Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin has signed into law H. 485, an Act Relating to Establishing Universal Recycling of Solid Waste.
Titech launched its next generation Titech autosort 4, a new sensor-based sorting system that features the company’s Flying Beam technology, at the IFAT ENTSORGA show in Munich.
Designed to be energy efficient and maintenance friendly, the company says its Titech autosort 4 is the first near-infrared (NIR) scan system that does not require an external light source. Instead, the autosort incorporates its Flying Beam technology, which was developed to offer reduced power consumption and lower maintenance levels.
According to Titech, the autosort 4 was designed with a focus on simplicity, power, reliability, accuracy and compactness. The company says the sensor-based sorter is a lean and durable solution that combines high performance and output with low energy consumption and reduced carbon footprints.
The company says the autosort 4 has fewer parts than can potentially fail, along with lower cleaning and maintenance needs, leading to steadier performance, minimized downtime and savings in time, money and labor.
The system’s most fundamental change is the inclusion of the Flying Beam technology, Titech says, which means the autosort 4 has no external lamps and illuminates only the area of its conveyor belt being scanned, creating light energy savings of as much as 70 percent.
Other next-generation features include a high performance acquisition card, control unit and valve concept. The new control unit offers an expanded temperature range and passive cooling for most configurations, Titech says, while heat sinks replace active cooling equipment for higher temperatures.
The company says its autosort sensor-based sorting can recover a wide array of the highest quality fractions from different waste streams, including single stream, packaging, paper, household waste and many types of plastic, as well as conduct other sorting tasks. Even the smallest objects cannot fall through the Titech autosort detection grids, the company says.
A prototype of Titech autosort 4 has been operating at Remondis Gmbh, Region Rhineland, in Erftstadt, Germany.
“Among the many things we like about Titech autosort 4 are its lean engineering, high reliability and low maintenance requirements, plus the fact that it uses less energy than many alternative systems,” said Harry Amann, Remondis plant manager in Erftstadt. “As Titech autosort 4 contains few parts which can fail or need cleaning, it means the potential for downtime is also significantly reduced.”
Founded in 1996, Titech is a brand of Tomra Sorting Solutions, based in Mülheim-Kärlich, Germany.
Metalico Inc., a scrap metal recycling company headquartered in Cranford, N.J., has appointed Joseph McGough to the position of vice president of engineering and shredder operations for its scrap metal recycling subsidiaries.
Spectro Alloys Corp., a Rosemount, Minn.-based secondary aluminum smelter, has pled guilty in the U.S. District Court of Minnesota to two counts of violating the federal false statements statute. The plea is related to Spectro’s alleged failure to disclose violations of limits placed on its emissions of hazardous air pollutants under the Clean Air Act. The company was charged in April of 2012.
The Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA) has released a new report showing that the recycling rate for plastic packaging increased by 15 percent in 2010 compared with 2009. The report, prepared by Moore Recycling Associates Inc., Sonoma, Calif., notes that more than 217 million kilograms (477 million pounds) of post-consumer plastic packaging was collected for recycling in Canada in 2010.