Presorted materials are then washed and shredded before the respective PET flakes are further sorted and purified by two AUTOSORT® FLAKE units, which generate tonnes of flakes per year. The flakes produced are further recycled and made available as food-grade PET resin to plastics converters.
TOMRA’s machinery brings a wealth of benefits from which recyclers can profit. AUTOSORT® combines leading-edge features and technologies in one machine. Compact and flexible in construction, AUTOSORT® allows for simple integration into existing and new plants. Featuring TOMRA FLYING BEAM® technology, the machine provides uniform light distribution across the entire belt width for better material detection and sorting, resulting in high performance and operational efficiency. This enables the plant to sort PET bottles with high levels of accuracy.
AUTOSORT® FLAKE, one of TOMRA’s flake sorting machines, is the ideal solution for high-end applications where the numbers of contaminants are low, but quality demands are extremely high, such as in PET bottle to bottle recycling as done with Indorama Ventures. It offers a unique technology combination consisting of the high-resolution FLYING BEAM® sensor, a full color camera, and a highly sensitive metal sensor to allow for sorting flakes by both color and material. AUTOSORT® FLAKE also achieves high throughput, leading to consistently high productivity and sorting results.
"AUTOSORT® is focused on segregating waste materials based on customer requirements. The equipment is programmed according to the required purity quality needs. The machine's high-frequency and high-speed cameras, metal detector and infrared technology determine contaminants and tonalities in order to achieve the highest degrees of purity," added Julio Barrientos, Recycling Sales Manager in Mexico at TOMRA.
The combination of these outstanding technologies enables a fast and simultaneous multi-sensor evaluation of input material and precise removal of contaminants. Indorama is a success story of the reliability and performance of TOMRA machinery. Apart from the technological advantages delivered, Indorama appreciates the quality of TOMRA's service. "The services provided by TOMRA have been personalized, either in person or virtually, always responding in a timely manner to our requirements. Their service and expertise, combined with high-tech equipment, have helped us in bringing our production to the next level. We produce high quality products and profit from substantial savings”, describes Shankar.
The collaboration of TOMRA and Indorama proves to be a promising one in terms of advancing the recycling sector in Mexico. With both companies having high standards in operations, services and products, the recycling activity and innovation in this sector are greatly supported and strengthened.