According to Germany-based Steinert, everyone involved in the plastics industry is concerned with strict legislation and a social sense of responsibility for recovering plastics. Black plastics represent a particular challenge because they cannot be detected with the optical sorting technology found in standard recycling plants. STEINERT technology allows black plastics to be sorted from the general waste stream into pure grades. This enables plastic-processing companies to respond to the new challenges of the circular economy in a cost-effective manner and to be equipped for all the processes involved in plastic recovery and processing in equal measure.
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STEINERT is the global leader in separation technology solutions for the mining, scrap, waste and recycling industries. Manufacturing a complete line of magnetic and sensor-sorting equipment, it provides full solutions designed to separate and recover a wide range of materials. Engineering electromagnetic drums, eddy current separators, and sorting systems based on induction, X-Ray, and NIR, STEINERT is the only full range industry supplier with more than 125 years of expertise and global customer service.
Steinert UniSort Black
Using STEINERT’s Hyper-Spectral Imaging (HSI) technology, the UniSort Black recognizes and sorts all black and dark components in the waste stream, saving the material from being sent to a landfill. Easily integrated into existing facilities and processing lines, UniSort Black increases yield and potential revenue while saving disposal costs.
STEINERT UniSort Flake
Specifically designed for the complex task of sorting fine-grained materials, the STEINERT UniSort® Flake reliably separates plastics, metals or minerals according to material type and colors. Using NIR or color sorting, the unit is adaptable for the widest range of materials to be sorted, with an easy-to-use touchscreen for simplest operation.
STEINERT NES Eddy Current Separator
There is a reason 65% of eddy currents used today in the scrap industry are STEINERT: higher yield and longer life than its competitors! Wherever non-ferrous metals have to be recovered or separated - shredder material, municipal waste, WTE bottom ash, electronic scrap, wood chips or glass – STEINERT eddy currents can do the job. We pioneered and are now the leading manufacturer of the eccentric pole system, which allows for maximum ejection efficiency.
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STEINERT starts operation of first industrial LIBS system in Europe for separating aluminium scrap alloys
STEINERT has begun operation of the first industrial LIBS system for separating aluminium scrap alloys in Europe, which will be introduced at the "Aluminium" trade fair in Düsseldorf, Germany, October 9-12.
STEINERT US has introduced the UniSort Film sensor sorter, with the ability to efficiently and accurately sort paper, plastic film and bags to help Recyclers reach today's export paper grade standards.
San Jose-based Zanker Recycling, a U.S. leader in construction and demolition (C&D) materials processing systems and recycling, has announced that its awarding a contract to Plexus Recycling Technologies, the North American distributor of ZenRobotics the world's leading, and most experienced AI robotics team for sorting waste materials. The ZenRobotics ZRR2 AI Robot will be the second to operate in the U.S. and operational by fall 2018.
STEINERT Elektromagnetbau GmbH has changed its name to Steinert GmbH, as of 20 December, 2017.
STEINERT's KSS multi-sensor system: a flexible combination sorting solution for electronic waste (WEEE)
Commencing work at STEINERT's Test Centre in Cologne in May, 2015, Swiss company Bühlmann Recycling prepared an especially demanding sorting task for the applications specialists. The challenge was to use a flexible facility (i.e. one that could be adapted to future input materials) to manufacture a variety of products so that the investment could continue to safeguard the future. The feed bunker contained electronic waste (WEEE). Today, after approximately two years, the facility is being operated by STEINERT partner MWN in Lyss, Switzerland, where it produces the desired results.
The operators of composting facilities are faced with a dilemma. On the one hand, customers are demanding compost of increasingly higher quality. On the other, organic waste contains a steadily rising amount of foreign particles. However, the sorting process begins not at the composting facility but in people's homes as they decide what to put into the organic waste bin. That's why municipalities in particular have to do more to educate their citizens and counteract people's "sorting fatigue." The UniSort Black from Steinert serves as a supplemental quality assurance element in processing facilities.
Today's eddy current separator (ECS) technology is ideal for scrap recyclers, MRFs and other recycling facilities that want to automate recovery of nonferrous metals (after ferrous recovery) from MSW, sand, glass, dirt, CTD, electronic scrap, shredded automobiles and refuse.
Global recycling giant Galloo turns to Steinert's new EddyC Fines for processing very fine materials
Steinert, in partnership with Galloo, one of Europe’s largest recyclers and a pioneer in metal recycling, has developed and installed a new non-ferrous metals separator for fine materials. Steinert's new EddyC Fines features a splitter that can be set with millimetre precision, enabling non-ferrous metals such as aluminum, copper and zinc to be separated more effectively than ever before. Additionally, the machine was designed so a conveyor belt change can be carried out in 10 minutes, without heavily lifting equipment or excessive downtime.
STEINERT US has added a new eddy current to its line of magnetic and sensor sorting equipment, the EddyC Fines. Especially developed for recovering fine non-ferrous metals, the EddyC Fines was also designed to allow for a 10-minute belt change and to help increase recovery and purity in sorting lines.
France’s second-largest recycling firm for scrap, GDE Recyclage (a subsidiary of the Amsterdam-based ECORE B.V.), has achieved the targets set by the EU directive on end-of-life vehicles (2000/53/EC), which was passed by the European Parliament and Council on 18 September, 2000. Among other things, the directive stipulates that materials and components amounting to at least 95% of the end of-life vehicles’ average weight must be reused or recycled or energetically recovered. To make this possible, Olivier Pitavy, Development Project Manager at ECORE B.V., leads a project that aims to recycle at least 85% of the ASR (Automobile Shredder Residues) with an additional 10% energy recovery.
Aluminium plays a key role in mobility. One of the main reasons for this is that more and more vehicle bodies are made of aluminium. The Ford F-150 pickup and the Jaguar XE are just two prominent examples of this trend towards automobiles containing large amounts of aluminium. It’s obvious that this development increases the demand for high-quality aluminium. At the same time, up to 50% of the material used in the stamping processes common in mass production operations was wasted because there was no way of separating the production waste for recycling. This situation has now changed, according to STEINERT, due to their new LSS (Laser Sorting System) that enables alloys to be cleanly separated from one another.
UniSort BlackEye: STEINERT presents sorting system for the pure separation of black plastics on K trade fair show 2016
Although the pure separation of black plastics is one of the main recycling tasks, most optical sorting machines are unable to handle it. To tackle this challenge, the Steinert Group, a specialist for magnet separation and sensor sorting, has launched the UniSort BlackEye on the market. This new optical sorting system enables recycling companies to produce purer granules that are so valuable that the investment in the device quickly pays off.
Christian Hündgen is convinced that the more secondary raw materials are fed back into the production of products, the better. That’s why the family-run enterprise focuses on achieving as high a level of material purity as possible when sorting waste. “We concentrate more on the sorting depths than on high throughput rates. It ensures our customers in our region will remain loyal to us,” says Hündgen.
STEINERT’S UniSort BlackEye offers the possibility to efficiently recover recyclates from fractions with a high proportion of dark plastics. This sensor-based sorting machine has the ability to classify plastics according to their polymer group categorization such as PE, PP, PVC and styrenes, rather than their color. The UniSort BlackEye is not only for black materials - it can detect any color.