Stadler Engineering, technology partner at this year’s RWM, used the show to argue that fully automated MRFs are a feasible goal for the not too distant future.
Dr Benjamin Eule, the company’s UK director, delivered a series of seminars where he spoke about what it takes to make a successful fully automated MRF.
He presented the pros and cons for manual labour versus hightech sorting and separating systems, and explained why it was essential that the industry embraces the concept of automated technologies, not only to increase speed and lower costs but also to produce high-quality throughput for a growing market.
The company has already built an award winning, fully automated MRF in Oslo, Norway, which recovers plastics (including plastic film) to 98% purity, ferrous and non- ferrous metals and some paper products to 94% purity.
Eule said: “The benefits of a fully automated MRF are clear; reduced head count, lower staff costs, improved productivity and better quality recyclates.
“Managing the transition towards a more sophisticated plant can be challenging, but our ROAF plant in Oslo is an excellent example of how sophisticated engineering can take automation to the next level.”