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SICON Laser Sort introduced

LIBS handheld technology bridges gap between high-throughput recovery on an industrial scale and use of secondary grade-specific aluminum as a resource

SICON Laser Sort introduced

Laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) is currently one of the most exciting developments within the scrap industry. Based on the chemical element analysis of each individual object passing through the sorter, the all-new SICON LASER SORT delivers a solution to tackle the growing demand for unmixed aluminum alloys and pure non-ferrous metals with special focus on aluminum recyclers, secondary aluminum and non-ferrous smelters.

Previously, density-based X-Ray transmission separation, such as the VariSort XRT, was the only solution for the separation of cast and wrought aluminum alloys. However, the X-Ray based solution remains restricted to separation of only a few alloy types with higher copper and zinc content. With its specific in-line design, the new SICON LASER SORT can separate any kind of non-ferrous-metal and alloy in one single pass, including recovery of 5000 and 6000 aluminum alloy series. Until now, according to SICON, large quantities of high-quality scrap, especially aluminum alloys, were lost in the industrial recovery processes due to the lack of industry-adapted separation technology. The SICON LASER SORT bridges the gap between high-throughput recovery on an industrial scale and use of secondary grade-specific aluminum as a resource. With secondary aluminum as an alternative to primary aluminum, users can access new business opportunities by processing aluminum scrap and secure a steady revenue stream for a short payback period.

Benefits at a glance:

• In-line separation of up to 15 different metals and alloys in one single pass

• Direct supply of defined metal and alloy graded to the Steel and Non Ferrous Industry

• Access to new customer base for the processing industry

• No more downgrading of material, all metals are recovered at the highest value

The SICON LASER SORT is a complete recovery system in a compact stand-alone design. With its sophisticated design and in-house-developed software, the SICON LASER SORT is the first-choice for specified material grades. With input material ranging in size between 1"-6" or 25 - 130 mm the unit is perfectly adapted to process higher throughput per hour at a belt speed of 10 feet per second or 3 m/s. SICON LASER SORT can be easily operated in a 3-shift mode and allows for shortest payback period.

The laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) is a field-tested technology that has proven its heavy duty fit for the scrap industry over the last years in hand held analyzers. With the release of the SICON SORT LASER, this technology is now available on an industrial scale for high throughput applications.

The SICON LASER SORT directs a high-impulse laser on each individual material object to release a particle emission which produces visible light. The emitted light is captured in the spectrometer where it is being analyzed for its material elements. Each material has its own unique element composition with a specific wavelength. As such, the SICON LASER SORT can clearly identify each material object passing thru. As a compact system unit, the SICON LASER SORT has an advanced feeding and distribution design, ensuring highest sorting accuracy and peak throughput performance with. With an included auto-focus for each analyzed object the unit can further be customized by setting up different calibration elements reaching beyond the application of sorting alloys. Extensive trials have shown that paint and other superficial covers can decrease detection accuracy. For optimum results, the SICON LASER SORT additionally features a preceding laser for cleaning purposes, mounted prior the main laser. The first laser directs a laser impulse at the entering material object engraving a specific marker; the second main laser directs the impulse at the same location for the spectroscopy analysis.

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11390 Old Roswell, Suite 126
Alpharetta, GA
US, 30009


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