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Firststar recycling 8 tph container processing system

Firststar Recycling’s 8 Tph Container Processing System Highlighted by Green Eye® Hyperspectral Optical Sorters

Tim Houlden, project manager, and Mike Bachman, plant manager, with FirstStar Recycling, Omaha, Nebraska, visited with suppliers of virtually every brand of optical sorting technology available in the U.S. and chose Green Machine’s Green Eye® Optical Sorters.

Tim and Mike were impressed with Green Machine’s economical approach to meeting every system design parameter. They say, “Green Machine designed a sortation system to meet our specific quality and production goals. The system has delivered.”

FirstStar was sold when they witnessed the amazing volumes of clean plastics produced by the Green Eyes they visited at TC Recycling in Mars, Pennsylvania.

Peter Mendre, Green Machine’s systems engineer and inventor of Green Eye® technology, says, “Our patented hyperspectral vision systems coupled with our Ai software produces the world’s fastest and cleanest multi-material optical sorter. For instance, on plastics alone our technology can sort every grade of plastic by polymer and color. Additionally, we are able to identify subset commodities like barrier bottles, thermoform food containers, and bio-plastics. We are able to program mixed groups, isolate unwanted rejects, and produce clean material streams for any market. We programmed FirstStar’s first Green Eye to pick PET and their second Green Eye to pick #2 natural HDPE and #3, #4, #5, #6 and #7 plastic grades together, while leaving #2 colored HDPE and residue to pass through to manual post-sorters. Mike Bachman says “Our post-sorters could not keep up with picking all the #3-#7 plastics. This Green Eye programming eliminated downstream sorters and maintained our highly marketable material streams. We would need an army of people to sort what our two Green Eyes can”.

FirstStar was also impressed with Green Machine’s turn-key project approach. Green Machine designs, manufactures, and installs every system and component totally in-house exclusively using American-made components. John Green, owner of Green Machine, says, “It’s both patriotic and smart. Customers appreciate local parts availability and American durability. Processors choose Green Machine for our equipment durability, economical costing, and innovation. Get ready for the introduction of our affordable hyperspectral robotics!”

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Optical Sorter Recycling Green Eye®

Equipment Spotlight: Optical sortation ‘down to the molecular level’

Green Machine has released an optical sorter that incorporates newly patented technology.

The Green Eye Optical Sorting Recycling System provides an automated sorting process that incorporates artificial intelligence, according to its manufacturer. Its learning ability gives it “the flexibility to sort multiple commodities with the ability to evolve with each market challenge in real time,” according to Green Machine.

The optical sorter can handle a conveyor operating at up to 900 feet per minute. The optical unit collects three-dimensional information about each item that travels through its field of view. It collects details “down to the molecular level,” according to Green Machine.

“This lets the Green Eye system remove or block undesired materials from the air ejector miss-hits,” the company says. It can achieve a clean pick rate that operates with at least 95 percent accuracy.

According to its patent, the optical sorter uses a hyperspectral camera that observes infrared and visible light that gives it information about the target material. A single sensor identifies items by composition and color with a higher degree of positive identification.

“In most cases, this optical sorting system removes any need for post sorting,” the company stated.

The Green Eye equipment is designed for plastics recovery facilities (PRFs) and other standard residential recyclables processing plants.

The patent was filed for in April 2014 and issued in April 2018.

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Pet Optical Sorter Green Eye

Industry’s Cleanest and Fastest Pet Optical Sorter Green Eye

Green eye® patent pending optical sorting systems deliver the industry’s cleanest pet pick rates. Manual post sorter/inspection is unnecessary with our revolutionary technology. Our pet optical sorter system collects molecular information 3-dimension ally.

This technology allows for the selection of exactly the product desired while simultaneously blocking undesirables. We see through outer packaging wraps, block aluminum, paper and select the exact commodity grade your market requires. This surgical extraction of desirable is accomplished at accelerator belt speeds of 700 + FPM and tonnage throughput of 10 TPH with our 60″ wide sorter. Every green eye® optical system is capable of virtual. Identifying virtually any material grade such as but not limited to all plastic grades, metals, fibers, wood products, aggregates, glass and more. Our material sort test facility is ready to prove our technology with your hard to recover recyclable commodities. Contact us for a demonstration and economical system retrofit quote.

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