German sorting specialist Tomra has introduced a new generation of its Autosort system plus a new product called Autosort Speedair that is designed to stabilize lightweight materials such as plastic film on a high-speed conveyor.
During an online product introduction in June, Tomra also briefly described a third new product called Autosort Cybot, featuring a next-generation scanner, electromagnetic sensor and a robot arm. When it is introduced later this year, it will be Tomra’s first sorting system that includes a robot.
Autosort was introduced about 10 years ago and has been regularly updated as Tomra engineers developed new capabilities. It is an ultra-compact, sensor-based sorting system that can be used in a wide range of sorting applications where high throughput is needed.
This fifth generation of Autosort incorporates Tomra’s patented Sharp Eye technology, which improves light efficiency without using additional energy. Sorting sharpness is improved and material that is difficult to sort can be better processed.
It also incorporates the latest version of Tomra’s patented Flying Beam sensing technology that utilizes point-scanning to focus only on the area of the conveyor belt that is being scanned, which enables better online calibration and increases sorting stability over time.
Tomra said Autosort is designed to sort packaging, beverage cartons and all thermoplastics.
Optional components include Tomra’s Deep Laiser, a trademarked object-recognition technology that improves sorting sharpness. The Deep Laiser system includes a fully integrated deep learning capability.
Speedair eliminates the need for a conveyor belt cover, so material blockages are reduced and machine downtime minimized.
The Autosort Cybot sorting system will be equipped with sensors that detect objects based on their material properties and will use a fast robotic arm to separate them. The system can be programmed to identify and sort up to four materials, as specified by the operator. Tomra said this ability improves overall sorting accuracy and purity levels.
The first Cybot model will be 7.9 feet wide, 12.9 feet long and 11.4 feet high.
Ron Shinn, editor
For more information:
Tomra Sorting Inc., West Sacramento, Calif., 916-388-3900, www.tomra.com/en/sorting/recycling