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trinamiX expands handheld solution to identify multi- and monomaterial films for improved recycling

trinamiX GmbH, a leading provider of mobile spectroscopy and a wholly-owned subsidiary of BASF, will present its Mobile NIR Spectroscopy Solutions at the upcoming Plastics Recycling and Sustainability Conference Europe (PRSE) 2024 taking place from June 19-20 at RAI Amsterdam. The company will be showcasing a new application specifically designed to identify multi-material and monomaterial films.

trinamiX enables the flexible identification of plastics and textiles at the push of a button. Its Mobile NIR (Near-Infrared) Spectroscopy Solutions consist of a robust, mobile NIR spectrometer, an easy-to-use app backed by advanced cloud data analysis and a customer portal to manage results, download reports and export data. The plastic identification solution can reliably identify > 30 types of plastics, including consumer plastics like HDPE, LDPE, PP, PET, PS, PVC as well as engineering plastics like PA, ABS, PC, PLA and quantify blends of PE and PP.

The textile identification solution supports a wide range of fiber materials used in clothing, furniture and household goods like, acrylic, cotton, PA 6/6.6, polytrimethylene terephthalate (PTT), polyester, polypropylene (PP), silk, sisal, viscose and wool. In addition, textiles that are made from more than one material can also be identified. To fulfill the specific requirement of textile recyclers, trinamiX offers a versatile solution that combines the advantages of multiple setups: Whether it is a handheld device that fits into a user's pocket for quick checks, or a semi-automated setup built into a sorting table with an integrated sensor for automatically triggered scans.

The two film types require different recycling technologies but cannot easily be differentiated by just looking at them. The mobile solution from trinamiX provides information about the material of the films at the push of a button and can be used by recyclers, for example, during incoming goods inspection. "Recyclers can now directly assess whether the plastic waste on offer is recyclable and which recycling process is the right one. This means that more films can be returned to the cycle in the future and do not have to be incinerated because their composition is unknown," says Adrian Vogel. "This is another important step on the way to a complete circular economy for plastics."

Mobile quality control along the manufacturing and recycling process. Quality management in plastic production and recycling facilities is essential for producing high-quality products. A key element for efficient recycling of plastics is purity of the waste streams, as impurities can compromise the quality and integrity of the recycled products. From checking incoming materials to approving bales of sorted plastics or textiles, trinamiX makes quality control simple and convenient. It also supports non-conformance management and the efficient management of complaints, reducing the risk of costly errors and delays.

According to trinamiX, the company’s solutions not only enable companies to perform spot checks, but also to comprehensively document incoming and outgoing material flows, visualize and analyze them, thus creating comprehensive transparency for manufacturers and recyclers of plastics.

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