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Tomra presents the new flake sorting solution

Tomra presents the new flake sorting solution

News 10.11.2023

With the introduction of the new INNOSORT™ FLAKE, TOMRA provides the flake sorting solution to help the industry recover more recyclable materials from any waste stream with maximum yield. ​


The new INNOSORT™ FLAKE sorts polymers by material type and color, removing any impurities to create pure fractions. Thanks to its advanced near-infrared (NIR) spectrometer, the machine precisely detects various polymers, allowing for the recovery of recyclable materials from highly contaminated infeed. With this technology, plastics recovered from mixed waste, for example, can be sorted for recycling, giving access to more recyclable materials that otherwise would be lost or downcycled for lower-grade applications.

For instance, polyolefins (PO), such as polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP), are often found comingled in the same waste stream. With the new INNOSORT™ FLAKE, mixed plastic fractions that have been shredded and washed can be sorted into clean fractions of PET, PP and PE and other materials that meet the quality requirements for extrusion and the creation of high-quality post-consumer recycled (PCR) content.

Polyolefin flake sorting

Moreover, plant operators profit from the machine’s unmatched color sorting performance. Its enhanced optics, with a changeable color background and dual-sided high-resolution cameras, detect millions of colors and create single-color fractions. Its high contrast imaging can even differentiate between white opaque and natural, transparent and translucent flakes, reducing material losses and maximizing yield.

Alberto Piovesan, Global Segment Manager Plastics at TOMRA Recycling Sorting, adds: ”The new INNOSORT™ FLAKE is designed to sort any color, any polymer, at the same time. It levels the playing field for recyclers and gives them maximum flexibility to respond to the respective market demands. If an operator wants to purify PET this month and produce a clean blue PP next month, it is technically possible with the new machine. What’s more, it is cost-effective.”

New design with multiple benefits

William Zeng, Product Manager TOMRA Sorting Recycling, describes: “We developed the machine with the requirements of our customers in mind.

With its integrated cooling system and robustness, it delivers an even more stable performance in challenging environments and delivers reliable results for maximum output and profitability. Furthermore, with the enhanced technologies, recyclers already achieve very high purity levels after the first sorting step. Depending on the contamination level of the input material and the target purities, fewer sorting steps might be required.”

​The new INNOSORT™ FLAKE comes with up to four chutes and a changeable illumination background. This level of flexibility makes it possible to run multiple sorting and recovery steps in a single machine, leading to considerable time savings and less material handling.

In addition, TOMRA Insight can be installed as an add-on service. The cloud-based data monitoring platform contributes to improving sorting performance. On the one hand, it helps optimize processes through data analysis. Identified inefficiencies and predicted maintenance further support the reduction of machine downtime and productivity losses.


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