MSS Optical Sorters Updates Wire and Color Sorting Technologies

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L-VIS® Optical Sorter Receives Upgrade with ColorMask™ and WireHawk™ Technologies

 

Nashville, TN (September 20, 2016)MSS, Inc., the optical sorter division of the CP Group, is introducing two technology updates for its L-VIS® high-resolution color and shape optical sorter.

ColorMask™ is MSS’s proprietary illuminated reference technology and is featured in all L-VIS® units. The most recent design update features improved sorting accuracy for materials with difficult colors and weak contrast, like dark green circuit boards and black insulated wires.

l-vismodifiedThe L-VIS® analyzes materials in flight over the ColorMask™ illuminated reference which is adjustable in color and light intensity for maximum contrast and accuracy.

“The L-VIS® continues to handle increasingly challenging materials,” says Felix Hottenstein, MSS Sales Director. “The improved ColorMask™ technology now allows our customers to utilize L-VIS® in even more sorting applications.”

MSS has also updated WireHawk™, the software algorithm behind the company’s patented wire shape identification technology specifically designed for electronic and automotive scrap applications. WireHawk™ recognition for L-VIS® provides customers with increased recovery rates for even the smallest and thinnest wires, resulting in higher returns for high-value commodities.

Greg Thibado, MSS Vice President, says, “We are very excited with the additional capabilities and flexibility that the combination of the ColorMask™ and WireHawk™ technologies bring to the L-VIS® platform. We expect our customers to see an uptick in paybacks on the equipment.”

As with all MSS optical sorters, additional identification capabilities can be added with MSS’s latest version of its induction sensor, the MetalSort™ II. Further fine-tuned sorting of ferrous, non-ferrous, and stainless steel is made possible in combination with the color and shape sorting capabilities of the L-VIS®.

CP Group supplies system to award-winning MRF

For the third consecutive year, a facility with a CP Group system has received a SWANA Gold Award.

CPG-logo-with-SWANA-medalsSAN DIEGO, CA (August 3, 2016) – For the third year in a row, the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) has awarded the Gold Excellence Award in the Recycling Systems category to a recycling system developed by CP Group.

 

The 2016 Gold Excellence Award in Recycling Systems was won by Republic Services’ Southern Nevada Recycling Center, located in North Las Vegas, NV. The system features next-generation separation technology designed, manufactured and installed by CP Group.

The massive 70 tons per hour recycling center, recognized as “North America’s largest and smartest residential recycling center” is capable of processing two million pounds of recyclables per day.

 

“The new system is a powerhouse,” says CP Group’s Patrick Nicol, Lead System Engineer of the system. “It is a dual-line recovery facility, designed to adapt to the ever-changing recycling stream. We are very proud of our partnership with Republic Services and applaud them for the investments made to advance recycling capabilities.”

 

“This Gold Award three-peat speaks for itself,” says Terry Schneider, President and CEO of CP Group. “Naturally, we’ve always believed our systems were far ahead of the curve. These awards are confirmation that the recycling industry agrees with us.”

 

CP Group’s previous award-winning systems include: Dem-Con single stream system (2015 Gold Award); PVT Land C&D recycling system (2015 Silver Award); and Republic Services’ Dallas/Fort Worth Recycling Center (2014 Gold Award).

 

 

The Excellence Awards will be presented at SWANA’s annual conference, WASTECON®, on Tuesday, August 23, 2016, in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Scott County, IA partners with CP Group to Install Single Stream MRF

Facility was redesigned to process single-stream recyclables.

FullSizeRenderWEBThe Scott Area Recycling Center, Davenport, Iowa, recently hosted a grand reopening of its material recovery facility (MRF), which was updated earlier this year to process singe-stream recyclables. The MRF, originally opened in 1995 to process dual-stream recyclables, now can process 10 tons per hour of residential single-stream material.

The equipment and changes to the facility were funded through a general obligation bond issued by Scott County that was secured with revenue agreements from theWaste Commission of Scott County and the cities of Davenport, Bettendorf and other commission members. The recycling equipment cost $3.1 million, which facility construction costing $4.6 million.

The facility design team included Foth Infrastructure and Environment LLC, De Pere, Wisconsin; FEH Design, Sioux City, Iowa; and KJWW Engineering Consultants, Des Moines, Iowa. Tricon Construction Group, with locations in Dubuque and Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and the CP Group, San Diego, were responsible for facility construction.

The MRF includes an OCCScreen to remove cardboard, a CPScreen to separate 2D material from 3D material, an overbelt magnet, an eddy current separator and a glass cleanup system from the CP Group.

On hand for the ribbon cutting, along with members of the community and government officials, were Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) and ISRI Paper Stock Industries Chapter members Midland Davis, headquartered in Moline, Illinois, and Pratt Industries, headquartered in Conyers, Georgia.

Midland Davis has a long-term fiber marketing agreement with Scott County and recently partnered with Pratt Industries to purchase of much of the county’s paper. Within hours of curbside pickup, the paper is sorted, baled and shipped to Pratt’s new greenfield mill in Valparaiso, Indiana. Then within approximately 48 hours of receipt, it is made into new boxes that are sold primarily within the region, the companies say.

(This article originally appeared in Recycling Today.)

Right Away Disposal partners with CP Group, Opens Single Stream Recycling System

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APACHE JUNCTION, AZ (July 27, 2016) – Right Away Disposal, an Arizona-based, locally owned and operated waste and recycling provider, recently opened a new McMRF®, a small material recovery facility (MRF) provided CP Group.

The new system features improved system integration and new CP Group disc screens.

CP Group worked with Right Away Disposal to engineer a McMRF® system design, utilizing both new and existing equipment. CP Group incorporated Right Away Disposal’s existing sort lines, conveyors, and a baler with new CP disc screens in order to automate the system, process a higher throughput, and recover more commodities.

