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Summit focused on trends and challenges for aluminum scrap and secondary markets

Frank van de Winkel part of expert panel at Harbor's 13th Aluminum Summit in Chicago

Aluminum going through the sorting circuit
Aluminum going through the sorting circuit.

At Harbor's 13th Aluminum Summit, TOMRA Recycling is one of only a few select exhibitors highlighting its latest sensor-based metal sorting technologies.TOMRA Recycling's Business Development Manager for Metals, Frank van de Winkel, was tapped to share his global field experiences in a panel discussion of trends and challenges facing the aluminum recycling industry. The in-person summit takes place September 8 to 10, 2021, at Chicago's Raddison Blu Aqua Hotel.  

TOMRA Recycling's Business Development Manager for Metals, Frank van de Winkel will be part of a panel discussing current trends and challenges in aluminum recycling.

The strategic panel discussion: "Key Players Share Their Views on Current Trends and Challenges the North American Scrap and Secondary Market Face," will take place Friday morning, September 10, in the Atlantic Ballroom starting at 9:45 a.m. CDT. Here, van de Winkel is set to discuss the latest technological developments for processing UBCs and cover surging market demand for scrap sorting technology to improve material purity and throughput. He will also share insights into emerging technologies to sort mixed auto sheet scrap and expected headwinds the aluminum scrap market may face in 2022. 

"We are excited to be back in person at the aluminum industry's largest and most strategic summit to continue our discussion of the latest technologies, trends and opportunities available for aluminum and metal scrap processors," says van de Winkel. "Since we last met in 2019, sorting technologies have made significant advancements for removing magnesium and other heavier metals from aluminum, separating wrought from cast material, and identifying a wider range of metal fractions."  

Enhancements to X-TRACT allow recyclers to identify and remove heavier magnesium fractions from the stream at sizes as small as 5 mm.

Groundbreaking technology for aluminum sorting

The TOMRA Recycling exhibit will showcase the latest technological developments for aluminum sorting. This includes groundbreaking enhancements to X-TRACT that allows units to identify and remove heavier magnesium fractions from the stream at sizes as small as 5 mm (0.20 in). TOMRA's X-TRACT combines X-ray transmission (XRT) and DUOLINE technology to deliver superior recognition of a variety of secondary resources. Dual Processing Technology distinguishes between multiple material characteristics on the sorting belt, allowing recycling lines to achieve high throughput levels. 

"Over the last two years, TOMRA has improved and expanded our metals sorting technologies considerably," offers Eric Thurston, North American sales manager metals - recycling for TOMRA.  "We welcome all to attend the panel discussion and bring their aluminum sorting challenges to the TOMRA exhibit." 

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