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Ocean Insight’s SpeedSorter™ is an industrial, high-throughput sensing system designed for in-line, nonferrous scrap sorting in difficult environments. Based on laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS), the SpeedSorter quickly determines the chemical composition of each aluminum scrap object and communicates the result to the sorting system. With the SpeedSorter, separation of wrought from cast aluminum, aluminum from magnesium, and alloy class separations like 5xxx and 6xxx are all easily accomplished, where technologies like XRF and XRT do not perform as well.
SpeedSorter LIBS sensors are customized to your exact needs, with consideration of conveyor capabilities, input material composition and size, and desired output and diversion control. Custom separations are available as well. SpeedSorter is designed for single-lane or multi-lane systems, so you can start with one lane or as many as needed to handle the ever-growing market demand for recycled aluminum.
Aluminum is one of the most widely consumed metals in the world -- from cell phones, to cars, to appliances --and demand for recycled aluminum is rising. Aluminum comes in a variety of alloys, each with a distinct composition. For recycling companies, it's crucial to be able to distinguish between aluminum alloy classes, as well as wrought from cast, to ensure the purest product for smelting and re-melting. Ultimately, with tools like the SpeedSorter, aluminum has the potential to be continuously recycled - resulting in a true closed-loop ("circular") economy.
|Base elements:||Al, Mg, Cu, Zn|
|Alloying elements:||Al, Fe, Mg, Mn, Si, Pb, Cr, Ni, Cu, Zn (Sn in special configurations)|
|Laser:||Class 3R Red, Class 4 IR-A|
|Spectrometer:||High resolution, high throughput, thermally controlled; standard range 190-450 nm, deep UV range available (optional, 175-430 nm)|
|Working distance:||248 +/- 7 mm from front face of modules|
|Divert signal output:||24V, 0.5A max (can be configured for other signals)|
|Communication:||TCP/IP over Ethernet 100 mbps|
|Communication protocol:||Available in "SpeedSorter Software Protocol Document" (when available)|
|Control software:||Client-side GUI, controls for setting recipes, viewing element ratios, number of pieces sensed/diverted, processed spectra, laser status, system temps, error and fault messages, saving data on device. Control up to 10 modules in Tabs, certain operations performed globally.|
|Memory:||Onboard memory for saving several hours data per session|
|Power:||24VDC 600W (din rail mount power supply included)|
|Laser safety:||BNC remote laser interlock, E stop, onboard and remote laser status LEDs|
|Ventilation requirements:||150 CFM per module clean filtered air|
|Installation requirements:||Supply of ~60 CFM clean filtered air to recommended lens air shield (requirement and design depends on installation parameters)|
|Ambient operating conditions:||0 °C-40 °C non-condensing 25%-85% RH|
|Storage conditions:||-10 °C-65 °C non-condensing 25%-85% RH|
|Dimensions:||~120 mm x 300 mm x 850 mm|