The SHREDDERSORT 9 month technical meeting was held on 29-30 October 2014 at the Centro Nazionale di Ricerca (CNR) in Pisa, kindly hosted by partners CNR and MARWAN. The consortium presented and discussed the good progress made in the technical work packages since the M6 meeting, and the actions for the next 3 months. The main highlights from the partners were:
- Instituto Superior Técnico (IST) and Laboratório Nacional de Energia e Geologia (LNEG): results of physical and chemical characterisation of shredder scrap, as inputs for the design of the novel sorting processes.
- CNR: results of Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) analysis of shredder scrap samples, along with algorithms to enable separation of cast and wrought aluminium.
- Monocrom: results of their compact, solid-state, dual-pulse laser development for LIBS.
- Lenz Instruments: results their development of the high sensitivity, high throughput LIBS spectrometer and signal processing electronics.
- Marwan Technology: results of an alternative optical method to gather the LIBS emission from the metal scrap samples.
- University of Manchester: design and simulation results for the unique coils to be used in the electromagnetic tensor spectroscopy (EMTS) system to enable separation of aluminium, brass/bronze, and copper.
- Jonneum Research: results of their linescan vision system which provides position and shape information about the scrap pieces for the downstream sorting systems.
- The industrial partners CETRISA and Saubermacher provided recommendations from the perspective of system integrator and end-user respectively. Unfortunately end-user partner DIEZ could not attend this meeting.
CNR conducted a tour of their facilities, including a demonstration in their LIBS laboratory with Marwan’s Modì – transportable dual pulse LIBS instrument, on aluminium, copper and iron samples.
We look forward to seeing all partners again at the 12 month general meeting scheduled for mid-February 2015 in Manchester UK, hosted by the University of Manchester.