Today’s sorting systems technology is commonly used in the industrial processing of: - food products (fresh, dehydrated or frozen) such as nuts, grains, seafood, coffee, vegetables, rice, corn, seeds, tomatoes, spices, tea, etc. so that all contaminants or defective products can be removed in order to meet the customer quality demands. - plastic products processing (PET, PVC, etc.) to grant purity and to protect manufacturing machinery by preventing breakdowns. - chemical products. Being that the chemical industry is part of the supply chain of other industries (food, pharmaceutical, plastics, etc.) is subject to strict quality standards and sorting systems play a vital role in ensuring products purity. - pharmaceutical products like tablets and pills that must meet strict quality standard regulations and are subject to rigorous quality assurance procedures at various stages throughout the production process. - domestic refuse and industrial/commercial waste recycling (glass, paper, ceramics, plastic, cardboard, metals, etc.) where the sorting systems play a key-role in ensuring that recycled materials can be reprocessed in the respective production cycles.
In particular, the diffusion of sorting systems suitable for recycling applications is rapidly growing because of several factors, among which there are the increased waste production per capita due to the economic and wellbeing raise, several new and more restrictive environmental regulations, the raw materials price increase (metals, plastics, etc.) and the manual recycling labour cost increase.