Air compressors are involved throughout the process of waste management and recycling. Metal, paper and glass waste frequently arrives mixed up and sorting this by hand can be hazardous.
Separating recycled materials
Compressed air induction sorters use jets of compressed air to identify and sort materials. Compressed air can control optical sorting devices that reflect light off waste on a conveyor belt to identify the size, shape and type of material. Separation is often achieved through a system of controlled blasts of air known as ‘air knives’ to move materials across conveyor systems for further processing.
Air is therefore needed in different quantities and qualities, and at variable pressures to fulfil the range of activities.
Auto-sorting machinery can recover useful materials that can be resold and recycled, reducing landfill, and meeting legislative standards.