Recycling Industry

Recycling Industry

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What happens to our garbage after it has been picked up by our houses? Or what happens with the residual materials from industrial sources? Our daily waste products are now much more than just “garbage”. They contain valuable, recyclable raw materials that can and should be recycled. The “life cycle” of a product describes its duration, or durability. If a product exceeds this cycle, the validity and quality status of the product can no longer be fully granted.

But what exactly is meant by the process of recycling?

Recycling is generally understood as the recycling of waste products. Plastics, papers andtextiles are collected separately and then, after being processed, channelled back into the material cycle as usable products. Recycling describes an energy-saving process, which turns „old“ materials (without the use of new raw materials) back to their originally new condition. Not only in private households, especially in the industry, the most diverse fabric remnants arise during production processes and after the use of goods. However, the “waste products” are far too valuable to be incinerated or otherwise eliminated without utilizing and recycling the full potential of the materials.
Recycling can be divided into two groups: Among other things, a distinction is made between material recycling and the mechanical (or chemical) recycling process. LuxFlux orients itself with its technology in the former area. With its software, LuxFlux supports and simplifies the work and the production processes in material recycling.

Last year, the German Bundestag approved a law with the aim of achieving a higher recycling rate for recyclables by 2022. By then, the current rate of 36% for plastics is expected to rise to 63%, while for paper and glass, which currently stands at 70% and 75% according to the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and nuclear safety.

The used and discarded packaging (be it glass, paper or plastic) must be sorted, cleaned and prepared before the materials can be used again. The recycling rates of Europe reveal: Germany is the pioneer and role model in the industry.

Why are residues recycled?

The reason why it is important to improve waste management and recycling is obvious. A view into the future reveals that resources are becoming scarce. It doesn’t seem like a secret anymore. The further processing of valuable materials also contributes to environmental and climate protection. That is why it is important to promote careful recycling measures. The landfills have almost reached their limit. Their capacity is more than exhausted. That’s why this issue is even more relevant and important nowadays. In this way, used goods can be saved and energy can be conserved via recycling.

LuxFlux is committed to a more sustainable future. We are on the way to a recycling economy. With our sorting solutions you get closer to your destination! We developed a special camera software, based on the analysis of near-infrared spectra, which highly improves the sorting process! Conventional sorting technologies are limited. We overcome this with a method in which the remaining foreign substances are reduced to a maximum. Each material is classified and can then be sorted out.

The pure and accurate identification of the most diverse types of material, as well as the resulting readout of the irregular objects is automatically integrated into the machine process after the installation of the software. A large proportion of consumers will presume the different plastics under the collective term plastic. But whereas the near-infrared camera is capable of making further differentiations (e.g. PP: polypropylene, PS: polystyrene, PET: polyethylene terephthalate) in order to achieve a more exact end result.

We respond to the growing challenges of the future and are involved in the development of sustainable processes in the industrial sector!

The left illustration shows an original photography of a coffee mug with various accessories (see material inscriptions). In many cases, the different substances are disposed together by the consumer (without presorting). The same objects are also shown on the right picture. This is a false-color coded image. The material characteristics or material differences that appear in the hyperspectral analysis are visualized on the right in a simplified way. With this method the different substances can be identified and classified in a fast way.

 

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