Norway’s largest waste management company is the first to implement Max-AI VIS to monitor outbound product quality
Norsk Gjenvinning (NG), Norways largest waste management company, has selected Oregon-based Bulk Handling Systems (BHS) to supply NG’s new state of the art paper recycling system in Oslo. Operational in Q1 2019, the system will process 20 tonnes per hour (tph) and run three shifts to process approximately 120,000 tonnes annually. Noteworthy to this process is the inclusion of Max-AIVIS (Visual Identification System) units to monitor the quality of outbound paper.
The facility includes the latest technology to maximize NG’s paper quality and return on investment. Six National Recovery Technology (NRT) optical sorters and four Max-AI AQC (Autonomous Quality Control) robotic sorters create a highly automated process, allowing NG to run multiple shifts with minimal variable cost increase. As highlighted by BHS’ FiberPure site, NG’s investment in a custom solution allows the company to take on more tonnage, create a highly marketable product, and decrease labor costs.
The process begins with a BHS Metering Bin, OCC Separator and Debris Roll Screen® to feed the system, recover cardboard and remove fines. A BHS NewSorter® separates news and pams from smaller fiber and contamination. The news and pams are split into two material streams for purification, a process that begins with two NRT SpydIR-R optical sorters to remove and recover plastic film. The news and pams are then treated by two NRT ColorPlus™ optical sorters to remove and recover any remaining cardboard. Final paper purity is achieved completely autonomously by Max-AI AQC-2 robotic sorters. NG will also recover aseptic containers and remove contamination from mixed paper with two NRT SpydIR-R units.
NG will be able to analyze product quality in real time with its two Max-AI VIS units and the Total Intelligence Platform. With material purity requirements paramount, this is an advantage that will allow NG to ensure the system is creating highly pure paper before it goes to market. This is the world’s first system to commit to this level of intelligence. With both NRT and Max-AI technologies reporting material compositions and communicating together through the Total Intelligence Platform, NG’s operators will gain valuable analytics to track, analyze and share with customers.
“We are extremely pleased to have signed with BHS for a new paper line for our production facilities in Oslo, Norway,” said Frode Karlsen, Norsk Gjenvinning’s Head of the Oslo-region. “The level of automation and technology is astounding and will help us achieve new levels of throughput and quality. We are very eager to receive the equipment and start production as soon as we can next year.”
“It is a pleasure to work with Norway’s leading recycler,” said BHS Europe Sales Manager Richard Tromp. “This system will truly be a first of sorts, whereby BHS, NRT and Max-AI technologies come together to not only deliver unmatched performance, but to also provide NG with intelligent and actionable reporting throughout the system – including product quality. We’re honored to have been selected by NG and I’m looking forward to providing a solution that will be profitable for many years to come,” Tromp concluded.
NG receives unsorted paper and cardboard from both residential and commercial customers from southern Norway. The pure, outbound material will be used to create new paper and cardboard. NG handles approximately 25 per cent of Norway’s waste as well as waste from Sweden, Denmark and the UK. The company recycles 85 per cent of all waste collected and supplies secondary materials and fuel to customers in Norway, Europe and Asia.
About Norsk Gjenvinning Group
Norsk Gjenvinning Group is the market leader in the Norwegian recycling industry. Every day we contribute to a global environmental effort, locally. We collect all types of waste from industry and produce waste-based raw materials that we sell on the international market. In addition, we offer household renovation, industrial services, demolition, environmental management, shredding and mass handling. We have 40 facilities and over 1,300 employees in Norway, Denmark, Sweden and England. We handle 1.8 million tons of waste per year, with an annual turnover of approx. 4 billion kroner. The NG-Group is owned by Summa Equity. Our efforts are an important contribution to the circular economy. Our vision is that waste will be the solution to the future resource problem – and for us it means; “There is no garbage anymore.”
About Bulk Handling Systems (BHS)
Headquartered in Eugene, OR, BHS is a worldwide leader in the innovative design, engineering, manufacturing and installation of sorting systems and components for the solid waste, recycling, waste-to-energy, and construction and demolition industries. Wholly-owned subsidiaries include Nihot (Amsterdam), NRT (Nashville, TN) and Zero Waste Energy (Lafayette, CA). BHS is also the home of Max-AI® technology, a breakthrough artificial intelligence that identifies materials, makes intelligent decisions and directs equipment such as robotic sorters. Clients around the globe choose BHS because of its experience, dedication to cutting-edge technology, quality construction and durability, and unmatched customer service. BHS has built some of the largest and most durable MRFs in the world – and they are achieving the highest throughput, recovery, and purity rates in the industry.
SOURCE: Bulk Handling Systems