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Empowering Advanced & Mechanical Recycling: Max-AI Contribution to Sustainable Polyolefin Sorting

We are redefining the landscape of material processing, with a sharp focus on solid waste processing.

In a world where waste management and environmental sustainability are paramount, Max-AI®, part of BHS (Bulk Handling Systems), is the world leader in innovative smart waste sorting solutions. The company’s mission is to redefine the landscape of material processing, with a sharp focus on solid waste processing.

Advanced Recycling technologies convert post-use plastics into a purified form or a feedstock that can be used in the production of new polymers, monomers, intermediates, or other materials. However, for each technology process to be optimally efficient and effective, precise material sorting and conditioning to customer specification, is essential. That’s where BHS’s advanced sorting technologies, powered by AI, come into play.

One of the challenges in pyrolysis is the need for a consistent and pure feedstock, which often consists of specific plastic polymers and polyolefins. BHS’s sorting technologies, powered by AI and machine learning, play a pivotal role in identifying and isolating the required materials. This ensures that the feedstock for pyrolysis is free from contaminants and consistently meets the necessary specifications.

Plastics Processing Experience

BHS’s impact goes beyond traditional recycling. Today, we are contributing to waste sorting for PET & Polyolefin grades in Mechanical, Chemical, & Biological processes (Pyrolysis, Chemolysis, Hydrothermal, Gasification, Catalytic & Non-Catalytic just to name a few). Our commitment to AI and data-driven solutions is particularly relevant in the context of pyrolysis.

BHS is a worldwide leader in the innovative design, engineering, manufacturing and installation of sorting systems and components which find its origin in the plastic recycling industry. BHS companies include Nihot (Amsterdam), NRT (USA) and Zero Waste Energy (USA). 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 the largest and most durable MRFs in the world – and they are achieving the highest throughput, recovery, and purity rates in the industry. Consistency and purity in feedstock are crucial for pyrolysis, and BHS’s sorting capabilities help meet these requirements. By efficiently sorting waste streams, they minimize contaminants and ensure a consistent supply.

With the Max-AI® Total VIS analysis system, the quality of the polyolefins is also monitored in real time. Moreover, BHS’s sorting technologies also recover valuable materials that can be used in the various processes, minimizing waste and maximizing resource recovery—a step toward a circular and sustainable economy.

BHS’s contributions to plastics sorting are a testament to our commitment to environmental sustainability and innovation. By harnessing advanced technologies, BHS is not only revolutionizing waste management but also empowering transformative processes like those being developed in the Advanced Recycling space.

As we seek sustainable solutions for waste management, BHS stands as a pioneering force in this critical endeavor.

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