried out with the same machine and different preset sorting programs. 

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