Sorting Plastics Has Never Been Easier

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Post-industrial and post-consumer materials need to be accurately identified and sorted to achieve high quality reprocessed material. Recycling of plastics, carpeting and other polymer materials is increasing as more of these products are being recovered, recycled and reused by consumers and recycling facilities.

Plastics analysis and recycling is a topic that is increasing in attention around the world. Recycling rates in the UK have come a long way and continue to grow each year but the complexity of sorting and processing of plastics has been challenging. In 2000, only 13,000 tonnes of plastic bottles were recycled, compared to the 350,000 tonnes the UK now recycles1. Many countries offer programs to encourage consumers to recycle plastic containing products. The resulting mixed plastics are sent to large sorting facilities where they are processed. In order to achieve a high quality of reprocessed material, plastics need to be accurately identified and properly sorted.

The microPHAZIR™ Plastics Analyser from Thermo Scientific™ is an Near-Infrared (NIR) spectroscopy tool that rapidly screens and identifies a variety of polymers, plastics and fibre types on-site to streamline inspection without compromising accuracy and quality.

The 2.75 lb (1.25 kg) microPHAZIR PC analyser is a completely self contained, powerful and cost-effective tool for the proper sorting and recycling of post-industrial and post-consumer polymer materials and carpet fibres.

  • Save time: Rapid and accurate results displayed within seconds.
  • Easy to use: Simple point-and-shoot operation designed for non-expert users, the analyser is fully automated, calibrated, and requires no user input.
  • Portable: Small and lightweight for fast identification of materials in the field or at the sorting facility.
  • Safe: No sample preparation or burn test necessary, NIR is fast, safe and non-destructive.

Identification of common plastic types, including:
PLA, PET, PP, PS, ABS, PI, PSO, PE, PPS, TPV, PTT,PC, PMP, PBT, PA (nylon), PETG, SAN, EVA, PB, PPO, CA, PMMA, PUR, PI, PVC, PLA, Ionomer, Styrenic terpolymer, Elastomer, POM, Nylon+ABS

Niton UK is the market leader for handheld instruments analysing metal alloys, precious metals, hazardous material and plastic polymers. This leadership encompasses not only the number of instruments sold and market share but also significant market experience and expertise in the handheld XRF and LIBS product range.

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1 British Plastics Federation – https://www.bpf.co.uk/sustainability/plastics_recycling.aspx

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