Tomra at IFAT 2024: Demonstrating how its technologies transform resource recovery

Tomra’s new GAINnext not only separates wood A from wood B but also excels at MDF recovery (Image: Tomra)

Global sensor-based sorting technology provider Tomra Recycling announced their participation at the upcoming IFAT 2024 from 13-17 May in Munich, Germany, with plans to reveal their latest technology portfolio.

With Tomra’s theme for IFAT 2024 being ‘Transforming Resource Recovery’, the firm will highlight their newest GAINnext technology, which can identify objects by their shape, size, and other visual characteristics. With high precision and stability, it efficiently sorts various types of wood.

Not only can GAINnext distinguish between natural and processed wood, but it also excels in recovering MDF—a new trending process in wood recycling. This results in pure MDF fractions that are perfectly suited for further recycling.

Beyond wood recycling, GAINnext caters primarily to the food industry, where it can separate food-grade from non-food-grade plastics for PET, PP and HDPE on a large scale with exceptional purity levels of over 95%, as claimed by Tomra.

Visitors to Tomra’s stand will also be able to learn about the company’s recently launched solution for high-throughput purification of plastic flakes, INNOSORT FLAKE.

Launched in November 2023, the INNOSORT™ FLAKE solution can recover more recyclable materials with maximum yield from a range of waste streams.

Those interested in Tomra’s latest metal recycling solutions are also privy to the company’s AUTOSORT PULSE unit, designed for high throughput sorting of aluminum alloys.

Beyond physical solutions, Tomra will also present digital solutions which can help clients to optimise their process and material flow: TOMRA Insight and PolyPerception’s waste analyzer.

TOMRA Insight is a cloud-based data monitoring platform which allows for a data-driven optimisation of sorting processes through near-live monitoring. It can be installed as an add-on service.

As critical sorting data is available anywhere and at any time, operators can anticipate operational issues and future maintenance requirements and be in control of the entire sorting line.

Following Tomra’s acquisition of a 25% stake in PolyPerception – a pioneering start-up offering AI-based waste flow monitoring – Tomra’s customers can now also benefit from PolyPerception’s real-time end-to-end waste flow monitoring. The waste analyser solution measures data at key points during the sorting process, providing traceability and transparency.

Tomra’s experts will be on stand B6.339/438 to highlight the company’s continued commitment to leading the resource revolution.

Fabrizio Radice, head of global sales and marketing at Tomra Recycling Sorting, commented: “At TOMRA, we have accomplished what many in our industry have tried to solve: separating food-grade from non-food-grade plastics for PET, PP and HDPE. We are very excited to be in a position to unveil our new GAINnext application, and IFAT 2024 is the perfect platform to share this fantastic news.”