Futurapet: “Sesotec is our partner in material sorting and analysis”
Istanbul-based Engin Grup has built up various group companies over the past decades that are active in the marketing and distribution of cosmetic and household products for Turkey and the Caucasus region. The establishment of Futurapet in 2020 was a logical step towards sustainability and environmental protection, values Engin Grup committed to. The recycling of plastic products is another building block for sustainable production, closing the recycling loop and reducing the burden on the environment. In a plant equipped with stateof- the-art (sorting) technology, Futurapet recycles plastic waste. The secondary raw materials obtained are returned to the plastics processing industry.
Sesotec sorting line for PET bottle recycling at Futura PET
requirement: Reliable production of pure PET
Futurapet was founded, General Manager Oğuz Engin and his team were looking for
innovative solutions that efficiently deliver high-quality end products. Only
single-variety rPET can be used for a wide range of new products, thus
conserving resources and the environment.
solution: sorting and material analysis systems ensure material purity
Innovative solutions for the entire production
line were a decisive factor in the selection of components. Somplast, Sesotec‘s
sales partner in Turkey, was able to convince Futurapet as a competent partner
and consultant of the function and quality of the Sesotec sorting systems in
combination with the new material analysis system.
Futurapet relies on innovative Sesotec
technologies: The new generation VARISORT+ units, equipped with the unique
FLASH technology and a working width of 2816 mm, are used in the multi-stage
preparation process for bottle sorting. The final sorting of the PET flakes is
carried out by the FLAKE PURIFIER+ sorting systems. They deliver PET material
of the highest purity and quality. The new FLAKE SCAN analysis system from
Sesotec ensures the final inspection of each BigBag leaving the plant.
VARISORT+ for pre-sorting of plastic bottles
Futurapet receives plastic bottles pressed into bales. The recycling
process starts when the bales are broken up: First, light materials are
separated by ballistic sifter and then non-ferrous and ferrous metals are
separated. After washing and drying processes, the pressed bottles are sent
over the Sesotec VARISORT+ sorting systems. These latest-generation units score
with a working width of three meters and can thus handle particularly high throughputs in the
respective sorting step.
On a VARISORT+ N, positive sorting separates PET
bottles from all other types of plastic, such as non-PET bottles, labels, or
films. This fraction then passes through a VARISORT+ FLASH CN unit, which is
equipped with the innovative FLASH technology for the best possible color detection.
The FLASH technology with reflected and transmitted light units, makes
free-fall color detection possible for distinguishing the finest color nuances
in transparent, non-transparent and semi-transparent materials. In the process,
the VARISORT+ FLASH CN uses two valve bars to sort into three different chutes.
The good material PET clear and light blue falls through the natural fall curve
into the middle chute.
Non-PET and PET colored fractions are
selectively separated in the other chutes. This process is also known as
negative sorting. All other components are specifically sorted out, the good
material remains in the material stream.
The next sorting step is performed by another
VARISORT+ FLASH CN sorting system. The special feature of this device is that
by dividing the three-meter-wide conveyor belt and subdividing it into three
chutes, sorting of six different fractions can be realized. On the left-hand
conveyor track, the second sorting step is repeated in order to achieve a very high
degree of purity in bottle sorting for the PET clear and light blue fraction.
On the right lane, the material rejected from three sorting stages is returned
via a re-sorting step to the first VARISORT+ N sorter. Futurapet thus achieves
minimum material loss at maximum throughput rates.
fine sorting of PET flakes by FLAKE PURIFIER+
After pre-sorting by the VARISORT+ equipment,
the clear PET bottles are shredded. Washing, drying, and air separation
processes follow. Finally, fine sorting of the flakes is carried out by the
Sesotec FLAKE PURIFIER+ sorting systems, which are equipped with three sensors.
False colors, false polymer types, and metal contaminants are reliably and
precisely separated from the PET flakes. An additional sorting track enables
further purification of the rejected material, allowing the maximum amount of
high-quality PET to be recovered. Pure and highest-quality rPET can be
profitably fed into the cycle.
FLAKE SCAN material analysis system enables quality analysis within minutes
Futurapet is committed to ensuring that only the
highest quality rPET leaves the plant. Each BigBag content is checked in the
in-house laboratory by random sample analysis. For this purpose, Futurapet uses
the FLAKE SCAN material analysis system from Sesotec. It enables efficient and
precise quality analysis of the plastic flakes and quickly delivers reliable
and reproducible results of the material sample. This means that a decision on
the usability of the material can be made within a very short time. The
integrated sensors reliably analyze material samples according to plastic
types, colors and metal contaminants. Futurapet can supply the highest quality
rPET flakes to the plastics industry and close the recycling loop.
customer benefit: Highest quality rPET
Murat Yerli, Vice General Manager at Futurapet: “Sesotec
is our partner when it comes to material sorting and analysis. The equipment works
with the highest efficiency and delivers the highest quality. This is exactly
what we are looking for. We don‘t just want to produce flakes, but the highest
quality flakes in this area. On the one hand, this is our contribution to
environmental protection and, on the other hand, our contribution to supplying
the plastics processing industry with high-quality rPET.”