AKRON, OHIO - The need to improve and diversify the automated bottle-sorting ca-pabilities of plastics recyclers has prompted Magnetic Separation Systems to introduce a line of small-footprint binary sorters. Called the Binary BottleSort, the line is capable of sorting mixed bottles with 90 percent or better accuracy.
``Technically, the Binary machines are spinoffs of our BottleSort models,'' said Derek Vaughan, director of communications for the Nashville-based optical sorter and control maker.
``They are intended to provide the recycler with the ability to isolate the streams he wants from the rest of a mixed load. For instance, the machines can separate green and clear PET from everything else,'' he said.
The advantages of the line include its relatively small size, $98,000 price and the ability to process 5,000 pounds of bottles per hour, he said at the ARC '95 recycling conference in Akron.
``This is great for the reprocessor who only needs to split the stream once, doesn't need to sort six different resin types, and who doesn't have a huge amount of space in the plant,'' Vaughan said.