CarbonLITE, Los Angeles, plans to install a Bulk Handling Systems (BHS), Eugene, Oregon, system at its newest postconsumer recycled polyethylene terephthalate (rPET) plant in Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania. BHS will supply a front-end recycling system for the company.
CarbonLITE serves as a large producer of bottle-grade rPET. According to a BHS news release, BHS also provided a front-end recycling system for CarbonLITE’s Dallas facility, which began production in the fourth quarter of 2017.
The Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania-area plant will produce about 80 million pounds of rPET pellets per year. Installation is scheduled to finish in the fourth quarter of 2019, and the plant will be fully operational in 2020, BHS reports. The plastics recycling system will be one of the largest in the world, and it allows CarbonLITE to recycle more than 6 billion plastic bottles per year, companywide.
The BHS system is designed to process 14 tons per hour and operate four shifts without manual sort labor. According to a BHS news release, BHS has equipped the system with its latest technology, including artificial intelligence (AI) driven robotic sorters. BHS’ Max-AI technology uses neural network-based AI to identify recyclables and direct sorting decisions from recycling equipment, including robotic and optical sorters. Included are Max-AI AQC-2 units (for Autonomous Quality Control), featuring dual robotic sorters with each robot capable of picking and placing up to 60 items per minute.
The system also gathers material composition data and performance metrics from its AI and optical equipment, scales, motors, bunkers, baler and other sources, all of which is communicated to the customer with BHS’ new Total Intelligence Platform (TIP), BHS reports.
“The BHS system, along with NRT and Max, offers unprecedented intelligence and performance that aligns with our vision,” says CarbonLITE Chairman Leon Farahnik. “CarbonLITE is fully invested in and committed to helping preserve our precious resources, reduce the PET industry’s carbon footprint, diminish our landfill problems and protect our waterways.”
“The CarbonLITE team has been aggressive in its pursuit of processing excellence and growth,” says BHS CEO Steve Miller. “This system really showcases what’s possible with the most recent Max technology—a fully automated recycling system that can produce pure rPET feedstock 24 hours a day. CarbonLITE’s actions continue to build up processing capacity in the U.S. while solving real world problems, and we’re appreciative of the opportunity to once again be a part of their success.”