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The world’s first fully automated sorting plant for textiles recycling!

Sysav Industri AB is now operating the world’s first fully automated sorting plant for textiles recycling in Malmö, Sweden. The plant is fully automated – people are needed only to start and stop the plant, feed the material in, and take the bales from the baler. The new sorting plant in has a capacity of up to 4.5 tons per hour per line. 24000 tonnes textile waste can be sorted here per year. The plant has been built and designed by Stadler, headquartered in Altshausen, Germany, and integrates four Autosort units built by Tomra, of Asker, Norway. “Swedish innovation platform for textile sorting” Siptex is using near-infrared and visual spectroscopy (NIR / VIS) to sort textile waste by fiber type and color.

The textiles are illuminated, and the light is reflected in different ways depending on the material. Sensors detect and calculate the type of fiber. Compressed air blows the fabric so that it ends up in the right container. The plant can be programmed to sort out three different flows simultaneously.

The human eye can not see what the NIR /VIS can. For fibre recycling, this is the most important parameter.

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