The new disc screens include a CP Glass Breaker Screen and a CPScreenTM, which both feature the patented CP Cam-DiscTM for the segregation of 2D from 3D material. A new CP OCCScreenTM was also installed.

Terry Schneider, CEO of CP Group, says, “This facility shows how CP is able to blend existing equipment with our own to create a low-cost, highly effective solution.”

Running 10 tons per hour, the new system is helping Right Away Disposal achieve its recovery goals for OCC fines, fiber, OMP, and containers. “Commodities are captured in cages rather than bunker silos,” says Schneider. “It’s another way we kept the system affordable while maintaining CP’s high standards of engineering and performance.”

The system serves Apache Junction, AZ and surrounding communities.

 

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About Right Away Disposal

Established in 2007, Right Away Disposal is a locally owned and operated Waste & Recycling provider based in Apache Junction, AZ.

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CP Group director of sales and marketing receives 40 Under 40 award

AwardAshley Davis, director of sales and marketing for CP Group, San Diego, has been recognized with a place on Waste360’s first annual 40 Under 40 awards list, which the publication says showcases the next generation of leaders in the waste and recycling space who are shaping the future of the industry.

“The Waste360 40 Under 40 awards program recognizes inspiring and innovative professionals under the age of 40 whose work in the waste, recycling and organics industry has made a significant contribution to the industry,” according to Waste360. “The winners are involved in every part of the waste and recycling industry, including haulers, municipalities, composters, recycling professionals, policymakers and product suppliers.”

A panel of judges from Waste360 evaluated more than 400 nominations and consulted with an external advisor to select the 40 winners.

The winners were announced at WasteExpo 2016, North America’s largest solid waste, recycling and organics industry event. Davis was presented with the award June 8 at the Waste360 40 Under 40 Reception, held at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Davis has been with CP Group for six years. Having spearheaded various initiatives in the marketing and sales departments, she has been recognized for her vision, creativity, determination and initiative, the company says in a news release.

Last year, Davis was promoted to the title of director of sales and marketing, overseeing all marketing initiatives and managing all sales efforts for the company.

In June, she received her executive MBA from San Diego State University.

“Ashley and her generation are the future, not only of our company but of our industry,” says Terry Schneider, CEO and president of CP Group. “Her focus and passion has already helped our company make a significant mark on the industry, and I look forward to what she will do in the future.”

“We congratulate all of the professionals we’ve recognized,” says Waste360 Editorial Director David Bodamer. “And we look forward to watching them chart the course for the industry in the years to come.”

 

Equipment Innovations Give a Big Boost to Plastics Recycling

(This article originally appeared in the April 2016 edition of Plastics EngineeringClick here to read the original article.)

EQUIPMENT INNOVATIONS GIVE A BIG BOOST TO PLASTICS RECYCLING

From technology upgrades to equipment that deals with mounting problems with incoming materials, equipment manufacturers are providing solutions to help plastics recycling grow

By Mike Verespej

plastics engineeringTwo MSS Cirrus® optical sorters, with scan rates of over 300,000 pixels per second (photo courtesy of MSS Inc.).

The growth in plastics recycling, the increased amount of contamination in bales, and the need for reclaimers to become more efficient to offset a tight pricing market are driving innovations in recycling equipment and technology. The innovations run the full spectrum of the recycling process from sorting, washing, cleaning, and drying to the production of the recycled flakes themselves.

But with bale quality being still the most vexing problem for recyclers, much of the focus of innovation has been on ways to improve the efficiency of sorting equipment and finding better ways to deal with the full-wrap shrink sleeves on PET bottles that make it difficult to identify the resin underneath.

“The technology is getting better on bottle sorting, infrared sorting, and flake sorting,” says Byron Geiger, president of Custom Polymers PET LLC, in Athens, Alabama. “You are getting better resolution on the optical cameras and better software on the electronics. “We are losing less PET in our sorting, so the new technologies are helping yields to some degree,” adds Geiger. “But overall, yields are down because bale quality has declined.”

As Geiger explains, a lot of the innovations that have emerged have been in response to “shrink-wrap labels and other non-friendly material and problematic bottles. So we end up spending more resources,” he says, to get the same amount of material out of bales.

It’s a dilemma that equipment manufacturers have made their top priority.

“The number-one thing customers are looking for us to do is to prevent the loss of good material,” says Felix Hottenstein, sales director for MSS Inc., the Nashville, Tennessee-based optical sorting division of CP Group. “That’s driving a number of new developments that help customers improve product quality and decrease the loss of good product.”

 

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Just this past December, MSS made improvements to both its Cirrus and L-Vis™ optical sorters, integrating the latest generation high-resolution cameras and infrared spectrometers. Both sorters also now have an optional illuminated reference, which allows the materials to be sorted in-flight over the illuminated reference instead of the traditional approach of detecting and sorting materials on a slide or conveyor belt. It also makes it possible to better adjust the color and light intensity for maximum contrast.

As a result, the company’s MSS Cirrus optical sorter, for example, now has scan rates of 345,600 pixels per second. Its other optical sorter, the L-Vis, is a high-resolution color sorter for small particles, based on camera identification technology.

As a result, the company’s MSS Cirrus optical sorter, for example, now has scan rates of 345,600 pixels per second. Its other optical sorter, the L-Vis, is a high-resolution color sorter for small particles, based on camera identification technology.

“The cameras are getting higher and higher resolution, so we can sort out smaller and smaller particles and get higher accuracy,” says Hottenstein. “The resolution is at least 36 times higher than what we used to have.” In addition, software improvements enable image processing that is “orders of magnitudes” faster than in the past, he adds.