December 2017 – Equipment is arriving for Van Dyk’s new test facility located in their Norwalk, CT campus. The site is currently home to their extensive spare parts warehouse (which holds over 13,000 different parts) and baler rebuild center (which fully reconditions balers for resale), and is their future headquarters intended to house their main offices and training classrooms. The test facility will feature world-class equipment from TOMRA, Lubo, and Spaleck. The equipment will be installed in loop configurations that send material around in an infinite run. Customers can test their own material, recalibrating the machines until they achieve the desired result.
Four types of TOMRA optical sorters will be installed:
- Autosort: uses NIR (near infrared) spectrum to detect and eject materials. Common unit found in recycling plants.
- Laser: a new development out of TOMRA to be released in North America in 2018. Applications include glass and black plastics sorting.
- Finder: NIR technology with ultra-precise metal detection. Applications include e-scrap, ash recycling, and wood.
- X-tract: Specialized piece of equipment that uses X-ray transmission (XRT) for sorting in unique scenarios. Popular in organics, e-scrap, mining, and ash recycling.
In addition to these, the facility will include a Spaleck Combi screen and a Lubo Elliptical for additional screening of materials.
Says Mark Neitzey, Van Dyk Director of Sales, “This test facility is going to be an asset to our current and future customers. For customers unsure of the technology, we invite them to test and see how our equipment sorts their material. It’s one thing to see someone else’s MRF running, but it’s another to see your own material being sorted. We also see this facility as an opportunity to branch into new industries where optical sorting isn’t as widespread and companies are willing to experiment with these technologies. Needless to say, we are excited to offer this tool to our customers very soon.”
Pits are being set up and containers have started arriving. The facility should be open for testing in Spring 2018. Any inquiries or interest, please contact Matt Turis, Process Engineer, at [email protected].