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!”